My experience with building websites is limited, but i have used Google Fonts (GF) for some basic presentation websites before. I was recently given some branding guidelines built by other providers which used GF for everything, including print items, eg. business cards, brochures, etc. And I did just use this identity to build a white paper for this client using GF, which seems to look ok even when printed on paper.
Is GF a technically good alternative to commercial fonts? Any downsides to using GF for non-web work?
Their about page doesn't mention anything on this specifically and seems to position these fonts as web assets.
Making the web more beautiful, fast, and open through great typography. We believe the best way to bring personality and performance to websites and products is through great design and technology. Our goal is to make that process simple, by offering an intuitive and robust directory of open source designer web fonts.
Also, since their fonts appear to be Open Source, does this mean its 100% ok to use the fonts for non-web commercial work?