The KDE project uses a typeface called Bitstream Vera Sans Bold for all printed and screen material.
As the Bitstream Vera family only provides support for the standard TrueType character set (Latin1). To provide support for additional languages the font has been extended by third parties. As the Bitstream Vera font license doesn't allow modifications of the font using the original font name the extended versions are available under new names:
Hunky Fonts (0.3): additional letters for Baltic, Central European, South European and other languages, including Maori, Welsh and Esperanto.
SUSE/Novell offers "SUSE Sans" which is supposed to cover support for all Latin languages:
If Bitstream Vera Sans is not or might not be available then "Verdana" should be used (e.g. for Website styles).
Headlines are in black or they are in white on blue or black backgrounds. Sublines and lead-ins can be in black on white backgrounds. Copy is always black.
KDE Logo Font and KDE-EDU
In general the Kabel-Font may only be used uppercase. It may only be used for the term "KDE" itself and related to topics like KDE-EDU, kids and games.
A free look-alike called "Kabel Book" by A. Carr is available at:
In addition many Font Companies offer a Kabel font family commercially.
- Kabel is a trademark of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions, exclusively licensed through Linotype Library GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
- Bitstream Inc. announces long-term agreement to bring high quality fonts to free software:
- "The donation of these fonts to the free software community is the final piece that will give full functionality to projects like Freetype, XFT2 and X Render extensions in the Xfree86 project, Pango, KDE and Trolltech's QT Rendering,"
Font for aKademy
Silicon, Copyright 1991, Atech Software, Carlsbad CA
Incorrect use of typography
The incorrect use of typography creates confusion and undermines confidence in the brand.