Google’s latest Roboto variant is a font customizable to its core

Roboto flex

As someone who’s deeply obsessed with fonts, I am aware that not everyone shares my passion , however, I truly believe that everyone who cares anything related to typography will be an curiosity about the announcements that Google revealed on its Thursday. If you’ve had the pleasure of using anything produced by Google then you’ve heard of Roboto. Google is now introducing something named Roboto Flex. It’s a no-brainer it’s a re-creation of its font that can be tweaked and customized in an array of ways.

I’m beginning to think I could be losing lots of individuals, therefore let’s do this: here’s a GIF that illustrates all the variables you can change Roboto Flex has. There’s nothing trickery in the picture and I’m not altering the raster image using Photoshop or anything else. All the information you see is in the font itself and is able to be altered in the same way as size of the font.Of of course, you can mix any of these modifications as you’d prefer.

Cool, isn’t it? (If you’ve just declared “no” on your computer’s display I’m granting you permission to quit right immediately. It’s not going to be any more exciting for you.)

Google’s latest Roboto variant is a font customizable to its core

The basic idea basically is Roboto Flex is a “variable font,” meaning that you do not have to load different files in order to alter its weight or slant, as well as other variables. Flex is more than the fundamental changes; Google says there are twelve different ways to alter it, such as altering the width of its stroke, the thickness and even the heights of ascending and descended stems (like those found in the letter “d” or “p,” respectively).

These kinds of fonts have been in use for some time — and Roboto Flex has been publically in development for about a year and it’s great to know that Google is making it available for anyone who would like to utilize it.

Roboto Flex also has a number of other aspects that aren’t directly linked to its appearance. On its blog article, Google says it’s implemented an emphasis on balancing the font to ensure that it’s perfect at specific sizes, which means it will appear thin or bold, regardless of whether it’s a full page or only a tiny footnote. Google’s announcement also delved into the way the font’s designers (a studio named Font Bureau) made sure small details were in place. It appears that the circles in the symbol of percent are in proportion to the number 0. This is some serious font geekery that I love.

What this means is that designers can have the ability to control the way their text is appearing without doing lots of work (assuming the software they’re working on is able to support different fonts). It’s ideal for web designers looking for an elegant font that they can modify to ensure that the titles and headings stand out, in comparison to the other content on their page as well as in comparison to other web pages. It’s also a good idea to know since it’s an official Google Font, you can integrate it on your site by using just one or two codes.

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