LINK: Newish Google Font – Open Sans

Open Sans – a family with 10 variants

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the font that Google announced a few weeks ago – seriously, check out Open Sans, by Steve Matteson.

I feel like this one is the gem in the crown for Google fonts. It’s a real workhorse type sans-serif, but one designed with web in mind. It’s like Helvetica in it’s utility, but screen friendly like Verdana. But unlike Verdana, it’s not ugly over 11px.

I hope to see this one used on a LOT of websites in the future.

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Why the focus on Google Fonts?

I’ve been wondering lately why I’ve taken such an interest in Google Web Fonts. After all, why focus on that service as opposed to any of the other web font providers out there?

I’ve come up with a few reasons:

  • The price– I’m not going to lie – the fact that it’s free is pretty compelling. I can understand Googles motivation – the less images on the web are contained within I mages, the better for them. But because of the free nature of the service, I feel like I can play around with it and experiment. The for-pay services are great when you have a finished design in hand, and you know what you need.

  • It’s CSS based– I like the fact that it doesn’t rely on a JavaScript call to load. The for-pay services rely on a JavaScript call in order to make sure that the site in question has indeed paid for the font’s use. But I like to know that if someone has JavaScript turned off, my font choice will still be displayed.

  • Google’s CDN – I have a lot of faith in googles servers – but I also truthfully have yet to hear of people having issues with any of the big name font providers either.

  • You can download the fonts themselves – i’m not sure if the for-pay services allow that. it definitely helps during the design stage.

  • The open source nature of a lot of these fonts – which yes, means that quality will vary wildly, but there are some real winners in the directory.

This does not discount the value of the other font providers out there – just why I’m paying more attention to Google Web Fonts. What do you think? What font providers are you finding success with? Let me know!

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Web fonts go mobile – Google Web Fonts

Web fonts go mobile – Google Web Fonts.

So many things have become clear lately regarding Google Web Fonts. First and foremost, with the release of iOS 4.2, iOS devices now support TTF fonts in addition to SVG fonts. Which means – yes, Google Fonts will work on your iPhone or iPad (yipee!).

Another new development – new fonts! They are also sortable!

The new arrivals:

  1. Allerta
  2. Allerta Stencil
  3. Bentham
  4. Cousine
  5. Puritan
  6. UnifrakturMaguntia

Of the new fonts, my favorite is UnifrakturMaguntia. It is a really well done Black letter fonts. It’s only flaw that I can see is that the uppercase “B” and “V” are the same. I don’t know if that’s intentional or not.

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