(sommelier voice) "Ah yes, quite nice, I'm getting notes of Clarendon, with a hint of Droid Serif..."
It would be sweet if this showed up on Google Fonts at some point.
The typeface comes with an almost upright italic.
Glad to see this all came from a collaboration with TypeTogether. Love their work. "Athelas" is my favorite body copy typeface.
Literata look great (check out their Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/typetogether/sets/72157652433541065/ ), but I can't get behind the upright italic. Just looks silly.
I love how Google has been taking design seriously lately.
Agreed. They've been doing a good job. I remember Doug Bowman left in disgust a few years ago because he couldn't get anything done over there (http://stopdesign.com/archive/2009/03/20/goodbye-google.html). It sounded like the engineering mindset—quantifying everything, prioritizing data over instinct—nullified whatever attempt at better design they'd made by hiring him, and their apps really showed it.
I don't know how design at Google works now, but I hope they're not still bickering over shades of blue.
I think they've really pulled it together in recent times, with the introduction and implementation of material design. I don't agree with material design implemented by third-parties, I think it's Google's thing and it should only be Google's thing. I believe it is probably the best design-related decision they could've possibly made.
I only hope that some of their more talented designers and UX people turn to YouTube. That site is a total pain in the ass to use.
Really nice. Reminds me of some of the reasons I love Arbutus Slab.
Pretty good in general. I'm quite liking the (near-) upright italics. Not so sure about these shoulders, though: