Free Fonts Of The Month: Moderna, Mido, Liberation


Every now and again we take a look around, select “fresh” high-quality free fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually the time you should be investing in your current projects. We search for them and we find them, so you don’t have to.

This month we can present you a dozen of them. It’s not quite clear if one is legally allowed to use MyriadPro (Bold, Semibold), Helvetica (Bold) and Humanist Gill 521 (Bold), which are also presented below. Please read the license agreement carefully – it can change from time to time.

  • You can find over 50 more free fonts in our section Fonts1.

Free Fonts Of The Month: Moderna, Mido, Liberation


  • Jumpstart Package (thanks, Chris Apalodimas)Kutenay

    Available fonts:

    • Kootenay™ regular (a sans serif design)
    • Lindsey™ regular (a handwriting style design)
    • Miramonte™ regular and bold (a sans serif design)
    • Pescadero™ regular and bold (a serif design for text)
    • Pericles™ light and regular (a sans serif inscriptional style design)

    The Microsoft HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart Package15 contains software and utilities to simulate, test and debug HD DVD applications. Ascender16 has licensed a set of OpenType (.TTF) fonts to Microsoft which are included in this package for developers to use and distribute on HD DVD discs.

    The eight fonts were all designed by Ascender’s Type Director, Steve Matteson, for on-screen viewing and to showcase the advanced typographic features of OpenType.

    This download is available to customers running genuine Microsoft Windows.


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    thanks guys!
    this made my day!!!

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    The bonus rocks. :)

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    Thanks guys. Great for my webdesigns…

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    Great fonts, but what’s with the russian on the first link ?

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    you guys are awesome. I need to tell my readers about these fonts. Any suggestions as to whether or not they are good for print or screen?

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    Delicious fonts, as usual!

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    I just used Mg Open Cosmetica for a poster design a couple weeks ago. I was working in Ubuntu (I normally work in Windows), and found this font. Apparently, it is standard with Ubuntu. I downloaded it for Windows – I like the set.

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    Really nice! I love them.

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    @wade, that’s Greek, not Russian. Apparently they have acces to the internet as well!

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    JUST what i was looking for. RISPEK.

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    I’m loving the Mido font!

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    Excellent, I love these fonts :D

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    Nice to see some of these, but don’t you think it inappropriate to advertise the highly dubious redistribution of commercial fonts? (Myriad Pro, Helvetica, Gill)

    You admit that the legality of using them is “not quite clear,” but these are obviously commercial fonts from major foundries — with licenses that undoubtedly do not allow them to be redistributed by third parties over the web. Of course, the template maker bears responsibility for including them in package, but should you encouraging this?

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    Leonardo... from Colombia

    October 20, 2007 10:51 am

    Thx a lot guys!!! Cool fonts!

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    I love the myriad font, i’m not sure if i can use it, thanks anyway :D

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    Beautiful fonts, but when I downloaded Moderna it does not look anything like what is displayed here. Any thoughts? I am using Windows.

    The Mido is gorgeous – I wonder how much the full version will cost? The test version don’t have an apostrophe :-(

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    Another fonts! Wow, Thanks to Vitaly and Sven.

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    Absolutely Smashing!

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    Lovely stuff. I’m really considering use of this Mido font for the headers on my website (with sifr of course)

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    Wow, look at the Modern-Font.
    It’s a nearly perfect Helvetica-Klone:

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    Installed the Jumpstart package, but don’t see the fonts installed. How the heck do you get to them?

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    to good to be true. thanks!

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    Another great set of finds. Well done.

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    Oh my goodness, those are really amazing fonts! Free and still so professional! Simply Amazing. Perfect

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    October 21, 2007 9:31 pm

    @Angela: if you’ve installed the package, take a closer look at the folders inside the folder “Jumpstart”. You’ll find the fonts there.

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    great basic fonts, Kootenay™ regular (a sans serif design) is a smooth and great looking font!

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    Just to let you know before you get in trouble MyriadPro is not a free have to buy it, its owned by Adobe

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    So, I’m loving Cosmetica and Mido… but I’m stuffed as far as trying to download the Jumpstart Package on my Mac? That’s a bit ordinary. Thanks for the others anyway, some real beauties.

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    Great … thank you!

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    What’s the word on the legality of the Humanist font? I could replace it with one we’re licensing where I work, but I want to make sure it’s free. And there’s no readme with the template.

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    Russian text when link followed- what is that about?

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    Some of the links above go to URLs with Russian language, some go to ads for products that have nothing to do with fonts, some go to URL’s that play ‘hide the free font’. Look, I though you guys were far enough along in development not to do asshat ploys like this. If you want Diggs and Popurl to pick up your posts, at least have the courtesy not to direct folks to the working links.
    Suggestion – make the free stuff you want at a download site like MediaFie that actually has the download and stop jerking people around like an asshat.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    October 23, 2007 1:52 am

    @grfx303: thanks for your comment. All links lead to the pages which include links to the presented fonts. We would never use Mediafire and similar services, because from the legal point of view we aren’t allowed to distribute these fonts by ourselves.

    Our visitors are extremely important to us. We try to do our best in delivering quality content. However, we also respect the work of people offering these fonts for free and therefore we would never ignore their legal disclaimers.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    October 23, 2007 1:54 am

    The links to MG Open Moderna and MG Open Cosmetica lead to a Georgian web-site; the links to .ttf-files are listed at the bottom of the web-site. Please scroll down there.

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    I think these fonts are great and its wonderful to have someone kindly pick out the ‘best’ of the fonts out there. I think others should stop complaining about the link to ‘Myriad Pro’. Pretty much every good designer who has Adobe products has access to this font and if it were to be used professionally ‘of course’ there are bound to be licensing issues associated with this! So please stop attacking the author and be thankful for such an awesome site! Love the work here all at :)

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    The Moderna page is in Greek. Select English at top right!
    Anyone got a clue to get the MS fonts for the mac? Validation required…

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    A better place to download the bonus Ascender fonts is “Using OpenType Fonts Sample”.

    It’s a self extracting zip file, so no installation is needed, unlike the Jumpstart HDDVD package.

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    I love Kootenay™ it’s so fresh and new, I was soo bored with Myriad but hey, that font is a must have. Great post as usual guys :-D

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    Great fonts, thank you for sharing it…

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    this makes me happy – thanks!!

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    @PVK Please note that there are some differences from the set of fonts provided in the Jumpstart package and the OpenType fonts sampler package. Although all the fonts in both packages are .ttf. Some of the jumpstart fonts are TrueType whereas all the OpenType sampler fonts are OpenType.

    I glanced through both sets of fonts, some of the HD-DVD fonts have extra characters (smaller versions of numbers 0-9). Which makes sense if you’re going to be using them for DVD display.

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    Do your typography homework people – anything non latin based MUST mean more than “looks Greek to me” (cause it is :-D )
    Start here

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    very nice typography set, thanks for the selection, really enjoyable.

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    gotta love Myriad Pro

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    Is it just me or the Cosmetica font is a clone of Optima?

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    I have been following your free fonts series and they really help me a lot. Thank you very much for the beautiful fonts.

    But I am still confused with the copyright issue of using the free fonts. Can I use the “free to download” fonts for my commercial works?

    I wish Smashing Magazine could write an article about copyright issue of using font. Thank you.

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    Great Fonts, but how do I install ????

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    What are these “free” fonts?

    It’s confusing when you see something labeled as “free”. From the above list, some fonts are “free and open-source”, which means you can also use for commercial work, among other liberties.

    The font licenses that give you freedom include

    GPL / GPL with exception (Liberation fonts)

    “Bitstream Vera-style” license (MgOpen fonts)

    Open Font License (OFL) (not shown here, see for full list)

    and a few other misc “free and open-source” licenses.

    With other fonts, you have to read carefully the license, so see what restrictions are in place.

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    sooooooooooooooo tasty fonts, good job

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    It’s nice to have some good free fonts under your belt. Especially when you want to legally design without having to cough up for loyalties and pay-fonts.

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