August 11, 2020

Overpass Webfont Released as Open Source on GitHub

Free webfonts allow web designers to move far beyond system default typefaces. Now designers have dozens(if not hundreds) of free fonts at their fingertips.

A new contender named Overpass has just been released on GitHub. It was published by Andy Fitz and copyrighted to Red Hat, Inc. But while the font is maintained through copyright, free use and distribution rights are retained through the SIL Open Font License.

overpass font preview webpage

Check out the Overpass website to read more about the font. It has many different previews of font weights, styles, and text properties.

The OFL(Open Font License) is pretty lax regarding usage of the font. Obviously you cannot change it and go try to sell it as a new font under a different name. But you are allowed to make changes and manipulate those changes into a design.

If you want to learn more just skim the font license under the headline Permissions & Conditions.

Although Google Webfonts offer plenty of alternatives, Overpass offers a glimpse of what font design could be.

The open source movement is only growing, and in a few years’ time we could have entire font foundries licensing their work as open source & publishing on GitHub for the world’s benefit.

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Jake is a creative writer and UI designer by trade. You can follow him on twitter @jakerocheleau or learn more at his personal website JakeRocheleau.com.

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