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I am wondering which font in Google fonts is the best font to represent Windows, Mac and Linux system fonts for design mockups?

The reason I am asking is because I and some others are using the PenPot, the collabrative design tool https://penpot.app/, to create some mockups for a cross-platform desktop application.

However, PenPot only allows fonts from Google fonts (to the best of my knowledge), so I am unable to "just use the system fonts" as someone might suggest. Also, other collaborators are on working on different systems, so even if PenPot allowed choosing from local fonts, it would be troublesome.

Anyone have advice on what font to use for the mockups?

Just to clarify, the end-application will indeed use the system fonts. It's just that we need a way to represent the fonts faithfully in the mockups.

Thank you in advance!

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  • I think what may be "best" is really just someone's opinion. Your opinion about which Google fonts more closely match various system fonts is just as valid as anyone else's opinion. There's no way to answer this definitively. – Scott Apr 22 at 21:00
  • Juste google "google font alternative to"+the name of the font you want to match, and you'll have the internet answer. This gave me Lato for Arial, as an example. – TheSqu Apr 22 at 21:08
  • @Scott Yes, that is true. But I was hoping someone with application design experience would suggest something close/a middle ground (if there is a such thing) and/or suggest an alternative idea to doing this. – Correct Syntax Apr 22 at 21:09
  • @TheSqu I suppose that could work, but it would be a hassle since the mockup needs to be for cross-platform. But then again, maybe I can just use like an alternative to the Windows system font or something (choose just one platform for the mockups). – Correct Syntax Apr 22 at 21:11
  • Well, "Segoe UI" is the Windows 10 System font, i google what i said earlier and found "Open Sans" or "Source Sans" ... if you just do the same for other platforms, i don't see the problem here? – TheSqu Apr 22 at 21:17

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