Proxima Nova is one of the most popular fonts on the web. It is used by more than 31,000 of the top million websites (source). Some of the top websites like Buzzfeed, Cnet, Flikr, Live Journal, Mashable, Quikr, fitbit are using Proxima Nova. In this article, I will compare Proxima Nova with its alternative Google web font which has very similar styles.
Proxima Nova was originally released in 1994 as Proxima Sans by Mark Simonson. Later in 2005, it was launched as Proxima Nova with expansion of the original six fonts (three weights with italics) into a versatile family of 48 fonts (eight weights in three widths with italics).
Proxima Nova fonts key points:
- Proxima Nova available in 144 styles
- 40 family package options are available for purchase
- 8 weights: Thin, Light, Regular, Medium, Semibold, Bold, Extrabold, and Black
- 3 widths: Normal, Condensed, and Extra Condensed
- Most of the most Latin-based scripts are supported
Similar or alternative Google web font:
Montserrat font is designed by Julieta Ulanovsky. It is used by more than 21,000 of the top million websites. This is the normal family, and it has two sister families, Alternates and Subrayada. Many of the letterforms are special in the Alternates family, while has a special style of underline that is integrated into the letterforms.
Montserrat fonts key points:
- Montserrat is a free font available at Google web fonts
- Main font family has 18 styles
- Two sister families, Alternates and Subrayada, has 18 and 2 styles respectively
Comparison between fonts: