On a recent project i was looking at web font options for a particular style consistent with primary school typeface usage – i.e. where the lowercase ‘a’ has no top arch (also called “single-story”). There are several usual suspects here, such as Sassoon Primary, FSAlbert, Futura, even (shudder) Comic Sans!
I thought I’d also check through Google Fonts, and there are quite a few options for web fonts. I’ve compiled a quick list here, ordered by ‘number of styles’ each typeface has available (this tends to be a good indicator of typeface completeness/quality – though several useful ‘display’ typefaces often only have 1 style):
|Typeface (+ link)
||Styles||Notes (all have single-story “a” glyphs)
|Amaranth*||4||Also has a loopy ‘k’ + simple ‘g’|
|Quicksand||3||Quirky, widesp a c e d|
|Montserratt Alternates||2||Unusual ‘z’ (central beam)|
|Fredoka One||1||Quirky (very bold)|
|Paytone One||1||Quirky (very bold)|
|Carter One||1||Quirky (very bold)|
|Imprima*||1||Also has a loopy ‘k’ + simple ‘g’|
|Salsa*||1||Quirky, has a loopy ‘k’ + simple ‘g’|
|Ruluko*||1||Also has a loopy ‘k’ + simple ‘g’|
This isn’t 100% complete, there are a few more quirky “display font” options.
Fonts marked * also have a loopy ‘k’. Also consider the lowercase ‘g’ shape for children.
Also note that many fonts have non-arch ‘a’s in their italic sets.
UPDATE October 2018
It’s been a while since i checked or updated these. For now, there are a couple of new ones worth considering:
UPDATE January 2021
A few new ones worth considering – Google has added quite a few new ‘variable’ fonts (variable fonts don’t have fixed ‘sets’ for different weights, they have algorithmic sets which can be adjusted to pretty much any ‘weight’: