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This article was published on August 12, 2021

Don’t adjust your screen: Twitter has a new font for improved accessibility

Chirp chirp!

Don’t adjust your screen: Twitter has a new font for improved accessibility
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Yes, you’re not the only one. All of us logging into Twitter last night had a little shock when we saw a new set of fonts and design changes across the platform.

It might take us a while to get used to it, and we might it hate it for a while. But the company explained in a thread that why it made these changes: the primary reason is accessibility.

First, Twitter‘s new fonts are called Chirp (cute name), and the company claims they are designed to make reading easier when you’re scrolling through tweets. These are the company’s first proprietary typeface, and you can read more about it here.

There’s a cute easter egg too when you type [CHIRPBIRDICON] in the new interface. Check out what happens in the video below.

To make the design more accessible, Twitter is also changing its color scheme to feature more contrast, and reduce the amount of blue elements across the interface. That means you’ll spot photos and videos more easily. Plus, the social network will roll out a new color palette for variety soon.

Twitter is changing the colors for the follow button too. However, unlike the current design where the button is filled in when you follow someone, the new button will be filled in if you don’t follow them. This will create some major confusion.

The social network said that to make things seamless, it’s reducing grey backgrounds and divider lines. I can see this effect in tweet threads, where there’s no divider line and things look cleaner.

Franky, I’m okay with most of these changes particularly if they increase accessibility for those with vision impairment. But the follow button rejigging might throw people off for a bit.

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