Sure, you’ve heard of Helvetica, Arial and Roboto. But why not spice up your designs with these modern sans serifs?
Sans serifs are known to be crisp, minimalist and most commonly used in the professional context. Due to high legibility these fonts are often used for body text, but can also look great on logos and website design.
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If you’re looking for a sans serif font to help you stand out from the rest, here are a few modern fonts you can check out. We’ve split them into free and fonts that require the purchase of a commercial license.
If you’re a small business or startup, paying for typography might not seem like a worthwhile investment—after all, expenses often pile up in these early stages! But don’t forget that typography is an integral design element of your brand identity, and can even be what makes a standout logo! As little as a few tens of dollars can get you a unique font that isn’t overused by your competitors.
1. Yadon (from $21)
This lovely font family includes typefaces in 9 different weights, in both OTF and TTF format. Yadon has a very stylish and elegant look and would make a perfect Art Deco-inspired logo.
2. Zisel (from $21)
A crisp, geometric sans serif will certainly give your business a professional edge. Zisel is a great modern alternative to consider. It’s got great readability, and works equally well in smaller and bigger sizes, as a display font.
3. Adon (from $16)
If you’re not exactly sure what style you need, Adon is a perfect middle ground in many respects. It’s fairly minimalistic, but the curved edges of the glyphs lend this font a more casual, playful quality. The font pack comes in 5 different weights, thin, regular and bold, which all combine very well.
4. Beacher (from $16)
Beacher comes in 5 different styles, which are great for creating all sorts of marketing materials, from social media posts to flyers and brochures.
5. Abira (from $13)
Abira is a fun font with quirky square lettering, perfect for creating unique print materials, stationery or merch. It comes in 6 weights, each with a very distinct look, so it can be a great way to diversify and spice up your designs with just one font.
6. Fragile (from $17)
When we think of sans serif typography, we usually imagine a minimalistic look, a professional, stern feel. Well, fragile is definitely an exception here, with its gorgeous, decorative look. Based on the letterforms from the 60s and 70s, it’s a very stylish typeface, perfect for boutique logos, as well as spa branding.
7. Dual (from $29)
Although any graphic designer can quickly spot even the slightest differences between two typefaces, for non-experts some of these nuances can be difficult to pinpoint. Well, that certainly won’t be a concern with Dual.
This unique font family created by Charles Daoud comes with 563 glyphs, including 251 edgy, alternative glyphs that will help you create a totally custom look with your designs. I can certainly picture it as a hipster barbershop or brewery logo. The price of the entire pack is $115, but there are a couple of individual styles which you can grab for free!
8. Noyh Geometric (from $60)
Sure, this type comes with a slightly heftier price tag, but there is a good reason for that. Noyh Geometric is actually a huge font family of 18 fonts, with a truly unique look that is still very professional and versatile. It’s meant to have a corporate look, but with an updated, modern twist. And indeed, this could be the perfect font to include in your brand guide!
9. Briar Display ($15)
Did anyone say Art Nouveau? This gorgeous typeface perfectly captures the nature-inspired art movement, but with its one groovy, modern twist. It’s quite affordable, although it’s worth noting that it’s a display font, meaning you’ll need a secondary type to accompany it. Perhaps a modern serif would work perfectly?
10. Banny (from $10)
Banny is both playful and professional, making it an excellent choice for a number of industries. Place it on a frilly mockup, and you’ve got yourself a perfect spa brochure. Or, add some modern isometric illustrations and you might have a great new app logo!
Thanks to the many talented and generous type designers out there, it’s certainly possible to find many wonderful fonts that are free for commercial and personal use.
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11. Organik (free font)
This all caps font is free to download from Behance, and it would make a great display font for signage, email banners or headers. The round lettering has a slightly retro look, so it would certainly give your design a more interesting and creative look.
12. Oblique (free)
Inspired by Eastern calligraphy, this awesome sans serif type is sure to give your designs a unique twist. It goes without saying that it would make a wonderful yoga studio or massage logo, but thanks to high readability you can still use it in a number of different ways.
13. Codec (free)
Created by the Zeta Types Foundry, this font pack is a true treasure chest for anyone in the tech industry. It’s got quite a range of different styles and weights, including discretionary ligatures, alternative styles and even Cyrillic and Greek lettering! You can download two weights for free, purchase individual styles or the whole font family.
14. Red Hat (free)
There’s something very cool and effortless about this font. It’s a modern adaptation of a more classic look, so really it would be fitting for a number of different industries, anything from accounting to app design. It’s an open-source font so you’re free to use it on both commercial and personal projects.
15. Atami (free)
For something a little edgier, check out this cool sans serif typeface, that looks a little bit like it could belong to a 90s video game. The font family comes in three different styles (wide, stencil and display) with two weights for each, so you can experiment a lot with this cool, playful font.
16. Proxima Nova (free)
Proxima Nova is a great versatile font, we often mention in our blog, for example as a useful yearbook or logo design font. This font is available for free from Adobe Fonts and in several different styles and weights (bold, regular, italic, thin, condensed…) It would also make a terrific secondary font paired with a more decorative serif or script font.
17. Bavro (free)
Bavro is a font that will give your designs a subtle futuristic feel, so you can create designs that are modern and interesting looking, without being cartoonish. Only uppercase glyphs are available, so it would make a great header font for posters, flyers and brochures.
As its name suggests, this no-frills font is a perfect choice for lovers of minimalism (a crisp, minimalist logo for example). This free font comes in upper and lower case, with multilingual support
19. Tessellate (free)
Ok, so this font isn’t actually free, but for the price of 5 bucks, it’s really as good as! Although you won’t get tons of glyphs, alternative ligatures and such, it’s a truly creative and unique font, well worth paying the small price. The flowy lettering will give your designs a playful, approachable feel. I also think this font has got a retro feel (think 1960s and 1970s), but completely adapted for modern audiences.
20. Pino (free)
Pimp has a versatile modern look, with high legibility in both bigger and smaller font sizes. It could work as a web display font since it’s available in uppercase only.
21. Migha (free)
The final entry on this list is Migha, a font created by Seniors Studio. It’s described as having a “modern vintage feel”, and indeed this interesting typeface brings the best of the old and new together. It’s a display font perfect for posters, signage and even logos.