2 Google Fonts Similar to Arial
Arial is one of the most used san-serif fonts within the last 30 years. It was designed in 1982 by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders for the IBM laser printer. Since then, it has become a staple for body paragraph text on the web. It is clean and easy to read which helps make it so popular.
I would also like to point out that it is a font that is installed on most major operating systems. So there is a good chance that it is already installed on your own machine as well as the machine of your users.
So if you are planning on using it for a website then you are in good luck.
If for whatever reason you cannot use Arial and need to find an alternative then I have 2 good alternatives for you.
What Google Fonts are Similar to Arial?
The best fonts from Google Fonts that are similar to Arial are:
- Open Sans
In my opinion, these are going to be the best alternatives.
However, there are some differences. So lets cover the similarities and differences in each one.
Lato is a really popular sans-serif font that is available on the Google Font library.
It does a great job matching the lowercase letters of Arial. It does a great job matching close to 90% of the letters. The biggest difference is with the "g" and "y".
The same goes for the uppercase. It is about 90% similar except for the "M", "Q", "S", and "J".
Go ahead and take a look for yourself.
Open Sans is in the same position as Lato. It is similar, but not a perfect match for Arial. If your project is on a budget then it would still work as an alternative because it does match the majority of the letters in both lower and uppercase.
If you take a close look you will find differences in lowercase "g", "y", and a minor difference in the "c".
Uppercase does a better job than Lato, but you can still see differences in "J", "S", and a very minor difference in the "G".
Arial is a hard font to find a perfect match for. Luckily it is a free font on my major operating systems. If you want to use it on your website it would be a safe font to use. If for whatever reason you don't have access to it, you can always try Lato and Open Sans.