40+ Excellent Freefonts For Professional Design


The importance of typography in design can’t be overestimated. The accuracy, precision and balance of geometric forms can give letters the elegance and sharpness they deserve. Besides, elegant fonts can help to convey the message in a more convenient way. In fact, while there are many excellent professional fonts (we’ve presented some of them in our article 80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design1) there are literally thousands of free low-quality fonts which you would never use for professional designs.

Quality costs. The price of “bulletproof” fonts usually reflects their quality and starts at 50$ per typeface. However, before purchasing a font you will probably use only once in your designs you might want to take a glance at outstanding free alternatives first.

Over the last year we’ve been observing typo-designers and their works; we’ve regularly collected high-quality fonts available for free download and free to use for personal or/and commercial projects. In this article we’d like to present an overview of over 40 excellent free fonts you might use for your professional designs in 2008. What is your favourite?

Please notice:

  • Some images are taken from Gerrit van Aaken’s Typography Essays2. Thank you, Gerrit.
  • We haven’t listed Arial, Georgia, Verdana, Trebuchet MS & Co. as well as Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Constantia and Corbel as they are delivered almost “automatically”.
  • You can visit the Free Fonts Section3 to find more free fonts. The category is regularly updated.
  • We’d like to thank to all typo-designers and foundries for releasing these fonts for free. We appreciate your work and your intentions.
  • Before using fonts please read the license agreements carefully — they can change from time to time.

Excellent Freefonts For Professional Designs in 2008 Link

Gentium is a typeface family designed to enable the diverse ethnic groups around the world who use the Latin script to produce readable, high-quality publications. It supports a wide range of Latin-based alphabets and includes glyphs that correspond to all the Latin ranges of Unicode. Gentium examples5.



District Thin8
A very calm, serious and impressive sans-serif free font from GarageFonts’ District family. The font is available as Mac Postscript, Mac TrueType, PC Postscript, PC Truetype and OpenType.


MG Open Moderna10


Pigiarniq Inuktitut font12
Have you ever known about the existence of Nunavut? A small region in Canada with one of the lowest population rate of the world? Probably not. Only 0,01 people live there per km2, mostly Eskimo. The citizens of Nunabut speak four languages — French, English, Innuinaqtun and Inuktitut. Nothing spectacular so far, right?

Few years ago the government of the region has decided to design a new typeface to enable its 28.000 citizens to use all four languages in a uniform manner. The result is a beautiful, rich and professional sans-serif free font. The family includes a bold, heavy, italic, light and regular weights. Examples13.

Pigiarniq Inuktitut font14

Pigiarniq Inuktitut font15

Special attention was given to character spacing to obtain a homogenic appearance. With it’s relatively large x-height the Delicious can be used for text in smaller point sizes. The Delicious italic is not a slanted roman, but a true italic. Serif, Mac / PC.




A robust and rigid font, forgiving, flexible, elegant and also suitable for a broad use: from a stationery to a poster headline. A smashing serif freefont by Jos Buivenga, dedicated to the One-Year-Anniversary of Smashing Magazine. Besides ligatures, contextual alternatives, fractions and oldstyle/tabular numerals Anivers also has a ‘case’ feature for case sensitive forms. Anivers supports CE languages and Esperanto. It has more than 350 glyphs and over 1.600 kerning pairs. Examples21.

Anivers Freefont22

Anivers Freefont23

Tallys is a font that is one degree slanted and has large caps, a small x-height and long ascenders. Only roman style is available.

Tallys Freefont25

Tallys Freefont26


Mido STF28

Fontin Sans29
Available weights: regular, italic, bold, bold italic and small caps. It is a sans companion of Fontin30 and can be downloaded at Mac & PC (OpenType). Fontin Sans is absolutely free for personal and commercial use. Examples31.

Fontin Sans32

Fontin Sans33

MG Open Cosmetica34


Geo Sans Light36, by Manfred Klein

Geo Sans Light Freefont37

Nadia Serif38 by Nadia Knechtle, Quersicht )

Nadia Serif Freefont39

Yanone Kaffeesatz40
This “coffee”-font is supposed to be used in headlines and brief text passages; it shouldn’t, however, be used for body copy. The numbers and currency signs are monospaced, which means that they have the same width. This is useful if you’d like to place them on a restaurant menu beneath each other in a table. The alternative and historic symbols as well as ligatures can be activated via the OpenType-option »optional ligatures«. Released under Creative Commons license. Examples41.



A font designed by Manfred Klein.


Lido STF46
The typeface is suitable for all periodicals wishing to abandon inconspicuously the hideous system typefaces with their even more hideous accents and to change over to the contemporary level of graphic design. It is also most convenient for everyday work in text editors and office applications. It has a fairly large x-height of lower case letters, shortened serifs and simplified endings of rounded strokes. Lido STF examples47. For professional use you need a valid license which means purchasing the font.


Cardo is a large Unicode font specifically designed for the needs of classicists, Biblical scholars, medievalists, and linguists. This font is free for personal, non-commercial, or non-profit use. Examples50.


Day Roman52
In digitizing this typeface, attention was mainly given to duplicate the technical imperfections of 16th century printing, which have been lost with today’s technologies. In order to accomplish this, some digital type design conventions have been avoided – things like the uniformity of the serifs, overall stroke precision, vertical proportion exactitude. This digitization should work nicely when used anywhere from 10 to 30 pt. Some design oddities, appealing or otherwise, may appear in 30+ pt usage. This serif-font is available in PC Type 1 and PC True Type formats. Examples53.


Day Roman

Liberation Serif55
Public domain / GNU GPL, Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, PC / Mac OS X

Liberation Serif56

Liberation Sans57
Public domain / GNU GPL, Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, PC / Mac OS X

Liberation Sans58

Romeral59 offers aside from optimal legibility an elegant style, rounded forms and sharp geometric structure of its letters. Romeral is designed to produce a noticeable visual impact that invites the audience to the reading due to its sizable thickness. Interestingly enough, the basic idea of this OpenType-font was to find a way to fill the color titles zone in order to create a comfortable atmosphere for the reading experience. It can be used for body copy and headlines. Free to use in personal and commercial projects.

You can get the font sending a personal request via e-mail or comment form. More information is available on Typies60, Pablo De Gregorio’s blog.



Handwriting, PC, Mac.

Scriptina Freefont64

Mank Sans65
A freefont designed by Manfred Klein.

Mank Sans Freefont66

To get the font, contact the designer Juan Pablo De Gregorio or add a comment to the post, explaining, who you are, why are you willing to get the font and how do you intend to use it. The author sends the font via e-mail.



Qlassik Freefont70

Jos Buivenga’s freefont that is a bit square and sharp. Great attention has been given to detail, spacing and kerning. It contains more than 300 glyphs and over 1.300 kerning pairs. So Tørwald can pick up his Téléphone without worrying. Diavlo contains (some) East European characters and also Esperanto characters.

The final release contains 5 weights: Light, Book, SemiBold, Bold and Black. Diavlo contains a bunch of ligatures and contextual alternatives (OpenType feature) to prevent undesired collisions.

Diavlo Freefont72
Diavlo Freefont73
Diavlo Freefont74

Engel Light Ltd75
Sans-Serif, PC, Mac, no special characters available.

Engel Light Ltd Freefont76

Sans-Serif, 7 weights, freeware.

Fresh Free Fonts - Cicle Font | dafont.com78

Slab-serif. Kontrapunkt was awarded the Danish Design Prize for best typeface. The aim has been to develop a distinct font, with regards to both the inidividual character and the overall image as such. The typeface has so far been developed in a light, light italic and bold version.


The Fontin is designed to be used at small sizes. The color is darkish, the spacing loose and the x-height tall. The numbers of the Fontin have a ‘hybrid’ design. They carry the characteristics of medieval numbers, but their size is larger than the x-height. Mac (Type 1), PC (TTF, Opentype).





[image via typoblog.ch86]

It’s a bit like Laphroaic; the more you get to know it, the more you’ll (probably) appreciate it. With it’s auto-ligatures (no Open Type programms needed), a complete character set and many other unknown features it can be hard to resist. Regular only.



This typeface is ideal for logos and general design. It isn’t very suitable to be used with word-processors as it lacks some symbols and letters. Sans Serif, free for personal use only.

Fresh Free Fonts - Steiner Font | dafont.com91

AUdimat (v2)92
OpenType, Mac, PC, in four weights: regular, italic, bold, bold italic. Freeware, via fontleech93.


Greyscale Basic95
A freefont designed by Greyscale [via Computerlove96]

Tuffy Freefont97

Existence Light98
A free sans-serif font designed by Yeah Noah. 3 weights — Light, UnicaseLight, StencilLight. OpenType, PC, Mac OS X.

Fresh Free Fonts - Existence Light Font | dafont.com99

To download the font enter the Flash page, click on “Glashaus Fonts” in the navigation menu at the top, in the opened page click on [MAC] or [PC] in the left menu to download the font. [via Typemotion.de105101]

Lacuna Reg102

Lacuna Reg103

Lacuna Reg104

Images from Typemotion.de105101

Com4T Fine Regular106


Pixel fonts Link

Style-Force Semplice Pixelfonts107
Tiny pixelfonts, Flash-compatible including detailed instructions on how the fonts should be used to achieve the best readability.

Pixelfont Freefont108

Pixelfont Freefont109


Unibody is an optimized screen font family for Macromedia Flash MX and Adobe Photoshop. It’s designed for one point size only, 8 pts.

Unibody Freefont111

Silkscreen is best used in places where extremely small graphical display type is needed. The primary use is for navigational items (nav bars, menus, etc.). Silkscreen also works very well at large point sizes if you’re looking for that chunky, old school computer look so popular with the kids today. Created by Jason Kottke. Silkscreen, with both Mac and Windows versions, is free for personal and corporate use. TrueType, Windows, Mac, Linux.

Silkscreen Freefont113

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/08/80-beautiful-fonts-typefaces-for-professional-design/
  2. 2 http://praegnanz.de/essays/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/fonts/
  4. 4 http://scripts.sil.org/gentium
  5. 5 http://praegnanz.de/essays/gentium
  6. 6 http://scripts.sil.org/gentium
  7. 7 http://scripts.sil.org/gentium
  8. 8 http://www.philsfonts.com/freefont.html
  9. 9 http://www.philsfonts.com/freefont.html
  10. 10 http://www.ellak.gr/pub/fonts/mgopen/index.en.html
  11. 11 http://www.ellak.gr/fonts/mgopen/
  12. 12 http://www.gov.nu.ca/english/font/
  13. 13 http://praegnanz.de/essays/pigiarniq
  14. 14 http://www.gov.nu.ca/english/font/
  15. 15 http://www.gov.nu.ca/english/font/
  16. 16 http://exljbris.com/delicious.html
  17. 17 http://exljbris.com/delicious.html
  18. 18 http://exljbris.com/delicious.html
  19. 19 http://exljbris.com/delicious.html
  20. 20 http://exljbris.com/anivers.html
  21. 21 http://exljbris.com/anivers.html
  22. 22 http://exljbris.com/anivers.html
  23. 23 http://exljbris.com/anivers.html
  24. 24 http://exljbris.com/tallys.html
  25. 25 http://exljbris.com/tallys.html
  26. 26 http://exljbris.com/tallys.html
  27. 27 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Mido
  28. 28 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Mido
  29. 29 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  30. 30 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  31. 31 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  32. 32 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  33. 33 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  34. 34 http://www.ellak.gr/pub/fonts/mgopen/index.en.html
  35. 35 http://www.ellak.gr/pub/fonts/mgopen/index.en.html
  36. 36 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=geo_sans_light&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Geo+Sans+Light&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  37. 37 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=geo_sans_light&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Geo+Sans+Light&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  38. 38 http://quersicht.ch/04_labor/04_ft_nadi.html
  39. 39 http://quersicht.ch/04_labor/04_ft_nadi.html
  40. 40 http://praegnanz.de/essays/yanone-kaffeesatz
  41. 41 http://praegnanz.de/essays/yanone-kaffeesatz
  42. 42 http://www.yanone.de/schriftgestaltung/kaffeesatz/
  43. 43 http://www.yanone.de/schriftgestaltung/kaffeesatz/
  44. 44 http://moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/klein03/text/justold.htm
  45. 45 http://moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/klein03/text/justold.htm
  46. 46 http://www.stormtype.com/free.html
  47. 47 http://praegnanz.de/essays/336/lido-stf
  48. 48 http://www.stormtype.com/free.html
  49. 49 http://scholarsfonts.net/cardofnt.html
  50. 50 http://praegnanz.de/essays/435/cardo
  51. 51 http://scholarsfonts.net/cardofnt.html
  52. 52 http://apostrophiclab.pedroreina.net/0189-DayRoman/dayroman.html
  53. 53 http://praegnanz.de/essays/417/day-roman
  54. 54 http://apostrophiclab.pedroreina.net/0189-DayRoman/dayroman.html
  55. 55 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-serif.font
  56. 56 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-serif.font
  57. 57 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-sans.font
  58. 58 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-sans.font
  59. 59 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/12/romeral-display-typeface.html
  60. 60 http://www.typies.blogspot.com
  61. 61 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/12/romeral-display-typeface.html
  62. 62 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/12/romeral-display-typeface.html
  63. 63 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  64. 64 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  65. 65 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=mank_sans&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Mank+Sans&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  66. 66 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=mank_sans&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Mank+Sans&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  67. 67 http://letritas.blogspot.com/2006/05/chcara-una-tipografa-econmica.html
  68. 68 http://letritas.blogspot.com/2006/05/chcara-una-tipografa-econmica.html
  69. 69 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
  70. 70 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
  71. 71 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  72. 72 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  73. 73 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  74. 74 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  75. 75 http://die-gestalten.de/fonts/freefonts/details.html?id=16
  76. 76 http://die-gestalten.de/fonts/freefonts/details.html?id=16
  77. 77 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=cicle&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  78. 78 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=cicle&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  79. 79 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Kontrapunkt
  80. 80 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Kontrapunkt
  81. 81 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  82. 82 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  83. 83 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Colaborate
  84. 84 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Colaborate
  85. 85 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Colaborate
  86. 86 http://www.typoblog.ch/?p=142
  87. 87 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html
  88. 88 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html
  89. 89 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html
  90. 90 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=steiner&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  91. 91 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=steiner&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  92. 92 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/audimat
  93. 93 http://www.fontleech.com/
  94. 94 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/audimat
  95. 95 http://www.greyscale.net/basic/
  96. 96 http://www.cpluv.com/www/feeditem/3085
  97. 97 http://www.greyscale.net/basic/
  98. 98 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=existence&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  99. 99 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=existence&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  100. 100 http://www.glashaus-design.com/site/glashaus.php
  101. 101 http://www.typemotion.de/_typographie/lacuna.php
  102. 102 http://www.glashaus-design.com/site/glashaus.php
  103. 103 http://www.glashaus-design.com/site/glashaus.php
  104. 104 http://www.glashaus-design.com/site/glashaus.php
  105. 105 http://www.typemotion.de/_typographie/lacuna.php
  106. 106 http://com4t-fff.seesaa.net/article/20901050.html
  107. 107 http://pixelfonts.style-force.net/
  108. 108 http://pixelfonts.style-force.net/
  109. 109 http://pixelfonts.style-force.net/
  110. 110 http://www.underware.nl/site2/index.php?id1=unibody&id2=download
  111. 111 http://www.underware.nl/site2/index.php?id1=unibody&id2=download
  112. 112 http://www.kottke.org/plus/type/silkscreen/
  113. 113 http://www.kottke.org/plus/type/silkscreen/

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  1. 1

    brilliant collection!!!

  2. 2

    Free fonts that are not only stylish but credible and worthy of standing strong against many fonts fron the high end foundries.

    Keep up the great work guys!!!


  3. 3

    Much better than the usual crop of homemade ‘theme’ fonts, these look really professional, and would look great for logo/corporate Id work… Seen some before, But Qlassic, Chúcara, Kaffeesatz and Anivers are all new to me and look particularly well drawn. Thank you for posting such a high quality list.

  4. 4

    Man!, i love this article,

    Keep Straight!

  5. 5

    I love love love love love love these font posts. They give me chills every time I see them.

  6. 6

    Excellent collection. The typography skill of amateur font makers is getter really good

  7. 7


  8. 8

    If anyone could make a zip file of all of these, that would be greatly appreciated. (I’m on my iphone right now).

  9. 9

    Jochen Van de Velde

    November 8, 2007 11:57 pm

    Great post, I’ve downloaded many of them. Thanks for sharing, I really love this blog!

  10. 10

    Any chance of supplying a ZIP of the whole lot?

    Didn’t think so…


  11. 11

    Nice article agian ;)
    I love this site.

  12. 12

    Great collection ! Keep it up ! =)

  13. 13

    this is an amazing collection… excellent work guys. as a designer this helps me out incredibly.

  14. 14

    Cool list, as always. Thanks!

  15. 15

    It’s Inuit not “Eskimo” like it’s African and not “Negro”.

  16. 16

    A great selection of fonts. I particularly like District Thin and MG Open Moderna.

    Many thanks.

  17. 17

    Thanks for the resource, great for the font junkie in all of us…

  18. 18


    I’ll be downloading this little lot as soon as possible.

  19. 19

    Excellent fonts! These were just was i was stumbling for!

  20. 20

    I’ve used Anivers in a few places, really like it – and overall a great selection of fonts – I’m just really sick of seeing the over-use and abuse of the Scriptina font.

  21. 21

    Top notch :) Amazing fonts
    Thanks for sharing

  22. 22

    Just to be contrary: How many times are you going to post links to the same fonts? It’s getting more than a little tedious. And while some of these are very good and quite useful, there’s a lot that are not.

  23. 23

    Pedro Assumpção

    November 9, 2007 3:48 am

    Thanks, very good typefaces.

  24. 24

    District Thin in the old version makes my Finder Infinite-loop-restart!

  25. 25

    Thank you so much. This is just what I needed: I had to delete everything that was in my computer some weeks ago and I’m starting to download my favorite fonts again: this is a precious help!

  26. 26

    Nice list, SM. Thanks.
    Small tyo in the 2nd paragraph: “probablz”.

  27. 27

    I have to agree with Robin (#23). You’ve posted most of these fonts numerous times over the last year or so. You’re either getting paid to post, or you truly are out of the loop when it comes to fonts available on the web.

  28. 28

    I LOVE District thin. I happened upon it a few years ago… try to work it in when i can

  29. 29

    Gotta say that these fonts are really high quality. Thanks a lot for posting.

  30. 30

    Wow !

    Thanks! very cool, Will be download

  31. 31

    “Boi-oi-oing!” Uh-oh, I popped one while looking at all these fonts, what does it all mean?

  32. 32

    Awesome fonts, i downloaded these 3:

    Mark Eigenbau (pixel font)

    Thanks for posting them.

  33. 33

    Thanks for the great list! Lots I hadn’t heard of in there.

  34. 34

    I’m certainly no professional but I’ve given up looking for free fonts. At least before I came to SM. Thanks a lot, this is a great collection and gives me the chance to get some great looking typography for free.

  35. 35

    and now to spend an hour downloading most of them. way to waste my time smashing magazine!

  36. 36

    wahou …. some fonts are amazing !!!! thank you !!!

  37. 37

    Excellent list! Thanks a lot for posting it.
    – Raj

  38. 38

    Diavlo is fu**ning hot ;)

  39. 39

    As far as I can tell, only 15 of these 40 are ones you haven’t linked to before. Couldn’t you just create a post for the new ones and link to posts with previous links?

  40. 40

    These are awesome! Thanks!

  41. 41

    GREAT!!! as always…thanks.

  42. 42

    Wow, excellent fonts. I can surely use some of those in my work, thanks!

  43. 43

    Top finds as usual SM! Even for us programmers :)

  44. 44

    Wow, I know where to go now the next time I want a high quality free font, you guys are starting to become indespensible.

  45. 45

    Also check out the Greek Font Society fonts, at

  46. 46

    Nice, stunning….

  47. 47

    Brilliant fonts

  48. 48

    great collection font and they are free wow! feels like xmas time!! thanks

  49. 49

    Most Excellent collection of fonts.

    I don’t do any kinda design work for pay or otherwise; I’m just a fan of good design. To see a great collection of fonts like this that are free for me to play with, it totally stokes me.

  50. 50

    “Before using fonts please read the license agreements carefully — they can change from time to time.”

    Some of these fonts don’t have *any* license agreement which makes them completely unusable. Scriptina is a good example for this.

    By describing these fonts as free you might get all the people who download them into trouble.


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