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40 Superb Free Fonts for Your Next Typographic Project

A good font makes the difference between “just another project” and a “oh my god this thing is impressive”, so deciding what style you’ll use is a vital process. In this article you will see 40 superb fonts which are free to use so you won’t bother with spending money on how you’ll write. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Skitch

 

Skitch from Yellow Design Studio is a funky hand drawn serif with regular, solid, and fill options. It’s loaded with features including double-letter ligatures, discretionary ligatures and stylistic alternates, and is accompanied by an eccentric collection of ornaments and a set of expandable borders that can be mixed and matched for endless fun!

Blide

Elegant custom font with rounded corners, great for logos, posters, motion graphics and t-shirts.

SkyhookMono

SkyhookMono is a carefully handcrafted monospaced typeface family. It is modern, sturdy and reduced to the max yet refined and classy. But we really love the fact that Skyhook Mono is very readable even in smaller sizes. It is designed and optimized to be printed so you should not be surprised when the results are even better than the screen appearance.

Mentone

Mentone is a new general purpose typeface, an attempt at extending the line of the great sans-serifs of the previous century, Frutiger – Stone Sans – Myriad. The font has round corners and subtle chamfers, which are all but invisible at text sizes, but add an upbeat, irreverent expression at display sizes.

Arcus

Arcus OpenType is a geometrically constructed font. The grounding principle is the round curve. The homogeneous character of this font is guaranteed by using this principle not only in drawings of particular letters but in the shaping of diacritical signs, too. The scope of the typeface weight is from Extra Light to Extra Bold while the complete font family includes 6 weights and their respective, well turned italics. This font contains a wide range of alternative signs, small capitals, lining and oldstyle numerals, fractions, superiors, inferiors, ligatures and discretionary ligatures; all this is within the frame of OpenType functions.

Alabaster

A micro version of the font Alabaster. Font actual size 32pt.

Mr Jones

Mr Jones was originally conceived as a family for print design consisting of a sans and a headline. The lowercase are wide for legibility at small sizes while the caps are narrower to save space and keep an even balance of negative space when used in body copy. The overall widths of certain characters have been adjusted to almost extremes to keep an even balance of white space around each letter. He works well in body copy, but will need decreased tracking for larger settings. He comes with small caps; proportional, oldstyle, and tabular figures and discretionary ligatures.

Secca

Secca is a fine typeface honoring the roots of early German grotesque type designs but mastered for the needs of today. The weights from Light to Bold work perfectly for body text. The Ultra Black and the Hairline weights give extra typographic freedom for headlines and signage.

Pakenham

Pakenham was inspired by Paul Renner’s 1950s creation, Steile Futura. This sans serif font has an upright, modern look with gently turned corners and generously proportioned loops. The overall appearance is squarish and quite compact but friendly. With 32 styles, there is sure to be at least one Pakenham that will suit your project.

Cirkel

Cirkel is a contemporary font family based on circles. Its geometrical and unusual forms gives us a nice feel of modernity and humor. Created by Jarbas Gomes, Cirkel family is composed by 3 weights (Light, Medium & Bold) and its respective ornamented fonts made of patterns (Stripes Light, Stripes Medium & Stripes Bold). The fonts also have a great set of ligatures and swashes that can be accessed in softwares with support to OpenType features.

Sintesi SemiSans

Are you looking for a robust, contemporary but nonetheless an elegant font? Sintesi SemiSans might be exactly what you are looking for. Thanks to the good readability and the wide set of styles and glyphs, Sintesi SemiSans suits to a wide spectrum of applications. Like two sisters, Sintesi SemiSans and Sintesi (SemiSerif) can be combined without any difficulty, due to similar proportions and character.

Catenary

The Catenary typeface was designed with the goal of creating an extremely-readable sans-serif font that could weather the future. Inspired by the beauty of the catenary curve, it’s a blend of the transitional and the geometric that allows it to be readable while keeping its forms precise and consistent.

Aeon

Aeon is a 6-weight family and can be use in almost every graphic design application; it’s great for minimal design, logos, posters, and magazines.

Pico

The aim of the Pico pixel typeface was to create a pixel typeface which looked good at both small and large sizes. The result was a surprisingly versatile font; one that works as well in small spaces such as button graphics as it would in larger spaces such as a type centric logo.

Arca

Arca is a whimsical font, based on a Brazilian children’s album cover. The letters have an unique papercut look and will gracefully fit your design. Have fun, give it a try.

Sorbet

Sorbet was designed with freshness and youth in mind. Sorbet is a casual, sans-serif font perfect for scrapbooking, teaching, and everyday notes in mind. It is a modest type with lots of potential. What was the inspiration for designing the font? Sorbet was inspired by fresh, casual, handwriting. What are its main characteristics and features? It is legible, sans serif, includes standard encoding (umlauts, etc).Usage recommendations – teaching, everyday, invitations, novelty or scrapbooking.

Chestnut

Chestnut is a hand drawn, spiralling, bouncy script. It comes with a host of OpenType bells and whistles, including standard and discretionary ligatures, stylistic and contextual alternates, lining and old style figures and currency symbols and a dizzying array of ornaments.

ION B

ION B is a part of the ION superfamily, which consists of 3 families: condensed (ION A), normal (ION B) and wide (ION C), each having a compelling range of 10 weights. Styles Thin to Black have 436 glyphs supporting more than 70 Latin-based languages and the three heaviest weights, named U1, U2 and U3 have 94 basic glyphs.

Dezen

Dezen is a contemporary, mechanical grotesque typeface. Its letters were first constructed from individual modules and then optically refined to enhance its rhythm. Its tight letter spacing and narrow proportions make the typeface particularly well suited for display sizes and headlines. 
When you add spacing, font can be used for shorter amount of text, 
bigger than 12 points.

Uniwerek

Uniwerek is a hand drawn font, inspired by college and university sportswear. The Uniwerek font family consists of six fonts: Uniwerek, UniwerekBold, UniwerekBlack, UniwerekLight, UniwerekHollow, UniwerekStencil. UniwerekBlack and UniwerekLight can be used together by layering UniwerekLight above a differently coloured UniwerekBlack.

Juan

Monospaced black slab-serif without any philosophy or idea, it doesn’t pretend to be anything sophisticated, it is as simple as chewing gum or a can of soda. Simple and lively typeface Juan has a ascetic friend.

Melany Lane

Melany Lane from Yellow Design Studio is a flourishy script based on traditional letterforms, but with the added quirks and warmth of hand-drawn type. The base character set has traditionally connected letters and an expressive charm. Contextual alternates add flair with unconnected letters and additional contour options. Mix in swash and stylistic alternates for extra funkiness and fun.

Emmy

Emmy is the second family from this up and coming foundry. A versatile font, Emmy has many different styles to suit your needs. Easy to read and fun to use…it’s perfect for a children’s book, logo or other cool design project.

LECO 1988

The typeface LECO 1988 is another font family which belongs to LECO set. It is a display typeface, which is inspired by the title written on the bottle of lečo from 1988.

Ephesus

This ALL CAPS font family comes in four weights, plus two additional styles– outline and shadow. Ephesus is a great font to use when creating logos, posters, t-shirts, etc. “Ephesus” is named after the antique city in Izmir in Turkey.

Sofia City

Sofia City is a decorative hand-drawn family that can be used on both formal and informal occasions. It has a dual personality: One time it looks like unfinished contours of a sans serif, and the other – like a very thin serif.

Code Pro

Code Pro is a font family inspired by the original Sans Serif fonts like Avant Garde or Futura, but with a modern twist. It is clean, elegant and straight-to-the-point. Code font is applicable for any type of graphic design—web, print, motion graphics, etc.—and perfect for t-shirts and other items like posters and logos.

Nikaia

Nikaia started as an experimental typeface (the script weights) and was then expanded to its logical conclusions (italic & regular), producing the fastest look typeface in the world. Nikaia looks clean and sharp at any size, with 5 weights for contrast.

Monolith

Font with perspective for names, logotypes, titles, headers, topics etc. Font includes only uppercase letters with two alternative designs for each letter.

Sketchetik

Sketchetik is a hand-drawn font in four styles: light, regular, bold and black. It is recommended for use as a display typeface.

Portal

Portal is a custom font which is applicable for any type of graphic design – web, print, motion graphics etc and perfect for t-shirts and other items.

Zag

Zag is a custom sans font which is applicable for any type of graphic design – web, print, motion graphics etc and perfect for t-shirts and other items.

HVD Comic Serif

So many designers hate Comic Sans. They think people who don’t know design are overusing this funny little friendly font, which is nearly every time out of place. Some years ago, type designer Hannes von Döhren created a free alternative to Comic Sans. The difference: It has serifs and a much cooler look.

Neuropol X

Neuropol X, a futuristic font recalling sci-fi, video games, Vectorbeams, and flatbed plotters. Neuropol X bridges the style gap between the geometric sans serif fonts of the late 20th century and superelliptical futuristic fonts.

Fenwick

Fenwick is a lineal, metal type with unusual proportions. The almost sinuous curves of the numerals revive their inherent Arabian roots and the italic’s line thickness was amended by eye so as not appear too mechanical.

Nasalization

Nasalization is the moon’s favourite font. Astronauts love it. Wives of astronauts love it. Even Tang™ loves it. For even greater flexibility, there are alternate characters; barred and non-barred A, open and closed B, P and R and left leaning M and W.

Chinese Rocks

A marvellous idea for a font that was inspired by stenciled lettering on imported merchandise containers. Chinese Rocks looks like it was a hand cut rubber stamp, used about a million times. Uneven line thickness and odd stem widths combine with sharp corners to create the effect of letters cut out with a box knife in a hurry.

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Pricedown

Pricedown, originally a single weight display font, released in the late 1990s has been rebuilt, expanded and improved. In OpenType savvy applications, funky swashes will automatically appear. Swashes match the width of the adjacent letters. Don’t want swashes? Turn off the OpenType ligatures feature and they’re gone. Want strange left swashes? Turn on the OpenType swash feature. Turn on both swashes and ligatures for complete swash madness. Turn on caps-lock for some interesting variations too, even without swashes.

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