10 Alternatives of Popular Fonts You Can Find on Google

10 Alternatives of Popular Fonts You Can Find on Google

If you are a student or a freelancer on a tight budget, you’d obviously always on the lookout for free resources. 

The problem with free resources is that most of the time, they lack the standard quality, which you don’t want to compromise with. 

But when it comes to fonts, you don’t have to worry about that. Google Fonts has an enormous open-source collection of fonts, that are absolutely free. 

In this article, we bring you 10 best alternatives of popular fonts you can find on Google Font. 

1. Roboto – Alternative to Helvetica Neue 

Roboto is a sans-serif typeface family font, designed by Google’s Christian Robertson. It comes with a mechanical skeleton and largely geometric forms, along with friendly features and open curves. 

It can be pair with open sans, as it gives an impression of natural ready rhythm to the body text. 

2. Montserrat – Alternative to Gotham, Proxima Nova 

Julieta Ulanovsky designed this typeface, inspired by the old posters and signs in the traditional Montserrat, which is a neighborhood of Buenos Aires.  

After that, this classic typeface is on a continuous improvement. Recently in 2017, it was redrawn by Jacques Le Bailly as part of the Google Fonts Project. 

3. Lato – Alternative to: Avenir 

Lato means ‘summer’ in Polish. It is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Łukasz Dziedzic in 2010.  

With a sleek, sans serif impression, this typeface still looks remarkably on-trend, even after a decade it was first created. 

4. Source Serif Pro – Alternative to: Charter 

This typeface is loosely based on the work of Pierre Simon Fournier, a French type-founder from the 18th century. 

In this new version, Frank Grießhammer reworked on the idiosyncrasies which Fournier was famous for. 

5. Zilla Slab – Alternative to: Museo Slab 

Zilla Slab is the core typeface of Mozilla – an organization who created the open-source Firefox browser. 

Designed with smooth curves and true italics, this typeface gives a sophisticated, industrial look along with a friendly approachability.  

6. Arsenal – Alternative to: Optima 

Created by Ukrainian designer Andrij Shevchenko, this font is meant to serve as a body text and for visual communications. 

Its narrow proportions make this typeface ideal for economical typesetting. This typeface has won a Ukrainian Type Design Competition, Mystetsky Arsenal.  

7. Rubik – Alternative to: Block Berthold 

Rubik was designed by Philipp Hubert and Sebastian Fischer to use in a Chrome Cube Lab Project

This typeface would be a perfect choice for display text as it is a five-weight family with Roman and Italic styles. 

8. Libre Franklin – Alternative to: Franklin Gothic 

Impallari Type, a type design foundry based in Rosario, Argentina is the founder of this beautiful typeface. 

Libre Franklin is an interpretation and expansion of the classic 1912 typeface Franklin Gothic by Morris Fuller Benton. 

9. Josefin Sans – Alternative to: Brandon Grotesque 

Josefin Sans is inspired by geometric sans serif designs, fonts from the 1920s.  Additionally, it was also updated to work as a variable font in December 2019. 

What makes this typeface special is its unique, distinctive look as its x-height is halfway from baseline to cap height. 

10. Poppins – Alternative to: Sofia Pro 

Poppins is a new arrival in this long going trend of geometric sans serif typefaces. This typeface is created by an Indian Type Foundry. 

This font type is following a circular form, which makes each letter mono-linear. The typeface comes with the support of Devanagari and Latin scripts. 


So, which typeface you are going to use first from these ten famous font alternatives offered by Google? Tell us in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your designer friends. 

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