Sans-serif typeface

from Omnibus-Type
designed by Pablo Cosgaya

Variable Font

2 axes: Weight, Width

90 Styles

9 Weights: Thin to Black
5 Widths: Condensed to Expanded
with matching italics

Best for

  • Headings (display text)
  • Long reading text (body text)
  • User Interfaces (functional text)

License

Free and Open Source

Specialty

A versatile, soft and friendly free sans-serif typeface, that comes in 90 different styles, working for any application.

My thoughts on Asap

The friendly sans-serif free font Asap, was designed by Pablo Cosgaya for Omnibus-Type. Its subtle rounded corners add to the approachable atmosphere the typeface creates, while the relatively high lower case letters contribute to ideal readability on screen and other media.

Asap in a big Heading The bolder, the rounder
In body text it is very unobtrusive. Its softness is not standing out so much, while the narrow proportions save space. The italics feel agile & inspired and just make me so happy to look at.
At small sizes, when used for functional text, or Uls, Asap is still readable, clear and space-saving.
Especially when making it a bit condensed by utilizing the width axis of the variable font.
Asap is a versatile typeface, suited for Headings, body text and UIs.

Let’s take a closer look at that x-height, and compare it to Dosis, a typeface that also looks soft and friendly, but with a quite low x-height. Because of this, Dosis appears very small. Also, the typeface has very striking letter shapes, making is less than ideal for running text. This why I replaced it with Asap in the website redesign of the State of the Browser conference page. It still conveys a similar mood, only calmer, more readable and appropriate for body text.

Both text are set at the same size, but the lower x-height makes Dosis seem smaller.
Height
Dosis has an x-height of ~63% of the cap height
Both text are set at the same size, but the higher -height makes Asap seem larger.
Height
Asap has an x-height of ~73% of the cap height

A rarely highlighted feature of Asap is, that it’s a uniwidth typeface. Don’t confuse this with monosapce – where every character has the same width – uniwidth means that across all weights the width of the same character stays consisten. So when you change one word in a sentence from Light to Bold, it will happen without reflowing the text. I’ll dive more into some other advantages and disadventatges with this in the Font Friday Video Digest for Patrons.

Different weight, same width set in five different weights.
Asap takes up the same space in any weight, from Thin to Black.

Additionally, Asap comes in several widths as well, going from Condensed to Expanded and everything in between thanks to the variable font. This all makes is a very versatile typeface, working in user interfaces, set as body text and on posters.

Recommended Font Pairing

The dynamic linear sans-serif Asap pairs well with dynamic serif typefaces that comes with a larger x-height, like Andada Pro.

Learn more about pairing typefaces using the Font Matrix.


What do you think of Asap? Tell me in the comments below! Also, if you have a suggestion for a future Font Friday.

Edition #128, published

2 Comments

  1. Good, old, warm Font Friday hug in my mailbox. On Thursday afternoon, while I was hiking into the woods, I thought “Hmmm, if Oliver doesn’t show up tomorrow, I need to check if everything is OK”. And, Voi-La! Happy birthday to LOVEly girls🤗
    Where is the cake with typography on it?

    Asap is that nice customer service guy, who serves diligently but without too much personalization, at times (Light weight) even dry. But not in a bad sense, that’s just youth, he isn’t as confident. 😉

    1. LOL, there actually was a cake, with some poorly designed sans serif letters 😅.

      “Nice customer service guy” is brilliant and on point!

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