Classic Sans Serif Fonts for Your Print Projects

These Sans Serif Fonts Are Designer Favorites

The uncluttered lines of these sans serif fonts are perennial favorites that designers turn to again and again. Within each grouping are several varieties and renditions, some more suitable than others for body copy. These classic sans serif fonts are presented in alphabetical order because few designers and typography buffs can agree on a ranking. These fonts can all be purchased individually and by complete families from font sellers on the internet.

Akzidenz-Grotesk

Akzidenz Grotesk Pro Volume; Fonts.com
Akzidenz Grotesk Pro Volume; Fonts.com

This classic predecessor of Helvetica and Univers is a lovely favorite among designers.

 

Avant Garde

ITC Avant Garde Gothic; Fonts.com
ITC Avant Garde Gothic; Fonts.com

Drawn with geometric precision, Avant Garde is a crisp headline font. The condensed weights are legible for text work as well.

 

Franklin Gothic

ITC Franklin Gothic Com Book; Fonts.com
ITC Franklin Gothic Com Book; Fonts.com

A popular choice for newspaper work, the various weights of Franklin Gothic give this sans serif font great versatility, and the condensed versions maintain high legibility in tight spaces.

 

Frutiger

Frutiger Next Regular; Fonts.com
Frutiger Next Regular; Fonts.com

This clean, legible sans serif font from Adrian Frutiger was originally designed for signage but works well for text and display. It was drawn with a certain subtle unevenness that produced a font that is warmer and friendlier than Helvetica and other early sans serifs. As with most classics, there are many versions of Frutiger.

 

Futura

Futura Com Book; Fonts.com
Futura Com Book; Fonts.com

Longer ascenders and descenders than similar text sans serif faces plus its geometric consistency give Futura its elegant and practical appearance. It comes in many weights and makes a handsome font choice for text and display use.

 

Gill Sans

Gill Sans; Fonts.com
Gill Sans; Fonts.com

Eric Gill's popular and highly legible sans serif font comes in several weights for both text and display use.

 

Helvetica

Helvetica Roman; Fonts.com
Helvetica Roman; Fonts.com

One of the most popular and confusing typefaces, this san serif font was originally designed by Max Miedinger in 1957. The introduction of Helvetica Neue brought design consistency among the various weights that had developed throughout the '60s and '70s. Helvetica works well for many applications from body text to billboards.

 

Myriad

Myriad Pro Regular; Fonts.com
Myriad Pro Regular; Fonts.com

You'll find a myriad of uses for this 1990s era Adobe Originals typeface. Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly and other Adobe staff had a hand in the design of this modern sans serif font.

Optima

Optima nova Pro Regular; Fonts.com
Optima nova Pro Regular; Fonts.com

Hermann Zapf created Optima with tapered strokes that are almost like serif faces, but without the serifs. A classy choice for text and display use.

Univers

Univers 55; Fonts.com
Univers 55; Fonts.com

Similar to the ever-popular Helvetica, Adrian Frutiger's Univers family contains 21 typefaces. The full range of consistently developed weights makes it a versatile sans serif font choice that mixes and matches well for text and display