Thin type has no place in body copy

One of the things I most often complain about when it comes to UI’s is the thin type. We all know that text must be legible, but even top designers use thin type, which leaves me puzzled. Here’s an example.

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A capture of one of the intro screens of the Facebook Pages Manager app. What on earth is the ultra thin Helvetica doing there?

This is one of the intro screens of the Facebook Pages Manager app – why use the ultra thin variant of Helvetica? It makes no sense, especially since this is a mobile app – just think about the screen rendering and light reflection issues. With the close button and the number 3 in the messages icon being oddly placed, I’d assume it’s all a result of not paying enough attention to the little big details. Whether you’re dealing with a mobile UI or a web UI, using thin type is not something I would recommend.

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