I have these tokens in a design system for font sizes:

  • tiny
  • small
  • ???
  • regular
  • medium
  • large
  • huge
  • mega
  • giga

Design needs to add a size between small and regular and I'm stuck trying to find something that makes sense… Any suggestions?


  • Have you instead considered the text in terms of semantics in the UI? Perhaps [h1, h2, h3...p]? That maps to the developers view in terms of implementation ease and understanding. – Mike M Feb 7 '19 at 20:47
  • Who will be using these sizes? – Michael Hogan Feb 14 '19 at 15:37

Welcome to the User Experience StackExchange!

You can use the following terms to denote size between small and regular.

  • Compact
  • Small-Regular
  • Small +

Here is the link to a similar question: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/163605/what-would-you-call-size-that-fits-between-small-and-medium

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  • Yeah, I saw that link. That's actually where it was suggested to ask in the UX Stack… :) Thanks! – Yann Feb 8 '19 at 0:38
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    "Compact" is often used for this purpose in car sizes, which I think makes it a good choice here. – Kit Grose Feb 8 '19 at 6:58

In CSS various font size values are : medium xx-small x-small small
x-large xx-large smaller larger

You can probably use x-small and then small and regular

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If you’re going with “mega” and “giga”, how about

  • nano
  • tiny
  • small
  • regular
  • ...

, which would require skewing the scale, though.

There’s also the term “smedium” i’ve been hearing more often lately. I think they use it mainly for clothes, but it might work here too.

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Other possibilities are combined words like:

  • sub-regular
  • regular-reduced
  • small-medium

Or a word with a corresponding meaning:

  • reduced
  • fitted
  • low
  • modest
  • decreased
  • scaled

But in any case it could be helpful if you append each fontsize with a small marker, to give a clue about the size, like (+) (++) (+++)

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