Google is FastCo’s Design Company of the Year
“We have world-class designers across key areas… There’s alignment around shared values and approaches but diversity of thought and opinion.” — Sundar PichaiWhen Google was incorporated in 1998, it was synonymous with technology and search engines. But design? Not so much. Today, Google is Fast Company’s 2018 Design Company of the Year. Clearly, a lot has changed over the last two decades. In a new interview with Sundar Pichai, our CEO discusses Google’s design evolution, challenges, and legacy—revealing how we landed the first Fast Company award recognizing high-quality, ambitious design work in an organization.Read more over at Fast Company
Google Fonts launches Japanese support—and makes loading large fonts even faster
Japanese fonts are both complex and very large—spanning well over ten thousand codepoints across four writing systems. This poses a unique challenge when it comes to the web, since downloading a Japanese font as a single “block” would make page load unacceptably slow. Google Fonts' innovative delivery system circumvents this problem by splitting the large fonts into roughly 100 “slices” based on an analysis of online language patterns. This intelligent approach was first used earlier this year for Korean fonts, and is now extended to support Japanese text with six web fonts for designers and developers. Try all six fast-loading Japanese kanji fontsWant the latest fonts first? Join the Google Fonts Early Access Program
Announcing SPAN Helsinki, 1 Nov 2018
This year, our annual design conference is heading to Helsinki. Join 250 makers and technologists for a a day of thought-provoking talks, hands-on workshops, and experiential sessions in Finland’s capital city. We’re thrilled to host world-renowned speakers and Finnish designers working at the intersection of AI, art, and design for a single day of diverse programming. Registration is now open, please visit to learn more and follow #SPAN18 for updates on the speaker lineup (and more) in the days ahead.Tickets are free, but spots are limited! Register now for SPAN 2018
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