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20 Best Google Web Fonts

Article by Awwwards Team in Resources & Tools - May 23

We're experiencing a moment of great creativity in the use of web typography. Google Fonts is without doubt one of the most valuable resources, mainly due to the open source nature of its fonts, which allows for both personal and commercial use. Additionally, the quality of the selection is very high as it takes into account essential aspects of web and mobile typography, such as legibility and readability, and of course the accessibility that its own platform dedicates itself to.

The use of typography as a principal design element in the latest trends, means Google Fonts is now a more valuable resource than ever. Its interface and download system is very intuitive and comfortable, whilst allowing you to compare all the fonts and styles available to satisfy the current creative landscape that is fusing bold typography, serif and display fonts, big paragraphs, decorative-styles, and more. Read more about typography taking centre stage here Typography is the new black. Trends in web design

Top recommended Google Web Fonts

Here you can find a selection of fonts that we have chosen due to their aesthetic aspect, but above all functionality, containing families with many styles and weights.
We have highlighted fonts that are optimized for interfaces, UI Optimized web fonts, and others that are especially legible in paragraphs, or particularly comfortable for reading on mobile and legible on any device - be it smartphone, desktop or tablet.

  • Karla Karla Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Lora Lora Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Frank Ruhl Libre Frank Ruhl Libre Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Playfair Display Playfair Display Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Archivo Archivo Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Spectral Spectral Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Fjalla One Fjalla One Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Roboto Roboto Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Montserrat Montserrat Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Rubik Rubik Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Source Sans Source Sans Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Cardo Cardo Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Cormorant Cormorant Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Work Sans Work Sans Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Rakkas Rakkas Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Concert One Concert One Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Yatra One Yatra One Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Arvo Arvo Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Lato Lato Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Abril FatFace Abril Fatface Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Ubuntu Ubuntu Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • PT Serif PT Serif Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Old Standard TT Old Standard TT Google Fonts Web Fonts
  • Oswald Oswald Google Fonts Web Fonts
 

Fonts Optimized for UI

  • PT Sans PT Sans Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI
  • Poppins Poppins Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI
  • Fira Sans Fira Sans Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI
  • Nunito Nunito Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI
  • Oxygen Oxygen Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI
 

Fonts Optimized for Legibility and Readability

  • Exo 2 Exo 2 Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI
  • Open Sans Open Sans Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI
  • Merriweather Merriweather Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI
  • Noto Sans Noto Sans Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI
  • Source Sans Pro Source Sans Pro Google Fonts Mobile Fonts UI

How to use Web Fonts

At this point everyone knows how to use web fonts, but if you’re not sure, you only need to know that there are two ways. The first is to use web fonts services like Google Fonts, Webtype, Fonts.com or Typekit and download the font from their servers, as you’ll see in the following example: 1. Web font embedding services

The second is to host the font in your server and use @font-face rule in your stylesheet as you can see here: 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.

 

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.

     @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;
}