The basic idea of Riga is quite simple: to design a practical typeface for both print and screen. A typeface that would work good in a wide range of sizes, narrow columns and tight headlines. Suitable for a wide variety of typography, such as complex corporate design, editorial, information graphics, packaging, wayfinding and branding projects. Just a few years ago, most websites were displayed in a single, fairly wide column. The ideal typeface for websites, such as Verdana, was also rather wide, to adapt best to the orthogonal pixel grid of the monitor. Technology changes fast, almost overnight a whole range of new devices arrived, and also the resolution of the new screens made a big step forward. Responsive design is the new magic, websites contain of fluid, more or less narrow columns. Riga is designed to meet these needs. Its open structure and compact shapes make it effective and easy to use. However, for small body text on screen, it’s better to use Riga Screen, and Riga for headlines and larger text.
Riga (top) and Riga Screen (below) by comparison. Riga Screen is intended for writing and reading on screen. It is slightly lighter and wider than Riga to provide better legibility at small sizes. Complex letter forms as the lowercase g has been simplified.