26 September 2012

Fonts similar to GE Inspira

I can't speak to whether it was someone actually looking for it or just a random spider search but one of the things someone searched for on google was "fonts similar to ge inspira". They found this blog probably because I talk about it so much (probably not :P whatevs). I don't actually have a list of fonts that are similar to Inspira on here. So to combat this problem.... let's fix that.

Anyway, there are quite a few types which are passably similar to Inspira (that is if you don't want to go to ufonts.com and download GE Inspira directly).
First is VAG Round. This is the closest one because it was the inspiration behind Inspira. It was the old Volkswagen logotype from like the 70s.
Next up is Futura Rounded. It's virtually impossible to tell Futura Round from VAG Round (though there ARE differences--- like Arial and Helvetica).
Talking of--- the next one is Helvetica Rounded. BTW it's also the primary text in The Sims 3. But of course, if you're on a PC and not a mac, then you probably don't have Helvetica and can't get it without severing your leg please sir.
In that case you probably have Arial Rounded (it's probably in the list as "Arial Rounded MT Bold"). Basically any font with "Rounded" in the name is going to be similar to Inspira. But these are all expensive fonts. Aren't there any free ones?
Ubuntu Titling is free.Not to be confused with "Ubuntu Title" which has no uppercase letters.
Alternatively there's Ubuntu Regular (just called "Ubuntu") which is my personal fave. It's not rounded but it kinda works out.
You could also look on Fontspace. There are quite a few there that would work as an Inspira substitute as well. Such as BPreplay, RockoFLF, and Jolly. Except in this case, not all the fonts you find will be licensed for commercial use (say, if you wanted to use it in a commercial spot or on a magazine advert or something). Jolly is not a commercial font. The other two are however.
Of course, like I said at the outset---
GE Inspira itself is available on ufonts.com. At least THAT hasn't been taken away yet.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks for the great post!

do you know of any google webfonts that might be similiar.

thanks!

Nate547 said...

@anonymous I think BPReplay is a Google Webfont. Nunito or Varela Round might work. The lowercase a is wrong, but non-FontGeeks don't tend to notice that kind of detail.