25 Outstanding Google Fonts for Web Design

In recent years we’ve seen a number of developments and advancements, such as responsive design, that have had a major impact on the web design industry. One of the most significant advancements has been improved options for using a greater variety of fonts in your web design projects. Google Web Fonts is one of the leading options, although there are others like Adone’s Typekit.

Google Web Fonts is free, easy to implement, and their are an increasing number of font families available. With currently more than 600 font families to choose from, finding the fight font available from Google Web Fonts can be a challenge. In this post we’re showcasing 25 that are worth a look. Browse through the fonts here and you’ll probably find at least one that could be a good fit for that project that you are currently working on.

Varela Round

Varela Round

Roboto Slab

Roboto Slab

Noto Sans

Noto Sans

Average Sans

Average Sans

Arbutus Slab

Arbutus Slab

Donegal One

Donegal One

Averia Serif Libre

Averia Serif Libre

Fjalla One

Fjalla One

Habibi

Habibi

Alegreya

Alegreya

Alegreya SC

Alegreya SC

Andada

Andada

Playfair Display

Playfair Display

Domine

Domine

Vidaloka

Vidaloka

Trocchi

Trocchi

Vollkorn

Vollkorn

Lato

Lato

Francois One

Francois One

Alike

Alike

Ultra

Ultra

Arimo

Arimo

Archivo Black

Archivo Black

Cutive

Cutive

Days One

Days One

Once you’ve found a font, or a few fonts, that you want to use, using it on your website is pretty simple. You can see Google’s getting started guide here, but the essentials are pretty simple. You’ll add a stylesheet link for the font of your choice within the head tag of your page.

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Font+Name">

Then style an element with the web font from within you CSS file.

CSS selector {
  font-family: 'Font Name', serif;
}

That’s it! Getting Google Web Fonts integrated into your site is quick and easy, and unless you are using a lot of different font families it shouldn’t have much of an impact on your page load speed.

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  • Luke, May 3, 2013

    These are very nice, well spotted. I think I will be back here often :)

  • Steven Snell, May 4, 2013

    Luke,
    I’m glad to hear that it is helpful!

  • Andrew Newman, May 4, 2013

    Thank you for compiling this wonderful selection of Google fonts. You should check the use of “their” in the first sentence of the second paragraph.

  • karen, May 4, 2013

    Thanks for the great picks! And for those simple instructions at the end of this post!

  • Carmen Brodeur, May 4, 2013

    Thanks for the update on the google fonts. Very nice to have additional options.

  • inspiretrends, May 5, 2013

    lovely freebies of google web fonts. love to use them in my designs

  • Andy, May 6, 2013

    Some great looking fonts, another one that is really quite amazing is Source Sans Pro, it comes in heaps of weights – http://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Source+Sans+Pro

  • Javier Mateos, May 7, 2013

    Nice selection there; being using Lato a lot lately. But I will defenitely come back as Lule said! (:

    • Steven Snell, May 7, 2013

      Javier,
      I’ve used Lato several times myself as well.

  • 92pixels, July 16, 2013

    loved the collection of these google font. I like Ultra because its bold and heavy. good for headings. Thanks

  • Ghulam Mustafa, July 16, 2013

    Good collection of web fonts. This post is very impressive.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Max, October 2, 2013

    its really useful fonts for any web developer!!
    Thanks for sharing!.
    Keep it up!

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