Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Oct 2011 18:27 UTC
Google So, somewhere in the middle of the night (at least for me) Samsung and Google held a joint event, in which they announced both the new Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. While the Galaxy Nexus is a pretty impressive phone, what we got to see from Ice Cream Sandwich surely didn't drop too many jaws.
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Font snobs and copycats
by Torbjorn Vik Lunde on Thu 20th Oct 2011 05:59 UTC
Torbjorn Vik Lunde
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Ice Cream Sandwich also introduces a new font, Roboto, which is the default font all throughout Android 4.0. It's designed for high-density displays, and, as always with anything that isn't ZOMGHELVETICAGGNRFFRRRR, the font hipsters are hating on it like crazy. Of course, had Apple used this font, it would've been awesome and beautifully elegant and understated and magical

The “font hipsters” you are talking about are really font designers and graphic designers with knowledge of fonts. Many designers have criticized iPhone for using Helvetica as well, citing among other thing legibility issues.


(how's that Comic Sans rip-off Marker Felt that's infesting iOS working out for ya?).

Marker Felt isn’t really a Comic Sans anymore than any grotesk font is a ripoff Helvetica… not that that’s a consolation to the horrible skeuomorphic stuff that Apple puts out.


Alas, I like it, I think it looks nice. It's certainly not as beautiful as Metro's excellent Segoe-based typography, but then again - nothing is.

And with regards to Segoe UI? Yes, it looks awesome, no doubt. That is because it is ripped off Frutiger. Why couldn’t they just have bought or licensed Frutiger? The Metro interface itself though is an original creation, and a brilliant one at that.


My first impression of Roboto is good, and at the very least it looks a hell lot better than the Droid fonts which where simply way to expressive for an far reaching thing as being system font. It will be very interesting to actually see it on a phone. Although it has clearly been influenced from other fonts, I can’t see it being more a ripff off Helvetica than Helvetica itself is an ripoff Akzidenz-Grotesk. I also don’t see a problem doing a font inspired by another one provided that you make your different enough so it has it’s own expression.

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