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I'm looking for fonts, available from Google Webfonts (ideally) or Typekit, that would look similar to Avenir Next Pro, specifically, Bold and Demi:

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Any similar-looking fonts, with good cross-browser rendering?

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@yisela Thanks for the specimens –  julien_c Feb 21 '13 at 8:05
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Avenir is available for the web, you know.

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I didn't know that, thanks! It's not served though, I have to host it myself, right? –  julien_c Feb 21 '13 at 8:10
    
@julien_c You can however, they offer a plan to host it themselves. You would just use CSS or Javascript that that they give you to load them on your page (like Typekit or Webtype). –  Chris Burton Feb 21 '13 at 12:48
    
Just for the sake of saying, Google Web Fonts aren't much different than embedding it yourself on your own server. All they're doing is pointing to a CSS stylesheet that does pretty much the same types of declarations you'd do on your own stylesheet to embed them. Check out this link and you'll see all they're doing is referencing the font from their servers instead of local. fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Tauri –  jamEs Apr 10 '13 at 20:14
    
@ChrisBurton License-wise, I'm not sure I am allowed to buy the font and just serve it myself as a Web font. Or am I? –  julien_c May 20 '13 at 15:52
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@julien_c you have to have a webfonts subscription. normally they'll serve you a javascript or css to point to, but you can choose to self-host on Pro plans. more info on pricing here - fonts.com/web-fonts/plans-and-pricing –  Mattc0m Oct 18 '13 at 14:47
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I would recommend Futura as an alternative to Avenir or Avenir Next

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Nunito is an excellent alternative to Avenir. The ascenders are slightly higher in Avenir but even the most persnickety designer would have a hard time telling them apart. It can be found at http://www.google.com/webfonts/specimen/Nunito it has 3 styles created by Vernon Adams

Avenir

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Nunito (Book 300)

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Source: http://joelcrawfordsmith.com/new/font/avenir

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Nunito is a rounded face. At anything above the sizes shown here, the face would look very different. –  DA01 Dec 19 '13 at 3:04
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I believe that Sofia Pro Light is a close match. I found it on www.fontsquirrel.com.

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Lato is also a comparable Google font:

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I came across Open Sans, and it seems like the uppercase J is the only letter that's obviously different.

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/open-sans?q%5Bterm%5D=open+sans&q%5Bsearch_check%5D=Y

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Great suggestions. Just would like to add that a valuable typographic resource can be found at WhatTheFont (http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/). If the automated comparison tool proves unsatisfactory the website has legions of typographic gnomes eager to help.

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Except for the uppercase "Q" and the lower height of the ascenders, Proxima Nova on Typekit is quite close.

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I ended up using Muli from Google Fonts, I think it's pretty close:

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What about PT Sans? –  julien_c Jul 1 '13 at 18:26
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If really want to use a Google Font I highly suggest using NUNITO. It has 3 styles Book, Normal, and Bold. Here is a sample comparison between Book 300 and Avenir: http://joelcrawfordsmith.com/new/font/avenir Sentence length is a perfect match, x-height is great, its only fault is maybe the acenders abd descenders are tiny bit shorter.

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Hmm... in lowercase it really doesn't look that similar, way too round-ish. I'll keep looking. –  julien_c May 20 '13 at 15:51
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For small-sized copy sure but definitely not for titling. –  Marcel Oct 29 '13 at 6:01
    
+1 for @Marcel, only for small-sized, too rounded for titling. –  jeromeM Mar 7 at 13:46
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I think Museo Sans is good enough:

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On Google fonts there is also Montserrat could be used for some words :)

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I think Museo is beautiful, but when I tried it the browser rendering was less from perfect, specially in older Windows. If that's the main public, I'd test it thoroughly! –  Yisela Feb 20 '13 at 19:46
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Not sure if this is the best place but you wont go far wrong with either of these

OpenSans:

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SourceSans:

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