The Best Alternatives to the 10 Most Popular Fonts
We see them on a daily basis—these popular fonts are everywhere! Check out this article to find hand-picked alternatives to some popular fonts.
Alternatives to the 10 Most Popular Fonts
If you are into fonts, you’ll know that the most popular can become ubiquitous.
Thankfully, Envato Elements and Graphic River have some great alternatives. We looked at the characteristics of these popular fonts and found their match. These alternatives are beautifully designed, high-quality fonts with, in some cases, many weights to choose from!
Try updating your design look with these alternatives for a unique style, and you might just start a new trend!
1. Fonts Similar to Helvetica
Helvetica has been a widely used typeface ever since its release in the 1960s. Here are some typefaces that share the same characteristics and aren’t as overused.
Bw Nista is a clean, modernist sans serif font family that provides a neutral tone of voice. It comes in three different sets, each with subtle features portraying different personalities. This typeface is just as functional as the famous Swiss style, thanks to its strict, rational shapes.
The set includes seven weights with matching obliques. It supports European Latin languages, ligatures, old style and tabular figures.
Electro Sans is a minimalist typeface with a modern take inspired by geometric forms from the 1920s. It’s perfect for headlines and portfolios.
Web fonts are included in the set.
3. Fonts Similar to Gotham
Gotham was inspired by architectural signs popular in the mid-twentieth century throughout New York. It is mostly known from Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Below we share some typefaces that have the same characteristics with a new spin.
BERLIN is a minimal typeface designed to perfection. This typeface has won a spot on the Envato Elements list of best fonts of the year in 2017. BERLIN is suited for creating headlines—just add some tracking and you will be in love!
The set comes with three weights, with all formats including web fonts.
Bergen Text has been carefully crafted to improve readability and legibility at small sizes. The typeface is geometric, but it has a very palpable, adorable personality.
Bergen Text is a family of six fonts. While being a small font family, it has plenty of OpenType features for highly professional use. It includes Extended Latin, Cyrillic (with a Bulgarian character set) and Greek language support.
6. Fonts Similar to Proxima Nova
Proxima Nova is a mix of classic geometric proportions and a contemporary feel. Here we have a few options from Envato Elements.
This typeface is built on the mathematical purity of geometric circles and squares. While its roots are traditional text fonts, it is redesigned for modern use. This linear sans is highly legible and harmonious, making it suitable for headlines or body text.
The set features ten weights.
8. Fonts Similar to Impact
Impact is a hard-to-miss font. It was originally designed to, like its name, have an impact. Below we have some options from Envato Elements that share the similar characteristics.
Schmalfette is a digital revival inspired by the typeface Schmalfette Grotesk from the 1950s. Its tall height, heaviness and condensed characteristics make it a great alternative to Impact. Whenever you need to make a bold statement, Schmalfette will be here to do the job.
Schmalfette offers support for all Latin based and most Eastern European languages.
Bw Stretch is great for both display and body text purposes. The compressed style is inspired by wood-block designs. The best part of this typeface is the disruptive titling alternates that expand the width dramatically. It’s perfect for when you need an extra kick in your headlines!
The package includes eight weights from Thin to Heavy, covering all European Latin languages. The set is completed by small/petite caps, fractions, case-sensitive forms, discretionary ligatures, and disruptive titling alternates.
9. Fonts Similar to Trajan
Trajan is a classic typeface inspired by Roman Square Capitals. It is well known for being used in many movie posters.
Praetoria is meant to be used at a larger point size. It was inspired by the Roman square capitals used in ancient Rome. Some of the lowercase letters are fictitious variations of their uppercase counterparts. A few others are borrowed from the Russian and Greek alphabets.
Domani, by Jason Walcott, is a digital revival of an old typeface called Didi. It has some unique design details that set it apart from other Didone style typefaces. It has thinner strokes compared to the classic Didot and heavier terminals.
Walcott has created a professional-quality digital version that is faithful to the original design while expanding the character set to make use of OpenType features.
The set supports Latin-based and most Eastern European languages.