These are my 7 favorite and most-used typefaces from Google Fonts (Google Fonts is a library of 100% free open source fonts for commercial use). They are listed in no particular order, but are grouped by sans serif, serif, and handwritten/script fonts.
There is more detail below, but here is the quick list:
- Josefin Sans
- Playfair Display
- Oleo Script
Sans Serif Fonts
Poppins is a recent favorite font for me. This is a great corporate looking font that reminds me a lot of Google’s Product Sans font. Although I tend to use this font most on web design projects, this geometric sans serif works well across all types of media.
Montserrat is a bold geometric sans serif font based on the old posters and signs in the Montserrat neighborhood of Buenos Aires. I love using this font for bold headings. I also find that Montserrat is a great substitute to the font Gotham Pro.
3. Josefin Sans
Josefin Sans is another geometric sans serif font with a more vintage feel. This font is my go-to for an elegant, vintage look or if the type just needs to stand out a bit. I especially love using this font in all caps with a thin weight.
Lora is definitely my favorite serif for body copy. This font pairs well with almost any sans serif font. This font also looks great on all types of media including print.
5. Playfair Display
Playfair Display is perfect for when I want the type to be a bit more elegant or luxurious. As a display font, this should primarily be used for headings or titles.
Handwritten/ Script Fonts
Caveat is great for short annotations and body text usage. I very rarely use handwritten fonts, but when I do Caveat is usually my first pick. I find that it pairs well with most fonts.
7. Oleo Script
Oleo Script is a great flowy typeface, with a somewhat vintage look. This font is perfect for headlines and captions. I find that Oleo Script is a better substitute for the font Lobster in most situations.
What’s your favorite Google Font?
Google Fonts is a great free font foundry and full of many uses. Hopefully, you can find great uses for the fonts I have listed above as much as I have. Let me know in the comments what your favorite Google Fonts are!