Sunday, April 6, 2014

Best Google Fonts For Flat Design

Why Google Web Fonts?

It provides high-quality web fonts that you can include in your pages using the Google Web Fonts API and has three advantages that make it ideal for many freelancers and small businesses: It’s open source and free, it requires no sign-up, and the deployment of fonts is fast.

Flat design focuses on typography, colors, simple shapes to emphasize clarity and usability. Because it often employs bright color schemes, weights and clean lines are important when it comes to lettering.

Here is the list of typefaces that are fit with Flat design most:

1. Droid Sans

Droid is a font family first released in 2007 and created by Ascender Corporation. The fonts are intended for use on the small screens of mobile handsets and were designed by Steve Matteson.

Droid Sans is a sans serif typeface with open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance and was optimized for user interfaces. 

droid sans

2. Oxygen 

The basic concept for Oxygen Font was to design a clear, legible, sans serif, that would be rendered with Freetype on Linux-based devices.

Oxygen is a Unicode typeface family that supports languages that use the Latin script and its variants.. 

3. Roboto 

Roboto is also a sans-serif typeface family. Google describes the font as "modern, yet approachable", with "a dual nature". The family includes regular and oblique styles of Thin, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, Black, and Condensed widths.

4. Open Sans

Open Sans is a clean and modern sans-serif typeface, designed by Steve Matteson.

Since its release in 2010, Open Sans quickly became the preferred typeface by many designers, as it was a fantastic substitute for Helvetica. According to Google, it was developed with an "upright stress, open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance" and is "optimized for legibility across print, web, and mobile interfaces."

Its design is almost identical to that of Droid Sans, with the exception of wider characters and the inclusion of italic variants. 

Open Sans is available in a large number of variants. There are 5 variants for weight (300 Light, 400 Normal, Semi-Bold 600, Bold 700 and Extra Bold 800) and each one has an italic version.

5. Lato

“Lato,” meaning “Summer” in Polish, is a sans serif typeface family, developed in summer 2010 and released in December 2010 under SIL Open Font License, with five weights: 100, 300, 400, 700, 900 and corresponding italics.

The semi-rounded letters give Lato a strong yet friendly tone, allowing for flexibility of use in either body text or headlines. “Male and female, serious but friendly” says Łukasz Dziedzic, the designer of Lato.

In 2013 – 2014, the family was greatly extended. The Lato 2.0 family now supports 100+ Latin-​​based languages, 50+ Cyrillic-​​based languages as well as Greek and IPA phonetics.

6. Source Sans Pro

Source Sans Pro, Adobe's first open source typeface family, was designed by Paul D. Hunt. It is a sans serif typeface intended to work well in user interfaces.

Source Sans Pro is a sans serif font designed with a generous width. It is currently available in six weights, from ExtraLight to Black, in upright and italic styles. The typeface has wide language support for Latin script.

7. Raleway

Raleway is an elegant sans-serif typeface, designed by Matt McInerney in a single thin weight.

8. Montserrat 

Montserrat font is sans serif font which is designed by Julieta Ulanovsky. Montserrat font family has 2 weights.
9. Quicksand

This is a display sans serif.

10. PT Sans

PT Sans is based on Russian sans serif types of the second part of the 20th century, but at the same time has distinctive features of contemporary humanistic designs. The family consists of 8 styles: 4 basic styles, 2 captions styles for small sizes, and 2 narrows styles for economic type setting.

11. Libre Baskerville

Libre Baskerville is a web font optimized for body text.

12. Quattrocento Sans

Quattrocento Sans is a Classic, Elegant and Sober typeface.

13. Josefin Slab

Josefin Slab is one of the thinnest slab fonts and have an elegant, upscale look and feel.
14. Philosopher

This font is universal: It can be used in logos, headlines, and for text.