I recently read an article on Fast Company Design blog about a new site called FontReach that shows the most used fonts on the web. Fontreach was created by Jason Chen and Jesse Chase of Digital Ocean after they started looking for a new typeface for their website. They thought the font they chose was overused, but they needed data. No tool like FontReach existed, so they created it.
Some of the most overused fonts come as no surprise, with Arial taking the top spot. Verdana and Helvetica Neue take the #2 and #3 spots. Strangely, the site lists the fallback categories of sans-serif, serif, and monospace, though I don’t think that’s necessary. But my understanding is that the site is automated, so that would explain ranking these. The most overused downloadable webfont is Open Sans, coming in at #6. Open Sans appears to be quite popular among blogging sites, such as Blogspot and WordPress. The biggest surprise, though, was Times New Roman. I would have thought that it would have been in the top 10, but it’s ranked at a surprising #23.
The top 10 overused fonts, according to FontReach:
- Helvetica Neue
- Open Sans
- Font Awesome
Check out the complete list over at FontReach.