Articles

A collection of writing about design.

  • The Rise of Google Fonts

    ·

    Google Fonts

    I have been designing WordPress websites since 2006. White space and typography are two elements that occupy much of my obsession, and when done right, set the table for an intoxicating experience.

    An abundance of beautiful typefaces, many of which are available at foundries such as Atipo FoundryCommercial Type, and Lineto. As impressive as these are, they cost money and require user licenses.

    As someone responsible for creating digital products consumed by the masses, I have only a few options for packaging fonts. Google Fonts are free and open source, so choosing them is convenient.

    Historically, the Google Fonts selection has always felt mediocre. Roboto, Open Sans, and Lato are among the most popular and decent, but they are ubiquitous, and we see them everywhere.

    The Rise of Google Fonts

    Within the past year or so, things have changed. The quality and uniqueness of new fonts have increased significantly. Google Fonts has upped its game and is now a viable source for font selection.

    Here are three newly released fonts that I love and often use:

    1. Outfit Font

    Outfit is a beautiful sans-serif typeface, inspired by the ligature-rich geometric outfit wordmark. It was designed by Rodrigo Fuenzalida and is freely available at Google Fonts.

    Outfit Google Font

    Outfit – Variable Font

    Outfit is a variable font, which gives the user freedom to choose exactly how heavy the type should be.

    Outfit Variable Google Font

    Outfit – Sample Text

    Outfit is a brilliant font for displaying memorable quotes like below. Taylor Swift says, “I want to be known for the good things in my life.”

    Outfit Google Font Quote

    Outfit – Font Weights

    Outfit comes in the following 9 weights + variable: Thin, ExtraLight, Light, Regular, Medium, SemiBold, Bold, ExtraBold, Black.

    Outfit Google Font Weights

    2. Inter Font

    Inter is a variable font family carefully crafted & designed for computer screens. It was designed by Rasmus Andersson and is freely available at Google Fonts.

    Inter Google Font

    Inter – Variable Font

    Inter is a variable font, which gives the user freedom to choose exactly how heavy the type should be.

    Inter Variable Google Font

    Inter – Sample Text

    Inter is a brilliant font for displaying memorable quotes like below. Taylor Swift says, “I want to be known for the good things in my life.”

    Inter Google Font Quote

    Inter – Font Weights

    Inter comes in the following 9 weights + variable: Thin, ExtraLight, Light, Regular, Medium, SemiBold, Bold, ExtraBold, Black.

    Inter Google Font Weights

    3. Figtree Font

    Figtree is a clean yet friendly geometric sans serif font for usage in web and mobile apps. It was designed by Erik Kennedy and is freely available at Google Fonts.

    Figtree Google Font

    Figtree – Variable Font

    Figtree is a variable font, which gives the user freedom to choose exactly how heavy the type should be.

    Figtree Variable Google Font

    Figtree – Sample Text

    Figtree is a brilliant font for displaying memorable quotes like below. Taylor Swift says, “I want to be known for the good things in my life.”

    Figtree Google Font Quote

    Figtree – Font Weights

    Figtree comes in the following 7 weights + variable: Light, Regular, Medium, SemiBold, Bold, ExtraBold, Black.

    Figtree Google Font Weights