font Stories September 1, 2015

Update: Google has published an article outlining the changes and the ideology that inspired them.

Update 2: Yep, Google has already updated their brick-and-mortar logos.

Today, Google has announced that it’s introducing a brand new look and brand identity for the company. Gone is the logo based on the Catull serif type face, as the Mountain View company introduces a new, more playful, logo that looks made with a font similar to the “LTCircular” face used on the Alphabet announcement pageexpand full story

font Stories December 30, 2014

Google experimenting with Roboto font on YouTube, here’s how to try it out

Roboto tends to be Google’s font of choice across many of its services and software, but some of the company’s websites—like YouTube—use the more common and standard Arial by default. That doesn’t mean Google hasn’t thought about using Roboto, though, as Google Operating System has noticed. As you can see in the screenshot above, Google’s in-house designed font looks pretty snazzy on the ubiquitous video sharing website.

Update: It looks like Google has killed this little hidden experiment for now. It worked fine this morning, but it doesn’t look like users have the ability to play with YouTube’s font anymore (at least via this method).

font Stories November 10, 2014

Chrome OS is finally going to get the Roboto font treatment

While Roboto has been around since the launch of Android 4.0, it still has not to this day been added as the font used within Google’s own Chrome OS. It looks like this is going to change—if a Chromium issue tracker report is to be believed—and the font is going to jump straight from its current Noto Sans fashion to the second iteration of Roboto that launched with Android L.

1) Can we add Robot (and all weights etc) as default font to Chrome OS 2) Can we make it controllable by a flag in about:flags so we can test it and file specific design bugs where the new font will need adjustments @Sebastien, can you provide a link to the latest Roboto font resources?

At first it appears that the font will be controllable via a Chrome flag so that the Chromium team can make sure the bugs get worked out before the font goes prime time. Notably, this new font is going to be slightly different than the Roboto we’ve known in the past, with Google saying the new version is “slightly wider and rounder, giving it greater clarity and making it more optimistic…” to match the design aesthetic of Android L.

(via OMGChrome)

font Stories July 15, 2014

Google partners with Adobe to release unified Noto Sans CJK font family for Chinese, Japanese and Korean

Google has joined forces with Adobe to release a unified Noto Sans CJK font family for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean, four languages that represent nearly one-quarter of readers worldwide. Noto Sans CJK is a high-quality Pan-CJK font family that aims to provide a richer reading experience to the East Asian community across operating systems and apps.

Google explained the technical details of the font family in a recent blog post:

Noto Sans CJK is a sans serif typeface designed as an intermediate style between the modern and traditional. It is intended to be a multi-purpose digital font for user interface designs, digital content, reading on laptops, mobile devices, and electronic books. Noto Sans CJK is provided in seven weights: Thin, Light, DemiLight, Regular, Medium, Bold, and Black.

Fully supporting CJK requires tens of thousands of characters—these languages share the majority of ideographic characters, but there are also characters that are unique to only one language or to a subset of the languages. One of the primary design goals of Noto Sans CJK is that each script should retain its own distinctive look, which follows regional conventions, while remaining harmonious with the others.

Adobe has released the same font family under the name Source Han Sans.

font Stories October 9, 2013

Google Slides updated w/ widescreen presentations & editable themes

Google today announced that it’s rolling out a few new features to Slides, the company’s presentations app built into Google Drive. Among the new features is support for widescreen presentations, which will now be enabled by default:

Since the majority of monitors and displays are now widescreen, new presentations will be widescreen by default. You can change the size of your slides using the pull down menu in the theme chooser, or by visiting Page setup in the File menu.

Google is also including another highly requested feature that brings the ability to customize the preset fonts, colors backgrounds and more for themes:

One of your top requests has been to customize these presets throughout your presentation. With editable master slides, you can now easily tailor how content appears on every slide by selecting “Edit master” from the Slide menu. For example, you can set all of your header fonts to Alconica, make all of your first level bullets bold, and add a logo in the bottom right corner.

Google has a support doc available here that will walk you through everything you need to know about editing master slides and layouts for themes.

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