Sans Serif fonts are clean and minimalistic fonts that are frequently used in modern typography. In this post, we have picked up some of the best free sans serif fonts available on Google Fonts that you can use in your web design projects.
When it comes to choosing and pairing fonts, using a clean sans-serif font with a serif font is among the most popular font combinations. You can also view the infographic in our earlier post to know more about serif and sans serif fonts and to understand the psychological association behind these font types.
The sans serif fonts listed below have been selected on the basis of their popularity in recent times on Google Fonts. All these fonts support Latin language and are available in at least 4 styles. We have included a preview image for each font using their regular weight (400). Read on to find more about these free sans serif web fonts.
Clicking on the font name will take you to the font specimen on Google Fonts from where you can easily embed them on your website or you can download the fonts for use in your apps, games and graphic design projects.
Introduced with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Roboto was created specifically for the requirements of UI and high-resolution screens. The typeface has been designed by Christian Robertson and comes in six weights and their corresponding italic styles.
2. Open Sans
Open Sans, designed by Steve Matteson, is one of the most widely used open source sans serif fonts. Optimized for print, web and mobile interfaces, Open Sans has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms. It is available in five weights and each one has an italic version.
You may also want to take a look at these top Open Sans alternatives from Google Fonts that are quite similar to Open Sans and can be used as its replacement.
3. Noto Sans
Noto Sans, designed by Google, is derived from Droid font family. The font is available in 4 styles – Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold Italic.
Lato is a san-serif typeface family designed by Warsaw-based designer Łukasz Dziedzic. Lato consists of five weights (plus corresponding italics) including a beautiful hairline style. The semi-rounded details of the letters give Lato a feeling of warmth (Lato means summer in Polish), while the strong structure provides stability and seriousness.
Designed by Julieta Ulanovsky, Sol Matas, Juan Pablo del Peral and Jacques Le Bailly, Montserrat is a free sans serif font licensed under the Open Font License. The font is available in 18 styles including Thin, Extra Light, Light, Regular, Medium, Semi Bold, Bold, Extra Bold and Black and their italic variants.
6. Source Sans Pro
Source Sans Pro, designed by Paul D. Hunt, is Adobe’s first open source typeface family. It is a sans serif typeface intended to work well in user interfaces and comes in twelve styles – six weights with corresponding italics.
7. Roboto Condensed
Roboto Condensed by Christian Robertson is available in three weights – Light, Regular and Bold plus their italic versions. Roboto Condensed can be used alongside Roboto font listed above as well as Roboto Slab family.
Oswald by Vernon Adams is optimized to be used by web browsers on desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices. It is available in six weights.
Poppins is a Geometric Sans Serif typeface with support for the Devanagari and Latin writing systems. Designed by Indian Type Foundry, Poppins comes in 18 different styles.
Raleway is an elegant sans-serif typeface family designed by Matt McInerney. It is a display font and has nine variants for weight.
11. PT Sans
Designed by Alexandra Korolkova, Olga Umpeleva and Vladimir Yefimov, PT Sans is based on Russian sans serif types of the second part of the 20th century. It includes Latin and Cyrillic characters and covers almost all minority languages of the Russian Federation which makes it a unique and very important tool for modern digital communications. PT Sans comes in three major variations: normal, narrow and caption.
Ubuntu was introduced with the release of Ubuntu 10.10. Designed by Dalton Maag, it uses OpenType features and is optimized for clarity on desktop and mobile computing screens. Ubuntu is available in four weights including italic variant for each weight.
Designed by Vernon Adams as a rounded terminal Sans Serif for display typography, Nunito is available in 7 weights plus their corresponding italics. It also has an accompanying non-rounded terminal version, Nunito Sans listed below.
Rubik, designed by Philipp Hubert and Sebastian Fischer, is a sans serif font with slightly rounded corners. It is 5 weight font family with Roman and Italic styles along with variable web font.
15. Work Sans
Designed by Wei Huang, Work Sans is based loosely on early Grotesques. The font comes in 18 styles plus as a variable font.
16. Nunito Sans
Nunito Sans is a variation of Nunito, another popular free sans serif font listed above. Designed by Vernon Adams and extended by Jacques Le Bailly, Nunito Sans is available in 7 weights plus their corresponding italics.
17. Fira Sans
Fira Sans is a sans-serif typeface designed by Carrois and Edenspiekermann for the Mozilla Firefox OS. It aims to cover the legibility needs for a large range of handsets varying in screen quality and rendering. Fira Sans is available in four weights all accompanied by italic styles.
Mukta is a Unicode compliant, humanist sans serif family available in seven weights, supporting Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Tamil and Latin scripts. Font designed by Ek Type.
Inter is a variable font family carefully crafted & designed for computer screens. Designed by Rasmus Andersson, Inter can be downloaded in 9 weights from Thin to Black.
Quicksand by Andrew Paglinawan is a sans serif font with rounded terminals based on geometric shapes as core shapes. Designed for display purposes but legible enough to use in small sizes as well. Available in 5 styles as well as a variable font.
Did I miss your favorite sans serif fonts? Let us know in the comments below along with the projects where you might have used them in.
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2 thoughts on “20 Best Free Sans Serif Fonts on Google Fonts”
Thanks! Very good fonts!
I avoid rigorously all sans fonts which depict capital I and miniscule l in the same way, as do Open Sans, Osvald, and Lato.
My favourite is Go Sans, followed by Iwona and Mint Spirit.