From the author: Google Fonts now supports open source icons, starting with the Material Design icon set.
The writing systems we use today have a long history. Human expression began with drawings on the walls of caves, some of which date back to at least 40,000 years BC.
Later, the Latin hieroglyph “A” is believed to have evolved from the Phoenician “Aleph”, which itself began as an abstract representation of the head of a bull based on the Proto-Sinai script.
Although today’s letters and symbols evolved from abstract representations of things in the real world, we still use abstract forms to convey concepts and ideas every day.
This is especially true for user interfaces in a digital environment. For example, it is widely known that the × icon means to close or remove part of what users see on their screen. You may have also seen a magnifying glass used to shorten the word “search” on your popular search engine or other website.
As iconography has become a central part of any design system, Material Design maintains a collection of over 2,000 different icons available in five styles. And because typography and iconography are so closely related, we’re now adding icons to Google Fonts.
Material Design icons are delightful, beautifully designed symbols available in a variety of styles (filled, outlined, rounded, two-tone). And they are available for download or use as a web font using our API.
We believe that everyone should have access to quality design resources, which is why Material Design icons are open source and available under the Apache 2.0 license. We also plan to add other open source icon sets to Google Fonts in the future.
We’ve also created a brand new icon for Google Fonts itself. We decided to rebrand our “F” monogram and transform it into something new, reflecting the essence of the products and services offered by Google Fonts.
At first glance, the new logo may appear to be abstract shapes made up of circles and rectangles, but upon closer inspection, you will notice several shapes and icons blended together. The new visual label gives us more design flexibility and also inspires the overall look of the user interface to better reflect our vision for the future of fonts.
You will see our new logo in the site header and other font properties. Google Fonts will continually provide new fonts and icons, and we hope you enjoy the new changes. Follow fonts.google.com.
A source: material.io
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