Google Fonts(fonts.google.com)

over 3 years ago from Ernest Ojeh, UX Designer

  • Yitong ZhangYitong Zhang, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

    This redesign is awesome, but I think it might have killed my side project.

    I’ve been working on a site that offers google fonts with better visuals and search by font feature (x-height, stroke contrast, etc) functionality.

    Sunk 30+ hours into it designing + coding up the front end while my friend works on programmatically tagging the font on the backend.

    I want to continue working on my project, but it now feels a lot less relevant. Any advice, DN?

    For the curious, here's a wireframe of the main screen.

    16 points
    • Tim SainsburyTim Sainsbury, over 3 years ago

      Based on that wireframe you're still offering more options for picking out fonts. This is still the same old Google Fonts really, with the same feature set, it just looks and works a little different. I would keep going man.

      8 points
    • Sander VisserSander Visser, over 3 years ago

      I agree with Tim – your wireframe offers more options on comparing fonts and would definitely be relevant. You should only realise that Google might eventually push certain updates through, as they apparently seem to keep improving and / or changing their current version.

      4 points
    • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, over 3 years ago

      I would love to see a search tool for x-height, contrast, etc.

      1 point
    • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 3 years ago

      Turn it into an Electron app for OS X and Windows that syncs Google Fonts to your system. SkyFonts already does this, but I think it's very poorly executed.

      2 points
    • Michael YoungMichael Young, over 3 years ago

      Keep going with your idea, there can never be enough ideas for browsing for fonts. This is why we continue to develop https://fontpath.com, as we can provide tens of thousands of fonts (paid options).

      0 points
    • Sarah Hum, over 3 years ago

      Some properties on Typekit are pretty useful for choosing fonts (eg. Default figure style)

      0 points