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Question

I'm looking for fonts, available from Google Webfonts or Typekit, that would look similar to Avenir.

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Background

I'm building a site using Squarespace

My friend told me to use Avenir for headings and shorter texts. Any of these three:

Squarespace does not have Avenir though. Squarespace does have support for Google webfonts and typekit.

Should I use Minion for the text body?

Squarespace does have Minion so I think I can use that one instead.


PS. Similar question: What are Google Webfonts or Typekit alternatives to Avenir Next Pro?

  • I see you saw the question about alternatives to Avenir Next Pro...is this not a duplicate? Avenir and Avenir Next will be identical to the casual viewer ('Next'-type weights are usually minor refinements, more characters, or more weights). – Brendan Jul 2 '14 at 19:10
  • Looks like this topic already exists: [graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/16036/… [1]: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/16036/… – Alan Apr 21 '15 at 14:54
  • Your friend told you to use Avenir? Does that mean you absolutely have to, or is it because you friend likes Avenir? On the comments below it sounds like you want a font looking exactly like Avenir, that isn't possible, because then it would be Avenir... No regular person will see the difference in fonts, and no one will know that you wanted to use Avenir, so what is the big fuzz about the R or G being different. I'm just trying to understand... – Anders Dec 14 '17 at 8:25
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I don't think there is a really obvious choice to replace Avenir in Google Fonts.

However, I recently had to ask myself this question, and my answer was and is Lato:

Lato screenshot

The letters occupy similar amounts of space, the letterforms are in the right ballpark, and the font has a robust set of weights/italics for you to use.

  • g looks very different, bad choice. – jacob Jul 6 '14 at 14:20
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    @jacob please be nice to the people, who are making an effort to help you … – mnxd May 25 '15 at 18:40
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Nunito

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

Nunito is an excellent match to Avenir. The ascenders are slightly higher in Avenir but even the most persnickety designer would have a hard time telling them apart.

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    The 'R' is very different. I just don't think there is a stellar free alternative out there. – Brendan Jul 6 '14 at 19:20
  • Just saw that several were very different. changed my mind to Proxima Nova Regular. Better? – jacob Jul 7 '14 at 15:13
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Raleway could also be a good contender

Raleway specimen page

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comparaison Avenir/Lato/Nunito

I choosed Nunito at first but Lato seems to be the closest as i see now.

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    The first sample is NOT avenir. Compare to the links in the initial question. – spiral May 25 '15 at 19:13
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Here's a few choices:

Avenir Avenir sample

Gibson Gibson Sample

Proxima Nova Proxima nova sample

Montserrat Montserrat sample

Gibson and Proxima are on typekit, Montserrat on Google Fonts

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Prompt is also good, yet a bit larger.

Prompt specimen page

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