Google’s new font size

So, Google have changed the font size on their home page for the search box and buttons. At first I thought this was some setting in Firefox going awry (I'd been doing a fair amount of zooming on a design I was working on), but no. This is the way it's supposed to look.

Odd in a way as it seems inconsistent with all of their other designs which use 10pt arial (even in Gmail which I'm sending this post from) — but not unwelcome. Maybe it's because I'm getting old but I do prefer larger, clearer type.

Knowing Google you can bet they spent a long time and a lot of money on the user research for this too (remember "41 shades of blue-gate"?).

Screenshot from Firefox on OS X.

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Tags: UI, web design.

3 Responses to “Google’s new font size”

  1. Jason says:

    Absolutely horrible, to me. I sent a comment in to the Google blog about this – perhaps they should allow you to change default settings. There are some of us who prefer the minimalist approach to things. Google was once a niche search engine, for the enthusiasts… now that it’s gone mainstream, it’s Apple-ized itself. Form over function.

  2. Lorraine Coccaro says:

    Anything that makes reading easier and clearer is a plus.
    Niche search engine for enthusiasts–hogwash. Not any longer. Form over function? No. Both form and function must be considered.

  3. bull says:

    The finality of the reason google gives; makes me wonder. Not that it’s such a big deal (pun intended), I just personally find the large font annoying, and think we should be given the option of using the “view” option; the “page” option, or just because I’m free to make my own choices… which, I’m gonna do.
    Google made it to the top by being the best. What happened to the freedom to see things as I’d like to see them? As insignificant as this issue is; I find it troubling that our only choice is “our way or the highway” mentality you’re using. I’ve never had problems with google; and wonder why you find it so urgent and finial to say it in such a domineering way?
    My “preferences”, are just that, mine.
    It’s your right to run your business as y’all see fit; yet, I can’t believe it’s this big of a deal to put your foot down in the terse and omnipotent manner in which you have. An explanation of why it HAS to be this way, would be sufficient enough to satisfy my (in) difference to the subject. Just tell us why, thank you :) *yawn*