Google Fonts fonts are royalty-free, so they can be downloaded for free and you can do whatever you want with them, no strings attached!
Free fonts can be awesome, and there are thousands of them on the web. But the problem is that most of them are sometimes a bit overused or unattractive. So how do you save money on your fonts while still getting the quality you’ve come to expect from a paid product? In two words: Google Fonts. You can also consult our selection of free font sites if you want to change your creamery.
Launched in 2010, Google Fonts is a repository of open-source typographic projects, generally of very good quality. These fonts are also completely free. No donation in sight, and you’ll never be bombarded with pop-up requests asking you to upgrade to a more fully-featured premium version.
Additionally, you can use Google Fonts in both personal and commercial projects. You can modify them without asking permission and use them to create logos for your customers and for any product you sell.
Technically, Google Fonts is also very easy to use online. Rather than fussing with multiple font files, you can use Google’s CSS API to embed fonts directly on your website. In addition, the fonts are light and compressed, which allows fast and efficient loading at a time when performance becomes key for all digital players.
How to choose ?
How to choose the best Google Fonts font for your project? First, you need to check if it is suitable for the design elements you are using. Some fonts are suitable for normal sized body text but not for large titles, and vice versa. You should also make sure that the fonts contain all the characteristics you need. Is the font available in a sufficient range of weights and styles? Think specifications: do you need several languages, intensive use of numbers, fractions, etc.?
You should also consider readability: it is interesting, for example, to compare the O and the 0, the l and the 1, to see to what extent they differ. And if you need a lot of design flexibility, are there multiple widths and sizes (different versions of a typeface meant to be used at different sizes), or is the typeface available as a variable font ? With all that in mind, here is our pick of 10 great Google Fonts.
1. DM Without by Colophon
DM Sans is a low contrast sans serif font intended for use in small text. It was designed by Colophon as an evolution of Jonny Pinhorn’s ITF Poppins. The font supports a set of extended Latin glyphs, particularly suitable for English and other European/Western languages.
2. Space Grotesk by Florian Karsten
Space Grotesk is a sans-serif based on Colophon’s fixed-width Space Mono (2016). Originally designed by Florian Karsten in 2018, he particularly worked on its readability.
3. Inter by Rasmus Anderson
Made by Swedish software designer Rasmus Andersson, Inter is a variable font specially designed for computer screens, with a high height for easy readability of upper and lower case text. It also includes several OpenType features, including tabular numerals, contextual alternations that adjust punctuation based on the shape of the surrounding glyphs, and a slashed zero for when you need to distinguish the zero from the letter O.
4. Eczar by Vaibhav Singh
Eczar is designed to bring liveliness and vigor to writing. This font family offers a strong blend of personality and performance, both in text sizes and display settings, and offers a wide expressive range. The drawing display qualities intensify with increasing text and body size, which works well for titles and display.
5. Work Without by Wei Huang
Inspired by fonts from Stephenson Blake, Miller and Richard, and Bauerschen Giesserei, Work Sans is streamlined and optimized for different screen resolutions.
6. Manrope by Mikhail Sharanda and Mirko Velimirovic
In 2018, Mikhail Sharanda designed Manrope, an open-source modern font family. A crossover of different types of fonts, it is semi-condensed, semi-rounded and semi-geometric. It employs minimal thickness variations. In 2019, Mikhail collaborated with Mirko Velimirovic to convert it into a variable typeface.
7. Fira by Carrois
Led by the Berlin design office Carrois, the Fira is designed to integrate with Mozilla’s FirefoxOS. More broadly, this typeface aims to cover the readability needs of a wide range of screen quality. It comes in three widths, all accompanied by italic styles, and includes a Mono Spaced variant.
8. PT Serif by Alexandra Korolkova, Olga Umpeleva and Vladimir Yefimov
Released by ParaType in 2010, PT Serif is designed for use with PT Sans and harmonized in metrics, proportions, weights and design. Regular and bold sizes, along with corresponding italics, form a standard font family for body text. In addition, two legend styles in regular and italic are intended for small sizes.
9. Cardo by David Perry
Cardo is a large Unicode font specially designed for the needs of classicists, biblical scholars, medievalists, and linguists. It is also ideal for general composition projects seeking an “old world” look. Its vast character set supports many modern languages, as well as those needed by specialists. The font set includes ligatures, old-fashioned numerals, true small caps, and a variety of punctuation and space characters.
10. Free Franklin by Pablo Impallari
Under the impetus of the Argentinian Impallari Type, the Libre Franklin is an interpretation of Morris Fuller Benton’s most classic Franklin Gothic. This versatile sans serif typeface is suitable for body text and headings, and its typefaces feature distinctive rounded corners that become apparent at larger sizes.