“Legato” is a musical term, meaning that the notes of a piece are played in a “connected” manner. This idea of connecting separate units to enhance overall expression can be applied to the letters setting a text in exactly the same way. FF Legato determines the extent to which the characters of the alphabet will visually connect and build proper word and line images. When a typeface succeeds in doing this, texts are more legible.
FF Legato is a sans serif typeface designed to build better word images by means of diagonal stress. The contrast between thick and thin parts leads the reader’s eye from one character to the next, and this improves legibility.
Most sans serifs have very basic geometric shapes, like Futura – even those built using classical proportions, like Gill Sans. But this is not the most satisfactory approach for long texts. FF Legato abandons the idea of a sans serif typeface that consists of simple rigid forms.
FF Legato was selected as one of the best typefaces of the first decade of the 21st century by the ATypI in their Letter.2 competition in 2011.
FF Legato supports 101 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German and French in Latin scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)