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When I joined Google I also started working on the user experience of Google Fonts (then called Google Web Fonts API) as a 20% project. I soon scaled my involvement to 100% for the initial launch of the MVP as well as version two.
To use our fonts web designers needed a way to try out type before using it in their project. For this reason also created (designed and developed) the Font Preview tool. The tool let users select a font face, edit the preview text, provided the embed code snippet and also showcased some of the new functionality that CSS3 provided when using web fonts.
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