When it comes to design projects where type is featured, the font or fonts chosen can often make or break the design.
Typically, it’s best to stick to one or two fonts per design to ensure continuity and to avoid overly messy-looking end results. Additionally, it’s also a good idea to have a handful of simple sans-serif fonts in your kit that you use often to help keep designs as simple and functional as possible.
Here are three of our favourite simple sans-serif fonts that we use all the time.
Raleway is a sans-serif typeface that was designed specifically for headings and other large-size type. It was initially designed by Matt McInerney, and then expanded by Pablo Impallan and Rodrigo Fuenzalida.
While we tend to steer clear of using Raleway in it’s numeral form in most projects, because the alignment is a little too messy for our liking, we do use Raleway for stand-out headings and other areas of work that require clean capitalisation or an interesting lowercase body font. It’s also an excellent font for navigation menu headings, as it always looks super clean no matter what size it is.
Audrey is an elegant typeface that was designed by Cristina Pagnotta. Pagnotta combined curved geometry and straight lines to create a font that provides contrast while still remaining an elegant choice for more feminine designs.
Audrey is a beautiful body font for more feminine projects, but also stands out in the best way for headings and subheadings in social graphics. A little fancier than your typical sans-serif typeface, we love and use Audrey more than we ever thought we would.
Arimo was designed by Steve Matteson, and as you can probably tell, is metrically compatible with the well-known base font, Arial. Arimo offers improved on-screen readability and is more compatible with documents that are consumed on a multitude of platforms.
Beautiful when italicised, we find that Arimo often makes its way into designs when we need a simple sans-serif for sections of writing that are sized quite small, especially in promotional marketing documents. It’s clear, easy to read and doesn’t distract too much from other aspects of the design. A must-have!