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10 Typography Trends for 2019 – Web Design Ledger

Typography Trends

Can you hear that? That’s the sweet sound of jingle bells followed by the explosion of fireworks. The combination of these two sounds can only mean one thing: 2019 is right around the corner. That might sound a little scary, but I can assure you that this article contains nothing but good vibes and happy thoughts.

 

As a designer, you’re probably pretty aware that you should be keeping up with trends, right? I certainly hope so. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t put a little personal flare on those trends. For the purpose of this article, and because the title already says typography trends for 2019, we’re going to discuss… you guessed it: typography trends for 2019. This list is in no particular order. It will contain new trends and a few classics that you totally need to stick with. Fasten your seatbelts, explorers, we’re diving straight in.

Handwritten fonts

We’re going to start this list off with a style of font that will most likely be a trend for many years to come. Handwritten fonts are great because they allow you to put your own touch on your brand, and they bring with them a sense of detail that other fonts can’t. Granted, a handwritten font may not look so great on the side of a corporate office building, but they certainly are a great way to reach out to your audience on a more personal level.

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Vintage fonts

Vintage fonts are also a timeless classic that deserves a spot of any typography trends lists ever. The reason people are so drawn to vintage fonts is very similar to the reason they’re so drawn to handwritten fonts. The difference here is that the audience is most likely already familiar with the font, as it is vintage. Instead of making new connections using a handwritten touch, you renew old connections by going vintage.

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Watercolor fonts

Watercolor fonts have risen in popularity almost side-by-side with handwritten fonts because they go so well together. Watercolors have recently existed mainly in the background of a few web pages. But now, people are starting to use them in the spotlight. Watercolor fonts are a great way to portray calm, cool, and collected vibes. They take away from the seriousness of business and add to the homely feel.

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Serif fonts

Serifs again are nothing new. In fact, they’re probably one of the oldest typography trends we can dig up. They are, however, a trend that’s making a comeback. Serifs can vary depending on how extra you want to be, but they’re another great way to put a little more flare on your work.

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Big and small font types… together?

Yes, it’s true. A lot of people are instantly attracted to things that match or at least are the same size. The idea behind using both big and small fonts together isn’t exactly a new thing, but it has made great headway over the years. Because the letters in the font don’t match up, it can grab someone’s attention quicker than a buy-one-get-one sale at Old Navy. plus, it’s a creative way to put emphasis on a particular part of your brand or logo.

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Variable fonts

In addition to the variation in size, the mix-match of different font types has become a design phenomenon. I mean, why stick to just one font if you’ve found a few that you like? If done correctly, you’ll be able to mix a number of different fonts together and create your own personal masterpiece. Just try not to be too overwhelming.

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Color fonts

For too long black and white fonts have haunted our screens! Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but sometimes we just need a little color. Color fonts have been popular on and off for forever, and they’re starting to make a massive comeback. Color fonts allow us to be that much more creative with our projects. They can say as little or as much as you want them to about the letters that they’re highlighting. They’re the perfect way to snag someone’s attention in a crowd full of black and white.

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Cutouts and overlays

Everyone wants to add layers to their designs, and it’s for good reason. People don’t want to sit and stare at a flat-looking, boring, underwhelming webpage. They want to be wowed and wanting more. Cutouts and overlays are a great way to give that 3-dimensional effect without having to wear the glasses that hurt your eyes after 30 minutes. They give you yet another layer to be creative with, and thus attracting more attention.

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Geometric fonts

While handwritten fonts and different sized lettering are cool, perfectly straight lines and rounded corners will always be one of the typography trends, too. Don’t get me wrong, though, geometric fonts leave plenty of room to be creative. Geometric fonts have grown exponentially over the past year or two, and I don’t see them slowing down anytime soon.

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Customize everything

If you have the extra cash to shell out, customizing your brand is a great way to set your own trends. I’m not talking about just logotypes here, I literally mean customize everything. What better way to give people a new experience than to create one custom for your brand? You’re a designer, challenge yourself!

Bring in the New Year right

Again, these typography trends aren’t in any particular order, but they are all super duper sweet. Trends are made every day. While some of us choose to follow those trends, others create their own path for us to follow in the future. The #1 rule of design is to be yourself and create your best work. Design something that you’re proud of, and show it off to the word.

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Free Portfolio Themes for WordPress to Download

Free Portfolio Themes for WordPress to Download

As a designer, the best way to showcase your work is an online portfolio. An online portfolio is a proof of your expertise, experience, and skills. A portfolio site helps your potential clients to look at your advantages over other creatives out there.

The best and the easiest way to create a portfolio today is to use a creative free portfolio theme for WordPress. We decided to make this task more comfortable for you and collected 20 amazing free portfolio themes which you can customize and use.

1. Portfolio Gallery theme

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2. Minimalist Portfolio

minimalist-portfolio-theme

3. Adventure Lite

adventure-lite-theme

4. TheMoments

the-moments-theme

5. panoply theme

panoply-theme

6. Hestia theme

hestia-theme

7. Zyloplus

zyloplus-theme

8. Shapely

shapely-theme

9. Eight Sec

eight-sec-theme

10. Seguente

seguente-theme

11. Business Press

business-press-theme

12. Vega

revolve-theme

13. Revolve

coral-drive-theme

14. Coral Drive

vega-theme

15. Hitchcock

hitchcock-theme

16. Coral Dark

coral-dark-theme

17. Pinnacle

pinnacle-theme

18. AccessPress Parallax

access-press-parallax-theme

19. Pure & Simple

pure-simple-theme

20. Innovation Lite

innovation-lite-theme

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21 Beautiful Rubber Stamp Logo Designs to See

21 Beautiful Rubber Stamp Logo Designs to See

We used to see designs on the screen of our computers, smartphones, and tablets. However, there is still something magical in holding a printed design in hands and being able to feel the texture.

In this collection, we handpicked some beautiful custom-crafted rubber stamp logo designs you need to see. Stamping your logo on a paper cup or package can add some personal touch to your branding.

A rubber stamp logo has been around for ages, but lately, they have become popular again since vintage designs came back. Just scroll down and enjoy the collection.

1. MILLER Tree Care stamps

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2. Oystr. Rubber Stamp

Oystr-Rubber-Stamp

3. Mid Studios – Rubber Stamp

Mid-Studios-Rubber-Stamp

4. Ordinato Mark

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5. Rubber Stamping

Rubber-Stamping

6. coffee mug icon/stamp

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7. Nick Lundeen Stamp

nick-lundeen-stamp

8. atomicvibe stamp

atomicvibe-stamp

9. Cori Cory

Cori-Cory

10. Personal Avatar

me-on-lumi-stamp

11. Stamp!

stamp-man

12. RUBBER STAMP | Nacho Trees

nachotrees

13. Stamp

nachostamp

14. Rubber stamp – Logo for a private english teacher

english-teacher

15. Handle With Care Stamp

Handle-With-Care-Stamp

16. STAMP | Custom Wedding Rubber Stamp

customstampkristyblackdribbble

17. Vea Medica

vea-medica

18. Rubber Stamp

rubberstamp

19. Stamp on gas station napkin

Stamp-on-gas-station-napkin

20. ALDRTREE Stamp

aldrtreestamp

21. Lion Mark

lion-mark

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20+ Fresh & Creative 404 Error Pages Examples For Your Inspir...

20+ Fresh & Creative 404 Error Pages Examples For Your Inspir…

It’s necessary to have a beautiful and appealing 404 error page. It appeared when a user used wrong URL or broken link. Besides, it can show up when the page URL was changed or redirected.

When a user has landed on 404 page, there is a huge chance he or she will leave without having to see what else your website can offer. Thus, once it happens, you need to help them get back to the homepage.

In this list, we have collected 20 fresh and creative 404 error pages to see just for fun. Or, you can use their ideas to create some cool 404 error page for your site or blog.

1. Dropbox

dropbox

2. The useless web index

theuselesswebindex

3. Bluegg

bluegg

4. Dan Woodger

danwoodger

5. Figma

figma

6. Bitly

bitly

7. tinsanity

tinsanity

8. Lego

lego-404

9. Airbnb

air-bnb

10. Grantburke

grantburke-404

11. BrandCrowd

brandcrowd

12. IconFinder

iconfinder

13. Blizzard

blizzard

14. Cooklet

cooklet

15. Hoppermagic

hoppermagic

16. Template Monster

tm-404

17. ShutterStock

shutterstock

18. MailChimp

mailchimp

19. Repair Pal

repairpal

20. Starbucks

starbucks-404

21. Designoholic

20+ Fresh & Creative 404 Error Pages Examples For Your Inspir...

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30 Amazing Payment Form Designs for Your Inspiration

30 Amazing Payment Form Designs for Your Inspiration

If you have ever sold something online, you know how difficult it is. You need to create a nice product or service, create a website and social media accounts to promote it, run the promotion, find clients, sell the product, and only then you can collect money.

The whole process is hard and time-consuming. And the last step is credit card payment form. People don’t tend to leave their credit card details in poorly designed form with confusing fields. That’s why you, as a designer, need to create a beautiful and easy-to-use credit card payment form. We decided to help you with this challenging task and collected 30 amazing payment form designs for your inspiration.

1. Daily UI Challenge

adidas-trainers

2. Pay

pay-form

3. Daily Ui #03 Credit Card Checkout

Daily-Ui-03-Credit-Card-Checkout

4. Credit Card Checkout

credit-card-checkout

5. Daily UI 002 – Credit Card

payment-details

6. Payment Screen & Summary

payment-screen

7. Daily UI 002 – Credit Card Checkout

adidas-yeezy

8. Daily UI 002 – Credit Card Checkout

dear-checkout

9. Credit card checkout #02 Daily UI

checkout-gif

10. Buffer – Credit Card Checkout

buffer

11. Daily UI 002 – Credit Card Checkout

drone-ckeckout

12. DailyUI Challenge

bank-of-america

13. Daily UI Challenge

sports-checkout

14. Credit Card Checkout

swoon

15. Daily UI (#dailyui)

reebok-crossfit

16. Credit Card Checkout

heart-checkout

17. WEB DESIGN // #dailyUI day 01-10 + 12 & 19

credit-card

18. Daily UI Challenge (001-010)

interior-payment

19. Day 2 – Credit Card Checkout

credit-card-design

20. Daily UI #002 – Credit Card Checkout

zeplin-creditcard-dribbble

21. Credit Card Checkout – DailyUI #002

creditcard-details

22. Credit Card Checkout

finger-snap

23. Credit Card Checkout

macbook-checkout

24. Fitbit Product Checkout Page

ui_fitbit_dribbble

25. Daily UI #002 – Credit Card Checkout

vespa-credit_card_checkout__2_

26. Daily UI #002: Credit Card Checkout UI

pink-checkout

27. Daily UI #002 – Credit Card Checkout

coconut

28. Credit Card Checkout

lamps-credit_card_checkout

29. credit card checkout

home-plants

30. Daily UI :: 002 Day 002 Credit Card Checkout

watch-metal

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20 Amazing Free Metal Textures to Use in Your Future Designs

20 Amazing Free Metal Textures to Use in Your Future Designs

It’s a challenging task to find proper textures, fonts, icons and brushes for every design project. Of course, you can create all these stuff yourself, but it will take a lot of time. Besides, there is no need to waste your time, when there are numerous free and premium design elements available on the web today.

If you are going to create some metallic design in future, these 20 free metal textures will certainly come in handy.

Most textures and patterns look not so good without grunge photo effects and creative typography. And these metal textures are no exception.

1. Green Metal Rust Texture 2

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2. Grey Metal Rust Texture

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3. Orange Metal

orange-metal-rust-texture

4. Dumpster

dumpster-metal-texture

5. Rust Metal

rust-metal

6. Dust Metal

dust-metal

7. Red Metal

red-metal

8. White Grunge Metal

white-grunge

9. Gun Metal

gun-metal

10. Bright Cold Galvanized Metal Sheet

dirty-bright-galvanized-steel

11. Black Scratched Metal Plate

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12. Blue Scratched Metal Sheet

scratcjed-blue-metal

13. High Contrast Brushed & Scratched Metal Sheet

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14. Vertical Brushed Metal Sheets

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15. Seamless Metal Textures

seamless-metal

16. Dark Rusty Metal Sheet

dark-rusty-metal-sheet

17. Scratched Pink Painted Steel Sheet Texture

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18. Rusted Turquoise Metal Sheet Texture

wildtextures-turquoise-rusted-metal-sheet

19. Seamless Checkerplate Anti-Slip Metal Floor

checkerplate-metal-sheet

20. Grooved Blue Steel Texture

grooved-blue-steel-texture

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25 Beautiful Handpicked Script Fonts to Use in 2017

25 Beautiful Handpicked Script Fonts to Use in 2017

Script or cursive fonts are often used in web and graphic design. They can be easily paired with sans-serif fonts to create amazing typography. As a rule, script fonts represent handwriting. They can add a personal touch to any project, whether it’s a website design, or wedding invitation, postcard, or flyer.

Fortunately, there is no need to create a font each time you need it. There are numerous free and premium script fonts available on internet these days. In this list, we have handpicked 15 free beautiful script fonts you can use in 2017. So, scroll down, choose the font you like and download it.

1. ANISHA

anisha

2. Zing Rust

zing-rust

3. Oraqle

oraqle-script

4. Noelan

noelan

5. Atlantica

atlantica

6. Wild Youth

wild-youth

7. King Basil

king-basil

8. Humblle Rought Free Font

humble-font

9. Cursive Script

cursive-script

10. Selima

selima

11. Playlist Free Font

playlist-font

12. SUMMER HEARTS

summer-hearts

13. PhotoWall

PhotoWall-font

14. The Woodlands

the-woodlands

15. Campground

CAMPGROUND

16. Mightype Script

Mightype

17. Better Together Script

better-together-script

18. Shania

shania-font

19. Hello Stockholm

Hello-Stockholm

20. Streamster Typeface

Streamster-Typeface

21. Andrea Script

andrea-script

22. Serendipity Script

serendipity-script

23. Lauren

lauren-font

24. Iced Tea

iced-tea-font

25. Jennet

jennet

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15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

For any website, content is the most important part. So, naturally, you would want it to be as simple and straightforward as possible, in order not to worry about viewers trying to understand the cryptic messages hidden behind poor color choices and messy fonts.

This is why not only the general design and imagery but also the font choices and the overall consideration for typography are important for conveying the right message to the audience. By choosing appropriate font combinations and assigning the right hierarchy where needed, you can decrease the confusion and let the viewers stay and read your content.

In terms of appealing visual language, your text should have few characteristics, of which the most important are a readable font, the high contrast, and the hierarchy.

Even if there is a large library of fonts out there, many designers choose a sans serif fonts such as Helvetica, Verdana or Arial as their main font because they are familiar, very easy to read and adaptable to any design project. They also come standard, so by choosing fonts as these, they can be sure that the text will visually be the same not just for print, but also for web design.

Thankfully, the design world has advanced to the point where fonts are not nearly as limited as they once were. Starting with 2010 the Google Fonts were released, making the process of choosing and pairing fonts easier and quicker.

However, you should be aware that not every font combination in Google’s library is a recipe for typographical success. With the right font pairings and usage considerations, your brand will convey the right message to your audience, professionalism, and reader friendliness without the need for expensive customized fonts.

In this article, I’ll show you 15 great Google Font combinations that will help you to accomplish all this.

You will find below 15 spectacular Google Font combinations that together with images and graphics, will help you define your brand’s personality.

Open Sans Condensed + Open Sans

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Open Sans Condensed / Open Sans

Here’s the easiest combination that works wonderfully for nearly any design project. Open Sans is one of—if not the—most versatile font in the entire collection of Google Fonts. It’s extremely easy to read in large blocks of text, at the same time being salient enough for headlines.

I can’t imagine any scenario where Open Sans would go wrong. Unless you’re looking specifically for a serif font, this one will serve perfectly almost any business, blog, landing page, or web app.

Simple. Elegant. Familiar.

Montserrat + Merriweather

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Monserrat / Merriweather

Montserrat is a very appreciated font among designers for its versatility and simplicity, and Merriweather pairs wonderfully with it because its contrasting style and easy readability. It doean’t matter if you interchange them as headlines or paragraph text—they both work great as either!

This particular combination is a nice balance of modern and classic design. Therefore, its variety of uses could support many types of businesses.

Raleway + Roboto Slab

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Raleway / Roboto Slab

Roboto Slab is a versatile font,  yet a bit more classical in style. When paired with the distinctive and bold Raleway, we can see an amazing match of clean and refined typography.

Raleway is one of those fonts that defines sophistication. When used as an all-caps headline, it works beautifully for luxury items like jewelry, designer clothing, perfumes and so on. Roboto Slab supports it well with simple and approachable descriptive text.

Playfair Display + Source Sans Pro

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Playfair Display / Source Sans Pro

Playfair Display was inspired by the letterforms of the 18th century during the transition from quills to steel-tipped pens. So, it’s no surprise that this font expresses an old charm while having a modern twist.

This font adds a personal touch to something like a tagline or product description. If you use its currency symbols, you’ll immediately see why it’s the perfect choice for a product or service centered around luxury and appearances.

At the same time, Source Sans Pro keeps the text grounded in a modern and clean presentation, while pushes things a little further into the future and creates an intriguing combination.

Alegreya + Lato

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Alegreya / Lato

Alegreya is a font without no pretense about its personality; what you see is what you get. On the other side, Lato could be champion of all-purpose fonts in Google’s library. Together they make for a combination that is fun, easy to read, and pragmatic.

This combination is great for small local businesses like cafes, or professionals who want to suggest a warm feeling to their clients’ design projects.

Fjalla One + Cantarell

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Fjalla One / Cantarell

Maybe it’s not one of the most versatile fonts, but Fjalla One creates headlines that demand attention. Small or large, lowercase or all caps, those letters are hypnotic no matter what you do with them. Similarly, Cantarell has a charm that seems to attract the same attention that Fjalla One draws for headlines.

This pairing works extremely well for blogs, landing pages or anything else that includes long bodies of text that needs noticeable subheadings to break up content.

Roboto Condensed + Roboto

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Roboto Condensed / Roboto

The Roboto font-family is extremely versatile, having many font weights, there’s practically no limitation to what the font could be used for. Modern and geometric, yet somehow friendly and dependable, Roboto is an exceed in terms of forms and functions.

Here’s another pairing that you could use. While Roboto works for just about anything, but it would work particularly for tech startups, modern small businesses, or any type of brand that looks into the future.

Amatic SC + Josefin Sans

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Amatic SC / Josefin Sans

This is more for people with artistic inclinations. Obviously, the combination won’t work for everyone, but the bizarre nature of both Amatic SC and Josefin Sans create something that for sure will stand out, as long as you don’t overdo it.

If you’re a fun-spirited artist, musician or entertainer, you could use this pairing to capture your unique personality. Depending on the niche, tone, and topics, this combination could also work for a blog.

Oswald + Droid Serif

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Oswald / Droid Serif

Regardless the font-weight or use of caps, Oswald is a great font for headlines. Its condensed nature helps it grab attention and pop, but it also makes for a pleasant text, if you use it as your main body’s font. On the other side, Droid Serif has a classic look, similar to Garamond. Used properly, this serif font can bring a nice elegance to your professional appearance.

The versatility of Oswald and the timelessness of Droid Serif make this combination great for professionals dealing with high-end clientele or for product descriptions where the text is important to emphasize a premium quality.

Unica One + Vollkorn

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Unica One / Vollkorn

Unica One can be pretty funky on its own, but when used as all caps it becomes a headline that is all business. Vollkorn is a font reminiscent of classical literature. Contemporary and impactful, when they are used in this combination, somehow the two of them work amazingly together.

Archivo Black + Tenor Sans

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Archivo Black / Tenor Sans

Archivo Black was designed to meet the intensive needs of print and digital platforms. Originally created for headlines and highlights, this font is ideal for high-geared press work.

On the other hand, Tenor Sans has as purpose to aid page body text setting. Because of its legible characters, this font gives an elegant and relaxed feel and it can also be applied to headlines. Combining these two fonts, you will have a highly legible and well-crafted typography that’s a recipe for high-performance typesetting.

Pathway Gothic One + Cardo

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Pathway Gothic One / Cardo

Cardo is a large font perfect for linguists, classicists, medieval specialists and biblical scholars.  It is largely used for documentation and other extensive publications. It offers a variety of punctuation techniques, text figures, and ligatures.

Pathway Gothic One is a stylish font with an outlandish compressed design. It is an attractive choice among typesetting and typography experts. The result of combining these two fonts is nothing short of amazing.

Six Caps + Archivo Narrow

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Six Caps / Archivo Narrow

Six Caps is a highly condensed and tight display font. It is a stripped down and normalized version of classic grotesque display letterforms.

Archivo Narrow was designed to be used simultaneously in print and digital platforms and it was originally created for highlights and headlines. The technical and aesthetic characteristics of the font are both crafted for high-performance typography.

With a warm and modern feeling, the combination works perfectly for design projects related to the entertainment industry.

Oswald + Open Sans

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Oswald / Open Sans

Here again Open Sans. This humanist sans serif typeface was designed with an upright stress, open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance. It was optimized for print, web, and mobile interfaces, and has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms.

Regardless the font-weight or use of caps, Oswald is great for headlines, so pairing them will bring you the timeless feeling of elegance and refinement.

Poppins + Sintony

15 Great Google Font Combinations For Your Next Project Design

Poppins / Sintony

Sintony is a modern sans serif typeface, drawn with a slightly square structure and smooth stroke modulation. It’s great for long passages of text, providing any text with a calm and clear feeling.

On the other side, Poppins is one of the newcomers to the long tradition of the geometric sans serif fonts. These typefaces have been a popular design tool ever since these actors took to the world’s stage.

The combination works perfectly and can serve almost any business, blog, landing page, or web app.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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