Google’s web font service is a great tool for any web designer to have in his/her arsenal – but, like anything, some typefaces are better than others. As visual / aesthetically driven people, we designers can sometimes focus too heavily on the aesthetics of a typeface alone. It’s important, though, to also choose typefaces for our clients that not only look great, but are flexible and robust enough to cover many use cases. I mean, how often have you chosen a typeface for body copy or as a main brand element, only to realize it doesn’t have enough styles/weights to cover all possible uses? Or maybe the hinting is poor? These drawbacks just won’t fly.
What is a Workhorse Font Family?
To me, a workhorse font family is a font family that meets a few characteristics:
- It’s well-designed
- It has a wide range of weights & styles (bold, italic, etc)
- It works for both headings and body copy
- It works well in a variety of settings & styles
If a typeface checks all of these boxes, then it’s a workhorse and likely one you’ll be able to use over & over again without issue. So, with that said, let’s look at 7 workhorse type families available from Google’s web font service. Read the whole article >