Excellent Modern Fonts Series: 8 Modern Sans-Serif Fonts

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Typography - Free Fonts - Web Design - Sans Serif Fonts - Bebas

Excellent Modern Fonts Series: 8 Modern Sans-Serif Fonts


Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the owner of Hook Agency, and strategic marketer focused primarily on driving traffic and leads for small businesses and construction companies.

Typography - Free Fonts - Web Design - Sans Serif Fonts - Bebas

Bebas and a similar font League Gothic (which you can also download free,) have that tall sans-serif look that’s appropriate for some projects. Keep in mind how many more letters you can fit in a specific space, and consider using this font in all-caps for titles.

Download Bebas (Free)

Typography - Free Fonts - Web Design - Sans Serif Fonts - Helvetica Neue

Helvetica Neue takes Helvetica to a fresh new place. Without the stuffy connotations but with a highly palatable and useful sans-serif

Download Helvetica Neue (One font: 29$)

Typography - Free Fonts - Web Design - Sans Serif Fonts - Geogrotesque

Geogrotesque has a nicely thought out vertical stretch, with a thoughtful rounded edge, and a squareness rather than a roundness to encapsulate it’s open spaces.

Download Geogrotesque (Font Family: 299$)

Typography - Free Fonts - Web Design - Sans Serif Fonts - Futura STD

Futura takes usefulness to new levels. Before I met many of the thicker, bolder sans-serif fonts Futura was my friend. Not imposing any kind of quirkiness or super distinct individuality except a confident self-assured look that has sharp edges and a strength to it.

Download Futura STD (Font Family: 377$)

Typography - Free Fonts - Web Design - Sans Serif Fonts - Open Sans

Open Sans is another non-imposing but highly useful font. This font makes alot of sense as a body copy font, and has a light friendliness to it, as well as being highly readable and legible. If you need a free body copy font that also translates to the web quickly and easily through google fonts, use Open Sans. I also like using the “Better Helvetica” font stack introduced to me by Chris Coyier on the web, but this way you are loading a font for the website visitor, rather than relying on their system font.

Download Open Sans (Free)

Typography - Free Fonts - Web Design - Sans Serif Fonts - Brandon Grotesque

Brandon Grotesque is an undeniable winner of a font, albeit on that is quickly becoming saturated in many promotional materials. McDonalds and Comedy Central both have been using this standout winner lately, and so perhaps thats why I recently overheard a friend bad-mouthing it. “Brandon Grotesque is dead” he tweeted. Hipsters.

Download Brandon Grotesque (12 Fonts: 249$)

Typography - Free Fonts - Web Design - Sans Serif Fonts - Biko

Biko is a little strange, but I recently saw it used really well on Jim Basio’s portfolio site and thus got the idea that this could be used in all caps as a distinctive title font. Perhaps keep it to a minimum and be prepared to be very bold with it like Jim is and the usage is more likely to be successful.

Download Biko (Free)

Typography - Free Fonts - Web Design - Sans Serif Fonts - Avenir

Oh yeah, so you think you can font? Avenir is a delicious classic that stands up with the best sans-serifs that have proven their worth. Helvetica and Futura both are so respected and well-loved by designers because they are so useful and Avenir is another gun in the arsenal that says classic, classy, and if used well, sexy.

Download Avenir (12 Fonts: 283.10$)

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Vince Luk
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Great info here Tim! I always believed Helvetica was king… but Avenir looks real interesting to try…

Tim Brown
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Avenir is queen 😉 thanks for your comment Vince!

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