Google has recently released an open-source font system called Noto. It covers more than 800 languages and 110,000 characters. It was designed with the intent to get rid of what they call “tofu”, or the little squares indicating a character isn't recognized.
The new Google Fonts page is wonderful. You can decide whether you want the preview to be in paragraph form, display, set custom text and size, and apply it across the grid of fonts you’re viewing. It’s so, so, so much better — honestly, I’m way more likely to actually use Google hosted fonts now….
Good typography choices and practices can be elusive to non-designers. But choosing a great typeface is possible, even if you’re not an expert. There are many great tools, resources, and tips available to help us make the right decisions.
I’m not sorry to see Google Fonts and other sources of fine typography being dropped as remote sources for WordPress themes. Given the relative ease of modifying existing open source typefaces and creating new ones, I wonder why we don’t see more of them being generated and shared in the WordPress space. It would be…
Is it better to load your fonts from Google Fonts or a CDN? Find out with Simon Wicki. 💨
Google Fonts now supports open source icons, starting with the Material Design icon set. 👍 They’ve “also created an entirely new icon for Google Fonts itself.” In my view, this change makes another Google product logo unrecognizable. 🤷♂️
Extendify acquires EditorsKit Another acquisition was announced this week: Extendify is adopting Jeffrey Carandang‘s EditorsKit plugin. EditorsKit provides a set of advanced typographical tools for the WordPress block editor. 🧰 As a “first step,” Extendify has made the EditorsKit Typography and Google Fonts Add-On free. Additionally, the Extendify library of Gutenberg patterns and templates is…