If you’ve ever taken a look at the library of Google Fonts, you’d understand that it can get pretty overwhelming.
There’s good ones, bad ones, and some you just straight up can’t read!
When it comes to choosing, I usually have a select few that are my go-to fonts for designing for the web.
This is, of course, only if the business I’m working with doesn’t have specific brand guidelines in place I should be following.
So here’s my top 3 Google Fonts I use and recommend for just about any website design:
My number one, ride-or-die Google Font I use for just about any sans-serif font need is Roboto.
This font-family is made up of 12 different fonts, providing an array of options of weights and italics. It’s clean, simple, easy to read, and really goes with just about any other font.
When I’m in need of a good serif font, with some thick serif options, I will always go to Merriweather.
This is made up of 8 styles, from Light, Regular, all the way to Black.
My favorite use of this font is in Bold for headings. It’s got a great kerning built-in (space between letters), and scales up really nicely.
Plus, with most serifs I’m searching for, this gives a “friendly” vibe that’s not too modern or classy for most designs.
#3. Source Sans 3
Last, but certainly not least, on the list is Source Sans 3. You may have known this font name as Source Sans Pro — same thing.
This is my runner-up sans-serif font behind Roboto, that’s clean, simple, and easy to read.
It’s 16 different fonts in the family make this an excellent typography choice for varying weights and sizes. It’s also a variable font — meaning, there are hundreds of different weights you can choose from (not just Bold or Light).
If you are in need of a variable sans-serif font, then look no further than Source Sans 3.
And that’s it! My top 3 Google Fonts I go to for any website design that doesn’t have any existing brand guide to follow.
To take this a step further, you can check out my free guide on the 5 best font pairings — so you can see which fonts work in harmony: check it out here.
See you next time!