Website designers were traditionally limited to a small group of fonts that could be rendered in HTML for Internet viewing. The most commonly used included: Helvetica, Arial, Times, Times New Roman and Verdana.
Thanks to Google, designers and clients can now safely choose from over 800 open source (free) fonts for website designing. The Google font website is extremely easy and intuitive to use. The interface features include a directory of all fonts categorized by Serif, Sans Serif, Display, Handwriting and Monospace. Fonts can be sorted by which are currently Trending, Popular, Date Added and Alphabetical as well as in by language. Sorting can be further refined based on the number of Styles for a particular font family as well as Thickness, Slant and width. These multiple filters allow for quickly zeroing in on available fonts for specific usages.
The “Featured” font tab allows you to sort by Headline-Worthy Serifs, High-Impact Vernacular Display, New Multi-Script Typefaces for the current year, all created by Created by Google Design. Also provided is a category called Perfect Pairings created by Colophon (London and Los Angeles-based digital type foundry established in 2009.)
The WYSIWYG features allow for easy viewing of fonts by Sentence, Paragraph, Alphabet, Numerals and to Customize your sample verbiage. Of course, you can easily select font pixel size.
Graphic designers, website designers and clients can now all enjoy the variety of fonts provided by Google fonts.