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Proxima Nova: Free Alternatives & Similar Fonts

If you’re looking for free alternatives to Proxima Nova, here are 4 of the highest-quality look-alikes and similar fonts.

  1. Metropolis (best overall)
  2. Montserrat (best on Google Fonts)
  3. Raleway (great – if you make one tweak)
  4. Geomanist

For each, I’ll mention the advantages, disadvantages, and why you might choose it. Ready? Let’s get started.

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1. Metropolis

Metropolis is the closest free alternative font to Proxima Nova.

Metropolis vs. Proxima Nova font comparison

While there are subtle difference in some of the letterforms (Metropolis has stockier characters overall: an ever-so-slightly larger x-height combined with a smaller cap-height), Metropolis is basically a deadringer for Proxima Nova.

Since Proxima Nova is frequently used – and quite distinctive – in uppercase, it’s worth looking at a direct comparison in that setting.

Uppercase Metropolis vs. Proxima Nova font comparison

Again, deadringer.

What it’s got: 9 weights + italics

Get it at: Metropolis at Github

2. Montserrat

The fantastic Montserrat is another great and similar font to Proxima Nova.

Montserrat vs. Proxima Nova font comparison

While there are some differences, Montserrat and Proxima Nova are very much cut of the same cloth. If you love the latter but can only afford the former, check it out. With 9 weights and italics, it’s an incredible font in its own right – though heavily used, for this very reason.

Uppercase Montserrat vs. Proxima Nova font comparison

In uppercase, some distinctive characters (Montserrat’s “Q”, “G”) can be dead giveaways for IDing the font, but Proxima Nova’s distinctive uppercase feel (look at the low “A” crossbar or the squat “R” leg) is still there.

What it’s got: 9 weights + italics

Get it at: Montserrat at Google Fonts

3. Raleway

Raleway is a popular Google Font that I recommend freshening up with some alternate character forms.

Raleway vs. Proxima Nova font comparison

The original Raleway has this “W” that sticks out like a sore thumb, making an otherwise solid body font into something that feels too gimmicky. Fortunately, the font comes with a number of OpenType alternate character styles. For max Proxima Nova feel, you’ll want to use font-feature-settings: "ss01" 1, "ss03" 1, "ss05" 1, "ss08" 1, "ss09" 1, "ss11" 1; in your CSS selectors.

Uppercase Raleway vs. Proxima Nova font comparison

This one tweak alone will not only knock out the overly-stylized “W”, but almost make a number of other characters (“a”, “d”, “l”, “u”, “G”) into their more Proxima Nova-like twins.

What it’s got: 9 weights + italics; also available as a variable font

Get it at: Raleway at Google Fonts

4. Geomanist

The sturdy Geomanist lacks italics for all weights except regular, but has a similar geometric (go figure) vibe as Proxima Nova.

Geomanist vs. Proxima Nova font comparison

Geomanist has a lot of the same character as Proxima Nova in lowercase, but the reason it appears last on this list is because a lot of that falls away in uppercase. Proxima Nova’s distinctively low crossbars for “A”, “R”, and “P” melt away into something with a lot less punch.

Uppercase Geomanist vs. Proxima Nova font comparison

Nonethless, this is an underutilized font and worth considering!

What it’s got: 9 weights + 1 italic weight

Get it at: Geomanist at Atipo

Other Proxima Nova Alternatives

If you’re looking to branch out from Proxima Nova, it’s worth checking out some of the other alternatives in this guide. For instance, the Helvetica alternatives are similarly clean and simple, and the DIN alternatives have a squared-off punchy feeling to them that is similar to Proxima Nova’s uppercase.

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