Creating and designing content needs passion to transform plain and boring content into something highly interesting and attractive. A few days ago, I had a “designer’s block”, just like writers have a “writer’s block” and readers have a “reader’s block”. I reached a point of saturation and was unable to go ahead and design the last project I was working on. I noticed that creating presentations seemed like a tedious task which I have done over and over again. Everything seemed repetitive and boring and I wanted to try something new. I wondered, “what could possibly be causing this problem and how can I overcome it?”
That is exactly why I turned to writing another blog today. Writing eases the block and helps to focus on something new. Sometimes, watching a favorite TV show or taking a walk outside, maybe indulge in artwork or talking to other designers helps too.
When I sat down to write, I thought about what I had learned so far and what would be the topic that I would want to share with you. If you faced this too, share what you did to get over it in the comments!
The real problem with my last project was that I had been asked to use my creativity and come up with something outstanding but I was saturated already. I could not think ahead. When I carefully looked at my previous projects, I had tried only two or three different fonts and never tried the others. Personally, I do not dislike the default font, Calibri, but when you are given enough time to create something great and different, why not try something never seen or tried before?
I explored the fonts on PowerPoint and tried using them. Believe me, the results were amazing! So, if you too are looking for some amazing fonts for your next presentation, there are several beautiful fonts available for free on PowerPoint.
I highly recommend that if you are a designer, you need to have some favorites! I have listed down some of my favorites here. Presentation-friendly fonts are easily available on the latest Microsoft PowerPoint version. I’m currently using MS Office 2016. So, most of these fonts may or may not be available on lower versions. Please see, I have not included the italicized versions of the fonts. The list of fonts in this blog shows fonts which are NOT very different from Calibri. This blog is meant for inspiring ideas without making many changes in the default style, most of which might similar to each other unless tried.
Here are 30 Fonts for Your Next PowerPoint Presentation in Alphabetical Order
Arial is probably one of the most common fonts used for professional presentations. It is simple and easy to read. It is one of the sans serif typeface fonts.
2. Baskerville Old Face
Baskerville, a serif typeface font designed by John Baskerville, is an amazingly comfortable font. Renowned for its use in great and famous books, Baskerville comes as a choice for me because I am a book lover myself. I recommend this font if you are looking to create something that a person could read as well as enjoy looking at.
This soft font became my favorite ever since I saw it for the first time. It is a Korean word meaning “Background”. This font is a choice for sober-looking and soft points on the presentation. Go ahead and use it if you want to keep the titles mild.
4. Bookman Old Style
Bookman is a typeface font which is widely used for graphic design as it is easy to read and convenient to understand.
Calibri is considered one of the best fonts for professional presentations and it saves a lot of time because it is a default font.
6. Calibri Light
Even though Calibri is a great font, I prefer Calibri Light because it seems a bit more pleasing and lighter. I usually employ this font to write headings or subtitles.
7. Calisto MT
Calisto and Cambria seem like cousin fonts. I didn’t even know this font existed until I searched through all the fonts taking some time off.
8. Century Gothic
Century Gothic is my favorite for headings and creative titles. It gives a sober yet solid look. Avoid using it for smaller sizes because it is less legible.
A simple and elegant font for general text on the presentation, Century is a lot different from Century Gothic. So, choose wisely.
I have used Corbel lesser than the other fonts but I absolutely enjoy putting up titles and sub-headings with this small and cute font.
11 & 12. Dubai and Dubai Light
Not to be confused with Dubai font which is slightly different, darker and bolder.
13. Franklin Gothic
Best used in minimal if planning to use it on titles as this font is lighter compared to the other fonts that can be used for headings. I would ideally use this font for the body of the slide.
If you enjoy using Calibri, you will love Gadugi too. It is, however, interesting that this font is slightly darker and better to use if you want to bring something new but not make the change highly apparent.
This is probably one of the tiniest fonts I have ever used. If you are running out of space but want to make the font legible enough for the audience to have fun with the presentation, Garamond is the font you are looking for.
Another font to experiment with if you are fond of Calibri but do not wish to make a drastic change in your presentation.
Even though I scarcely use this one, I recommend Georgia for the body/text except for the numbers.
18. Gill Sans MT
Ideal for headings, titles, and general text. Use this font if you enjoy something classy but not boring.
19. Goudy Old Style
Use Goudy Old Style for simple, sober and lighter text work.
20. Lucida Bright
Lucida Bright is a bit narrower and smaller than the other typeface fonts. Lucida Bright goes perfectly on prints even in smaller sizes.
21 & 22. Malgun Gothic Semilight and Malgun Gothic
Malgun Gothic Semilight is clear and soft and Malgun Gothic is a bit darker and bolder. It goes really well with text which needs to be arranged neatly on a shape or image. The two versions Malgun Gothic and Malgun Gothic Semilight can be great on prints.
23. Microsoft JhengHei UI Light
If you are thinking that Malgun and JhengHei look similar, I wouldn’t disagree. However, JhengHei is much lighter and is taller. I prefer JhengHei over Malgun if I have to highlight the text using letters that extend across the shapes or images.
25. Times New Roman
This is probably one of the most favorites of many MS Office users. I like the font because it is decent and pretty much easy to read. You may use this font on presentation if you want to save some space and make the print look great.
I had used this font more on emails but soon realized that it is even better in a presentation. It is a clear font, neatly spaced (in between letters) and is comfortably legible even in smaller sizes.
27. Tw Cen MT
Shocking enough for being a designer, I only discovered that this font existed just a few days ago! Ever since I found it, I have actually liked it much better than any other font I have used before. The spacing between the letters and the easy readability makes it my numero uno choice if I have to create a creative presentation next time.
Wider and without much complexity, this easy-to-read font is a good choice for a neat presentation.
29 & 30. Yu Gothic Light and Yu Gothic
Just like any other version with a dark, and a light version, Yu Gothic has two varieties and I prefer Yu Gothic Light for headings and the former one for general text to help it stand out.
I have shared only those fonts that can be useful for creating Professional PowerPoint presentations without changing the basic look and feel of the default font (Calibri), meaning your results will not be very distinct. If you want to know about a different set of fonts, most likely entirely different from these, stay tuned for my next blog!