Believe it or not there are in total 1003 Google fonts available online for access. The advantages of using these fonts are: licence free, easy to implement, can be used for commercial purposes and much more. Choosing one font among such wide library is a challenging task and time consuming as well. So this article gives you insights about the best free Google fonts for designers.
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Montserrat font is a new libre sans text typeface made for the web, motivated by the signage found in a historical neighborhood of Buenos Aires, known as Montserrat. The designer, Julieta Ulanovsky, initiated The Montserrat Typeface project at crowd-funding site Kickstarter, trying to raise $5,000. This project was successfully funded on November 19, 2011. As promised, Julieta published the Montserrat Typeface as a free web font in Google Fonts.
Roboto is a neo-grotesque sans-serif typeface family developed by Google. This font is the system font for its mobile operating systems i.e. Android and was launched in 2011 For android 4.0
Playfair is a transitional design. From the time of enlightenment within the late 18th century, the broad nib quills were replaced by pointed steel pens. Developments in the printing technology, ink styles, and paper making, made it possible to print letterforms of highest contrast and delicate hairlines
As the name indicates, Playfair Display is compatible for titling and headlines. It has more larger x-height and short descenders. It can be set with no leading if space is tight, for example in news headlines, or for stylistic effect in titles. Capitals are extra short, and only slight heavier than the lowercase characters.
Nunito is a balanced sans serif typeface superfamily, with 2 different versions: The project started with Nunito, designed by Vernon Adams as a rounded terminal sans serif for display typography. Jacques Le Bailly expanded it to a full set of weights, and an accompanying regular non-rounded terminal version, Nunito Sans.
Designed in the year 2011 by Cyreal, Lora is equally balanced contemporary serif with its roots in calligraphy. It is a text typeface with moderate contrast well designed for body text.A paragraph set in Lora will make eye catchy appearance because of its brushed curves in contrast with driving serifs. The overall typographic tone of Lora exactly conveys the mood of a modern-day story, or an art essay.Technically the font Lora is optimised for screen appearance, and works equally well in print medium also. In March 2019, the family has been updated to a variable font family.
Lato was designed in 2010 for a Polish institute by Łukasz Dziedzic. When the institute changed its stylistic vision, he dumped the typeface,and released it later that year under the libre SIL Open Font License. After Lato was included into the Google Fonts it sooner gained popularity, becoming the 3rd most used web font after Google’s own Roboto and Open Sans, with over 1 billion views per day as dated till August 2018. Lato has been used in different physical publications, which further includes information signs and election campaign billboards.
Font features wide apertures on many letters and a big x — height (tall lower-case letters), the typeface is highly clear to read on screen and at small sizes. As observed till July 2018 it is the second large served font on Google Fonts, with over four billion views per day on more than 20 million websites. Open Sans is used in few of the Google’s web pages as well as in its print and web ads. It is used as Mozilla’s default typeface for websites until 2019, and also in the Telegram Desktop app.
These are the top fonts for designing purposes