Recommended GUI font?

I am running the Gnome desktop with the dash-to-panel extension.
The text on the panel icons looks a little too bold for my taste.
See screenshot.
Screenshot from 2022-10-22 21-18-09

Any suggestions?
My current Interface Text is Canterell Regular 11
My scaling is 1.0

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Completely personal choice here, but I really like Inter. It is in our repository.


Excellent suggestion. It’s now my personal choice, too (especially the Med Bold - which gives a distinctly readable result on my smaller 13" vintage McBookPro laptop). Thanks!

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Currently using Noto Sans, but I’m curious with Inter, so I’m giving it a try.

EDIT: It does look nice. I’m definitely keeping it.

noto sans display light 11 - my choise

I like Neue Haas Grotesk Display Pro a lot too. Overpass and Lato are also good-looking system interface fonts.

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not sure how it would look on GNOME, but on KDE i found “Fira Sans” to be a keeper since someone posted screenshot here. Noto Sans is a close second.

also use a “condensed” variant if available.

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