Why all the hate against Open Sans?

almost 8 years ago from , UX designer, Azavea

Every so often there's a big circle jerk on here hating on the font. I'm honestly curious why so many of you dislike the font.


  • Ernest Ojeh, almost 8 years ago

    People hate Open Sans?

    41 points
  • Julian LloydJulian Lloyd, almost 8 years ago

    Open Sans ate my burrito, which I clearly marked with my name.


    17 points
  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, almost 8 years ago

    I don't. I like it a lot too. I never heard anyone criticize it actually. Please don't tell me people view it on the same level with Comic Sans.

    6 points
  • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, almost 8 years ago

    I'm fine with Open Sans but I can't say the same for Roboto.

    4 points
  • Abhijeet WankhadeAbhijeet Wankhade, almost 8 years ago

    Can you point out towards that discussion?

    3 points
  • John DJohn D, almost 8 years ago

    The only bad thing that Open Sans has is its overuse on the web.

    2 points
  • Shakti DashShakti Dash, almost 8 years ago

    Who hates Open Sans? Show some love people.

    2 points
  • Christian Krammer, almost 8 years ago

    I also don't understand it. It's such a great typeface that is perfectly suited for on-screen display and has a bazillion of different weights and widths and therefore suitable for so many different occasions. It's the Helvetica of our age, but in a very positive way.

    2 points
  • Cody IddingsCody Iddings, almost 8 years ago

    "It's difficult to come by anything both well designed and free."

    I think, that as much as it works well on the web, it's visually appealing to the casual eye, and that it's free, most people think that mean it's GOOD.

    In this case, it's true. Designed by a professional type designer, Steve Matteson, both by the casual eye and the professional eye it has much appeal.

    This is not the case of all things free.

    1 point
  • Matt Williams, almost 8 years ago

    Apparently it's not as hated as I had thought. That's good to hear.

    I sometimes forget that often internet bashing tends to be really loud at times.

    1 point
  • Mattias JohanssonMattias Johansson, almost 8 years ago

    I have never heard complaints regarding this font. Why would anyone whine against a font anyway?

    1 point
  • John KarlssonJohn Karlsson, almost 8 years ago

    It's a great workhorse font, therefore it's popular, popular will always have an opposition.

    1 point
  • Florian GrauFlorian Grau, almost 8 years ago

    Never heard anything bad about it. Only recommendations. That's why I use it. :)

    1 point
  • Freak Qnc, over 6 years ago

    Because its readability sucks. In many cases it's being misused and in others abused. It's a pretty good font like many other ones (Helvetica Neue included), when used properly and never under 10pt size especially for OpenSans Condensed, which becomes awful to look at and even worse for reading.

    Keep using it but know its limitations and strengths, then nobody should be complaining about it.

    Cheers! ;)

    0 points
  • Peng Wang, almost 8 years ago

    Its glyphs have a slightly inconsistent vertical placement. I've used it on projects at large font sizes, and vertical-alignment with icon fonts and other elements proved harder than with Helvetica or similar.

    0 points
  • n keylen keyle, almost 8 years ago

    It reminds them of 'Comic Sans'. Also the case that people will write to whinge, not to praise.

    0 points
  • Gijs van de NieuwegiessenGijs van de Nieuwegiessen, almost 8 years ago

    Not hating Open sans at all.. I do not hate any font, but have a strong distaste for Comic Sans ;-)

    0 points
  • Bruno MarinhoBruno Marinho, almost 8 years ago

    Never heart anybody complaining about it.

    0 points
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, almost 8 years ago

    He said circle jerk!

    But anyway I like the font. Google has quite a few to choose from. I think Open Sans is popular because of it's universal nature. It can look great for both headings and body copy depending on weight and line-height etc...

    In the end, who cares what other people think. If the design calls for it then use it

    0 points
  • Cosmin NegoitaCosmin Negoita, almost 8 years ago

    I've never heard anyone criticising it, but rather complaining about it's really wide use. I used to obsess over using it a couple of years ago just because it rendered so well in PS.

    0 points
  • Marcus H, almost 8 years ago

    I've been using Lato lately but took another look at Open Sans again today, it's a damn nice font and I'll use it on my next project :)

    0 points
  • Caleb SylvestCaleb Sylvest, almost 8 years ago

    It seems like in the design world anytime any single good thing is used to much it becomes hated. Open Sans is a good typeface, I've used it many time, and so has everyone else. And yes, it is used a lot, but that is only because it is a good web type and it's FREE to use.

    It's difficult to come by anything both well designed and free.

    0 points
  • Dannie MadsenDannie Madsen, almost 8 years ago

    I think it's pretty good actually and I haven't heard anyone talking trash about either

    0 points
  • Aaron MoodyAaron Moody, almost 8 years ago

    Can't say I've seen any hate towards it?

    But if I had to guess, I would say because it's soo popular. People don't like things simple because they are popular/overused sometimes.

    0 points
  • Andreas HAndreas H, almost 8 years ago

    Probably because it's used a lot, as it's one of the more clean looking sans serif fonts on Google Fonts. Popular stuff tends to be hated on over time, when it gets overused. Then the hipsters find new cool stuff, and start hating the previously cool stuff.

    0 points
  • Denis RojcykDenis Rojcyk, almost 8 years ago

    I might be alone but I love it :]

    0 points