Twitter Redesigns & Replaces Helvetica Neue Typeface, Internet Is Not Having It
By Mikelle Leow, 03 Aug 2017
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background image via Wikimedia Commons
People are rabidly putting their 140 characters to full use over Twitter’s redesign—which features a typeface makeover—and not for a good reason.
Yesterday evening, Twitter quietly began rolling out an update to its desktop version, killing off the crowd favorite, Helvetica Neue, in favor of Segoe UI.
Users were greeted with a rude design-related shock when they woke up to check up on what others were having for brunch. Was Sarah having a Mimosa again? Wait… is that a new typeface?
As its name suggests, Segoe UI is optimized for user interface text. It’s the chosen typeface for the logos of Microsoft, Windows, and Office, as well as the Xbox 360 dashboard.
Despite being UI-enhanced, people were upset that the change might affect their reading experience, dubbing the new typeface “eye-strain Twitter font.” The classic Helvetica—after all—is so beloved because it’s versatile and incredibly legible.
Check out some responses below. Thanks for the tweet memories, Helvetica Neue.
Helvetica Neue. Composite image by DesignTAXI
Segoe UI. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Twitter users: We want no trolls or Nazi's, protect our privacy, edit tweet button— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) August 1, 2017
Twitter: Here is a new font
Did anyone else's Twitter font just change or am I having a stroke?— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) August 1, 2017
Image via DevraMaza
Twitter has a new font! It's driving me crazy. Not because of how hard to read it is, but because they didn't adjust line heights. pic.twitter.com/ybX9hyMr8c— Nathan Adams (@Dinnerbone) August 2, 2017
Image via Dinnerbone
Twitter's new font now means I'm not following people, I'm followinq people. I disapprove. pic.twitter.com/vvoBxoKPzL— Sebastian Hardy (@SebastianHardy) August 2, 2017
Image via SebastianHardy
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