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5 Google Web Font Alternatives to Helvetica and Arial
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Helvetica and Arial are the most overused fonts on the web and as with anything that gets
overused, it gets boring. Theyre also usually used as backup fonts when a custom font
cant be shown. Thankfully there are hundreds of alternatives available and some of the
best are free. Googles web font family has some awesome fonts which are brilliant, and
better looking than Helvetica and Arial. Ive picked out five fonts which are brilliant
alternatives and are free to use how you like.
Unfortunately Googles own user interface for its web fonts is awful and doesnt show off
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fonts like it should. Also having the same black and white makes the fonts look pretty stale.
So I suggest actually trying them out in Photoshop or on a website to see how they really
look in different circumstances.
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Maximillian George Stockholm, Sweden
Most of these carry very little resemblence to helvetica...
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Venkat Adapa Module Lead at ValueLabs
I need Arial Smooth equable font.
Reply Like Follow Post 9 July 2013 at 17:29
Ivan Malinovski Top commenter
I have yet to find a font that is better than Kozuka Gothic Pro Pr6N.
Although Source Sans Pro looks pretty damn nice too.
Reply Like Follow Post 6 April 2013 at 15:18
Eduardo Mendoza
Roboto is the best alternative!
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Alejandro Lengua Vega Top commenter Works at Virtual Orbis
Which free font would you suggest as an alternative to Lucida Sans?
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ukasz Ratajczyk Poznan, Poland
Droid Sans or maybe try Arimo (also from Google Web Fonts).
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