Summary

Google Fonts

reviewed by Hannah Ploeg

25/09/2017

The Good:

The tool is very clear. You can filter out what kind of font you want on different levels (from thickness to popularity). The tool gives a good representation of what the font is. It is also easy to download the font once you found one.

The Bad:

The offer on fonts is limited and a lot of fonts are a lot alike or similar to the ones that are standard on your computer.

The Bottomline:

The tool is clear but has a limited offer.

Overall Rating:

4

Specifications

The official website of the tool is

https://fonts.google.com/

The tool is made by

A collab of different organisations and people including: Jacques Le Bailly (Latin type designer) Lasse Fister (font engineer) Marc Foley (font engineer) Kalapi Gajjar (Indian type specialist) Thomas Jockin (Latin type designer) Nhung Nguyen (Vietnamese type specialist) Alexei Vanyashin (Cyrillic type specialist)

You can find the official doccumentation on:

https://github.com/google/fonts

Is there a user forum/ bug tracker/ issue tracker and if so where?

https://developers.google.com/fonts/docs/troubleshooting https://fonts.googleblog.com

I reviewed version n/a of the Software

The interface:

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  • what is it : online tool
  • what is it for ? website making and posting
  • this tool functions : online
  • this tool is available for : ALL
  • this tool is : Free Beer
  • does this tool have a paid version available? no
  • Review

    The user interface:

    Actually it is just really clear, no complaints about this.

    Tutorials / Instructions:

  • useful / helpful : 2
  • clear : 5
  • quick and easy to understand : 5

    What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)

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    Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)

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    What would/could a designer use this tool for?

    Downloading fonts, or use it as an inspiration to make own fonts.

    Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?

    I thinks it's totally free but here's an article of someone who doesn't think so: https://practicaltypography.com/why-google-fonts-arent-really-open-source.html

    Please add any additional comments below:

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    *As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*

    Hannah Ploeg, 25/09/2017

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    Testing the tool

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