Google Fonts has a new interface!My short review.
The redesign brought a more pleasant interface to navigate among font families. A bit more in the direction of what is needed when you design for responsive sites.
Sample sentences will not expand in “infinite” length anymore; you can better control font-size.
To test the font you can now choose to use:
- a sentence
(random sentences, different for each shown font)
- a paragraph
(random paragraphs, different for each shown font)
- the alphabet
- the numerals
- your custom
One thing I miss here is what was called “poster” tab, which was used to display the name of the font family by means of the font itself (I found it useful to memorize font names).
On the back-end nothing looks apparently changed (maybe in the database something is different, since now 804 font families
are declared compared with the previous 779).
For example the selection on “languages” is the same as before (a mix of Unicode divisions and languages) and also the categories are the same.
It’s interesting the new feature to order the fonts
. You can sort them by popularity (Popular
); emerging popularity (Trending
) and novelty (Date Added
The most important selector anyway is the new cursor that enables to select the number of styles
each font family has. That’s so important when you are selecting fonts for body copy.
On the implementation they seem to have simplified the first approach (use the link or at-import) and left the hard issue of dealing with the FOUT problem on the FAQs for developers.
On the search system something changed: no more redirection to external font providers. Probably the thing is going to change since they encourage type designers to opt-in to be listed in their search results.
And you, what do you think of the new interface?
Let me know.LINKS
New interface: https://fonts.google.com/
Old interface: https://fonts.google.com/fonts#googlefonts #googlefontsredesign