Google fonts are used everywhere. Their popularity cannot be denied. And there is a reason for that. Apart from being absolutely free, they offer great customizations and are easy to use.
Google fonts is a directory of selected open source fonts curated by the Google team and developed by font developers and agencies around the world. It was founded in 2010. Since then, it is regularly being updated and as of writing this article, it has 900 fonts. All are free for personal as well as commercial use. These fonts are of high quality and pass the standards of legibility and readability.
Accessibility is the main feature of Google Fonts. As these are open source, anybody can use it. Plus, these are maintained at Github repository from anyone can download the fonts. Just a single line of url is enough to grant you access to Google Font of your choice. The installation is quite simple. And within seconds, you are set with new fonts. There are so many options to choose from.
10 Most Popular Google Fonts
10. PT Sans
The Public Type Fonts, of which PT Sans is the most popular, are libre licensed open source fonts. It has been viewed 428 billion times as of now with crossing more than 95 billion views in the past year itself.
It is designed by the Russian design agency ParaType. It is one of the most popular forms on the internet. They include Latin and Cyrillic characters. They have 4 styles.
Designed by multiple designers, Raleway is used by more than 457 billion users around the world. In the last year, 142 billion-plus viewers used this font. This is a 14% increase compared to 2017. Raleway is featured in more than 8 million websites. It comes with 18 styles.
One of the fastest growing font in recent times, Montserrat was developed by 4 developers; Julieta Ulanovsky, Sol Matas, Juan Pablo del Peral, and Jacques Le Bailley.
591 billion views over its lifetime, and if that’s not impressive, consider the 226 billion views in the last year. That’s a growth of a whopping 40%. This font definitely ranks among the most attractive ones.
7. Source Sans Pro
Source Sans Pro is the first open source typeface family by Adobe. It was designed by Paul Hunt. It is a sans serif typeface. It’s no miracle that this font is downloaded more than 633 billion times. Last year, it gathered 188 billion views. This is an increase of 14%. It has got 12 styles.
6. Roboto Condensed
This is a miniature version of popular font Roboto. It contains only 6 styles. Despite that, it is hugely popular. It ranks in the top 10 for the last year, i.e. Oct 2017-Oct 2018.
This version, like the original, is also developed by Christian Robertson. This font features friendly and open curves. The forms are largely geometrical with a mechanical skeleton.
Roboto Condensed gathered more than 760 billion views in its lifetime. Last year, the statistics for the same was 220 billion. This is a minor growth of just 1% over last year. This font can be used with normal Roboto family and Roboto Slam family.
Inspired by “Alternate Gothic” sans serif typefaces, Oswald was developed by Vernon Adams. It was launched in 2011. In 2016, Kalapi Gajjar and Alexei Vanyashin updated the font family to support Cyrillic characters. Close to 900 billion views so far, it will soon cross the trillion mark for sure. It registered a growth of 6% over the last year. The number of views in the last year was more than 201 billion. This is a font that you must check out before you select your final options.
4. Slabo 27px
This font was developed by John Hudson. He is an expert contributor to Unicode. This font has been viewed by more than 950 billion. It has just one style. It has seen a change of -53% compared with last year. Still, the views for the past year were 167 billion. These are size specific fonts. These are mostly used in online advertising and other web uses.
Ranking third on our list, this font was developed by Warsaw-based developer Lukasz Dziedzic. This project was started in 2010. It has gathered 1.3 Trillion views since then. Lato is sans serif typeface. In the past year, it was viewed 411 billion times. This is an increase of 27%.
2. Open sans
This second-most popular font was designed by Steve Matteson. This is humanist sans serif typeface. It has 10 styles. It is optimized for print, mobile, and web interfaces. It has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms. It is designed with upright stress, open forms, and friendly appearance. It has been viewed a whopping 5.6 Trillion times so far. In the last year itself is got 1.46 Trillion views. This is an increase of 8% over the last year.
The all-time number font has incredible 6.3 Trillion views since its inception. This speaks of its legibility and diverse application. It has got 12 styles. It has a mechanical skeleton and fonts are geometric. It features friendly and open curves. This gives a more natural reading rhythm. It is growing in its popularity. This evident from its 2.74 Trillion views last year. This is a change of 49 % over the last year. Significant, isn’t it?
So, these were the most popular Google fonts. You can browse all the Google Fonts here . Browse through the vast library of carefully selected fonts and choose the one that best suits your needs. Hope this article helped you in some way. What are your favorite fonts? Where do you use them? Let us know in the comments. See you soon. Have a fabulous day!