Your UI Design Is Covered With “Text”.
If you know me, you know I’m a HUGE fan of “Text”, in fact I wrote a book about Text for children - it’s on Amazon: http://amzn.com/0996214402.
But, when it comes to UI Design and Web Design, the Text font is often predetermined for the designer. OK, it happens. But often that means Arial or some generic looking san-serif font? Of course, fonts do come prebuilt into a system you’re designing for, or to load a different font might be costly or difficult for various reasons, and that’s understandable. But if you are Apple you can afford to think outside the box on fonts. And they did.
Back when iOS7 launched, the Apple Design Team chose Helvetica Neue as their font for all Text. It was a positive step forward. With it’s incredible range of weights, from hair-thin to super-heavy, Helvetica Neue was a great choice. I say “step” because it was the right choice at the time. But when it came time to build iOS9 (and OSX, tvOS, etc.) Apple went to the drawing board to address all the shortcomings of Helvetica Neue drawn on-screen. Result: Apple San Francisco!
The San Francisco font has been out for a while. It’s powerful. See why Apple designed the San Francisco Font from the ground up. You might like it:
UI Designers, download the San Francisco Apple Font here: