Twitter switched to its Chirp police
Twitter is rolling out its Chirp font to the app and Twitter feed, which means your daily scrolling might be a little different than you’re used to.
The main Twitter account posted on change Wednesday. Personally, I see the new font on the web and on the iOS app, but a coworker doesn’t see it anywhere, so it may not have been rolled out to everyone yet.
Twitter detailed the Chirp font as part of a larger brand refresh unveiled in January. “Chirp finds the balance between clutter and sharpness to amplify the pleasure and irreverence of a Tweet, but can also carry the weight of seriousness when necessary” Twitter said in a blog post.
Back then, Twitter used it in things like promotional material and graphics, but it wasn’t the font you would see in the feed or when browsing the app. Twitter’s Derrit DeRouen, the creative director of the company’s global brand, said in January that it was his “Personal desire” make Chirp the font of the Twitter product in a thread about the new font. At the time, he hadn’t made a commitment on when this might happen.
Do we ultimately see Chirp as the typeface of the product? This is my personal desire, and the work on readability, density and weight has already started. There is more refinement to do, more languages to build, but the hard work will be worth the benefit of having a holistic brand. pic.twitter.com/fDJQpkNnVT
– Derrit DeRouen (@DerritDeRouen) January 27, 2021
The new font also a fun easter egg: you can tweet the Twitter logo if you type [CHIRPBIRDICON] in the tweet composition box. It’s “chirp”, “bird” and “icon” all in one word, and it has to be all caps for the icon to appear, in my tests.
On the iOS app, the icon appeared in the compose box for me after typing [CHIRPBIRDICON], but on the web it only appeared when I sent a tweet that included the phrase and the brackets.
The font isn’t the only visual change introduced on Wednesday. “We’ve updated our colors to be high contrast and a lot less blue – a change made to draw attention to the photos and videos you create and share,” Twitter said in a thread. posted by his design account.
The company promises to roll out new colors very soon, although it’s unclear what that means. People who subscribe to the Twitter Blue paid subscription service can already change the app colors and change the app icon color, although the service is currently only available for iOS in Canada and in Australia.
Today we are releasing updates for colors and typography! To see @TwitterDesign post for details. The A11Y updates are:
– Higher color contrast of buttons, links, focus
– Easier reading with left aligned text and more space between texts
– Less annoying gray things
What do you think? pic.twitter.com/Umu3F1iJjb
– Twitter accessibility (@ TwitterA11y) August 11, 2021
There is also a change in the look of the follow button which could prove frustrating. Now, when you are already following someone, the background of the follow button is not filled, and when you are not following someone, it is filled with color. Like writer Brian Merchant pointed out, this is the opposite of how the follow button worked before, so be careful not to accidentally unsubscribe.
do you know what makes me want to spend more time on this site? no longer accidentally following people I was sure I had already followed and then following them again, making them think I had just followed them
– Brian Merchant (@bcmerchant) August 11, 2021