Canva Fonts: Accessible & Stylish Choices for Nonprofits

Choosing fonts in Canva is about more than compliance; it's about inclusivity. Show off your brand personality with these 5 tips for how to spot – and style – accessible fonts.
Graphic showing different accessible font style options in Canva. For example: handwriting, corporate, display, modern, retro, elegant, etc.

Canva has over 5,000 fonts to choose from. Even for a designer, that’s way too many options. Talk about analysis paralysis…😵‍💫 

Although you have thousands of style options to choose from, the most important quality of any font you choose is legibility. After all, fonts exist so that people can actually read your message.

It’s important to note that ~20% of the population has disabilities or neurodivergence that keep them from fully accessing information online.

Choosing accessible fonts isn’t just about compliance; it’s about inclusivity. Fonts can also make your content more readable and engaging for everyone.

But don’t ditch your old fonts just yet! 

Here are 5 tips for how to spot–and style – them for maximum legibility:

Style: Sans-serif fonts are much easier to read on digital screens. Fonts like Arial, Helvetica, or Calibri are usually recommended but very overused. Opt for Roboto, Inter, and DM Sans instead, and here are a few other winning Google font combinations you can use online! Serif fonts are best for printed pieces like direct mail or brochures.

Size: Text should be large enough to be read easily. Digital content is read best at 16pt, but bump up the mobile size to 18-20pt.

Contrast: With fonts it’s important to have high contrast between your type and the background. However, keep reversed text  (white text on a dark background)  to a minimum because it’s harder for our eyes to read.

Avoid frills and scripts: Steer clear of overly decorative fonts for body text as they can be difficult to decipher and can tire the eyes quickly. Reserve script fonts for 1-2 word callouts or a “signature” effect.

Spacing: Adding extra spaces between letters, words, and lines creates a visual rest that makes it easier for people to track words and sentences.

Your font choices may go unnoticed by most of your supporters, but it will be a game changer for the 20% with visual impairments. 

Wouldn’t it be awesome if our sector led the way in accessible websites and styling? Clean style, bold colors, and legible fonts can go hand in hand with a completely accessible website – it doesn’t have to be either or anymore.

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