10 Best Free Fonts for your Website

01 Sep 2017 | By Jish

Topics: Free Fonts for your Website


Some tiny things on a website can make huge impacts. Fonts are one such thing. What separates a professional web design from other non-professional websites is the perfection even in tiny details.

When it comes to building a website, you may have considered about all the technical details such as picking a domain name, setting up emails, designing a logo, finding the perfect images or figuring out what to sell online, and probably missed what fonts to be used that make your website sparkle and shine through out.

Although, it sounds pretty boring and insignificant, this can be something you may haven’t heard about much. Many successful publications carefully select the fonts after much considerations, because fonts are powerful and can make an impact in the readers.

Just as, what you wear at different occasions says something about you, the font design you choose acts the same way as your choice of outfits. The type of font design says about your business, and what your website is all about.

Experienced web designers understand its power so they pay a lot of attention to it. If you are a web designer and consider every aspects of a web design, then, font comes among your prioritised considerations.

By simply picking the right font design for your website, you can give a meaningful improvement to your website. Here are the best picked fonts you could use for your website.

1. Arvo   

Arvo is from a font family that’s suitable for both screen and print use. Designed for legibility, it was created by Anton Koovit and published in the Google Font directory as a free open font (OFL). Unlike many slab serifs on Google Fonts, Arvo contains normal, italic, bold and bold italic styles.

The font-Arvo is free for personal and commercial use.

2. Cormorant

Cormorant is a display serif typeface inspired by the Garamond heritage. It was hand-drawn and produced by Christian Thalmann, aka Catharsis Fonts, who describes it as containing “scandalously small counters, razor-sharp serifs, dangerously smooth curves, and flamboyantly tall accents”.

The font is best used for headlines and poster text at large sizes, both on screen and in print, but is also highly legible at smaller text sizes. It is free to be used for personal and commercial purpose.  

3. Open Sans:

Open Sans is a most versatile typeface that can be used in any type of website. If you don’t know what font design to choose, then, use Open Sans. It is now used in more than 20,000,000 websites.

 

Open Sans was designed with an upright stress, open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance. It was optimised for print, web, and mobile interfaces, and has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms.

4. Lato:

Lato is a good font design to use in headlines or subtitles. It is a good typeface to use on a clean web design. The semi-rounded details of the letters give Lato a feeling of warmth, while the strong structure provides stability and seriousness.

  1. Lora:

 It is a contemporary-classic type face that will work great for a website with lots of content. It is a text typeface with moderate contrast well suited for body text. A paragraph set in Lora will make a memorable appearance because of its brushed curves in contrast with driving serifs.

 

The overall typographic voice of Lora perfectly conveys the mood of a modern-day story, or an art essay. Technically Lora is optimised for screen appearance, and works equally well in print.

6. Georgia:

It is a classic typeface that is legible and readable with large x-heights, open counters, high contrast between the regular and bold weights, ample letter spacing, and character designs that help distinguish commonly confused letterforms.

Georgia will work well both in large and small font size on a website that is content heavy.

7. Myriad Pro:

The font type Myriad Pro goes well on any website that can give it a perfect balance between contemporary and classic design. Myriad Pro font is an Open Type font, and is a family of Adobe fonts, that ships with popular software’s such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effect or Adobe Reader.

 

The Myriad Pro is best known for its usage by Apple Inc. The font has become a popular choice for both text and display composition, is designed to be used at a text size of 11.0 points. The font comes to you in 9 different styles: condensed, condensed italic, bold condensed, bold condensed italic, regular, italic, semi bold, semi bold italic, bold and bold italic.

8. Droid Serif:

Coming from the Serif Font family, the contemporary-looking Droid Serif was designed for comfortable reading on screen. It features slightly condensed letterforms to maximise the amount of text displayed on small screens, and ensures readability with vertical stress, sturdy serifs and open forms. You can freely use it both for personal and commercial purpose.

9. Aileron:

Being one among the favourite hybrid free fonts, Aileron is a relaxed choice for on-screen reading.

Aileron is a versatile, neo-grotesque sans-serif that’s somewhere between Helvetica and Univers. Created by Sora Sagano, a designer at Tipotype, it aims to provide readers with a high level of visual comfort.

10. Clear Sans:

Free for personal and commercial use, Clear Sans is a versatile font designed by Intel. It was designed with on-screen legibility in mind. Suitable for screen, print, and web, Clear Sans is notable for its minimised characters and slightly narrow proportions, making it a great choice for UI design, from short labels to long passages.  

Created by Daniel Ratighan at Monotype under the direction of Intel, Clear Sans supports a wide range of languages using Latin, Cyrillic and Greek, and includes medium, regular, thin, and light weights with upright, italic, and bold styles.

Choosing the right font design can help you to set the tone of your website and help you to attract the right clients / customers.

Using the typographic guide above, which group of fonts do you think is best suitable for you?

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