My thoughts on Plus Jakarta Sans
Geometric sans-serifs are appreciated for their cleanness, calmness, and claimed neutrality. But they have been very popular in recent years, so you might say: “Come one, not another geometric sans!”. But Plus Jakarta Sans has something, that helps you break out of the uniformity, when you want to. It’s a free variable font, also available on Google Fonts, and was designed by Gumpita Rahayu from Tokotype. What makes it special are the various stylistic sets it comes with. Activate them via OpenType features, and see how they totally change the mood of the typeface.
The Lancip alternates (which means sharp) turn rounded tails or descenders (y, g), and shoulders (n, h, r) into hard edges. Lurus alternates (straight) add little serifs to a few letters (p, r, a, j) and make it a bit more stable. This is the most subtle adaption. And the stylistic set 03, Lingkar (swirl) make everything more rounded (y, u, n), but also opens up the apertures of the a and e. This could be helpful and clearer in smaller sizes. So plenty of room for discovery, especially in display styles. For continuous reading, the alternates they might be too distracting or bulky.
Recommended Font Pairing
I recommend mixing this geometric, linear, sans-serif typeface with Rowan, a dynamic, contrasting, serif typeface.
Learn more about pairing typefaces using the Font Matrix.
What do you think? Is Plus Jakarta Sans something for an upcoming project? Tell me in the comments below!