In 2005, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim thought of making an online dating service.
While that idea didn’t work out as planned, what it left was a powerful video and uploading platform. The internet was yet to be a good source for videos, and it was then decided that some changes were in order. The ‘dating site’ then became the first video sharing platform – known today as YouTube.
The phenomenon of sharing what is mostly everyday life captured on video quickly caught up in the realms of cyberspace. This meant an increase in traffic. The summer of 2006 saw YouTube’s rise, naming it one of their fastest-growing sites on the Web.
With loads of people uploading content regularly, YouTube couldn’t keep up with the moderation. Google stepped up to help with the burden, leading to the tech giant’s acquisition of the video platform on October 9, 2006.
For a long time, the video platform seems to have used Trade Gothic LT Std Bold by Jackson Burke. But in 2017, they began using their own font, called YouTube Sans, by branding agency Saffron. Other fonts they’re using include Roboto, Arial, Sans Serif, and YT Sans, which can be found at Typoscan.