Alternative to Lobster?

Cattie Coyle's picture

Hi all!
What would you suggest to replace Lobster on a blog? It is currently used for the site name and all headers and while I don't mind it for the site name, I think it is messy and difficult to read in the headings and sub-headings in the posts. The main text font is Helvetica Neue, sans-serif, and the sidebar headings are Montserrat sans-serif. I'm looking for something that's clean and modern without being too stern.

This is the site:
http://andmykitchensink.com/

Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

riccard0's picture

I would go with a sans, slightly condensed, with a bit of contrast.
Limited to Google Fonts, Cuprum (albeit it could look a too “techie”) or Open Sans Condensed (not much contrast) could work.

Cattie Coyle's picture

Thanks for the feedback riccard0! I do like the Open Sans Condensed, the Cuprum is a bit too techie for my taste. I'll give it a shot and see how it looks.

nina's picture

Hm, many things could work well here. The wide sans you’re using in the little stuff (Montserrat) also made me think of FF Ernestine, maybe the light weight could look nice (disclaimer, it’s mine). It’s definitely not narrow though. Something like this? http://bit.ly/1tS38vg

Les ONeill's picture

My thoughts went straight to 'Bree':
http://www.type-together.com/Bree

riccard0's picture

I should have noted that my suggestions were meant only for headers, retaining Lobster for the logotype and complementing it.

Cattie Coyle's picture

Thanks Nina and Les! That webfonter thing is great, I had never seen it before - it's a huge help! I have to play with that to try a bunch. I do like Bree, I think that's almost what I'm looking for (but I'm not crazy about the small "k" in Bree) but can't seem to get it to show up in the webfonter thing.

nina's picture

You’re welcome! The webfonter thing is super useful, but a bit shaky for me too. I think they also have a Chrome extension, haven’t tried that one though.

Some other things that popped into my mind since you like Bree:
Karmina Sans https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/type-together/karmina-sans/
Parisine Plus http://typofonderie.com/fonts/parisine-plus-family/
Auto http://underware.nl/fonts/auto/styles

Les ONeill's picture

There is an alternate 'k' in Bree, but not sure whether you'd like it any better! I actually like the k, g, y etc not the 'z' tho! (fortunately there is also a 'normal' z :-)

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