Guardian responsive redesign beta gets web fonts

Martin Belam by Martin Belam, 23 October 2012

This week some of my ex-colleagues at the Guardian unveiled the latest update to their public beta of a responsive redesign - using a version of Guardian Egyptian that has been hinted for the web.

Beta Guardian Dope

The beta.guardian.co.uk site is now using the Guardian Egyptian font

I’m absolutely thrilled, because I listed it as one of my regrets when I left the Guardian - that I hadn’t been able to win the battle to use web fonts.

The responsive beta site is a work in progress, as explained in this blog post by Matt Andrews, and at the moment is only aimed at small screen devices, but it is genuinely lovely to see the Guardian taking a step into improved web typography. Tremendous care was taken over the legibility and readability of the iPad edition, but it always felt like the website was a poor distant cousin of the typography used in print and in apps.

Beta Guardian Liveblog

An excerpt of a live blog on beta.guardian.co.uk

I’m very much looking forward to watching beta.guardian.co.uk progress as the team scales it up to work on bigger screen sizes.

Beta Guardian Merkel

More of the beta.guardian.co.uk homepage

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