The best free fonts, from vintage-inspired typefaces to slap-you-in-the-face slab serifs. Read on for a slice of typography heaven…
We’ve scoured the web to present you with a fine and varied selection of free fonts. Including scripts, serifs, and a range of ligatures, these fonts will give you greater flexibility in your designs, and add to your arsenal of design tools.
Some of these free fonts can be used on your web projects, but check the terms. And if you’re looking at a quick primer on using web fonts.
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This new free font was created by graphic design student Frank Hemmekam, who describes it as “a free uppercase display typeface inspired by the classic sans serif font families. This typeface is, because of its many alternative options and weights, perfect for usage in posters, logotypes and headlines.” Baron is free for both personal and commerical use.
02. True Love
Davide Cariani is a UX designer and web developer with a passion for typography. His free font True Love was created in his spare time and his first type experiment. Inspired by old-school tattoo fonts, glyphs available include letters, numbers, dash and dot.
03. Flex Display
Developed by young designer Álvaro Thomáz, this free font is a thin geometric display font, available for both personal and commercial use, with donations to the author greatfully received. With a passion for typography, Thomáz specialises in font and logo design.
04. Calendas Plus
Calendas Plus is an improved version of atipo studio’s first typeface, calendas. The team at the Spanish design agency completely redrew the font with new ligatures and includes a full glyph set. You can download this free font simply by sharing news of the design on Facebook or Twitter.
The fashion-oriented free font Coco was created back in 2012, the design now boasting eight versions of the font with more 209 glyphs for each. It’s sans-serif type family declined in a set of eight fonts with regular, italic, bold, bold-italic, condensed, condensed-italic, condensed bold & condensed bold-italic. Each font has more than 209 glyphs including small letters, capitals, numbers & special glyphs and punctuation. It’s totally free for use in both personal and commercial projects.
Transport your designs back to the 1920s with this beautiful free font created by Bright Ideas. The elegant typeface includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers 0-9 and special characters.
Agilis is the product of Swiss type designer Nico Inosanto. Initially created as a display font, Inosanto realised his typeface worked better as a smaller design. This free font has an extended character set to support Central, Eastern and Western European languages.
This cool retro typeface was created by web and UI designer Tyler Galpin, a runner-up for Young Designer of the Year in this year’s .net Awards. He describes the free font as “a charming slab-serif that draws inspiration from National Park posters of old”. It’s been available as a download on Lost Type Co-op, with any donations to its creator gratefully received.
09. High Tide
Design student Filipe Rolim developed this typeface due his need for having a more alternative font to use in his projects. And now he’s generously offering his design as a free font for all to enjoy.
10. Soul Mission
An artist who goes by the name of RoCU is the brains behind this cool free font. The grunge font design has amassed over 750,000 downloads since its release. Rocu generously offers his creation free for use in both personal and commercial projects.
Infinity was created by Bangkok-based graphic designer Tarin Yuangtrakul. Inspired by the number 8 and the infinity symbol, this free font was created for use in print design, web design and motion graphics.
This free font was created by KalleGraphics and based on Nick Curtis’ font Anagram. The bold design includes a full set of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Free for personal use.
Pedro Fernandes and 4838Design are collectively responsible for free font Construthinvism. Fernandes describes the design as being “inspired by the Russian Constructivism, Cyrillic characters and Alexander Rodchenko”.
This vintage-style free font was designed by communication and multimedia student Pedro Lobo. A slab serif font with shadows on the right, the design includes a full set of upper-case letters, numbers and a selection of special characters.
Bigmouth is a free font offered by Twelve Twenty, the creative home of designers Timo Kuilder, Jankees Van Woezik and Eric-Paul Lecluse. The typeface is available in both regular and bold versions. All the team ask for in return for the download is a simple tweet.
Tracks type is all caps fonts and alphabet only, inspired with railway tracks slash, static, dynamic, and clean. It was designed by Indonesia-based design student Gumpita Rahayu and is available in two different styles – medium and slanted. This free font was designed for display purposes, so will look great when used for headlines.
FORMAT: OTF, TTF
Sequi is an experimental, personal project by Portuguese designer João Andrade. The name comes from the Latin and includes a total of 360 glyphs. It’s free in all its weights – light, regular and bold.
Ziamimi is a gorgeous font that comes in capitals – making it perfect for headers and eye-catching statements. Its sleek finish allows it to really stand out as one of the best free fonts we’ve come across. It also comes with numbers and a few punctuation marks.
Why Doodle? This question can be answered with two simple words – for fun. This is the first and most important rule that designer Filiz Sahin has set out for anyone that uses this brilliant free font. We love its playful style and doodle art feel. Download this font for free if you’re looking to experiment!
In four weights (and italics), the eight-font Klinic Slab family is one ofLost Type‘s most comprehensive releases to date. A contemporary, versatile slab serif, Klinic is a workhorse that marries personality and functionality. Designed by Joe Prince, it’s free to download, but if you decide to use it then we’d encourage you to make a donation.
Albert is the latest offering from 22-year-old, London College of Communication design student William Bayley Suckling. One of many designs created by the talented creative, Albert is a new decorative headline typeface, inspired by Victorian signage and lettering.
22. Before Breakfast
Recently, designer Simon Stratford discover iPad app iFontMaker and shortly after challenged to create a font with it in under 10 minutes. The result? This free, hand drawn typeface Before Breakfast. Stratford comments online: “It’s a fun, handwritten typeface that probably breaks every rule in typography.”
Yuma was developed by Indonesia-based graphic designer Gumpita Rahayu. The designer comments online: “Yuma is an experimental font with straight glyph, inspired with typical Navajo textiles, which have strong geometric patterns.” Available as a free download, all Rahayu asks for in return is a tweet or Facebook post.
Designer Jeff Schreiber describes his typeface Muchacho as “a western-style serif font with quirky legs”. Based in the Netherlands, Schreiber’s design contains all capital letters, numbers, diacritical marks and most punctuation marks. Muchacho is a free version of his Wild West-inspired typeface Gringo.
You can find semi-connected script font Cylburn on Lost Type Co-op. Designed by Dai Foldes, the artist comments on his creation: “Cylburn is a semi-connected script, structurally based on Roundhand but written with a pointed brush and restrained tension that separate it from its traditional roots.” Free for personal use, however, donations are always gratefully recieved.
FORMAT: OTF, TTF
Designed by Austrian typographer Renzler Design, the Lovelo font is a remake of the original Lovelo Inline. It’s a geometric sans serif typeface with two line versions, making it an eye-catching choice for any large text or headlines. As always, the font is free but there is a donation option if you’d like to show the designer your appreciation.
Introducing Iron, a new Sans Serif Typeface for you all to download for your free personal use copy. Designed by 22-year-old William Bayley Suckling, Iron is an original and playful font that will be perfect for all your design experiements. You can also purchase the font for commerical use.
Fairview is a condensed sans serif, with small cap alternates, inspired by the industrial lettering of the 20th century. Designed by Riley Cran for the Lost Type Co-op, the font comes in uppercase, lowercase, numerals and punctuation. There’s also a donation option with this font, so be generous and show your appreciation!
Perfect for personal headline use, Zwodrei was designed by 27-year-old German based graphic designer Lukas Bischoff. After graduating from his studies of communication design at the University of Applied Science, Lukas has gone on the create some beautiful typefaces – including this one!
Distractor a new typeface designed by London-based graphic designer Simon Stratford. Loosely based on Bevan, the inspiration behind this font was the old letterpress styles and hand printed lettering – a passion of Simon’s. Use for personal projects and be sure to let Simon know what you think of it!
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