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.
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.
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.
I would love to see a search tool for x-height, contrast, etc.
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.
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).
Some properties on Typekit are pretty useful for choosing fonts (eg. Default figure style)
It deserves https://fonts.google URL
I always go there first and get the 404. Google needs to move all their projects to either subdomains or subdirectories, but the mishmash is annoying
“Other people look at bottles of wine or whatever, or, you know, girls' bottoms. I get kicks out of looking at
typewebsites.” -Erik Spiekermann -Me
It is so much better than before. The one thing that drives me crazy though is the fact I can't right click anything to open in new tab. That makes searching through fonts a real pain.
The layout takes some getting used to, but i feel like this is an usability improvement overall. Not to mention the general better look of the page.
It would be nice to have the option of viewing the fonts in a list rather than a grid...
But I prefer www.google.com/fonts, this is a tool, it doesn't need to be pretty. The old version works pretty great already, not sure what this new version is trying to prove. Just for the sake of using material design? That's missing the point.
The grid view is extremely tiring to browse through, my eyes go all over the place. And the "show all styles" option is gone...
Instead of completely revamp it, why can't they just improve upon what they already have?
I completely agree. All they have done is added their "Material Design" skin to it. Now it looks exactly like everything else out there.
Oh yeah, this looks much better than before!
It looks way nicer but almost instantly I wanted to be able to view the fonts in a single line not a grid and change the size of the type but couldn't do either so end up stuck awkwardly viewing only a few fonts per screen.
Overall nice to see the refresh to material though.
CMD -to fit more on a screen.
Really happy about the UI refresh but the new icon is immensely disappointing.
Here's a hi-res of it which is almost pointless: https://www.google.com/images/branding/product/2x/google_fonts_512dp.png
What's the thinking behind this?
- Fuck it
- Creative differences lead to depressing compromise
Probably they are optimizing for the favicon, which is the only place that icon is going to be visible...
I hope that's not true. What a depressing compromise to make.
I really like this, so much better than before. However, it's a shame they haven't reviewed the categories of Serif, Sans Serif, Handwriting, etc. I would love to see fotns better tagged.
More options to see when you scroll. So fresh and minimal.
I love this redesign. Right up my minimal alley.
Really nice redesign, but it is still missing a lot of the fonts pending to add, like the different weight for Montserrat. Google is stuck with only 2, and on github there is a PR to add the other weights. The design looks really good though.
Never use G fonts!
Some interesting takes there, but I think the update at the end highlights some important points:
Are a lot of the webfonts we see today cruddy free fonts? Yes. And are many of those from Google Fonts? Also yes. But as a type designer, I would much rather have people using cruddy free fonts than system fonts. Why? Because it requires them to overcome their resting inertia—“why should I use webfonts when I’ve got Georgia?” That first step is a big one. Eventually, some of these people will get sick of their cruddy webfonts, and then they’ll be in the market for better ones. Which they won’t find at Google Fonts.
This is something I've definitely noticed, and the designers I work with are definitely at the point now where they are seeking out high quality paid webfonts. It's been a slow process whereas before it would be default system fonts; then it progressed to Google Fonts.
Google did a great job of making a huge library of fonts easily accessible to anyone who knows a small amount of html & css.
- Awesome filter feature ✔
- Lazyloading images as you scroll ✔
- Inline edit feature for each font ✔
Nice!! I love all the changes, but I think this would have been the perfect opportunity to add the functionality to save your favorite fonts for late.
Whoooooo! Caught the update mid-way through gathering a list of typefaces for a project and was caught so happily off-guard. Good work.
I really like the inline preview adjustment tools
I wish these options were global rather than per-specimen
Good point! Although I have found a lot of fonts set at the same size don't appear 1:1 so I guess it allows for some additional level of individual fine tuning when comparing options.
There is an 'apply to all' button if you want to see it that way.