Google Fonts – Version 2!

Check it out –!

Google Fonts offically (soft) launched the new version of their Google Fonts directory late last week. It’s a huge improvement in every way imaginable. They did some really great work on it. I was privileged to be part of the user research process, and I can tell you a LOT of very hard work went into getting this thing right.

One of the stated goals for version 2 is that they will have 1000+ web fonts to choose from in one year’s time. This new design will definitely handle that volume of web fonts better than the original version.

There are also many more tools that let you look at how your fonts will be used. The “Test Drive” feature is particularly nice.

I think one of the smartest new additions is the data impact indicator that is shown on the last page of the process. It’s great to know how much load you are really adding.

So, go take it for a spin, and get using those web fonts!

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New Google Web Fonts

Apparently Google is adding new fonts to their font directory fast and furious. There were originally 19 fonts on launch, and there are now 25 fonts, plus new alternate weights on Josefin Sans. The new additions are:

  1. Arvo
  2. Cuprum
  3. Josefin Slab
  4. Neucha
  5. PT Sans
  6. Philosopher

I’m really impressed with the range of weights available with Josefin Sans – you can do some very refined work with those fonts. I can’t wait to see what folks out there do.

EDIT: Has anyone else noticed that most Google Web Fonts now suddenly work on the iPad? Still no love for the iPhone – I’m not sure why that is. There are also a few fonts – like most of these new ones- that don’t work yet.

EDIT (5/12): As of iOS 4.2 (late November 2010), Google Web Fonts work well on both the iPad and iPhone. See the comments below.

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Web Fonts – Who will blink first?

So apparently the new Google Fonts project does not include the SVG font format. What does that mean?

The beautiful custom web fonts won’t work on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

All that means is that users on those devices willl see you fallback fonts instead.

This saddens me, as I’ve lately been doing more and more of my casual surfing on an iPad. I think that the web is about to become a much more visually interresting place, and I’ll be missing out on it.

So the question is: who blinks first? Apple and Google are becoming cutthroat competitors, so I’m not sure if there will ever be a happy solution for users.

Ultimately, I’d like to see Apple add the support to their mobile Safari browsers than the other way around. I think that is better for the development community at large, and will benefit the users the most in the long term.

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