I see a ton of free font lists out there on Pinterest, but to be honest, as a designer there’s really only one kind of free font that I use regularly: Google Web Fonts. Here’s why: you know that whole rule about only using 2 to 3 fonts in your blog design? Well, I’m usually kind of a stickler about that. And in order to pull that off successfully, it’s imperative to take advantage of web fonts so that I can have more than just the regular system fonts available for things like post titles and sidebar headings (although I use those plenty too!)
The cool thing about Google Web Fonts is that you can use them for the web AND you can download them to your computer- for free! – and use them on print items, so everything matches. Isn’t that awesome? All you have to do is make a collection of fonts, download the collection, and install them on your computer.
One of the great things about Google Web Fonts is that there are tons of choices. Right now there are 554 font families to choose from. While it can be fun to browse them, it can also be overwhelming. That’s why I put together a list of 12 tried and true Google Web Fonts- the ones that I use the most.
If those links don’t get you to a page where you can figure out how to use or download them, just go to Google Web Fonts, search for the desired font, and follow the instructions above to download. That’s it!
What are your favorite Google Web Fonts? And can you recognize which ones I use on here?
And yeah, every excerpt on here is from a Disney movie. That’s how I roll.
Update: don’t miss part 2!