There was a time when most of the web designers used to rely on web safe font’s like Times Roman, Arial, Helvetica and Verdana. These are great fonts but times have changed and the modern websites and blogs need fonts that not only break the monotony of Arial and Times Roman, but also they should look beautiful and must be easy to read on screens of various sizes. Google Fonts is a very useful font library of fancy fonts where from you can get hundreds of fonts. At present the total number of fonts available in Google Fonts exceeds 800. To help your quest for the best font for your website, we have done some research. This article has a compilation of best fonts for modern websites.
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About– Open Sans is a humanist sans serif typeface designed by Steve Matteson, Type Director of Ascender Corp. This version has the complete 897 character set, which includes the standard ISO Latin 1, Latin CE, Greek and Cyrillic character sets.Open Sans was designed with an upright stress, open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance. It was optimized for print, web, and mobile interfaces, and has excellent legibility characteristics in its letter forms.
Opinion– A good solid and reliable font Open Sans has a lot of weight variations which makes it a great font all-rounder.
About– Designer Santiago Orozco describes this beautiful font as: I wanted to stick to the idea of Scandinavian style, so I put a lot of attention to the diacritics, especially to “æ” which has loops connecting in a continuous way, so the “e” slope was determined by this character. It also has some typewriter style attributes, because I’ve liked the Letter Gothic typeface since I was in high school, and that’s why I decided to make a Slab version of Josefin Sans.
Opinion– What makes Josefin Slab noteworthy though is that it still retains simple nature and smooth curves of a more casual sans serif font.
About– Lato is a sanserif typeface family designed in the Summer 2010 by Warsaw- based designer Łukasz Dziedzic (“Lato” means “Summer” in Polish). In December 2010 the Lato family was published under the open-source Open Font License by his foundry in Poland, with support from Google.
Opinion– Lato comes with a great choice of weights, of which Lato Light I often use for headlines and callout text. Lato is great for stand out headings but also body copy.
About– Friedrich Althausen, designer of this font says: “Vollkorn came into being as my first type designing attempt. I published the Regular in 2005 under a Creative Commons-License. Until the counter finally collapsed two years later it had been downloaded thousands of times and used for web and print matters. It intends to be a quiet, modest and well working text face for bread and butter use”.
Opinion– Vollkorn is a font that works well for everyday content. It can be used as body type as well as for headlines and titles for print and web.
About– Arvo is a geometric slab-serif typeface family suited for screen and print. The flavor of the font is rather mixed, being nearly monolinear to increase legibility. Arvo is an Estonian name that is not widely used for boys today. In the Finnish language, Arvo means “number, value, worth.”
Opinion– This is best for both web and print use. It has a slight contrast that brings more character to it which is a result of careful hints so that on-screen readability is enhanced.
Old Standard TT
About– Old Standard reproduces a specific type of Modern (classicist) style of serif typefaces, very commonly used in various editions of the late 19th and early 20th century, but almost completely abandoned later. However, this letter type still has at least two advantages: it can be considered a good choice for typesetting scientific papers & the most beautiful examples of Greek and Cyrillic letter types were all based on the classicist style.
Opinion– It is a serif typeface meant to be reminiscent of body text in old books. It is well suited for article writing.
About– This excellent font has been designed by Dalton Maag. It is available on Google Fonts. Both the last font True type/Open Type files and the design files used to produce the font family are distributed under an open license and you are expressly encouraged to experiment, change, share and improve. The typeface is sans-serif, uses OpenType features and is manually hinted for clarity on desktop and mobile computing screens.
Opinion– Ubuntu is meant to be a general purpose font. Good for titles, headlines, and body text alike.
About– Roboto has a dual nature. It has a mechanical skeleton and the forms are largely geometric. At the same time, the font features friendly and open curves. While some grotesks distort their letterforms to force a rigid rhythm, Roboto doesn’t compromise, allowing letters to be settled into their natural width. This makes for a more natural reading rhythm more commonly found in humanist and serif types.
Opinion– Similar to Open Sans, Roboto is a good solid and reliable font with enough weight variations to get the job done.
About– The Lobster font took a different approach. We draw many versions of each letter and many different letter-pairs (aka “ligatures”) so we always use the best possible variation of each letter depending of the context of the letter inside each word. All this happens automatically in any browser that supports ligatures.
Opinion– Lobster is one of my favorite fonts of all time. It’s bold and beautiful while remaining quite readable, attributes not easily found in other fonts.
About– Droid Sans is a humanist sans serif typeface designed by Steve Matteson, Type Director of Ascender Corp. Droid Sans was designed with an upright stress, open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance. Droid Sans was optimized for user interfaces and to be comfortable for reading on a mobile handset in menus, web browser and other screen text.
Opinion– A nice quirky font Droid Sans comes with a couple of weights and makes for a font with a bit of cheek and character so is a nice one to use that’s a little left of centre.
There’s obviously a lot of options in the way of font faces, when it comes to Google fonts now days. As designers and developers we are spoilt for choice, which is just great I think!
What about your favorite fonts? Have your say.