2 Google Fonts Similar to Brandon Grotesque

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Brandon Grotesque is a sans-serif font created by Hannes von Dohren in 2009. It was inspired by 1920s geometric sans-serif fonts.

What makes this font so special is that is a practical look with a warm touch. Its light and medium weights work great for longer texts.

Brandon Grotesque is a really unique font style. So this makes it very difficult to find a good alternative.

With that being said, I believe that I have found to be the two most similar looking fonts to Brandon Grotesque from the Google Font library.

Neither one of these is an exact match, but if you are working on a budget then they should get the job done.

What Google Fonts are Similar to Brandon Grotesque?

The two most similar looking fonts to Brandon Grotesque from Google Fonts are:

  • Cabin
  • Josefin Sans

I believe that either one of these two fonts would make for a decent alternative.

So lets jump into each one explaining their similarities and differences.


Cabin is probably going to be your best bet. Athough not an exact match, it does do a decent job in matching the very unique lowercase "g" in Brandon Grotesque.

I would argue that it is about an 80% match in lowercase and a 70% match in uppercase.

The main differences in lowercase are the "f" and "j". Other letters are not exact but close enough.

For example, the down stroke on the "t" has a little tail that sticks up. Cabin also features that same tail, but it is more to the side than sticking up.

I made a few images for you to compare for yourself.

Josefin Sans

Josefin Sans is another good alternative for Brandon Grotesque. It seems to match that same quirkiness that Brandon Grotesque has.

The main difference between these two is the "z". Josefin Sans features this uptick on the initial stroke of their z. This is something pretty unique to them.

Other letters that are different are the "J", "M", and "Q".

Take a look for yourself.

Final thoughts

Sometimes we get lucky in finding an exact match for a premium font on Google Fonts. In this case, neither font is a real winner. The will match better than the other fonts you can find. So if you are on a tight budget, then either one of these may work for you.

Otherwise, I would recommend purchasing the font.

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About the Author

Ben Smith is a professional web developer who dabbles in design. He created this site as an ongoing catalog of free alternative fonts for when the premium font just won't work. He currently writes for this site as well as his own personal blog.