Today, Google announced that Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides have access to a small pile of Lexend's new font family, designed to make reading a little easier. Based on a small study claiming that character size, spacing and stretching can improve comprehension if customized to read speed, new fonts are available in eight different widths from Zetta to Deca.

Google says it has teamed up with typographic designer Thomas Jokin to create new fonts, with preliminary research already showing improvements in classroom use. However, there is one downside: Fonts work best when they are tailored to your specific reading speed, and although the font site talks about a "fluidity test" for choosing your perfect size, it doesn't seem to exist right now.

For more information on the purpose of the font, there is a large interview with the creator published in Medium ̵

1; although at the moment the project is lacking when it comes to research specific to the new font, other studies in typography indicate that its changes need be helpful for those with trouble reading.

Adding new fonts to your library is as easy as browsing the font selector (from the menu bar: Font -> More fonts), searching for "Lexend" and selecting these that you dig.

Fonts may not be useful for everyone, but if you can determine your boss's reading speed, you might have a better chance of making sure he actually read some of these reports, that you spend so much time on.