Typography is a great asset in minimal design. Minimal fonts can help you to achieve this light and airy aesthetic in your designs. But which fonts have this minimal feel? I have compiled a list of 7 minimal fonts (all Google fonts) for you.
Typography in minimal design
Typography in minimal design isn’t only a mear way of putting text onto paper. It’s more like a design element itself. While minimal design doesn’t overuse decorative and embellishing elements, typography can add a bit of style. Though it’ll always be more focused on functionality and readability, you can use typography to create contrast and balance. Some minimal designs even live solely from typography.
When working with typography in minimal design you want to think mostly about white space. This includes the areas around your text, the space between paragraphs and headlines, line-height, and also letter-spacing. To create contrast, minimal design sets often on extremes. Mixing bold and thin font styles or using oversized headlines.
Related post: Guidelines for minimal design
What makes the perfect minimal font
Minimal fonts have certain characteristics which underline this style. They’re usually very simple with clean lines and geometric shapes. This makes sans serif typefaces the perfect fit. But you can also find serif typefaces which will add a more classic touch to your design. Monospaced fonts are a popular pick too. Having the same amount of space for each letter creates white space and that’s what we want in minimal design.
7 minimal fonts
The following fonts are all Google fonts which means they are free to download and use. Links to each font are included.
Open Sans | by Steve Matteson
neutral, modern sans serif, various styles make this font flexible
Playfair Display | by Claus Eggers Sørensen
high contrast display font, great for headlines and in combination with sans serif fonts
Source Code Pro | Paul D. Hunt
a monospaced font, perfect for small parts of text and headlines
Raleway | Multiple Designers
elegant sans serif with great bold and black styles for headlines
Montserrat | Julieta Ulanovsky
Light and fashionable sans serif with thin and extra-thin styles
Wire One | Cyreal
Condensed, light sans serif, use to create oversized headlines
Libre Baskerville | Impallari Type
Classic serif, popular for its great readability in long-form texts