Slate is a neo-grotesque sans-serif typeface designed by Rod McDonald at Monotype Corporation in 2006, and it is designed for high levels of legibility. Slate Pro is the UI font of the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
McDonald had previously done research with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) focusing on maximizing the legibility of characters and readability of text, and the Slate family was designed for maximum legibility for both print and screen. The Slate family is also a beautiful design, and as McDonald says "I didn't want a face with an 'engineered' look, or with any noticeable design gimmicks or devices."
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