My thoughts on Radio Canada
When Jeremy asked me about my opinion about the free sans-serif typeface Radio Canada, it was not familiar to me. So I took a close look and found it to be surprisingly underused. It’s a clean, legible variable font, obviously made with accessibility and inclusivity in mind. Besides Latin script, it also contains syllabics, so that many indigenous languages spoken in Canada are supported. See syllabics in action on the website of the Government of Nunavut, using Ubuntu.
The typeface mixes a sober, and clean impression with charming details, like the slightly curved terminals or beveled ascenders. This way it keeps the balance. It has very even strokes and narrow proportions, while the spacing is quite generous. This makes Radio Canada ideal for long reading text and UI design.
But this big advantage can also backfire when using Radio Canada in larger sizes. It can seem a bit clunky and tends to fall apart. Adjusting the spacing and weight is necessary to make it work. The variable font offers plenty of options here, also by adapting the width axis if you want to save on space.
To me, Radio Canada is a typeface we could see more often, especially in UI design and body text. But for larger heading or titles, I recommend combining it with something more interesting.
Font Pairings for Radio Canada
This linear sans-serif typeface lies between dynamic and rational form models. An interesting combination for headings would be Neue Freigeist or another rational display typeface, but also dynamic Larken.
Learn more about pairing typefaces using the Font Matrix.
What do you think about Radio Canada? Do you also want to see it more often? Tell me in the comments!