Merriweather Sans is live on Google fonts

Merriweather Sans is live on Google fonts

I’ll be interested to hear your reactions and to see URLs where it is used. Thanks!


About Merriweather

Merriweather: a type family being developed by Eben Sorkin.
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53 Responses to Merriweather Sans is live on Google fonts

  1. ashtarbalynestry says:

    What about the updated Merriweather serif? Has it been accepted yet?

    • Merriweather says:

      The serif would in by now too except that I wasn’t happy with the heaviest weight. I expect to have that to Google by the end of next week. Maybe it will be live too in another week or two depending on when they schedule things.

  2. I love it, it makes a very nice complement to Merriweather!

  3. I switched the Free Your Metadata site from Merriweather to Merriweather Sans ( Changing from serif to sans-serif is quite an impact, but the site’s feel remains largely the same because of the font’s similarities—although you get that slightly more “modern” effect, which is a nice effect here!

  4. 0gres says:

    Merriweather Sans is one of the best fonts I have ever seen. Thank you so much for giving the world this font! And the effect of the slanted question mark is rather neutralized in a sans-serif face, so it now looks great!

    • 0gres says:

      One thing that annoys me about sans-serif fonts is that they often don’t distinguish uppercase I and lowercase l well (and once in a while the number 1 is thrown in that mix, creating havoc with lists that begin with 1 Illinois). Would it fit with Merriweather Sans’ design to have bars on the I, or perhaps a curve on the bottom of the l? (I hope you haven’t found my comments over the past while too critical.)

      • Merriweather says:

        I am sympathetic about this issue generally and I’ll think about this but I think this may not be the Sans design for that feature. Sorkin Type will come out with a range of different types over the next two years and I am certain a few of these will have that feature. I would also consider making a different ( less contrast and other alterations to construction) but related family that has that feature.

      • 0gres says:

        IMHO there should be no such thing as a capital I without bars (except in bold display faces such as Impact).

      • Merriweather says:

        I think that would make for an excessively similar looking set of typefaces. Don’t you think that differences in height are at least somewhat meaningful?

      • 0gres says:

        They aren’t meaningful enough to be legible for me. And if bars on every I would make all typefaces look mundane, I suppose all typefaces already look mundane, because they all take after the same character shapes. It’s the glyph that defines a font; as any letter l will tell you, there’s an infinite amount of variety to be found even in a straight line.

      • 0gres says: At small sizes, it’s virtually impossible to tell the two characters apart. The string at the bottom consists of “IllIllIllIllIllIllIll”, but you wouldn’t know it, because the breaks aren’t regular.

  5. litemotiv says:

    We’ve started using Merriweather on as a Calibri replacement, thank you!

    Small bugreport though: on Windows IE the Euro symbol is not displayed, all other browsers and operating systems seem to display it okay. Perhaps an EOT conversion problem?

  6. 0gres says:

    Any ETC (estimated time of completion) on Merriweather Sans Italic?

    • Merriweather says:

      It looks like 2-3 weeks form now based on posting a revision to the serif and the full range of serif italic weights in the next week or two.

  7. I didn’t know where to post this, but could it bee that the regular Merriweather Serif (V. 1.003) has a too light weight defined in the font file? The regular can’t be displayed at my system (Ubuntu 12.04) but gets replaced by the light one. If I open the ttf in fontforge in PS Names the weight is “Light” and the Weight Class at OS/2 is 250 (instead of 400).

    Also the undersocre of the new snas seems to be a little bit long compared to the serif. Despite this Merriweather is really a great font! Thank you for your work!

    • Merriweather says:


      The revision to the serif is coming out soon and the weight values and names should resolve display issues like the ones you have described. The underscores will match when the revision to the serif arrives.

  8. Download not available through Google for mockup use, is it available here?

    • Merriweather says:

      It is available but it isn’t obvious enough in my opinion. What you do is add the font to your collection. Then you click on “use”. Above the page load gauge you will see the links for “Bookmark your Collection” and “Download your Collection”The fonts are not available here. If you do end up using them it would be great to see your URL here.

  9. mellamoanton says:

    Hi! I’m having some problems with Merriweather Sans –fantastic font, by the way– and maybe you could help me:

    I’m using InDesign to create the first sketch of a website. I open a new document, choose Web (not Print – I want pixels as measure) and write a paragraph with Merriweather. When I send the document to print, merriweather is not rendered properly –replaced by other font–. This does not happen with a Print document.

    Thanks in advance and nice job!

    • Merriweather says:

      Are you using Adobe web edge or a TTF file that you downloaded? Have you got the OTF as well? What version of InDesign are you using? In the meantime I’ll send you the OTFs I used for testing. They are supposed to be up in the Source files area but I don’t see them otherwise I would have sent you a link.

  10. mellamoanton says:

    I downloaded the TTF files from Google Fonts, with no OTF. I’m using InDesign CS5.5 and not Adobe Edge.

  11. Fitoschido says:

    Hi Eben, congratulations on the release, awesome work! I think the only thing I’d change in Merriweather are the guillemets, I feel they’re too big, but that’s not a deal breaker. Thanks for making your fonts free, I truly enjoy them. 🙂

    • Merriweather says:

      I made them pretty big so they would stay clear even at very small sizes but I hear from what you are saying I may have gone too far. Between the size they are now and what is traditional in print – how large would you suggest? How small do you care about text being and why? Also what URL do you use it in?

      • Fitoschido says:

        Hi again, Eben—In fact I haven’t yet used Merriweather in web, but actually as my UI font. I like it a lot 🙂

        Well, on a second thought I think my gripe is not related with the size, but with the wideness, so I’d be happy if you tune them so they get a bit less wide… Anyway, this is only a suggestion from a non-type designer 🙂

      • Merriweather says:

        It makes good sense to develop a narrower version for UI use and also to provide contrast in editorial design and elsewhere. You make perfect sense!

      • Merriweather says:

        Have you tried Fjalla or Tauri? Sorkin Type worked to get these out into Google web fonts as well. They are narrower.

  12. I understand the point, that the hyphen/minus-sign appears way too short if used as a mathematical symbol together with the plus sign. However I think that it’s more often used as a hyphen than a minus. If somebody wants a minus s/he can use the en-dash instead. But if somebody has to use hypens (like in words as 12-year-old or urang-utan) you don’t provide a possibility to set this readable. For me the dashes are a reason to correct your fonts in fontforge (hyphen: 1250, underscore: 1100, en-dash: 1750 units for the regular weight).

  13. tomleininger says:

    Using both the Merriweather Sans and Serif on my blog.

    Thanks for making these faces.

    • Merriweather says:

      Thanks for the URL! It is always very interesting to me to see how people use the font. The sans has hinting now. The new Serif and the new Italic will have it too soon.

  14. 0gres says:

    I’ve been using Merriweather Sans as my UI font, and it looks great! Here’s an example screenshot:

    But that’s with full hinting turned on. Compare the great rendering of that shot to how it looks without hinting:

    • Merriweather says:

      Free Type does an especially nice job rendering these days. I am terribly impressed with it in general. I do like that people who are looking for more contrast can use hinting to makes things crisp. But in many cases I favor a softer feeling too.

  15. Ján Šácha says:

    Hi, please can you add characters of extended latin? Afterwards it can be used in Central Europe. Thanks.

    • Merriweather says:

      Do you mean the Serif or the Sans? The Sans has this support now. You have to use the correct set of code in the CSS to access these letters.

  16. I found Merriweather Sans to be perfect to brand the website I’m working on

    Thanks for the great work!

    • Merriweather says:

      Thanks for the link. This is a really nice use!! 🙂 I am looking forward to seeing the site when it is done.

  17. Not sure if this is the right place, but since the Euro symbol is already mentioned in the comments, I’ll give it a try … My team is using your font in a project, but I noticed the Euro symbol is distorted in IE10 and IE9 for Merriweather Sans Light. IE9 doesn’t display the Euro symbol at all when Sans Normal is specified, we don’t use that style though. Is it possible to update the EOT file?

    • We are not hosting the files locally, we’re using the Google system.

      • Merriweather says:

        I am sorry about the Euro. This problem is fixed now in 1.53 for Google but Google has still not made the update live yet. I have two options for you.

        1) You can use WebInk service
        They have the latest files and have been updating fixes quickly. They also have a much bigger range of styles than Google has.

        2) You can host the updated free files locally. I can send you the files in a few days.

        I hope this is helpful!

  18. Thanks Eben. We’ll have a look at WebInk. De deadline isn’t in sight yet, so maybe Google will update in time.

  19. Merriweather says:

    Maybe so! If you have examples of how you use Merriweather I’d love to see them. Also, if you have a wish list of improvements of new features please do share!

  20. Where can I find the latest version of Merriweather Sans for free? I really like this font and I’m trying to include it in my movie blog. I’m currently experimenting the font that is available on Google and it looks rather nice at smaller sizes. But I’ve found that the font available at Font Squirrel looks slightly weightier. Possibly better at bigger sizes, but worse at smaller sizes. Is this the latest version? I think I’d rather host the fonts on my own server rather than relying on third parties… My blog articles really look nice with Merriweather Sans Regular. Still tweaking and may change at any moment though.

    • Merriweather says:

      I just sent an improved version of the upright or non-italic weights of Merriweather to FontSquirrel andit is live as of today. Please try that one and let me know what you think. Hopefully the same version will be on Google web fonts soon. The pro ST version will probably be on Adobe/Typekit in a a month or so.

  21. Lotte Biesheuvel says:

    Hi Eben! Thank you so much for your fonts, they are amazing! But I do have some trouble with printing the Merriweather sans. I’d really hope you have a version that’s printer friendly 🙂

  22. Lotte Biesheuvel says:

    Hi Eben,

    I really love your merriweather fonts! Unfortunately I’m having troubles with printing the merriweather sans. Hopefully you have a solution 🙂

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