While browsing the internet, sometimes you might have noticed, some blank boxes (⯐) appear on some pages instead of texts. It mainly happens due to not getting the appropriate font. Those boxes are known as “tofu”, and Google took the challenge to see “no more tofu”. That’s why the web giant has created a new comprehensive font “Noto”.  

Google originally started the Noto project as a necessity for Android and ChromeOS operating systems so that they can support the maximum number of languages. The project took five years to reach today’s position, and now it’s a free & open source font for all.  

The Noto font family covers every symbol in the Unicode standard, that means 800+ languages and 110,000+ characters. Google worked with companies like Monotype, Adobe along with a volunteer reviewer network. 

Google’s director of internationalization, Bob Jung, says “Our goal for Noto has been to create fonts for our devices, but we’re also very interested in keeping information alive. When it comes to some of these lesser used languages, or even the purely academic or dead languages, we think it’s really important to preserve them. Without the digital capability of Noto, it’s much more difficult to preserve that cultural resource.”

And what's more, when new characters will be introduced in the Unicode standard in future, those will be included in the Noto font as well. 

 

Download Noto fonts here: https://www.google.com/get/noto

Design source files: https://github.com/googlei18n/noto-source

Font building pipeline: https://github.com/googlei18n/fontmake.