If you’re looking for free alternatives to Futura, here are 2 of the highest-quality look-alikes and similar fonts.
For each, I’ll mention the advantages, disadvantages, and why you might choose it. Ready? Let’s get started.
The Google Fonts-distributed Jost is all-around the best modern, free, cross-platform alternative to Futura.
Despite being a near-deadringer for the century-old Futura, Jost ships out-of-the-box with a double-storey “a”. To get the full Futura feel, make sure to use the single-storey “a” alternate character with
font-feature-settings: "ss01" 1; (here’s more on how to do alternate character styles in Figma and CSS)
Since Futura is so often used in uppercase (and for good reason – it looks very crisp and punchy!), it’s worth doing a comparison in that setting. In my opinion, Jost has some slightly more awkward uppercase forms – the “M” and “N”, and “J” with descender, for instance. But it’s nothing that would keep me from using this as a free, cross-platform Futura alternative.
What it’s got: 9 weights + italics; also available as a variable font
Get it at: Jost at Google Fonts
The free Spartan is a good – though italics-less – similar font to Futura.
Spartan has been a bit touched-up from the original Futura for the purposes of readability. The more generous spacing, lighter color (meaning the letterforms are slightly thinner), and more open counters (the gaps in letters like “a”, “c”, and “e”) – it’s all for the purposes of making it easier to read. Which is great…
…But there are no italics. And that’s a bit of a dealbreaker unless you’re planning on using this as an accent font, say, just uppercase and bold (which is a setting that Futura shines in).
In uppercase, Spartan might actually be the best free alternative to Futura. The letterforms feel evenly weighted and well spaced (even Futura feels the slightest bit awkward in this regard). Well worth your consideration 👍.
What it’s got: 9 weights, no italics; also available as a variable font
Get it at: Spartan at Google Fonts
Other Futura Alternatives
If you’re looking to branch out from Futura, it’s worth checking out some of the other alternatives in this guide. For instance, the Apercu alternatives are even quirkier than Futura’s slightly idiosyncratic letterforms, whereas the DIN alternative are a bit more punchy and solid (just as Futura works in uppercase).
One Final Note 😎
If this is your first time here, you might also be interested in:
- Learn UI Design, my full-length online video course on user interface design
- Design Hacks, a 50,000+ person newsletter with original design articles aimed at giving you tactical advice to improve your UX/UI skills.
Some people have some really nice stuff to say about the newsletter.
Thank you for your newsletter. It’s possibly the best newsletter I’ve received since 1999, when I started freelancing.
Each time I receive an email from you, I'm like ‘Damn, this is a long email! No way will I read all of this’, then I began to read and I'm like ‘Damn, this is so freaking brillant’ and read it all.
UX Strategist, Freelance
Over 50,000 subscribed.
No spam. Unsubscribe anytime.