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What is Twitter's new font?

The new font called Chirp was revealed in January, but was introduced globally on Thursday. “Chirp strikes the balance between messy and sharp to amplify the fun and irreverence of a Tweet, but can also carry the weight of seriousness when needed,” Twitter said in a blogpost. The Indian ExpressTwitter rolls out new design and font, confused users react with memes

Twitter gets a fresh new look on Android, iOS, and the web

Android Central 13 August, 2021 - 04:50pm

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Back in January, Twitter revealed "Chirp," its first-ever proprietary font. Eight months later, the company has finally rolled out the new font. Aside from the new font, Twitter is also rolling out a few other design changes that it says will make its website and mobile apps "more accessible" and less cluttered than before.

"Chirp strikes the balance between messy and sharp to amplify the fun and irreverence of a Tweet, but can also carry the weight of seriousness when needed," Twitter said when it first revealed the font. With the switch to Chirp, all Western-language text now aligns left on Twitter.

Twitter has updated its color palette to be high contrast and a lot less blue. This change, according to the company, will help "draw attention to the photos and videos you create and share." It also plans to roll out new colors soon to give users a fresh palette. If you have a Twitter Blue subscription, you can already change the colors of the mobile app and its icon on both iOS devices and the best Android phones.

Twitter's new buttons are high contrast as well to make the "most important actions you can take stand out." The follow buttons can now help you see what actions you've taken at a glance. To reduce visual clutter, Twitter has reduced the number of gray backgrounds and unnecessary divider lines. Text is also now easier to read, thanks to increased space. Twitter says this is only the start of more visual updates as it becomes "more centered on you and what you have to say."

The changes appear to have widely rolled out already, but some of you may have to wait a little longer to see the new font and updated color palette.

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The new Twitter font is here (and users have feelings about it)

Creative Bloq 13 August, 2021 - 04:50pm

Initially revealed in January, Chirp, the company's first ever proprietary typeface, is now making its way onto the system. Calling it a balance of "American Gothics and European Grotesques" Twitter says the new font is both legible and quirky. But as is the case with anything new, it seems people are going to need time to get used to it. (Looking for typographical inspiration? Check out our best free fonts). 

In January, we revealed our new font, Chirp — and it’s ready for you to use today.All Western-language text now aligns left, making it easier to read as you scroll. Non-Western languages remain unchanged.https://t.co/nlgxXJs5F6August 11, 2021

Twitter unveiled a grungy new aesthetic at the start of 2021, but until now it was confined to splash screens and the company's website. But with the rolling out of the new typeface across the platform itself, users are starting to take more notice – and not everyone's happy.

Plenty have expressed their displeasure at the new look, calling the updated typeface uglier, headache-inducing and harder to read. But not everyone's hating on it – there are those who agree that Chirp is much more legible than the previous Helvetica, with one user describing reading the new font as "like having laser surgery".

People trying to find the differences in fonts:#TwitterFont pic.twitter.com/zLEUupWpXYAugust 12, 2021

What is this font change everyone talking about and I don’t see??#TwitterFont pic.twitter.com/UwhAn251nhAugust 12, 2021

In a blog post, Twitter explains that it worked with Swiss type foundry Grilli Type to develop Chirp, and claims that the typeface "strikes the balance between messy and sharp to amplify the fun and irreverence of a Tweet, but can also carry the weight of seriousness when needed."

We're fans of Twitter's new look overall, and anything that makes the site more legible is a good thing from an accessibility perspective. We have a feeling users will adjust to the new typeface pretty quickly – and if they don't, there are other social media platforms out there that offer a little more typographical choice. Speaking of which, here's how to change your Instagram font.

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Twitter Totally Changed Its Font, & It’ll Make You Do A Double-Take

Elite Daily 12 August, 2021 - 03:28pm

The announcement came in an Aug. 11 tweet from the @TwitterDesign account. “Notice anything different?” the tweet began. Formally confirming the change, the tweet read, “Today, we released a few changes to the way Twitter looks on the web and on your phone. While it might feel weird at first, these updates make us more accessible, unique, and focused on you and what you’re talking about.” It’s not out of nowhere, though. The design process behind the “Chirp” font was originally unveiled in January 2021 by Twitter’s Creative Director Derrit DeRouen and the official blog months before the official release.

The new font is the first to be created by the company — save for a four-month experiment in 2014 — and it came about with help from Swiss company Grilli Type Foundry. Chirp is a blend of American Gothic and European Grotesque styles. It features a clean look, but there are also some slightly jagged edges to specific letters.

Although the company cited the refresh feature, among other tweaks to its visual appeal, as something that “might feel weird at first” but ultimately make your scroll more engaging, you might be wondering if you’ll be able to switch it back to the old font. There’s no way to revert to the font you were used to, but according to a Twitter spokesperson, the company is “listening to feedback about the font and will continue to improve it.” The spokesperson added, “We tested the font and found that while it does take people a little time to get used to it, overall they like the change.”

Prior to the change, Twitter used fonts that were determined by the device you used. iOS users saw tweets in San Francisco font, while Android and Windows users were seeing Roboto and Segoe, respectively. DeRouen’s January 2021 tweet stated Twitter’s “key objective” was to “improve how [people] convey emotion and imperfection” and said the current fonts weren’t up to the task.

In addition to the font update, the rest of Twitter got some other design tweaks. The app and website have updated, high-contrast colors and buttons, less vibrant blue shades, and a new color palette that will release to the platform sometime in the future. There’s also less “visual clutter,” which means fewer gray backgrounds and divider lines, as well as an increase in space. The alignment for tweets in Western languages is also now left-aligned for easier reading, according to the announcement.

It’s unclear whether the new “Chirp” font is a permanent addition to Twitter, but the announcement signaled it’s only “the start” of visual updates depending on feedback.

You may need time to get used to Twitter’s new “Chirp” font but it’ll be sticking around for a while — so the best thing to do is get used to your new scroll.

Twitter Gets a New Look on Android, iOS, and the Web

Wccftech 12 August, 2021 - 06:36am

Twitter revealed "Chirp" back in January, the social media's first proprietary font. Eight months later, they are finally rolling out the new font. However, this is not the only change that has made its way to the service. Twitter is also rolling out several new design changes. According to them, these changes will make the website and the mobile apps better in terms of accessibility and reduce the clutter.

When it was announced, Twitter called Chirp a balance "between messy and sharp," To be honest; the font is receiving positive feedback as far as the users are concerned. By switching to Chirp, all the Western-language texts are now aligned to the left on Twitter, which looks really neat.

Today, we released a few changes to the way Twitter looks on the web and on your phone. While it might feel weird at first, these updates make us more accessible, unique, and focused on you and what you’re talking about.

Let’s take a deeper look. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/vCUomsgCNA

— Twitter Design (@TwitterDesign) August 11, 2021

Here is a Tweet describing the idea behind Chirp.

I want to give a bit more depth to Chirp, our new typeface.

Type, in 280 character doses, is the foundation of Twitter. In the history of the company we’ve either relied on someone else’s typeface, from SF Pro and Roboto, to Helvetica Neue in our brand. pic.twitter.com/OrvlYsxF9g

— Derrit DeRouen (@DerritDeRouen) January 27, 2021

However, a new font is not the only change that Twitter has introduced. The color palette on the platform has also received a change. You are looking at a higher contrast color palette, and there is a lot less blue this time around. According to the company, this change will help "draw attention to the photos and videos you create and share." The company is also planning on launching new colors soon that will give users a fresh coat of paint. If you have the Twitter Blue subscription, you can already go ahead and change the colors of the mobile app and its icon on both iOS and Android phones.

Twitter's new buttons are now offering a higher contrast that will make the "most important actions you can take stand out." The follow button can now help you see what actions you took at a glance. The company has also reduced the number of grey backgrounds and unnecessary divider lines; this s to reduce the visual clutter.

Additionally, the text is now easier to read, thanks to the added space. Twitter has said that this is only the start of what seems to be a series of visual updates that will be coming in the future. The changes initially rolled out yesterday, but now it seems that the new font and the color palette have rolled out globally.

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Twitter Gets a New Look on Android, iOS, and the Web

iMore 12 August, 2021 - 06:36am

Twitter revealed "Chirp" back in January, the social media's first proprietary font. Eight months later, they are finally rolling out the new font. However, this is not the only change that has made its way to the service. Twitter is also rolling out several new design changes. According to them, these changes will make the website and the mobile apps better in terms of accessibility and reduce the clutter.

When it was announced, Twitter called Chirp a balance "between messy and sharp," To be honest; the font is receiving positive feedback as far as the users are concerned. By switching to Chirp, all the Western-language texts are now aligned to the left on Twitter, which looks really neat.

Today, we released a few changes to the way Twitter looks on the web and on your phone. While it might feel weird at first, these updates make us more accessible, unique, and focused on you and what you’re talking about.

Let’s take a deeper look. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/vCUomsgCNA

— Twitter Design (@TwitterDesign) August 11, 2021

Here is a Tweet describing the idea behind Chirp.

I want to give a bit more depth to Chirp, our new typeface.

Type, in 280 character doses, is the foundation of Twitter. In the history of the company we’ve either relied on someone else’s typeface, from SF Pro and Roboto, to Helvetica Neue in our brand. pic.twitter.com/OrvlYsxF9g

— Derrit DeRouen (@DerritDeRouen) January 27, 2021

However, a new font is not the only change that Twitter has introduced. The color palette on the platform has also received a change. You are looking at a higher contrast color palette, and there is a lot less blue this time around. According to the company, this change will help "draw attention to the photos and videos you create and share." The company is also planning on launching new colors soon that will give users a fresh coat of paint. If you have the Twitter Blue subscription, you can already go ahead and change the colors of the mobile app and its icon on both iOS and Android phones.

Twitter's new buttons are now offering a higher contrast that will make the "most important actions you can take stand out." The follow button can now help you see what actions you took at a glance. The company has also reduced the number of grey backgrounds and unnecessary divider lines; this s to reduce the visual clutter.

Additionally, the text is now easier to read, thanks to the added space. Twitter has said that this is only the start of what seems to be a series of visual updates that will be coming in the future. The changes initially rolled out yesterday, but now it seems that the new font and the color palette have rolled out globally.

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How to disable the new Twitter font

Tom's Guide 12 August, 2021 - 03:52am

Here’s how to disable the new Twitter font — and restore it if you change your mind

According to a Twitter blog post, "Chirp strikes the balance between messy and sharp to amplify the fun and irreverence of a Tweet, but can also carry the weight of seriousness when needed." 

That's all very well, and the new font does look more modern and, some might say, easier to read. However, not everyone likes change  — at least not at first — especially when it's foisted on them.

Although there's not much you can do to change the Chirp font in the Twitter app for Android and iOS (where it feels more at home), there is a workaround, shared by Twitter user Twilight Sparkle, that lets you restore the traditional font on the Twitter website.

1. First, visit the Twitter website in your desktop web browser. It doesn’t matter which page is displayed. Don't like that new font? Don't worry!

2. You’ll now need to open your browser’s “Developer tools” Console panel.

In Chrome, press Ctrl+Shift+J on a Windows PC or Cmd+Opt+J on a Mac.

In Firefox, press Ctrl+Shift+K in Windows or Cmd+Opt+K in macOS.

In Microsoft Edge on a Windows PC, you can either press Ctrl+Shift+I or just hit F12 to open Developer Tools.

3. When the “Developer tools” panel opens in the right-hand side of your browser, click the Console tab if it isn’t already displayed.

4. Copy and paste the following code into the text entry field at the bottom of the Console, where you see a right-pointing arrow and a flashing cursor:

5. Press Enter and refresh Twitter. You can either do this by clicking the Refresh or Reload button on your browser’s toolbar, or by pressing F5 on your Windows keyboard or Cmd+R on a Mac

6. The Twitter font will now be changed from the new style to the old one

Close the “Developer tools” panel and enjoy Twitter like you used to!

If you change your mind and decide to give the new Twitter font a chance, you can go back to the future by disabling the old one. Here's how.

1. Follow steps 1 to 3 above to open the “Developer tools” Console panel in your browser, while viewing Twitter.

2. Copy and paste the following code into the Console in the same place as before:

3. Press Enter and refresh/reload the page. The new Twitter font will now be reapplied. We’re sure you’ll get used to it, and even learn to like it!

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