Although we will begin to see new designs and styles emerge for 2012, familiar styles such as clean minimalistic layouts will continue to stand firm in the world of web design. And as such, we’ve lined up 10 of our favorite web fonts to get you ahead of the game. So take a look and grab some fonts for your next design.



A classy and fresh sans serif great for all applications in a layout.


Dura Sans

Modern, simple and easily applicable.



Sophisticated, airy and contemporary.



A fresh, new, all-purpose slab serif.



A lightweight, condensed font with a modern feel.


Open Sans

A great go-to sans serif font with more than 10 different styles.


Playfair Display

A stylish serif headline font with a whimsical touch.



Thin, sleek, posh and modern; equipped with 7 different styles.



A reliable sans serif with a bit of curvy flair.


Tenor Sans

A little different from the typical sans serif, this font has a great legibility while maintaining a stylized feel.

Have a favorite web-safe font for clean and minimalistic sites that isn’t listed here? Know any other great fonts that you think are going to be big in 2012? Let us know in the comments, and we might feature it in a future related post.

  • Hi, What makes these fonts ‘Web-safe’ ?

  • Jessica Moon

    Hi Alyssa,

    These fonts are ‘web-safe’ in that they are under the GNU General Public License which in a nutshell allows users to use these fonts via @font-face for their websites. Different fonts have different type of licenses (i.e., commercial fonts vs open-source fonts)

    • Marcel

      Web-safe means that user don’t need to install font to view your yourpage properly. This fonts are not web-safe.

  • Hi, thanks for the list but these are not web safe fonts.

  • jazmine

    not sure ‘web-safe’ means what you think it means. these fonts are ‘web fonts’ in that they are served remotely, but they aren’t ‘web safe’ since they aren’t native to any operating systems. @font face doesn’t work with super old browsers (i know, who cares about THOSE people anymore) therefore isn’t websafe. those are traditionally the lowest common denominator, the windows fonts.

  • Emily Harris

    Good list, thanks!