The Mighty Oswald Webfont

Usage of Oswald (above) from Google Web Fonts increased by  251% over the last couple of months. The number of CSS requests for the face  is now nearing 600,000,000. What’s incredible with those figures is that Oswald is a single face; no italics or weights. I didn’t imagine such popularity when i knocked it together. Oswald was designed from the mix of a number of nineteenth and early twentieth century grotesk faces, with it’s outlines ‘quantised’ and ‘fitted’ onto a pixelgrid system. An accompanying lighter weight of Oswald would be a nice addition – in the pipeline (below).



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  1. Bill
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m a fan of the Oswald font, thanks for creating it. A lighter version would be good but if anything I’d actually like a heavier variant for headings.

  2. vernon adams
    Posted October 1, 2011 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Bill – a regular is in progress & i’ll be starting on a heavier version to work on at the same time. Expect them to reach the Google server in 3-4 weeks :)

  3. Posted October 19, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Oswald is a great font. Thank you for making it available for everyone.

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