Which Google fonts are the most popular?
If you start typing Google and then font in the search box, the dropdown will usually include these six fonts – Open Sans, Lato, Roboto, Poppins, Raleway, and Montserrat.
There is however a much better way to find out the popular Google fonts. And this you can do on the Google fonts site itself.
If you sort the 848 Google font families in terms of popularity, the result looks like the screenshot below.
The top 12 most popular ones as of this writing are –
- → Roboto
- → Open Sans
- → Lato
- → Roboto Condensed
- → Slabo 27px » surprise!
- → Oswald
- → Montserrat
- → Source sans Pro
- → Raleway
- → PT Sans
- → Roboto Slab
- → Merriweather
Look closely, you’ll see that 9 of the 12 Google fonts are Sans Serif. Only 3 are Serif fonts – Slabo 27px, Roboto Slab, and Merriweather.
By the way, the Google font used primarily in this website is Merriweather.
Why bother with web fonts?
The question is, why must one care for such a wide variety of web fonts?
The answer lies in the evolving scenario wherein the designers are using web fonts to bring the aesthetics of print design to the web. This is so cool!
This relatively new development is in vogue since around 2010 when the major web browsers announced the support for web fonts with @font-face after the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) agreed to recommend the Web Open Font Format, WOFF.
That opened the doors for Open Type or True Type fonts, and in 2010 Google quickly launched an interactive directory of free hosted application programming interfaces for web fonts.
Google fonts are a big relief for web designers who want to be rid of the restrictions of using just a few web-safe fonts of yesteryears (prior to 2010).
How to select Google fonts blazing fast
There is no doubt a clamor for attractive typefaces among the website owners and designers.
Many WordPress themes now come with a wide selection of Google fonts pre-installed. All you need is include or select the fonts your need, and you’re good to go.
With that in mind I’m going to show you a free online tool that enables you to select Google fonts blazing fast.
This helps a lot because you’ll be able to cut down time spent browsing in Google font website.
Look at the illustration below to see how fast this can really be.
As in Google font site, this tool too gives you the option to select fonts from 5 categories, namely –
- Sans Serif