Comparing Common Sans Serif Fonts in Canva
Not all Sans Serif fonts are created equal.
The fonts available on Canva are no different. So what is Canva?
Canva is a graphic design platform that is used to create social media graphics and presentations. You can create your own templates or use one of their own!
If you have Canva Pro, you can upload your own fonts for use or use some of the fonts they already have available.
I’ve always been very amused with Canva’s “spoof” fonts that replicate well-known fonts. Maybe they wanted something similar that they can own the full rights to? Either way, Arialle and Helveticish sound very familiar and it makes me giggle every time.
Here are the fonts I wanted to look over today:
And here they are with the famous “every letter” sentence:
I have used all of these for different purposes. I know it can be hard to pick and in the moment you might be thinking ”whatever just pick one”. But they all have different personalities and give off different vibes! I’ve created a branded mood-type image for each so that we can take a closer look.
I get a very "artsy" vibe from this one. This one can be used whether you have a pro subscription or not and feels like a cross between Montserrat and Helveticish. It's a little narrower than Poppins and Montserrat and also features the classic "double-story lowercase a".
This one is a crowd favorite and perfect for complimenting any serif or script font. It's wider than Canva Sans but a little bolder than Montserrat. You get a "single-story lowercase a" and very round letters. Poppins translates very well on websites and offers a clean, easy-to-read experience.
This font is slightly less round and slightly less bold than Poppins. We've got another "double-story lowercase a" which is good if you prefer that but want a similar feel to a rounder font. I love pairing this font with Serif styles since the width compliments the style beautifully. This one tends to be my second go-to font for a sans serif look.
The name of this font always makes me giggle. Same for Helveticish, Times Neue Roman, etc. I love how Canva gets around offering standard fonts without worrying about any licenses. I appreciate the effort to streamline Canva as much as possible. This font is probably the narrowest amongst the fonts we discussed today. Definitely great for body-text!
Another fun name! When talking about "shhhh" Helvetica and Arial, Helvetica is definitely my favorite. This is no different for Helveticish vs. Arialle. The difference between the two is miniscule yet I still find myself seeing a difference when I look at the 2 closely. This is another body text guinea go-to that is reliable, clean, and pleasing to the eye! Its slightly less condensed than Arialle which is why it pulls ahead for me.
I love Canva. It has become a staple in the social media management community. Is there a Sans Serif Canva font you like that wasn't on this list? ALSO 👇
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