20 Best Web Fonts from Google Web Fonts and @font-face

Top recommended fonts from Google Web Fonts

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At the moment there are several ways to use non-system fonts on a website. We will focus on the two least complicated, least expensive systems, Google Web Fonts and the @font-face rule. Fear not, we have not ruled out other paid methods such as Typekit, Fonts.com Web Fonts, Fontdeck, Webtype, WebINK or Fontspring for future posts as they certainly offer high quality typefaces and deserve to be considered. It’s important to be aware that web fonts can generate inadequate visualizations on operating systems which have subpixel rendering turned off in the case of Windows XP. They can also be represented differently depending on the browser used to visualize them. The aim of this post is to facilitate the choice of a series of fonts (out of the hundreds available) whose technical and visual characteristics make them more readable and compatible with a wide variety of devices, browsers and operating systems.

Basically, there are two implementation models:

1. Web font embedding services

2. Embedding fonts using the @font-face rule

Web font embedding services

Google Web Fonts (GWF) or Typekit are systems which allow the use of fonts hosted on their servers. GWF is free to use, does not require you to have an account, and has no limit on traffic or domains unlike Typekit. Typekit sets the cost of the service according to the number of domains in which the font is used, or the site’s monthly traffic. One of the most valued characteristics of GWF is the option to download a desktop version of the fonts for use in the project design phase.

Implementation

It really is quick and simple:

1. Choose a font. You can add it to your collection or use “quick-use” to generate the code and options for that font.

2. Copy and paste the code generated into your <Head>

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

3. The font is now accessible in your CSS code

      body {
        font-family: 'Tangerine', serif;
        font-size: 48px;
      }

Here you can consult a extended manual for styles, script subsets, and using multiple fonts.

Top recommended fonts from Google Web Fonts

You will find many unfavorable reviews about the quality of GWF’s fonts and the amateur nature of many typefaces. We must remember that Google Web Fonts is a collaborative open source project, but many people think still there should be a higher level of quality control.

  • Open Sans
    Open Sans
  • Josefin Slab
    Josefin Slab
  • Arvo
    Arvo
  • Lato
    Lato
  • Vollkorn
    Vollkorn
  • Abril Fatface
    Abril Fatface
  • Ubuntu
    Ubuntu
  • PT Sans + PT Serif
    PT Sans + PT Serif
  • Old Standard TT
    Old Standard TT
  • Droid Sans
    Droid Sans
 

Embedding fonts using the @font-face rule

Fonts are hosted on the user’s server independently of external services. @font-face was a deprecated CSS2 rule that has been re-introduced in CSS3 specifications and is supported by almost all modern browsers. A web font is a customized font which is supported by different browers and comes in formats such as TTF, WOFF, EOT and SVG. There are many fonts available for @font-face embedding, but we are going to bring you a selection of the web fonts available on FONT SQUIRREL which are free to use and include prepackaged @font-face kits with the required formats, CSS and HTML code. Font Squirrel also offers the fantastic “@Font-Face Generator” tool, which can convert your desktop font into the appropriate format so you can use it as a web font. Implementation of web fonts with the @font-face rule.

1. Select your favorite font from Font Squirrel.

 2. Download the @font-face kit and test the sample code in stylesheet.css and demo.html files. All the font formats must be uploaded to your server.

     @font-face {
         font-family: 'ChunkFiveRegular';
         src: url('Chunkfive-webfont.eot');
         src: url('Chunkfive-webfont.eot?#iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),
         url('Chunkfive-webfont.woff') format('woff'),
         url('Chunkfive-webfont.ttf') format('truetype'),
         url('Chunkfive-webfont.svg#ChunkFiveRegular') format('svg');
         font-weight: normal;
         font-style: normal;
}

Top recommended fonts from Font Squirrel

  • Anivers
    Anivers
  • Junction
    Junction
  • Fertigo
    Fertigo
  • Aller
    Aller
  • Audimat
    Audimat
  • Delicious
    Delicious
  • Prociono
    Prociono
  • Fontin
    Fontin
  • Fontin-Sans
    Fontin-Sans
  • Chunkfive
    Chunkfive
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