Typography: Free Gotham and Sentinel Substitutions

I’m a big fan of Gotham and Sentinel. Both fonts work really well in isolation or when paired. I find the pairing works especially well when Gotham leads (headers, sub-heads) and Sentinel supports (paragraphs, list items).

Gotham & Sentinel Pairing

Here’s an example of the pairing in an agency theme I’m currently designing:


By the way, notice how KILLER Sentinel looks when italicized?

This awesome font combo costs about $99/year though. I can’t possibly ask customers to spend that much for a theme purchase. And so began my search for free alternatives.

Droid Sans & Droid Serif

I found refuge in Droid Sans and Droid Serif. Droid Sans to sub in for Gotham and Droid Serif to sub in for Sentinel. Here’s a look:


Gotham & Sentinel VS Droid Sans & Droid Serif

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two pairs:


I didn’t touch any CSS for this side-by-side. This makes the differences between the two fonts a lot more apparent.

I do favor the Gotham and Sentinel pairing slightly more. However, the Droid Serif and Sans combo comes close and frankly, it delivers: It’s legible, consistent and free. I’m confident that CSS tweaks in the letter-spacing, font-sizes and line-heights will get the Droid combo to where it needs to be for the overall look-and-feel.

Author: Husam

Husam Machlovi has pitched to, and developed relationships with, top Fortune 100 companies. He's designed digital experiences that have generated millions in revenue. At his company, With Pulp, he leads Product Strategy & Design where he crafts product stories and interfaces that people love.

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