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KDE Visual Design Group/HIG/Style/Typography


The guideline helps ensure that typography is used in such a way it is always in harmony with the overall visual design.



  • While KDE Workspace users can alter the fonts used throughout the workspace and in applications, the visual design uses Oxygen as the reference typeface.
  • Typography is treated like any other graphic element when considering spacing and alignment.
  • The number of typeface variations (bold, italic, size, caps, color) are kept to about three in any single design.
  • Multi-line blocks of text are either left or right aligned; center alignment for multi-line blocks of text is avoided.
  • Short phrases and simple words are favored instead verbose, technical jargon:
    • Put the most important thing first.
    • Short words, active verbs and common nouns.
    • Reduce redundancy. e.g. Don’t repeat the dialog title in the dialog text.

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