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Spotify Font – Typography Questions Answered

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Spotify Font – Typography Questions Answered

What Font Does Spotify Use

This resource is for anyone looking to know more about the Spotify font. From answering questions like what font does Spotify use?, and what font does the Spotify App use?, to information about Spotify free font alternatives, and where to download the font, I will leave no stone unturned shedding light on how Spotify uses typography.

What Font Does Spotify Use?

Spotify Font Arturth

The font Spotify uses is called Spotify Circular, which is a tweaked version of Gotham. Circular comes in five weights, with italic variants. This font was designed by Andreas Holmström (Lead Designer), and Christian Wilsson (Creative Director).

The Spotify logo redesign was part of a greater brand refresh, where font selection was key. According to Lead Designer, Andreas Holmström, selecting a font to base the logo on, was all about communicating the new brand positioning; easy, personal, and fun. As a result, they wanted a clean, simple, geometric typeface that is also round and friendly.

With these criteria in mind, the design team chose Gotham as a starting point. Gotham is a typeface designed by Tobias Frere-Jones in 2000, and it takes inspiration from the architectural signage seen in New York City. With Gotham as the foundation, there was still some tweaking required to make the font their own, and better speak to the new brand strategy. The design team needed to take the edge off to give it a more easy and more fun appearance.

Gotham Medium Font Arturth

There are a few key changes that you will notice. First, they rounded the dot on the “i” (the Tittle, in typographic terms). Second, all the corners were subtly rounded. Also the “f” to “y” way fully connected as a ligature. I must say, the Spotify logo font looks ever so slightly heavier in weight than the original Gotham medium.

Spotify Circular Bold Font Arturth

 

 

Let’s cover some more questions about this font, like how they use it, and where to download it.

What Font Type Does The Spotify App Use?

What Font Is Spotify App Arturth

The Spotify App uses Spotify Circular font. Circular is a modified version of Gotham. The Spotify App uses the five different weights of Circular.

I was able to find out for sure what font they are using by inspecting the web applications code. Also the code of the Spotify website. I compared both and they are the same. Both the web app and site use Spotify Circular, with Helvetica Neue, and Arial set as backups.

What Font Does Spotify Use CSS

Read on to know more about his Circular is used in the App.

What Font Does Spotify Use For Playlists?

For playlists, Spotify uses their custom Circular font in a variety of weights. Circular Black is used for the playlist header. A mix of Circular Book and Light is used for the information and list text.

Spotify Playlist Font

It is important to mention, depending on what platform you use Spotify on, what font is displayed may vary. For example, your browser cannot load the woff fonts, Spotify has fallback fonts specified in code. If their Circular font can’t load, it will then try to load Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, or Arial, depending on what is available.

What Font Is Closest to Spotify Font?

The closest font to the Spotify font is Gotham. In fact, the team who designed the logo said they based the logo off of Gotham. But with some key modifications. 

If you are looking for other fonts that look similar to the Spotify font, there are paid and free options. The next section shows the best free and paid Spotify font alternatives.

Spotify Font Free Alternative

The closest font to the Spotify font is Gotham. In fact, the team who designed the logo said they based the logo off of Gotham. But with some key modifications. 

If you are looking for other fonts that look similar to the Spotify font, there are paid and free options. The next section shows the best free and paid Spotify font alternatives.

Spotify Font Alternatives Spotify Circular

Spotify Font Download

If you want to use the official Spotify Circular font, you will need to seek legal approval and license the font. You can find more information about the Spotify font in their design guidelines documentation here.

Getting legal approval to use the official Spotify Font might be difficult. Also, Circular doesn’t come with all extended characters and it does not support all languages. For these reasons, Spotify recommends using the default sans-serif font for the platform you are working on. 

Spotify recommends you use these fonts in the following order:

  • Default sans-serif for the platform
  • Helvetica Neue
  • Helvetica
  • Arial

What Is The Spotify Font?

The Spotify Font is a font called Spotify Circular, which is a cusomtized version of Gotham. Spotify Circular comes in five weights; Black, Bold, Medium, Book, and Light. Each weight has an italic variant.

What Is The Spotify Logo Font?

The Spotify logo font is a font called Circular. A tweaked version of the well-known font Gotham. Tweaks to Gotham in the Spotify logo font include slightly rounded corners, a circular dot on the “i”, and a ligature connecting the “f” and “y”.

Camden Taylor

Author Camden Taylor

Camden is ARTURTH's Chief Editor, Senior Graphic Designer, and artist from the Pacific Northwest.

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