Leon Sans by Jongmin Kim

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Leon Sans is an amazing font! A geometric sans-serif made entirely in code (javascript) by Jongmin Kim. Each drawing poing has coordinate values which you can modify to create custom shapes, effects or animations.

It allows to manipulate it like a variable font, to change font weight dynamically. But more than that you can create custom animations, effects or shapes in the HTML5 <canvas> element. He designed the font to celebrate his newborn baby Leon.

Examples

Drawing animation

Weight change

Colorful

See more examples on the Leon Sans Github repo or on the website at leon-kim.com/examples/

Check out for example the rain effect.

Usage

Download the minified js file in dist folder and include it in your html

<script src="js/leon.js"></script>

Generate LeonSans and draw it in the Canvas element of HTML5.

this.canvas = document.createElement('canvas');
document.body.appendChild(this.canvas);
this.ctx = this.canvas.getContext("2d");

this.leon = new LeonSans({
    text: 'The quick brown\nfox jumps over\nthe lazy dog',
    color: ['#000000'],
    size: 160,
    weight: 200
});

requestAnimationFrame(animate);

function animate(t) {
    requestAnimationFrame(animate);
    this.ctx.clearRect(0, 0, document.body.clientWidth, document.body.clientHeight);
    const x = (document.body.clientWidth - this.leon.rect.w) / 2;
    const y = (document.body.clientHeight - this.leon.rect.h) / 2;
    this.leon.position(x, y);
    this.leon.draw(this.ctx);
}

Option list

Name Type Description
text string The text that needs to be shown.
size integer The size of the text.
weight number The weight of the font: 1 - 900. [Default: 1]
color array The colors of each characters. [Default: ['#000000']]
colorful array The colors for colorful effect. [Default: ['#c5d73f', '#9d529c', '#49a9db', '#fec330', '#5eb96e', '#fc5356', '#f38f31']]
tracking integer The spacing between the characters of a block of text. [Default: 0]
leading integer The distance between each line of text. [Default: 0]
align string How the text content of the element is horizontally aligned: left, center, right. [Default: left]
pathGap number The gap between each coordinate of the points on a line of each character: 0 - 1. [Default: 0.5]
amplitude number The amplitude of the wave effect: 0 - 1. [Default: 0.5]
maxWidth number The width of the text sentence.
breakWord boolean Words break when reaching the end of a line. [Default: false]
fps number The FPS for the wave effect. [Default: 30]
isPath boolean true to get the coordinate values of the points on a line of each character. [Default: false]
isWave boolean true for the wave effect. [Default: false]

Properties

Name Type Description
lineWidth number The thickness of lines of the character.
scale number The scale of the character. scale is 1 when the font size is 500.
drawing array The drawing object values for each character. 0 is the beginning of the animation, 1 is the end of the animation state.
data array An object of the raw data for the text.
paths array The coordinate values of the points on a line of each character.
drawingPaths array The coordinate values of the points on a line of each character to draw the drawing animation in WebGL. It has 1px distance of each path.
wavePaths array The coordinate values of the points on a line for the wave effect.
rect Object The size of the text and its position: {x: x position, y: y position, w: width, h: height}.

Methods

Name Description
on() Add update event.
off() Remove update event.
position(x, y) Set the position of the text.
updateDrawingPaths() Update paths for drawing in WebGL (PIXI.js). It’s very expensive, only call when it needs.
drawPixi(graphics) Draw text in WebGL with PIXI.js.
draw(ctx) Draw text in the Canvas element.
drawColorful(ctx) Draw the colorful effect.
wave(ctx, t) Draw the wave effect.
pattern(ctx, w, h) Draw rectangle shapes at each path point
grid(ctx) Draw grid for each type.
point(ctx) Draw circles at each drawing point and lines for each type.
box(ctx) Draw outline box for the text.
reset() Reset all the values.
destroy() Destroy.
20 September 2019 Leon Sans now includes .otf format
Download the .otf fonts
Category
Language support
Latin, partial Latin Extended (some diacritics were added)
Format
JS
License
MIT License    → Licenses explained
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