A Selection of Fonts That Future-Proof Your Web Design

A small selection of fonts ideal for keeping your web design timeless and forward-looking.

In the ever-changing world of web design, trends may shift rapidly, but a good font can provide lasting relevance. This article highlights some beautiful fonts that always manage to look awesome, no matter what year it is. These are a few of my personal favorites—by no means a complete list, and I’ve intentionally steered clear of the overly familiar options to keep things fresh. But hopefully, they’ll give you a great starting point to inspire your projects.

While there are plenty of excellent free fonts out there, I’m focusing on some standout premium fonts known for their clear, beautiful designs and practical functionality, all from well-respected foundries.

So, let’s jump right into this special selection!

Sprig Sans by Faire Type

Sprig Sans is a versatile sans-serif typeface with a friendly personality. It is particularly well-suited for digital applications, where it maintains readability while offering a distinct character. Sprig Sans comes in 8 weights ranging from hairline to super, with matching italics, offering a wide range of expressive possibilities. Sprig Sans is available as a variable font, and is part of a larger type family that includes a serif counterpart, Sprig, and a monospaced variant, Sprig Sans Mono.

About Faire Type

Faire Type is a Brooklyn-based type foundry working at the intersection of graphic design and type design. Built on the foundations of historical knowledge, formal exploration and precise technical execution, Faire Type typefaces are made to stand out while being versatile and easy to use.

Euclid by Swiss Typefaces

A small selection of fonts ideal for keeping your web design timeless and forward-looking.

Named after the Greek mathematician Euclid (“The Glorious”), founder of geometry and author of the Elements, the typeface comprises five collections: Euclid Flex, Euclid Circular A, Euclid Circular B, Euclid Square, and Euclid Triangle. By and large, they exhibit the same timeless construction and proportions. Take a closer look: In the details each of the five collections brings a distinctive flavor and feel; and each flavor offers a special expression which can be just the right solution for the visual identity you are working on.

Designed by Emmanuel Rey / Swiss Typefaces.

For authentic type lovers: Check out the typeface monograph Euclid – Typeface Mystery No. 1 (Limited Edition with font license included).

About Swiss Typefacs

Swiss Typefaces was founded in 2006, by designers who grew up being surrounded by the Swiss (International) Style. They build on this legacy, redefining it with their vision of the new generation. Their unique design skills and the particular way of doing business gained them international success.

Nouvelle Grotesk by Nouvelle Noire

Nouvelle Grotesk is Nouvelle Noire’s distinctive take on the legacy of Swiss style grotesque typefaces, seven decades after these designs first gained acclaim. Unlike the typical “neutral” typefaces prevalent today, Nouvelle Noire aimed to craft shapes that are simple yet inspiring, encouraging designers to create remarkable works that also bring joy to others. Nouvelle Grotesk aims to maintain the original, spirited essence of “Grotesque” in the modern typographic landscape.

About Nouvelle Noire

Nouvelle Noire is a type foundry and type design studio based in Zurich, Switzerland. All their typefaces are developed with the awareness of type design history combined with a forward thinking vision of contemporary type design.

Roslindale by DJR

Roslindale is a text and display serif that takes its inspiration from De Vinne, a typeface named for the famed nineteenth century printer and attributed to Gustav Schroeder and Nicholas Werner of the Central Type Foundry. Roslindale smooths out the clunkiness of the original and dials up the contrast, flirting with the slickness of 1970s interpretations such as ITC Bernase. Sure it can be a bit cheesy at times, but aims for a creamy brie instead of a stinky bleu. 

About DJR

David Jonathan Ross draws letters of all shapes and sizes for custom and retail typeface designs from his studio in the woods of Western Massachusetts. He publishes typefaces at his own foundry, DJR, but saves the weird and wild stuff for his Font of the Month Club.

Basis Grotesque by Colophon

Anthony Sheret and Edd Harrington from Colophon Foundry teamed up to craft Basis Grotesque, a modern sans-serif font. Originating in 2012 as a bespoke typeface for Hotshoe magazine, it evolved into a full-fledged commercial font by 2015. Drawing from the essence of early grotesques, its design is a blend of classic charm and contemporary refinement. With five weight variations and corresponding italics, alongside a monospaced rendition, Basis Grotesque offers versatility for diverse design needs.

About Colophon

Based in Islington, London, Colophon is a typography agency founded by Anthony Sheret and Edd Harrington. Their name stems from the historical term for a book’s credits. They blend creative vision with technical prowess, serving global brands like Instagram and Google.

Rund Display by Letters from Sweden

Rund, a contemporary geometric sans serif typeface, offers a refreshing take on a familiar genre. Crafted by Göran Söderström in 2021, it combines traditional foundations with a dash of uniqueness, drawing inspiration from timeless classics like Neuzeit Grotesk, Futura, and Avenir.

About Letters from Sweden

Founded in 2011 by Göran Söderström, Letters from Sweden designs retail and custom typefaces for local and international clients. Their mission isn’t just to churn out fonts, but to facilitate clear communication in the right voice, be it printed or pixelated. Their custom work is recognized worldwide by companies and organizations like Acne Studios, Gucci, and The Nobel Prize. While their letters come from Sweden, they are for everyone.

Cosmica by Labor & Wait

Cosmica is a geometric sans-serif font that draws inspiration from the iconic northern European typefaces such as Erbar-Grotesk by Jakob Erbar (1926), Futura by Paul Renner (1927), and Nobel by Sjoerd Henrik de Roos & Dick Dooijes (1929). It features horizontally cut stroke terminals, a design choice that enhances its geometric structure, particularly evident in characters like C, J, S, a, c, f, j, r, s, and the numerals 2, 3, 6, 9. Cosmica offers a broad weight range and includes both tabular and proportional numerals as well as true small caps, making it versatile enough for both headline and text use across print and digital media.

About Labor & Wait

Labor & Wait, based in New York’s Hudson River Valley, is a renowned digital type foundry. They specialize in creating original and custom typefaces, previously offering exclusive fonts like Aero and Brooklyn through their platform, vllg.com. Known for blending historical influences with modern design, Labor & Wait continues to innovate in the field of typography.

GT Alpina by Grilli Type

GT Alpina is a serif typeface that redefines the traditional notion of a “workhorse” font. Designed by Reto Moser and released in 2020, GT Alpina delves into the depths of typographic history to revive shapes often dismissed as overly expressive. This meticulously crafted typeface family combines these unique shapes with a practical design approach, offering a blend of artistic flair and utility. With a robust lineup of 70 styles, GT Alpina is well-suited for a wide range of applications, proving both versatile and visually engaging.

About Grilli Type

Grilli Type, founded in late 2009 by Noël Leu and Thierry Blancpain in Switzerland, is a type foundry with a global footprint. While based in Lucerne, its founders and team operate worldwide. Known for creating typefaces with distinct personalities and stories, Grilli Type transcends mere technical excellence, focusing on how type communicates beyond the text.

Akkurat by Lineto

LL Akkurat, launched in April 2004 alongside Lineto’s innovative website, is a creation by Laurenz Brunner and marks his debut in typeface design. This typeface has gained significant success and influence, particularly for revisiting neo-modernism in type design. LL Akkurat combines the qualities of classic sans-serif craftsmanship with contemporary flair, emphasizing technical precision, robustness, reliability, and neutrality—traits often associated with Swiss design. Over the years, Brunner has expanded LL Akkurat’s range, adding new weights and styles, and broadening its language support to include scripts like Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Devanagari, and Vietnamese, making it a versatile and sustainable choice for diverse typographic needs.

About Lineto

Lineto is a prominent Swiss type foundry established in 1993 by Cornel Windlin and Stephan Müller. The foundry took a significant step forward in 1998 by launching a website to distribute their fonts digitally, making them pioneers in online font distribution. Jürg Lehni joined the team in 2007, further expanding the foundry’s capabilities. Lineto is renowned for a diverse range of influential typefaces, including Alpha Headline, Simple, Akkurat, LL Circular, LL Brown, Replica, Unica, and LL Prismaset. These fonts have been widely adopted across various industries, marking Lineto’s significant impact on global typography and design.

Formale Grotesque by Binnenland

Formale Grotesque is a modern sans serif typeface with roots in the late 19th century, designed by Michael Mischler and Nik Thoenen in 2019. Inspired by an unidentifiable 1930s alphabet board, this font creatively interprets traditional grotesque styles by blending geometric shapes with dynamic forms. The designers used hand-drawn drafts to enhance the font’s unique character, bridging digital precision with intuitive artistry. Formale Grotesque offers a fresh take on a historic genre.

About Binnenland

Binnenland is a boutique type foundry based in Bern, Switzerland, established in 2007 by Michael Mischler and Nik Thoenen. Initially formed as a platform for their individual type design projects, Binnenland has grown to design, create, and sell digital fonts while exploring broader typographical themes. With a strong focus on language, communication, design, and typography, Binnenland aims to contribute thoughtfully crafted typefaces to the design community, reflecting their deep engagement with the art and practice of typography.

I really hope you enjoyed this selection! I know there are hundred more fonts that could be listed here 🙂 Which one is your favorite?

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Manoela Ilic

Manoela is the main tinkerer at Codrops. With a background in coding and passion for all things design, she creates web experiments and keeps frontend professionals informed about the latest trends.

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