Noto Serif CJK – A Font For All Languages
There are plenty of websites that offer fonts for users across the Internet, however, one font in particular has been making headlines lately, and that is Noto Serif CJK. What makes this font different than others is that it looks consistent across languages including English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic, and Greek! Why is this a big deal? As reported by Wired, Google’s director of internationalization efforts, Bob Jung, said that for anyone who builds products in multiple languages, when you “take two fonts and mix them together, you’ll see that the characters don’t look right together” – he calls it a ransom note effect.
Google worked together with Adobe to create this decades-long problem, with the main goal being to “build one free font to unite all languages on earth”. So far there are 30,000 ideographs, but according to Co.Design, “there are still 60,000 words missing for CJK to be truly complete”.
While every font out there can bring a different feel to your work, no matter the medium, however, Noto Serif CJK is unique in that if multiple languages are put side-by-side, the font is graphically pleasing and looks better than the “ransom note effect” that Bob Jung noted.
In addition, “Adobe says the font is designed to be screen-friendly, with each glyph containing a separate horizontal and vertical format”, and it “also includes seven different weight and style variations (such as bold and italic)” according to Digital Trend.
Want to download it now? Lucky for you, it’s free on Google Fonts.
Source: https://www.wired.com/2017/04/googles-new-font-honors-ancient-type-traditions/, https://www.fastcodesign.com/90108850/how-google-and-adobe-solved-a-decades-old-typographic-conundrum, http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/adobe-source-hans-serif-font/