Did You Notice Something a Little Different?

Posted by Maryana Pinchuk on December 15, 2015
UPDATE: Thanks for all the feedback! For those of you who were having issues with blurriness, we have good news: we pushed out an update this afternoon that improves the sharpness of the font for users who were affected. We’re monitoring all the comments and will keep you posted on any further updates.

If you’re a frequent visitor to Goodreads, you've probably noticed a few tweaks we’ve made to the fonts and colors on the desktop site today. Our goal with these small-but-important changes was to consolidate and refresh our visual styles and lay the groundwork for some design improvements that we’re planning in the future.

What’s different?

  • To enhance the readability of text on Goodreads, we’ve adopted two new open-source fonts. Lato, our sans-serif font, was designed by Warsaw-based designer Łukasz Dziedzic (“Lato” means “Summer” in Polish). Merriweather, our serif font, was created by Eben Sorkin and was designed to be pleasant to read on screens.

  • To make it easier to scan the page for information you need, we’ve touched up and modernized the design of common page layout elements like section headers, tabs and links.

  • To simplify and modernize our visual design, we’ve reduced the number of link colors we use, removed gradients from buttons and the site navigation, and applied a more harmonious color palette to interactive elements such as buttons, stars, and links.
  • Before:


    Our approach was simple: Improve the usability of the site and give it a cleaner, more modern look, while preserving the familiar feel of Goodreads—a unique home for readers.

    Let us know what you think!

    Comments Showing 1-50 of 3,139 (3139 new)

    MrsJoseph *grouchy* HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE

    message 2: by Christine (new)

    Christine (KizzieReads) Love it!!

    message 3: by Eli (new)

    Eli So aesthetically pleasing.

    message 4: by Emilija (new)

    Emilija Sooooo nice. Love the new layout.

    message 5: by Tytti (new)

    Tytti The font makes the text more difficult to read. I have to guess some letters.

    message 6: by Joe (last edited Dec 15, 2015 10:29AM) (new)

    Joe Jackson It looks terrible. About 10% of all the letters are just missing on my screen, like they all have holes in them. Enlarging or shrinking the font doesn't fix it.

    message 7: by Maegan (new)

    Maegan It's great!!!! ME LIKEEE

    message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

    It now looks hideous.

    message 9: by Elizabeth (Alaska) (last edited Dec 15, 2015 10:29AM) (new)

    Elizabeth (Alaska) Yes, and I hate it. This is horrible. Please return to the previous version. GR has now become very difficult to read.

    message 10: by Marita (new)

    Marita Hansen Please give us a choice, the changes hurt my eyes. I want it back to how it was. It's horrible now.

    message 11: by Leo (new)

    Leo Robertson Looks nice :)

    message 12: by Kelsi (new)

    Kelsi I personally find this harder to read than the original site. Not a fan :(

    message 13: by Emily (new)

    Emily Joe wrote: "It looks terrible. About 10% of all the letters are just missing on my screen."

    Hey Joe - where are you seeing letters missing? Would it be possible for you to send us a screenshot at support at goodreads dot com?

    message 14: by Therese (new)

    Therese It's not horrible, but I really don't think it's easier to read. If anything it's harder.

    message 15: by Logan (new)

    Logan Blackisle I don't want to be a hater, but I really find the new fonts significantly more difficult to read. Can I change it somehow?

    message 16: by Lanko (last edited Dec 15, 2015 10:30AM) (new)

    Lanko Can you guys make it better to separate our comment updates while reading a book?
    Sometimes it seems they are all meshed up, specially when we write a lot and separate the comments with paragraphs.

    Also, allow us more characters, 400 is really low =(

    message 17: by Misty (new)

    Misty Very nice change :)

    MrsJoseph *grouchy* Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Yes, and I hate it. This is horrible. Please return to the previous version."

    My eyes are killing me. This font is atrocious.

    message 19: by Lauren (new)

    Lauren I noticed this immediately! The new fonts look great and it's much more pleasant to read on the computer. Thank you!

    message 20: by Ashley (last edited Dec 15, 2015 10:30AM) (new)

    Ashley The new font in the review spaces and feeds is terrible. It's too small and angular, harder to read. The font in the comments is nice.

    message 21: by Lara (new)

    Lara The font looks fuzzy...very much dislike and Goodreads is one of my favorite places on the net.

    message 22: by Natasha (last edited Dec 15, 2015 10:31AM) (new)

    Natasha I don't mind the new layout, but I hate the font. The fonts are hard to read and I don't like the shade of blue that was chosen.

    message 23: by Michelle (new)

    Michelle Quite nice coloring. Not sure if it is easier to read but I think it is more aesthetically pleasing.

    message 24: by Rainbowheart (new)

    Rainbowheart No! No! No! No!

    This is terrible. Please, please, please give us the option to switch back. I can't see this horrible font and all these colors.

    message 25: by ~ ! ♥ I rp therefore I am Awesome ♥ ! ~ (last edited Dec 16, 2015 08:54PM) (new)

    ~ ! ♥ I rp therefore I am Awesome ♥ ! ~ Nope. No change please. This is super hard to read and hurts my eyes! Plus it's just plain annoying. Fix the things that need to be fixed. Not the things that don't.

    The change is easier on the eyes when you use the mobile website. However, for the regular version on a computer it is harder to see.

    message 26: by Alexandra (new)

    Alexandra Engellmann Joe wrote: "It looks terrible. About 10% of all the letters are just missing on my screen."

    Haha I was SO waiting for Goodreads to finally make the site better, not like it's from the 90s, and all they did is even smaller fonts that I have to zoom in to 150%.

    message 27: by Amelle (new)

    Amelle This new font is giving me a headache it's so difficult to read. Awful.

    محمّدفؤاد BOOOOOOOOOOO!

    message 29: by Silvia (new)

    Silvia Ami The previous version was more appealing. This one is more difficult to read.

    message 30: by Iris P (new)

    Iris P Give me a few days to get used to it Goodreads team.
    It looks nice though...

    message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

    I"m sorry but no...

    I dont like this.

    message 32: by Lisa (new)

    Lisa Can we have a option to keep the old format.
    Dont like the blue writing.

    message 33: by Paula (new)

    Paula I clicked the "notice some changes" link because…I did NOT notice any changes! It's fine. The old font was fine as well. I am all about the content.

    message 34: by Joe (new)

    Joe Jackson Emily wrote: "Joe wrote: "It looks terrible. About 10% of all the letters are just missing on my screen."

    Hey Joe - where are you seeing letters missing? Would it be possible for you to send us a screenshot at ..."

    Sure, on the way now.

    message 35: by Khalid (new)

    Khalid Ben Raiss My eyes hurt !!
    The letters are too "Slender" to be exact
    change change

    message 36: by Mayra (new)

    Mayra M Tytti wrote: "The font makes the text more difficult to read. I have to guess some letters."

    You're not the only one :/

    message 37: by Dhfan4life (new)

    Dhfan4life Oh my gosh I thought I was having eye sight issues at first. Cause I was like I didn't change my font in my last posts when I was writing. I guess I'll get used to it. But now have find some way to get my pics sized right. My profile image is headless now lol.

    Cheshire Cat [Heidi]~ We're All Mad Here ~ I reloaded the page, and I was like, "Um, Goodreads? What are you doing?" I'm not quite sure if I like this or not, I'll get back to you on that later.

    message 39: by Paganalexandria (last edited Dec 15, 2015 10:33AM) (new)

    Paganalexandria Hate this. It actually makes it harder to read. you need to bold it or something.

    message 40: by Diana (new)

    Diana Hate it. Go back to the way it was.

    message 41: by Elena (new)

    Elena Druță Its difficult to adapt; I also hate the font - unpleasant and too small and not aestethic at all. I do not think that this font is ok for GR users.

    message 42: by Lanko (last edited Dec 15, 2015 10:36AM) (new)

    Lanko I don't like the book titles, its series, the authors and my friends names in Bold Black. Its looking all blurred.

    But I liked the font, the changes in the Want to Read/Reading buttons, better progress bars.

    Just put some color instead of bolded black. Instead of a fixed color, can't we customize the layout/fonts/colors ourselves?

    message 43: by Paloma (new)

    Paloma Looks great to me! (I'm using Chrome on a MacBook Pro.)
    I really love the new fonts!

    message 44: by Susan A (last edited Dec 15, 2015 10:35AM) (new)

    Susan A I don't like it. Please put it back. I have to learn how to use my glasses all over again. It is too small, too skinny I think is a better way to put it, and I don't like reading the blue.

    message 45: by Rainbowheart (new)

    Rainbowheart It's blurry! Everything is blurry. I hate the blue, green color, and everything is messed up. It's so hard to read.

    This is really unfair to the people who use GR. I can't be an active user if it stays like this.

    message 46: by Kira (new)

    Kira Goodreads, are you trying to kill my eyesight with that hideous unreadable font?!!

    message 47: by Morgan (new)

    Morgan I don't like it that now when you are currently reading a book and you update on what page you are on, now you have to guess the percentage instead of just putting the page number in. It is REALLY annoying.

    message 48: by [deleted user] (new)

    Looks very nice.

    Lelyana's Reviews The front is cute. But I think, it's like reading an old version kindle with 221 ppi instead of 300.
    I probably will blame my old eyes.

    message 50: by Alexandra (new)

    Alexandra Engellmann Huge titles, tiny text, total chaos in fonts

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