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Font substitution, Google web fonts edition
August 29, 2014 3:38 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for the closest approximation to Franklin Gothic Book in Google Docs. I'm not a typographer and the choice is rather overwhelming.

A couple of years ago it seems that web fonts was implemented in Google Docs, with some 450 fonts to chose from. Which of these offers the best approximation of Franklin Gothic Book? Bonus question; if you were looking for a classic san serif for a relatively text-heavy presentation, what alternatives would you recommend?
posted by srednivashtar to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I think the closest replacement might be Source Sans Pro. I'll leave the bonus question to someone more typographically inclined than I.
posted by FreezBoy at 3:55 AM on August 29 [1 favorite]


Bonus question; if you were looking for a classic san serif for a relatively text-heavy presentation, what alternatives would you recommend?

What kind of presentation is it and what do you mean by text-heavy? Is it going to be dense columns of text or more of larger font used to highlight things? Is this slide presentation or posters printed out on cardboard? And is there a particular reason you want a sans-serif font?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:20 AM on August 29


Thanks for the suggestion. It's not massive chunks of text, for which I know a serif would make more sense, but paragraphs and illustrations in a presentation designed to be read on screen/as a pdf. The reason we're going for FGB is to closely match a partner organisation's existing identity and house style.
posted by srednivashtar at 2:38 PM on August 29


I agree with Freez that Source Sans is the best option in the American Gothic category that is also free. But if you are trying to match the identity, why not use the real thing? Are you limited to Google Docs for a reason?
posted by Typographica at 6:33 PM on August 31


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