What is your preferred fonts for UI design?

almost 9 years ago from , Designer & Maker

What is your preferred fonts for UI design. Lets share them

I prefer Lato, Helvetica Neue, Robot and Open Sans


  • Joe Crupi, almost 9 years ago

    Unless you're talking about your own personal sites, a better question might be 'What's the right font for my client?'

    Tim Brown from Typekit has some excellent thoughts on this:


    21 points
    • Dustin CartwrightDustin Cartwright, almost 9 years ago

      This, especially when it comes down to the pure aesthetics. Fonts that work fantastic for one aesthetic, won't work nearly as well for others.

      0 points
  • 李 大毛李 大毛, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    I'm Chinese, so the situation is more complicated.

    For iOS app English version, Helvetica Neue. For Android app English version, Roboto. For iOS app Simplified Chinese version, Heiti SC. For Android app Simplified Chinese version, Source Han Sans, or Google called Noto Sans CJK, these two are a same typeface.

    And for web, I prefer Avenir Next.

    Unlike Latin fonts have tens of thousand kinds, Simplified Chinese font is probably less than 500. And the good font is very expensive. Because a Chinese font contain at least 6763 characters. Well, that's only one weight. So design a Chinese typeface cost lots of money and time.

    16 points
  • Javin LadishJavin Ladish, almost 9 years ago

    Take a look at this post I made about a year ago. There are some really good recommendations in here.


    I'd love to see this thread get an update though! There are a lot of great fonts out there that I'm sure haven't been mentioned yet.

    5 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, almost 9 years ago

    Roboto since one year.

    2 points
  • Robbert EsserRobbert Esser, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    It depends on the project and client. When I'm doing a side project I mostly use one of these:

    Proxima Nova, Gotham, Whitney, Didot, Avenir.

    2 points
  • Benjamin KowalskiBenjamin Kowalski, almost 9 years ago

    Source Sans Pro and Source Serif Pro are my favorite at the moment.

    Freight Text and Freight Display are wonderful for body text at larger (16-20px) sizes.

    2 points
  • Chris GillisChris Gillis, almost 9 years ago

    It depends on the context.

    1 point
  • Felipe TinocoFelipe Tinoco, almost 9 years ago

    I really love Proxima Nova, Open Sans and Montserrat.

    1 point
  • Adam RobbinsAdam Robbins, almost 9 years ago

    Proxima Nova, in all of it's weights and performance at smaller sizes is a solid contender, however, I'm always put off by it's over use.

    The key is finding something that gives you typographic flexibility but also adds to the overall brand of the site/product/service you're designing to help establish a point of difference from other sites/products/services.

    1 point
    • Keaton TaylorKeaton Taylor, almost 9 years ago

      I'm constantly fighting with myself over Proxima Nove being so overused but being so GOOD.

      1 point
    • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, almost 9 years ago

      Instead of seeing them as "overused", I like to think of these notable typefaces as those that define an era of design, which provide familiarity and consistency that spans beyond brands and products into an experience for everyone.

      2 points
  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, almost 9 years ago

    I'm going through a "Source Sans Pro" stage right now. This usually changes when a new font comes out. In the past I was an Open Sans and Lato fanboy.

    1 point
  • Toni ManolacheToni Manolache, almost 9 years ago

    If you're looking for font inspiration you should check out http://FontGala.com

    0 points
  • Greg ChristianGreg Christian, almost 9 years ago

    Avenir Next has been my go to lately.

    0 points
  • BING YANGBING YANG, almost 9 years ago

    I prefer Proxima Nova, Open Sans, Lato for English and Hiragino Sans GB for Chinese.

    0 points
  • Hawke BassignaniHawke Bassignani, almost 9 years ago

    As much as I love (loooove) Open Sans, I don't like using it for app UI design because the kerning can often get crazy.

    On the web, you can manually fix it. There are lots of CSS/JS/combo solutions.

    In apps, it's just a hassle. Plus, it's often a good practice to start with whatever the system default is (to that everything fits in), but that's probably a personal preference.

    0 points
  • Alex BAlex B, almost 9 years ago

    To me, legibility is the most important aspect to consider for body text, so I usually lean towards using something with proven legibility such as Georgia, or a sans serif like Helvetica or Lato.

    For Graphics, titles or shorter lines of text, I would usually pick a font that works for the style/mood/brand etc. This would be where I would look for uniqueness or personality. I have worked on many different types of projects in many different industries so it is often determined in during the style exploration process and is very much project by project.

    0 points
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, almost 9 years ago

    Pretty big fan of Noto Sans these days.

    0 points
  • Matt WalkerMatt Walker, almost 9 years ago

    Din Next LT Pro!

    0 points
  • Jon LJon L, almost 9 years ago

    My most used interface fonts this year were

    DIN OT, Open Sans, and Helvetica Neue.

    0 points
  • Orhan SönmezOrhan Sönmez, almost 9 years ago

    Roboto (2014) has become my go-to font for all UI works, but before that I frequently used Lato, Open Sans and PT Sans, which is excellent.

    If you never used PT Sans, go give it a try!

    0 points
  • Thibault MaekelberghThibault Maekelbergh, almost 9 years ago

    Source Sans and Open Sans are really a godsgift for this I think. Helvetica Neue keeps working too and Roboto too ofcourse

    0 points
  • Ricardo MagalhãesRicardo Magalhães, almost 9 years ago

    I'm going through a Raleway phase nowadays, trying not to overuse Proxima Nova! There's great potential for Raleway, being available in both Google Fonts and Typekit

    Freight Sans Pro also usually gets some love from me.

    0 points
  • Yigit PinarbasiYigit Pinarbasi, almost 9 years ago

    Avenir, Helvetica Neue and Open Sans.

    0 points
  • Florian BauernfeindFlorian Bauernfeind, almost 9 years ago

    I use Proxima Nova, Lato and Open Sans :)

    0 points
  • Muhammed Tüfekyapan, almost 9 years ago

    It depends on project but generally I prefer Open Sans and Myriad Pro.

    0 points
  • Namor VotilavNamor Votilav, almost 9 years ago

    Open Sans works great – it's clean, readable and multiingual

    0 points