Google Fonts has just tweeted about a new font titled ‘Oi’. The font is designed by Kostas Bartsokas.
Google categorizes it like this – “An Ultra-Fat Display TypeFace that has its roots in grotesque slab serifs.”
Kostas Bartsokas is a type designer and typographer, lover of good food, collector of experiences (Or at least his Twitter bio suggests so).
Google has included the font face in its Font Family. You can find it here:
The Announcement Tweet by Google:
The Font’s Mini Website:
The font sure looks promising best fit to use in banners and posters.
More About the Font and the Font’s Owner:
Oi is a bulky or thick typography-based font and the glyphs of the font look a bit thicker than normal/standard fonts we notice. The root of the font is the Slab serif family with 25 typefaces in the family. Some of the promising fonts like Courier are from this family. One of the interesting things is that the word ‘Oi’ is seriously what you are thinking it is. Yes, it varies from language to language as a form of ‘Hi’ or ‘Hey’.
The designer of Oi is from Greece and he is a typeface designer and typographer. He has received various awards for his Typograhies including a TDC Certificate. At last, you cannot sell the font anywhere but can use it freely as much as you want.
Google Fonts is one of the top font families with over 50 trillion font views and thousands of font families. Google fonts started its journey back in 2010. Right now, it is one of the most trusted and used font libraries all over the world amongst webmasters and website owners. As we know, the website of Google fonts includes fonts in more than 135 languages.
Some of the most used fonts of the library include:
- Open Sans
It is worth mentioning here that all of the fonts available are free and open-source, so anyone can use them without any cost or charge. The best part is that the library is not sitting idle, rather new fonts are being added to the library daily. Anyone following the Twitter account of Google fonts can verify this statement.
Why is Google Fonts important?
This might occur to many people as to why we should use Google Fonts in our websites or designs. Like – ‘System Fonts’ should be more than enough right? Why do designers or web developers use so many combinations of catchy fonts to design a web page? Let’s look at the styles of different fonts and get an idea.
How to add a Google Font to your website
If you are using WordPress or any other framework for developing your website, you might already have a library of Google Fonts in your ‘Typography’ Section of your Theme/Template. If you, however, fail to find your desired font there and want to add a Google font not included in your theme, you can do so using CSS.
The Process follows:
- Go to fonts.google.com
- Search for your font
- Include all of the font styles you want and click on the ‘Embed’ option on the right side. You will see the desired CSS to add to your theme’s header and then to your Additional CSS.
Google Fonts is growing more than ever and the closest rival might be Adobe’s Typekit, that is, Adobe Fonts (fonts.adobe.com). However, the difference in numbers of the font makes the play harder for Adobe. At last, both Google Fonts and Adobe Fonts are pretty solid on their own and a designer or developer can easily choose many eye-catching fonts from the platforms.