Google Fonts

Tailwind comes packed with a solid set of web-safe font families. Usually, they should be enough for rapid prototyping, but sometimes a custom font can give a nice feel even to a lo-fi prototype. You have an option of importing a font you own, that you are allowed to use legally, but the quickest and the easiest way is to use fonts available online.

Google Fonts has a nice selection of fonts that you can use in your prototypes for free. This article briefly guides you through the process of finding fonts on Google Fonts, importing them and using them in your projects. The full guide can be found on Google Developers website.


First, you need to go to Google Fonts website and find a font you would like to use. You can search by name and filter by different properties like family (Categories) and weight (Thickness). You can also test any font by entering custom text and applying it to all fonts:

Google Fonts website screenshot, focus on Apply to all fonts button

When you find a suitable font, click the + button to the right of its name.


When you click the + button, a toast bar should appear at the bottom. Click it to expand the Import menu:

Google Fonts website screenshot, Import menu expanded

If you go to the Customize tab, you can select the weights and the languages of the font family that you want to include in your project.

Under the Embed tab, you will find a line of code like the one below:

<link href="" rel="stylesheet">

Copy this code and open your prototype on CodePen. Go to the HTML settings by clicking the gear icon in the header of the HTML section. Paste the code from Google Fonts website into the Stuff for <head> area. Save and close. The font is now included in your prototype.


To apply the imported font to the whole prototype, specify it by its name for the body tag and the universal selector:

body, * {
  font-family: 'Roboto', sans-serif;

Remember to put the name of the font in single quotes if it consists of two or more words. You can also copy the font-family property from the Google Fonts’ Import menu:

Google Fonts website screenshot, Import menu expanded, focus on Specify in CSS section

Multiple fonts

You can add as many fonts as you want to your prototype. Select them on Google Fonts using the + buttons, and the title of the toast bar will tell you how many you have selected. The more fonts you add, the more options the Customize tab will have in the Import menu, and the longer the <link> you paste in HTML settings will be.


Load time indicator tells you how big the font file that you are going to import is. The more fonts, weights and languages you add, the bigger the file will be, and the longer it will take to load. But you shouldn’t worry too much about load time when prototyping, because performance isn’t your top priority. You can add many fonts to be able to quickly switch between them when experimenting with style, without seeing any noticeable impact to the load time of a prototype.

Let’s say you import two fonts: IBM Plex Sans for texts and Montserrat for headers. A functional approach to using them is to:

  • Use one font by default by applying it to body and the universal selector.
  • Create a special class for another font.
body, * {
  font-family: 'IBM Plex Sans', sans-serif;

.my-sans {
  font-family: 'Montserrat', sans-serif;

This piece of CSS applies the IBM Plex Sans font to the whole prototype. The my-sans class changes the font family to Montserrat:

<div class="my-sans text-3xl text-gray-800 font-semibold">
  Title of the article in Montserrat
  Lorem ipsum in IBM Plex Sans dolor sit amet...


Add multiple fonts to a prototype:

  1. Fork your result of the Article task from the Tailwind article. You can also fork the prototype from the article.
  2. Go to Google Fonts and pick three fonts: two serif and one sans-serif.
  3. Import them into your pen.
  4. In the CSS section, apply the sans-serif font to the body tag. You should be able to see that the default font is changed in the preview.
  5. Also in CSS, create two classes: .my-serif-1 and .my-serif-2 and apply one serif font to each of them.
  6. Apply one of the serif classes to the title, and apply another to the rest of the containers with serif texts.
  7. Try importing different fonts and applying them to the classes that you created.