My thoughts on Playpen Sans
This release by TypeTogether makes me so happy, perfectly fitting to its appearance. Playpen Sans is a free font that is believably imitating casual handwriting. It has a warm, friendly vibe to it, brining personality and authenticity to your screen.
Playpen Sans works so well, because there is a lot going on under the hood. Each character has seven versions with subtle changes. A built-in shuffler ensures that enough variety is created. It all supported by the overall simple design of the typeface, with little striking characters.
Simply adorable is the small set of icons that is included with Playpen Sans. Since the icons follow the same stroke weight as the text, you can integrate them seamlessly. If you blow them up, make them lighter by manipulating the weight axis. This way it appears as if they were drawn with the same pen, only bigger, like I show below.
The typeface is already quite legible, but you can even enhance it by activating additional settings, which I show to Patrons in the Font Friday Video Digest.
Font Pairings for Playpen Sans
For a little text, Playpen Sans works well. But when it comes to longer copy or UI text, you could pair it with something like soft New Zen, clean and round Fixel, or one of the other suggestions.
Learn more about pairing typefaces using the Font Matrix.
Do you have some ideas where to use Playpen Sans best? Then tell me in the comments below!