SAP Fiori presents complex business data in the most comprehensible manner. To date, SAP Fiori 1.0 and 2.0 have relied on Arial Regular and Bold, the two of the web’s most common typefaces. Now, the new face of SAP software has matured to the point that more font styles and weights are needed. Realizing this, the SAP visual design team partnered with Monotype, one of the world’s best-known providers of type-related products and technologies, to design an entirely new and original typeface: 72 was born.
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72 is named after 1972, the year when SAP was founded.
The SAP Fiori User Interface (UI) and its content are inseparable. The content is the UI. The SAP Fiori user is presented with a sequence of choices to make, and the typographic system must support the user’s choices in this process. It must guide the user through screen content effortlessly and without distraction. Good typography is good UI. Tests have shown that when participants were asked to read text with either good or bad typography in two different studies, the participants who received the good typography outperformed the readers of the poor typography.
Typography exists to honor content.
Designing 72 from the ground up made it possible to meet SAP Fiori’s typographic requirements, including:
Optimized for screen use, 72’s design enhancements increase its legibility, readability and ultimately, accessibility.
A wide apex results in larger counters which helps with legibility at small sizes.
Improves character differentiation and recognition at small sizes.
Differentiation of a character’s details heightens a font’s readability by eliminating similar shapes.
The angled shape of the terminal creates more negative space, and reducing fill-in at small sizes.
Multiple font styles help facilitate a robust typographic hierarchy and system.
Credible and humane. 72 remains confident presenting business data while possessing gracious human qualities.
A humanist font shows evidence of a human holding a pen and has its roots in calligraphy evoking a feeling of warmth and personality.
Preview the fonts of 72’s English character set.
72 supports Windows Glyph List (WGL) and is available in all Western, Central and Eastern European languages.
SAP is pleased to announce that 72, an altogether new typeface designed specifically for SAP and SAP Fiori, has won a Red Dot Award for Communication Design Category in 2017.
The Red Dot Design Award is one of the most prestigious design awards worldwide. With more than 8,000 submissions from 50 countries this year alone, 72 was honored with a Red Dot Award for Communication Design. Check the Red Dot Award site and our announcement for more details of our success.
Along with improving the SAP Fiori user experience, 72 bolsters SAP Design’s commitment to being a design-centric organization. Join us on this journey as we continue to discover all the possibilities with 72.