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Google makes Roboto font open source

by Brandon Russell | May 27, 2015May 27, 2015 5:00 am PDT

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Over the past four years, Google’s Roboto font has become an important part of the company’s identity. It’s the font you’ve seen in Android since Ice Cream Sandwich was released in 2011, and it’s the font you see in Chrome OS, too; Google is also experimenting with Roboto on YouTube, which means it’s soon to become one of the most widely seen fonts in the world. That ubiquity has turned Roboto into a household name, an integral part of Google’s ecosystem.

And now you can use it however you want.

Google on Tuesday said Roboto is now open source, with a “revamped font production toolchain” that anyone can tweak. Google previously released the font files for the Roboto family back in 2011, but Tuesday’s release means you can do with it as you please. Want to make the font a little more narrow, or give it some style? You can do so by grabbing the files over at GitHub.

Today’s release won’t mean much to you and me, but for all you designers out there, Roboto is now at your mercy.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...