Free Fonts of the Month: Revalo, Nadia Serif, Qlassik

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Sometimes web design is just about beautiful typography. Used with a profound understanding of white space, basic typographic principles and usability heuristics, it can sufficiently highlight the main sections of the site and its key-elements. Font size of headers, body copy and navigation is important. Leading is important. Line length is important. And the visibility of links is important. Basically, that’s it1 – really, you don’t need more2.

There are literally thousands of professional typefaces you can use, you might use dozens of them3; however there is also a plenty of high-quality freefonts4 which can serve as reasonable and feasible alternatives and fulfill your requirements just as well. We collect all of them regularly, so you don’t have to.

Over the last month we’ve found six high-quality free fonts you can use for both private and commercial projects. Please check out the license agreements before using these typefaces – disclaimers can change from time to time.

Freefonts of the Month

1. Revalo Classic Regular5 (Registration is required)

Revalo Classic Regular Freefont6

2. Nadia Serif7 by Nadia Knechtle, Quersicht (see section “Labor”, SlabSerif, PC, Mac, via dersven.de8)

Nadia Serif Freefont9

3. Scriptina10 (Handwriting, PC, Mac)

Scriptina Freefont11

4. Anivers12 by Jos Buivenga

Anivers Freefont13

Anivers Freefont14

5. Qlassik15

Qlassik Freefont16

6. Engel Light Ltd17 (Sans-Serif, PC, Mac, No special characters)

Engel Light Ltd Freefont18

Engel Light Ltd Freefont19

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.informationarchitects.jp/the-web-is-all-about-typography-period
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03/26/keep-it-simple-stupid-showcase-of-simple-and-clean-designs/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/08/80-beautiful-fonts-typefaces-for-professional-design/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/fonts/
  5. 5 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  6. 6 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  7. 7 http://quersicht.ch
  8. 8 http://www.dersven.de
  9. 9 http://quersicht.ch
  10. 10 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  11. 11 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  12. 12 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/anivers.html
  13. 13 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/anivers.html
  14. 14 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/anivers.html
  15. 15 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=qlassik&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Qlassik&a=on&e=on&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  16. 16 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=qlassik&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Qlassik&a=on&e=on&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  17. 17 http://die-gestalten.de/fonts/freefonts/details.html?id=16
  18. 18 http://die-gestalten.de/fonts/freefonts/details.html?id=16
  19. 19 http://die-gestalten.de/fonts/freefonts/details.html?id=16

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  1. 1

    Altho small, great collection.

  2. 2

    beautiful sans serifs make me cry.. ^_^

    I feel as though it’s my birthday.. You really know how to spoil your readers.. :D

  3. 3

    I agree with MarkO.

    Scriptina could be used as a free Zapfino, it’s really similar.

  4. 4

    As always, each post is a great source of tips and nice info.

  5. 5

    Wow, those are beautiful fonts! Thanks for posting this!

  6. 6

    Very nice i like them:D

  7. 7

    Thank you!

    As always, SM produces great content and gives me yet another tool (or font) to add to my arsenal!

  8. 8

    Great fonts. Thanks for sharing!

  9. 9

    Great man!! Keep it up..

  10. 10

    I think scriptina looks great and I wouldn’t mind using it on my blog sometime.

  11. 11
  12. 12

    Thanks so much – I really love Nadia. Lovely!

  13. 13

    Fantastic fonts. Sometimes its hard to find good ones :-)

  14. 14

    thanx a bunch! =)

  15. 15

    More fonts to the collection :-)

  16. 16

    I HATE Scriptina!!!!!

    I see that font everywhere. I see it on books, web sites, even low-budget, straight to DVD movies sometimes. I think it’s one of the most overused fonts in the history of mankind. Okay, maybe not that bad.

    I think it’s a good, quality font, but people use it too damn much. It haunts my dreams.

  17. 17

    Your article heading font-size is so remarkably too big (IE or Firefox)

  18. 18

    Anivers is such a great font, i like it very much! Scriptina is not bad either.

  19. 19

    Nice list! I have to agree with Paul, though–Scriptina is overused.

  20. 20

    Wow! These are some very nice fonts! Contrary to the previous commenters, I’m really diggin’ Scriptina. We must be looking at different things, because I don’t recall having seen it overused anywhere…

  21. 21

    I like Scriptina. Its a very nice script font

  22. 22

    I – unlike some- think it is hard to find a nice readable script font. Perhaps that is why some find it overused. I think it is a sweet little font. In fact I like them all.
    Thanks for the post.

  23. 23

    I used to have Scriptina in my blog when I was starting. Then I found it everywhere!!! Needless to say, I AM DAMN glad I changed it already. :D

  24. 24

    Yep amazing list. Much appreciated, thank you and congrats with the 1 year anniversary!

  25. 25

    wow thanks for the free fonts :D

  26. 26

    All they are beautiful… however, Scriptina is so memorable and unique that if you see it once, it seems like you’ve seen it everywhere.

  27. 27

    Scriptina is my favourite font.. love it

  28. 28

    definitely new sexy “nadia serif” is on my hot spot.

  29. 29

    Gorgeous picks! thanks for posting (:

  30. 30

    Thank You!!

    I love “nadia serif” soo much!

    gonna use it for my name card ;-)

  31. 31

    Why do i get this feeling these are not unicode?

  32. 32

    Does somebody know a font like Engel Light Ltd but WITH special characters?

  33. 33

    David Carrero Fdez-Baillo

    September 15, 2007 12:46 am

    Great free fonts for my Windows Vista :)

  34. 34

    Is it Scriptina or Zapfino that some of you seem to be seeing everywhere? Its descenders and ascenders seem to have the same forward motion as Zapfino, but the terminals have a much more ‘updated retro’ feeling to them. It looks to be derived from Zapfino, which seems to have experienced a new surge in usage. The ‘overused’ feeling could also come from the release of ‘retro’ inspired fonts over the past two or so years.

  35. 35

    Thanks for the fonts. I’m really digging Scriptina. I also like the nuances of Engel. Keep them coming.

  36. 36

    I like Qlassik a lot. It has a special something… it flows. I’m not a designer, but this font is really special and it would make a great logo type in pink or any other feminine color.

  37. 37
  38. 38

    Great free fonts for my Windows Vista :)

  39. 39

    OMG these are beautiful fonts and you are a star! =D Thx!

  40. 40

    Qlassik is quite nice. I don’t know what to say about Scriptina. It used to be a favorite of mine, until I started reading about how popular it is for pornography websites, then I lost a lot of love for it. Thanks for the link to getting Qlassik!

  41. 41

    Thanks for the cool fonts — really like scriptina, despite the fact that theuprock says it’s popular on porn sites.

  42. 42

    Gracias por lon fonts,.. hace tiempo que buscaba algo parecido a Scriptina! y lo encontré aquí. Excelente website :)

  43. 43

    Oh so many great fonts !

    Thanks so much !

  44. 44

    Just i can say its Amazing,n Amazing………….But a problem wich i occured that some time destination Font pages do not open…..Otherwisise it hase a huge collection and Amazing……..I use these font in my web-designing

  45. 45

    I love Qlassik. I use them often in my school publications.

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