Fonts and typography play a major role in user interface design and user experience, but just which are the best for web and mobile app design?

A good font face can give a good mood. With the advancement of computer and smartphone, typography has been more and more important. Choosing good fonts not only appropriate in terms of beautiful appearance but also have high legibility for you only have a small screen to show on.

In our experience as one of the best enterprise application development company, a font can easily be the most subtle, and yet powerful differentiator for the next User Interface we are building. You can contact our team to start your next idea with us.

Here are the top 5 UI fonts from our team that you may use in your next website or mobile app.

1. Open Sans

Open Sans is wonderful for any type of use. It’s especially readable in small sizes and also works great when printed in huge letters. The greatest thing of all, it’s a free font! You are free to use and download it for your upcoming design project.

It’s a well recognized and modern font that is being used more and more on new websites. Because of its simplicity, it really makes your content easily readable. The same thing goes for offline content. When printed it will make your documents amazing.

Font Source: Google Fonts

2. Montserrat

This typeface comes in three variants and evokes the modernist technique of the early 20th century, however, it feels less formal than, say, Futura. Montserrat really shines for short pieces of all caps and the geometric simplicity of the letters. Even in lowercase, Montserrat is still a pretty pleasant font with a nice large x-height and a lot more character than Arial or Helvetica.

Font Source: Google Fonts

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3. Poppins

Poppins is one of the Geometric sans serif typefaces that have been a popular design tool for building websites. Each letterform is nearly monolinear, with optical corrections applied to stroke joints where necessary to maintain an even typographic color. It supports both Latin and Devanagari languages and is available in nine weights with matching italics.

Font Source: Google Fonts

4. Proxima Nova

Proxima Nova links the gap between typefaces like Futura and Akzidenz Grotesk. The outcome is a hybrid that combines modern proportions with a geometric appearance. Proxima Nova, by various measures, has replaced Helvetica as the world’s most popular typeface.

Proxima Nova carries the style of Futura, but is functional and can communicate clearly like Helvetica.

Font Source: Typekit

5. San Francisco

Helvetica Neue and San Francisco are natural to mistake for one another. That is because San Francisco is so heavily inspired by Helvetica Neue. But, Apple made some key changes that make it a much better – maybe even perfect – typeface for their platforms.

San Francisco is easier to read on-screen and has gradually replaced most of Apple’s other typefaces on their software and hardware products and for overall branding.

Font Source: Github

Conclusion

Without a doubt, typography is one of the most critical elements of UX design but asking what are the best fonts for apps and websites is going to elicit a multitude of responses. The answer is, it depends. It depends on a range of different factors, from audience demographic and cultural context to device use and product objective.

Whichever fonts you do decide on, limit yourself to using just one or two at a time. Sometimes simply using one font at various weight can be just as effective as using multiple fonts.

Do you have any favourite fonts for UI? Please mention them below in comments.

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Sanjay Pandey

Sanjay is head of designs in Terasol Technologies who has been creating great user experiences since before he knew what the job title was called. He has done a wide variety of work throughout his career including product design, app design, game design, website design, front-end development, and branding.
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