As an essential element of website design, typography can be both beautiful and functional. When used correctly, it can enhance a site’s aesthetic and user experience. The fonts and styles you feature not only affect the branding and accessibility of your site, but they also determine how visitors engage with your content.
This article explores 25 outstanding website typography examples and offers tips for how to incorporate them into your own website creation process.
What is web typography?
Typography is the art of strategically selecting, sizing, kerning, styling and arranging typefaces to make text easy and engaging to read (see easiest font to read). Designers also use typography to convey emotions and strengthen the message of the words themselves.
In web design, typography plays a crucial role in shaping the way we perceive and understand written language. And it’s a lot easier to get wrong than you might think. In 2021, Twitter pushed out a redesign of its app that included the use of an original font. While the makeover might have seemed minimal at first glance, many users—especially those with visual or processing impairments—said they found it uncomfortable to read.
On top of being a critical aspect of your brand identity, typography can also affect important factors that affect your site’s speed, functionality and accessibility. Because of this, it’s always important to balance your web typography’s visual impact with readable, web-safe fonts.
25 awesome web typography examples
To get an idea of what effective font design looks like, check out these 25 typography examples. We’ll discuss the specific qualities that make each of these typography examples work on the web and how they elevate the website’s branding. As you explore, keep in mind that you can add fonts to Wix if you see any you think would be a good fit for your website.
Joasia Fidler-Wieruszewska’s portfolio website has fresh and clean vibes, using strong visual hierarchy to strengthen the composition of its typography. Using a combination of an ornate serif font and a simple sans-serif font, the graphic designer allows the diversity of style to draw visitors’ attention onto her site’s content. Fidler-Wieruszewsk's skillfully applies white space to frame her texts, encouraging focus and readability.
02. Ryan Haskins
Brutalist websites are all the rage—they’re even at the top of our 2023 web trends list. To hone in on the over-the-top design approach, Haskins uses a mix-match of font styles that creates a strong visual impact. Most importantly, he carefully integrates the plethora of styles to give his site a contemporary edge without overwhelming visitors. Although there are at least 10 different fonts used throughout his site, Haskins is sure to use a clean sans-serif font where readability matters.
03. Andrada Has
If we could summarize Andrada Has’s use of typography in three words, we’d choose: elegant, eye-catching and dynamic. She employs plenty of white space and pops of color to ensure that her experimental mish-mash of font styles doesn’t confuse visitors. She even manages to use different font styles within individual words without introducing readability issues.
04. Laura Zarate
Laura Zarate’s typography is quite minimalistic—but that doesn’t take away from the mesmerizing qualities inherent in her site’s modern composition. Instead, using clean fonts in different sizes and weights on her site creates a strong foundation that maximizes readability. Zarate further conveys the tone of her brand’s sophisticated personality by pairing her strong typography with a mesh gradient background.
05. Wendy Ju
Combining easy-to-read fonts such as Avenir Next with animation, Wendy Ju creates a delicate typography design that makes a big impact. Certain words throughout her site are highlighted using bright hues and hover effects. This extra layer of visual interest facilitates a more interactive user experience that stands out.
The Robin Collective website features a whimsical use of typography that reflects the creative nature of the brand. With the clean sans-serif copy balancing out the quirky script site title, they convey their light-hearted but professional approach. By paying careful attention to their font choices and implementing strong color contrasts, The Robin Collective successfully balances their playful brand personality with an enjoyable user experience.
07. Blink My Brain
Although Blink My Brain’s site is currently under construction, the artist’s captivating use of typography leaves visitors wanting more. Using a pairing of futuristic metallic fonts with handwritten typography establishes a familiar tone. Although it’s minimal, Blink My Brain’s landing page already hints to visitors that this designer’s got a knack for trendy font styles. The sneak peek of his talents is one that visitors are sure to remember.
08. Pink Chili
Pink Chili is a marketing agency with a special focus on helping businesses connect with Gen Z. True to its generation’s character, the site is full of trendy elements. Because the site is copy-heavy with little imagery, their clever use of typography is key. Above the fold, the brand name—cast in a chunky, cherry-red serif—takes center stage. By paying careful attention to details such as font size, kerning and color, the agency prioritizes user experience without sacrificing their branding.
“Branding for Humans” is Macarena’s modus operandi. Indeed, his choice of typography has a humanizing, tangible effect. The style of the title font is reminiscent of poster design typography and is definitely suitable for conveying a strong message with a strong personality. Balancing this decorative text, Macarena uses a condensed sans-serif font to communicate important details. The boldness of these contrasting fonts gives the composition a fun and energetic feel.
33 Letters for Ukraine is a project started by three Polish entrepreneurs in 2022, inviting 30 international designers to interpret the Cyrillic alphabet over the course of 33 days. The site’s designers have the extra challenge of showcasing typography as a work of art while using descriptive fonts that reflect the heart of the unique project. To do this, they’ve used a combination of Menorah Grotesk by Ivan Tsanko & Kyiv Type by Dmytro Rastvortsev. Both of these fonts have a decorative, cyrillic touch but remain readable. The entrepreneurs achieved a uniformity that perfectly matches the project’s character.
It’s no surprise this website’s typography is brimming with trendiness—Word Tonic is, after all, a brand marketing themselves as exclusively Gen Z. To attract audiences that are equally en vogue, Word Tonic uses website fonts which reflect on the group’s cheeky, trendy vibe. At the same time, the community site needs to establish its professional goals and ensure their text is readable. For this, they pair the playful decorative fonts of the site headers with a modern sans-serif font, outlining their goals and services for interested visitors.
12. Derek McKechnie
We love that Derek McKechnie uses a “more is more” influence to re-think the layout of his own typography and create an exciting atmosphere for visitors. Especially noteworthy is the animated line work McKechnie uses to outline his section of “Projects.” The composition uses typography in a unique way that is both stylish and effective while the clean sans serif fonts allows visitors to easily identify each item on McKechnie’s site.
13. Magic Johns
Magic John’s proves how much personality you can reflect in your website’s typography. The homepage title uses a colorful and retro typography design to set the tone for the brand. The site designer layered a cartoonish cursive font over a bold outline font. This, combined with the contrasting color scheme of royal blue, bright red and pink communicates to visitors that this isn’t your average pizza shop.
14. Agence Digi
When we talk about great typography, there’s often a laser focus on unique font choices and pairings. What makes Agence Digi’s typography so effective—in ways that you don’t often see on other websites—is its color and animation. Movement draws in readers, creating quick movements on the homepage that are completely engaging. While playing around with these animated effects, along with textures, gradients and 3D lettering, Agence Digi ensures their content is readable by using capitalization and unembellished fonts.
15. OFFF Barcelona
As a community of online and offline designers, OFFF Barcelona’s website needs to appeal to the high expectations of the professionals in their network. To do this, the site’s trendy typography composition plays a big role. Using a minimalist font stretched from corner-to-corner, the homepage succeeds is bold and highly stylized. In addition, horizontal scrolling effects are applied sparingly throughout the site, adding a sophisticated touch to the background of the text that keeps visitors on the page.
16. Dana Barkay
Since font design and lettering are two of Dana Barkay’s specialties, it's no surprise that the visual designer uses her site to show off her talents (including the use of her very own font design, Gofont). Barkay balances her unusual website typography with visual hierarchy by dividing sections of written content into a grid. Animated scroll effects bring the typography of Barkay’s site to life, creating a dynamic experience that draws visitors in and encourages them to explore.
17. Shiny Individual
Shiny Individual’s use of typography is the perfect example of how the right fonts can set the tone for your brand. In the case of Shiny Individual, their site incorporates sophisticated typography to reflect the cool and refined qualities of the jewelry brand. The fonts vary in size, weight and style to help guide visitors navigate the page, and sticking to black text used throughout draws attention to important elements.
Slug Club Kombucha greets site visitors with a stylized font in an attention-grabbing neon color. Large, colorful and appealing, the site’s headline makes a memorable impact while still being easy to read, thanks to the contrast of a white website background. In general, the site is a great example of the role color plays in web typography. Bright tones create a vibrant design, creating a contrast with the black fonts to enhance readability.
19. Camp Fire Coffee
There are a couple of reasons why Campfire Coffee’s typography is so well done. For starters, each font has a minimalistic design, is well-spaced and easy to read. Secondly, the logo typography is a good example of how to choose a font that aligns with the brand’s product. The rugged, burned look of the text perfectly communicates the mission of the brand.
20. Mr. Itamar
Mr. Itamar’s website typography was carefully chosen to create a playful, aesthetically pleasing experience that keeps visitors interested. Rather than having all text appear at once when a new section loads onto the page, this site uses smooth animation to stagger the timing of individual letters or words for an organic transition.
21. OK Drugs
Ok Drugs’s typography is a great example of how to make two wildly different fonts look harmonious next to one another. The seventies-inspired header font is balanced out by a sans-serif font that has just enough flare to give the site some character without overwhelming the reader. OK Drugs takes font sizes into account, using large texts in headings or CTAs to attract attention and help visitors find what they’re looking for, while using smaller text for body copy that’s legible and uncluttered.
22. Vanessa McKeown
Vanessa McKeown’s online portfolio is full of product photography that uses bright backgrounds with unique, even surreal contexts. It’s fitting that her website design reflects this eccentric style. Since McKeown’s work relies heavily on visual communication, her website makes the minimal typography count, infusing trendy pop vibes with bright bubble letters and a neon-inspired navigation menu.
PBDC’s typography is another perfect example of how to pair a readable, standard font with a handwritten display font. The chunky, fun lettering makes it easy for customers to scroll through each page and get a high-level overview of what it’s about. The simple sans-serif font then streamlines the reading experience for them.
24. Lisa Kuroiwa
Classy, catchy and elegant, Lisa Kroiwa’s graphic design portfolio showcases her acute attention to detail. The typography itself is minimal, but the site’s design is amplified using an interesting and cohesive composition of the text. Kuroiwa carefully applies space to each page—sections are evenly spaced so that readers can easily follow along and find what they need quickly.
25. Tiffany Cruz
Cruz’s portfolio website is professional—and her typography makes it a lot of fun to browse, too. While the serif font is clean and readable, it contains interesting bends and angles that make the text stand out. Cruz does a great job at pairing her typography with colorful backgrounds, vector graphics and animation. Additionally, the text used in her CTAs and buttons appear in bright colors, drawing attention to clickable elements.
5 expert tips for using typography in web design
Now that we’ve gained inspiration from the web typography examples above, keep in mind the following tips when you design a site of your own.
01. Align typography with your brand identity
A lot of time goes into developing your brand identity—crafting a logo design, color scheme, fonts and imagery that strengthen the message your brand wants to convey. That’s why, when choosing the best fonts for your website, you should pay attention to the associations fonts will create with your brand.
Find fonts (and font designers) whose vibes match your brand. This will enable you to choose fonts that fit best with your overall branding.
2. Use a minimum of three fonts site-wide
Visual balance is a key component of successful web design. When it comes to typography, this can also apply when choosing the number of fonts to use.
In most of the best web typography examples we looked at above, they used no more than three fonts. To strike a balance between different font styles in a way that won’t overwhelm or distract visitors, design experts generally recommend sticking to three harmonious fonts:
One font for display—such as your brand name, logo or hero image text.
One primary font for headlines.
One secondary font for paragraphs and other descriptive text.
If you minimize the number of on your website, visitors’ eyes won’t constantly be adjusting to the new fonts they encounter. At the same time, variety can create a dynamic experience that keeps visitors engaged.
3. Use standard, web safe fonts when possible
There are a couple of reasons why you might want to opt for a font included in your website builder, rather than one that you have to purchase and download from a third-party font foundry.
For starters, there’s the compatibility issue to think about. If you use a font not supported by a particular browser or device, your site will show a segment of your audience default fonts like Roboto instead of the one you carefully chose for them.
Secondly, system fonts tend to be better for website performance. That’s because the browser doesn’t have to spend time retrieving a custom font file from your server. Instead, it can quickly load system fonts onto the page and more quickly render your content for visitors to see.
That being said, when you find a unique font that will amplify your brand’s message, you can always upload your font with Wix. When doing this, use web safe fonts that won’t impact your site’s performance, and be sure to use optimized formats and sizes.
4. Create harmonious font pairings
Just as you want there to be balance and harmony within the entirety of your website, you also want there to be harmony in your font parings. However, that doesn’t mean you have to use matching fonts that give your design a homogenous look.
As we learned from the examples above, harmonious fonts can come from totally different font families, styles and looks. Some of the best website typography examples use fun handwriting fonts paired with traditional serifs, and even transparent animated lettering with standard opaque fonts.
There are many ways to choose and style different fonts and still make them go together nicely. You can use websites like Fontpair and Fontjoy for inspiration. Another trick is to find a font super family like Alegreya/Alegreya Sans/Alegreya Sans Small Caps. Between the three type systems, there are 42 font styles to choose from.
These large font families tend to have dozens of different font types and styles within them. You could easily use a single font to design an entire website and still create a healthy contrast between the styles while doing so.
5. Pay attention to color contrast and font size
The goal in choosing font colors is twofold: First, to use color themes that match with your brand's aesthetic identity; and second, to find ones that don’t interfere with readability, usability or website accessibility.
To help ensure your website’s content can be read and accessed by all users, there are a couple of things to take into consideration when deciding on a color scheme for your text. The first is the color itself. There are certain colors that individuals with visual impairments like color blindness will have a hard time seeing. Especially when they are paired together without ample contrast.
Another thing to consider when it comes to color is contrast between the font and what’s behind it. The latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) suggest using a color contrast of 4.5:1 for smaller text and 3:1 for larger text. WebAIM’s Contrast Checker will let you know if your typography contrast is acceptable and tools like Wix’s Accessibility Wizard can do a full scan of your site to check for these issues.