8 FREE Masculine Google Fonts For Your Next Project

Using type to show masculinity isn’t an easy process. There are several factors to consider when choosing a font, including font-weight, readability and copy length. As a designer, you’ll have to decide whether to use a serif or sans serif typeface and consider final presentation medium (digital or print). Luckily, there are several marketplaces to buy your masculine fonts, but not everyone has the means or wants to pay for an expensive font license. So, I decided to make a list of my favourite masculine Google fonts you can use in your next graphic design or web design project.

All the fonts listed below are entirely free to use in personal and commercial projects and licensed under the open font license.

Bebas Neue

Marlon Brando God Father. Bebas Neue Masculine Google Font.
Marlon Brando in the Godfather. Bebas Neue, a Masculine Google Font.

Bebas Neue, designed by Ryoichi Tsunekawa and based heavily on the original Bebas, is a display family suitable for headlines, captions and packaging. This masculine google font is versatile and can is ideal for digital and print usage. The only disadvantage is that Bebas Neue comes in all caps, but you can get lower case variants in the pro package.

Want to hear my best Godfather impression? (no you don’t)

Bebas Neue is licensed under the Open Font License and can be freely used in personal and commercial projects.

Common font pairings for Alpha Slab One include Lato, Roboto, open sans, Montserrat and Poppins.

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Alfa Slab One

Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Alpha Slab One Masculine Google Font
Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Uses the Masculine Google Font, Alpha Slab One

Alpha Slab One is a perfect masculine google font for any designer looking for a loud, bulky, chunky “right in your face” slab serif font for headlines in print or digital artwork. If you use this typeface for your headlines, you are guaranteed to turn a few heads. Alpha slab one comes in one weight, 400 but has an extreme black density.

Do you know some people think Die Hard was a Christmas movie? Crazy right?

Common font pairings for Alpha Slab One include Lato, Roboto, open sans, Montserrat and Raleway.

Alpha Slab One is licensed under the Open Font License and can be freely used in personal and commercial projects.

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Black Ops One

Burgess Meredith in Rocky.  Black Ops One Masculine Google Font
Burgees Meredith in Rocky. Uses the Masculine Google Font, Black Ops One

Black Ops One is a low contrast semi geometric, masculine Google font, designed by James Grieshaber and inspired by military stencil lettering. Of course, there is nothing manlier than the military right? You tend to see this kind of font used in military games like Call of Duty and battlefield to represent the military and the atmosphere of manliness that comes with it. Black Ops One is great for headlines at medium and large levels but does not work particularly well for body text because of the stencil cuts in the letters.

Common font pairings for Black Ops One include Lato, Roboto, open sans, Lobster and Oswald.

Black Ops One is licensed under the Open Font License and can be freely used in personal and commercial projects.

Download Black Ops One

Merriweather

John Wayne. Merriweather Masculine Google Font
John Wayne in True Grit. Uses the Masculine Google Font, Merriweather

Merriweather, created by Sorkin Type, is a strong typeface with a level of gentlemanliness to it. It’s not the typical hyper-aggressive, masculine Google font, and it works very well for body text. The typeface is a collection of several font weights ranging from light 300 to black 900 which gives a lot of variation to graphic designers and web designers.

 If you are working with long-form content, Merriweather was designed to be easily readable on screens, so it works great for blogs or newspapers and is reminiscent of textbooks we used to read as kids.

Merriweather also has a sister Google font, Merriweather sans which works well with Merriweather and can prove to be useful for creating visual hierarchy in your type. 

Common font pairings for Merriweather include Merriweather Sans Source Sans Pro, Roboto, open sans, and Oswald.

Merriweather is licensed under the Open Font License and can be freely used in personal and commercial projects.

Download Merriweather

Noticia Text

Clint Eastwood. Noticia Text Masculine Google Font.
Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. Uses the Masculine Google Font, Noticia Text

Another masculine slab serif Google font to try in your next design is Noticia Text. Noticia Text, designed by JM Sole, is a slab serif typeface designed to be used for running text on digital newspapers (mobile apps and on the web). The typeface, because of its similarities to a traditional print medium, works great for vintage blogs, men’s health magazines and any digital publication tailored towards a classic man.

The Noticia font family currently has four weights: regular, italic, bold and bold italic, but the designer has envisioned 18 different font styles in the future.

Common font pairings for Noticia Text include Roboto, Montserrat, Noto Sans, and Roboto Slab.

Noto Serif is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. and can be freely used in personal and commercial projects.

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Inknut Antiqua

Mel Gibson in Brave Heart. Inknut Antiqua Masculine Google Font
Mel Gibson in the movie Brave Heart. Uses the Masculine Google Font, Inknut Antiqua

Ah, thirteenth-century knights, dragons and Mel Gibson’s long flowing hair in Brave Heart. You can’t get much manlier than that, am I right? Inknut Antiqua, designed by Clause Sorensen, is an Antiqua typeface for literature and long-form text but I like to call it the medieval typeface. The typeface comes with several font weights ranging from light 300 to black 900. Unfortunately, there are no italic fonts included, but that shouldn’t stop you from

Putting on armour, drawing your sword and charging into battle with this manly typeface. 

“Chaaaaarrggggee!!”

Common font pairings for Inknut Antiqua include Rubik, Montserrat, PT Serif, Archivo Narrow and Libre Baskerville

Inknut Antiqua is licensed under the Open Font License and can be freely used in personal and commercial projects.

Download Inknut Antiqua

Oswald

Gerard Butler in 300. Oswald Masculine Google Font
Gerard Butler in 300. Uses the Masculine Google Font, Oswald

Oswald, designed by Vernon Adams, Kalapi Gajjar and, Cyreal, is a condensed sans-serif typeface based on the ‘Alternate Gothic’ sans-serif typefaces. The typeface was reworked to fit better the pixel grid of digital screens which makes it perfect for desktops, tablets and phones. Oswald is tall, masculine, loud and works well for headlines you want to grab your audience’s attention. I’ve personally taken a liking to this font, and I use it when writing quotes like the one above.

Oswald comes in several font weights including extra-light, light, regular, medium, semi-bold and bold. There’s also a variable weight axis for more accurate weights in your next project.

“This is Oswaaalldldd!”

Common font pairings for Oswald include Open Sans, Roboto, Lato, Montserrat and Raleway.

Oswald is licensed under the Open Font License and can be freely used in personal and commercial projects.

Download Oswald

Hammersmith One

8 FREE Masculine Google Fonts For Your Next Project masculine google font
Sylvester Stallone in First Blood. Uses the Masculine Google Font, Hammersmith One

I was contemplating whether to use Black Ops One or Hammersmith One for the Rambo quote, but Hammersmith won because of readability in long paragraphs. Hammersmith One is another masculine typeface created by Sorkin Type and was based on the Johnston UK Lettering tradition. The typeface shares the quirks of naive, handmade, brush written letters which have been adapted for use as web type. Hammersmith One is suitable for web use at large and small sizes and comes in a singular weight.

Who would win in a fight? Rambo or Rocky?

Common font pairings for Hammersmith One include Open Sans, Roboto, Pacifico, Montserrat and Playfair Display.

Hammersmith One is licensed under the Open Font License and can be freely used in personal and commercial projects.

Download Hammersmith One

Summary

  1. Bebas Neue
  2. Alpha Slab One
  3. Black Ops One
  4. Merriweather
  5. Noticia Text
  6. Inknut Antiqua
  7. Oswald
  8. Hammersmith One

Want to learn more about how type is used effectively in a design? Read my design and typography critique of the Public Theater’s 95-96 season.

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