Webfont Couplings: English & Korean

When working with bilingual content it’s tough to find matching typefaces. Finding a pair of Korean and English webfontsis an even bigger task. There have been various efforts from Google and Naver to help solve this problem. With the addition of an extra party, Typolink, the pairing task becomes much easier.

Let’s start off with the most accessable options. Google and Naver have done a lot of work to create webfonts that are seamlessly interchangeable between English and Korean. Google also released Noto Sans which is available in 99 languages. The interesting thing about Noto Sans is that the set of Roman characters are all different depending on which foreign language it’s in. Meaning that there is a different set of Roman characters for each language. This is to better match the letter forms of the native language.



Google has also unofficially released a few other foreign language webfonts. Hallyu Sans being one of the more notable ones.


We’ve previously covered Naver’s work with their Nanum series, however last year they released Nanum Barun Gothic (it’s the third one down) which is an even more legible on smaller screens as it leans towards a grotesk rather than the original humanist style typeface.




For typefaces with not-so-amazing Roman counterparts there is an alternative option. Pairing two separate typefaces works well. Below are a few examples of parings.


Solhyunggi on Typolink and Roboto Slab on Google Webfonts



Mokmul on Naver Software and Neuton on Google Webfonts


 Portfolio on Typolink and Karla on Google Webfonts