Fantastic Google Web Fonts for Headings and Body Text

The online Google Web Fonts service provides an enormous benefit to designers around the world. Instead of paying for a subscription or hosting your own fonts locally, this allows you to include a bit of CSS and utilize custom fonts hosted in Google’s servers. Cloud access provides unique URLs where you are not responsible for managing the font files themselves. The biggest downside is a longer page load time, but when used correctly visitors will barely notice the difference.

Google Webfonts 2013 homepage screenshot

I have put together a collection of the most interesting Google fonts to be utilized in various pieces of content. These could be paragraphs, headings, footer links, navigation items, or any other common webpage items. The best method for using webfonts is to focus on the most important areas of content, not to bloat your site with 4 or 5 different typefaces. But I hope this collection may provide resources for designers who need some recommendations for new projects.

Logos & Branding

We can start off with a big category of the most unique typefaces you can use. I would recommend keeping these for your website logos, either in the header or footer of the page. The fonts are quite unique and they offers an easier method of branding which does not require an image or SVG file. When building stuff like new project launches or tutorial demos, these fonts work great as the recognizable page logo.

Crafty Girls

collection logo headline crafty girls typography

Knewave

knewave google webfont open source freebie

Gorditas

custom google webfont gorditas logo

Berkshire Swash

berkshire swash google web font free

Freckle Face

freckle face cute google webfont

Henny Penny

unique free google web font henny penny

Lily Script One

lily script one open source google webfont

Fascinate Inline

fascinate inline google web font typography

Ceviche One

ceviche one google webfont typography

Kaushan Script

script type font website logo kaushan

Shadows Into Light

shadows into light typography webfont

Bigelow Rules

webfont typography bigelow open source google

Eagle Lake

eagle lake free webfont google

Underdog

webfont typeface underdog fonts open source

Chicle

chicle website open source webfont

Cinzel

caps lock cinzel website webfont open source

Risque

google web font typography risque

Handlee

typographic handlee web font freebie

Catchy Headings

The purpose of building unique font families in your page is for emphasis. You want visitors to be immediately impressed with the quality of your design and content. So adding custom typefaces onto your page headings would be a no-brainer! These fonts are best used for h2-h3 since they can often stand on their own. It gives visitors a sense of authority in the content when transitioning between new talking points.

Bevan

thick dark bold heading bevan typography

Fauna One

fauna one webfont google free

Acme

google free webfont acme header

Aladin

aladin gypsy font website open source

Cherry Swash

cherry swash google webfont open source

Permanent Marker

google webfont header permanent marker

Oregano

google typography oregano webfont design

Londrina Solid

google webfont londrina open source typography

Alegreya

open source google webfont alegreya

Courgette

courgette gogole webfont specimen typography

Chelsea Market

chelsea market free google webfont

Merienda

google webfont open source merienda

Lova Ya Like a Sister

catchy headline webfont sister love google

Ranchers

google web font ranchers typography

Droid Serif

droid serif font typography google

Wendy One

wendy one typography open source webfont

PT Serif

google webfont open source pt serif

Rammetto One

rammetto one website font typography google

Gabriela

google font family gabriela specimen

Subheadings with Emphasis

Many websites use a logo with the addition of sub-text beside or beneath it. Similarly you can find websites that have smaller sub-headings built into the page content. Many developers would attribute these fonts onto h4-h5 elements, and h6 if you have the need. It is a great collection for bolded, smaller fonts with the potential of all-caps or variant CSS properties.

Mouse Memoirs

mouse memoirs website font typography

Brawler

google web font brawler speciment typography

Expletus Sans

expletus sans google webfont typography

EB Garamond

garamond web font typography google

Cantora One

cantora one typeface webfont

Roboto Slab

roboto slab webfont typography

Alef

alef typography webfont google

Rum Raisin

rum raisin webfont google typography

Belgrano

belgrano latinotype webfont google

Skranji

skranji typeface google webfont

McLaren

webfont typeface mclaren google

Rokkitt

google webfont rokkit typeface

Simonetta

simonetta webfont typeface google

Bree Serif

bree serif webfont specimen typography

Overlock

overlock webfont google typography

Dosis

google webfont dosis typography

Nunito

google open source webfont nunito

Marmelad

marmelad typography google typeface font

Gentium Basic

google webfont gentium basic

Paragraph Text

I would not always recommend using Google Webfonts for your paragraph copy. This can dramatically slow down the loading time of your page, and often you will notice the images/background fills in before the text. It can appear choppy to visitors on a slow connection. But in some cases it may be worthwhile to have your paragraphs using more customized font choices.

Muli

paragraph muli webfont typography

Montserrat

montserrat paragraph webfont

Montserrat Alternatives

montserrat google webfont alt

Trocchi

typeface webfont trocchi google

Habibi

google webfont habibi typeface

Fenix

paragraph font webfont google serif fenix

Arvo

paragraph serif webfont arvo

Lato

google webfont typeface lato

Coustard

google webfont coustard font

Source Sans Pro

source sans pro webfont google

Quattrocento Sans

quattrocento sans webfont google typeface

Arbutus Slab

slab serif webfont paragraph arbutus

Merriweather Sans

merriweather sans serif webfont typography

Rambla

rambla webfont typeface specimen

Droid Sans

droid open source sans webfont

Average Sans

average sans webfont typography

ABeeZee

abeezee webfont typography open source

Oxygen

sans serif webfont oxygen

Asap

asap webfont google paragraph text

Telex

telex open source webfont google paragraphs

Cursive & Handwritten

The use for handwritten fonts is varied in a number of ways. These can work as logos or headings on the page. But it is also possible to add emphasis in your text, blockquotes, ad displays, or similar common page elements. The cursive style can be difficult to read so it often requires larger font sizing. But without including any cursive/handwritten fonts in your website, they can still be a whole lot of fun to play with.

Monsieur La Doulaise

fancy cursive writing webfont monsieur doulaise

Alex Brush

webfont typeface alex brush

Great Vibes

great vibes typeface webfont

Crafty Girls

crafty webfont free google typeface

Grand Hotel

grand hotel webfont typeface google

Indie Flower

handwritten indie flower webfont google

Parisienne

google webfont free parisienne

Playball

playball webfont typeface cursive

Niconne

google webfont typeface script niconne

Condiment

free open source condiment webfont google

Sacramento

free google webfont sacramento script

Qwigley

google writing script webfont qwigley

Italianno

italianno webfont google typeface

Yesteryear

script cursive yesteryear webfont google

Clicker Script

clicker script webfont typeface google

Butterfly Kids

cute handwritten webfont butterfly kids

Ruge Boogie

ruge boogie webfont google typeface

Lovers Quarrel

typeface google webfont lovers quarrel

Princess Sofia

princess sofia webfont google typeface script

Final Thoughts

Google’s online repository of web fonts is steadily growing larger every month. It is an impressive feat to host a library of fonts online for the world of developers to include in their layouts. Many of the fonts can be downloaded for free and hosted locally, which makes this service even more useful. If you notice any fonts that I’ve missed please share your ideas with us in the post discussion area below.

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Jake Rocheleau is a passionate web designer and social media entrepreneur. He is frequently researching the latest trends in digital design and new-age Internet ideas. He's also an advocate for the social media revolution - follow his updates on Twitter @jakerocheleau.

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