06
Oct

Presenting the best in free fonts

I’ve scoured the web to present you with a list of free fonts of varying styles that include: scripts, serifs, and a range of retro, grunge and more! These fonts will give you greater flexibility in your designs and add to your arsenal of design tools.

Some of the typeface collections listed below can be used on your web projects, but please be sure to check the terms. Most of the typefaces you can download directly from here–find the ones that you like and enjoy.

Ailerons

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Ailerons was inspired by aircraft models from the 1940s. A clean, all-caps font, it was originally designed for an experimental air models project–but Brazilian designer Adilson Gonzales de Oliveira has since made the font available for personal use.

Format: TTF

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Bellaboo

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Good for any kind of design, this bold, all-caps font from Marcelo Reis Melo contains Latin and Swedish characters. Guaranteed to add a quirky, handmade flavour to your designs–it’s free for commercial and personal use.

Format: TTF and OTF

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Pier

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Pier is a clean sans-serif, geometric font that’s perfect for any-sized design, big or small. Created by Montreal-based senior art director Mathieu Desjardins, it comes in four weights, has a selection of glyphs and is free for personal use.

“The idea was to create a slightly off geometric font that would look good big or very small,” he says. “It was made to fit your everyday designs and text needs.”

Format: OTF

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Manifesto

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Tomaz Leskovec‘s clean, uppercase show font Manifesto was inspired by the geometric aesthetic of the Italian rationalist movement in the mid 1920s. Angular and eye-catching, it’ll add impact to headlines, posters and more.

Format: TTF

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Timber

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Designer Mehmet Reha Tugcu’s trendy inline font Timber has a retro-futuristic vibe. Free for both personal and commercial use, it’s good for logos, posters, headlines and any design situation where you have a bold typographic message to convey.

Format: TTF and OTF

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Fabfelt Script

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French graphic designer Fabien Despinoy is the creative behind Fabfelt–a script font with an industrial feel.

“I tried to design a handwritten typeface without graininess, which is natural and a little retro,” he comments.

Format: OTF

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Anders

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Anders was originally an experimental project by creative advertising student Tom Anders Watkins.

“Using influences from modern font design, I wanted something very minimal and a little unique, here’s the result,” comments Watkins.

Format: TTF

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Reckoner

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Reckoner was inspired by popular industrial sans serif typefaces and created by Sydney-based graphic designer Alex Dale.

“Drawing inspiration from popular industrial sans serif typefaces such as Bebas Neue, Alegre Sans & Dharma Gothic, I set out to design a typeface with a modern twist whilst keeping the fundamentals of a traditional font,” Dale comments. “The result is Reckoner, a free for commercial and personal use typeface that features a secondary set of characters in the lowercase setting that can be placed in your designs to add a unique touch to certain words.”

Format: TTF

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Klinic

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Available in four weights (and italics), the Klinic Slab font family is one of Lost Type‘s most comprehensive releases to date. A contemporary, versatile slab serif, Klinic is a workhorse that marries personality and functionality.

Format: OTF

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Reis

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This cool, handwritten design was created by Marcelo Reis Melo. Great for posters, logos, etc., Reis is available free for personal and commercial use.

Format: TTF

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Linux Libertine

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Linux Libertine was designed by the Libertine Open Fonts Project. The font is licensed under the GNU General Public License and the SIL Open Font License, and contains more than 2,000 glyphs and includes character sets such as the Greek Alphabet, Cyrillic script, and Hebrew.

According to Wikipedia, “aims to create free and open alternatives to proprietary typefaces such as Times Roman”.

Format: TTF, OTF, WOFF

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Museo Slab 500

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If you thought one free Museo sans font was good, this download has two Museo Slab variants to accompany it. If you’re looking for an impactful heading font, this could be it. You can either get one desktop license, one web font license for 500,000 page views, or a combination of the two. Registration is required to access the fonts.

Format: OTF, TTF, EOT, WOFF, SVG

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Lobster

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Font Squirrel is a wonderful resource for fonts–and this is one of its hottest properties over the last few years. The font that no junior designers can resist, Lobster is a compact and legible calligraphy-based script font that works in both upper and lowercase, and can also be used on the web.

Format: OTF, TTF, EOT, WOFF, SVG

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Nord

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Nord was created to celebrate the launch of the Nord Collective new motion graphics studio. Created by Alex Frukta and Vladimir Tominto, this font is free for both personal and commercial use–and comes in four weights: Bold, Light, Medium and Regular.

Format: OTF

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Langdon

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Langdon is a free typeface from XLN Telecom and leading graphic designer, illustrator and typographer Steven Bonner. The result of the collaboration is a typeface that is solid, serious and dependable–available for private and commercial use with no restrictions.

Format: OTF

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Airbag

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This trendy display typeface was created by designer Simon Stratford after he failed to find a free font online suitable for his artwork. The slab serif typeface is the Stratford’s first, the designer creating a full set of uppercase letters, numbers and a few special characters. And all he asks for in return for the download is a simple tweet.

Format: TTF

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Nexa: Light & Bold

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The Nexa font family includes 16 styles and weights. The font family has great legibility, and works very well as a headline font. You get Light and Bold for free, but if you want the rest then you’ll have to put your hand in your pocket.

Format: OTF

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Oranienbaum

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Give your headings a classic look with Oranienbaum. Based on classics like Bodini, and described as ‘modern Antiqua’, this font was created by Ivan Gladkikh and Oleg Pospelov.

Format: TTF

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Aventura

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Inspired by the outdoors, Aventura was created by graphic designer Jimmy Kalman. With a full set of uppercase letters, numbers and a selection of special characters, Aventura is free for both personal and commercial use.

Format: OTF

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Dense

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Dense is a versatile, elegant, geometric and compact sans-serif typeface. Three weights have been created thus far by Canadian artist Charles Daoud are: thin, regular and bold. Regular is currently the only weight available, but Daoud has said that he’ll update his Behance page with news on how to get the other weights in the near future.

Format: TTF

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Geared

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Geared is an industrial inspired Condensed Slab Serif that comes in four weights – thin, regular, bold and extrabold. It was designed by graphic designer Ben Dalrymple and with such an extensive character set, Geared could be a versatile addition to your next project.

Format: OTF

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Homestead

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An evocative yet forward thinking slab, Homestead is another creation from the guys at Lost Type. Designed by Luke Lisi, Homestead comes in uppercase only with numerals and punctuation.

Format: TTF

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Infinity

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Thai graphic designer Tarin Yuangtrakul mainly focuses his work on illustration. At the tender age of 20, Tarin is already making waves on the design circuit. Here, Tarin turns his hand to typography to create Infinity.

Format: TTF

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Haymaker

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Designer Trevor Baum created this vintage-inspired typeface–wanting to create a font that was both rugged and refined. The inspiration for the typography design came from the workmanship, lettering and baseball jerseys of the 1930s and 1940s. The font comes in uppercase, lowercase, numerals and also contains punctuation.

Format: TTF

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Adam

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What can I say, I like my sans serifs.

“Adam is an all caps, sans serif typeface inspired by Futura. The sharp, clean appearance makes it a suitable typeface for headlines, posters, titles and captions. It consists of 227 glyphs and is free for both personal and commercial use,” according to designer Shrenik Ganatra.

Format: OTF

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Forum

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This font’s intended use is for headings and titles. Designed by Russian graphic designer Denis Masharov, ‘Forum’ has classic feel, with its clever arches and direct lines–it reminds me of Trajon. If you love this font, I suggest you check out the rest of Masharov’s creations.

Format: Google Web Font

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Lavanderia

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Created by designer James T Edmondson, Lavaderia is a charming font that takes influence from the Laundromat windows of San Francisco’s Mission District. It comes in a range of open type features and three weights.

Format: OTF

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Metropolis

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It’s no wonder this font has become so popular, thanks to its modern twist on a vintage style. Designed by Australian graphic designer Josip Kelava, Metropolis is influenced by the industrial movement of the 1920s. Kelava wanted to create his own Art Deco font without being too much of a copycat. The result was this bold and daring typeface, perfect for catching your user’s eye.

Format: OTF

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Glamor

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Glamor was created by 26-year-old French graphic designer Hendrick Rolandez in 2013. It includes a set of 24 fonts, from light to bold, with more than 200 unique characters for each font.

Format: OTF and TTF

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There are more fonts to discover than just the ones that I’ve listed here. These are just some of my favourites. With all of the amazing designers and typographers, I hope that you’ve found something to inspire you here.

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