Free Fonts Of The Month: FF Unit, M+ Outline, GeoBats

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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’re glad to present you M+ Outline, GeoBats, FF Unit Rounded Bold and IPAP Fonts Family. Please read the license agreements carefully – they can change from time to time.

  • You can find over 80 more free fonts in our section Fonts1.

Free Fonts Of The Month

M+ Outline2
These fonts are free software. Unlimited permission is granted to use, copy, and distribute it, with or without modification, either commercially and noncommercially. Designed by Morishita Coji. The fonts are regulary updated, work in progress. Caution: Japanese language.

M+ Outline3

GeoBats & Further Dingbat Fonts4
“Personally, I love dingbats because (most of the time) I convert them to vectors in Illustrator and use them as very large elements in some cases. All you have to do is use the font in Illustrator and then go to Type > Create Outlines, and Bam. You got yourself a vector to work with. Here are some dingbat fonts that I thought you might enjoy.” You might find even more dingbat fonts here5. The screenshot below features GeoBats6.

Screenshot7

FF Unit Rounded Bold8
While it is soft, FF Unit Rounded isn’t a sausage face or one suited only for comic strips. It looks friendly without losing its precision. You can use the Bold OpenType font for free. Designed by Erik Spiekermann. You need to be registered to download the font.

FF Unit Rounded Bold9

IPAP Fonts Family10
The Japanese Information-technology Promotion Agency offers 5 fonts for free download; among them — IPAP Gothic and IAP Mincho presented below. Caution: Japanese language. You’ll need to accepts requirements to download the font.

IPAP Fonts11

Bonus

Fruity Type12
In his recent article John Boardley continues to discuss creative use of typography featuring Sarah King’s Typography Pear, Chocolate Scrabble and a pretty typographic umbrella created by Veer.

Chocolate Scrabble13

Chocolate Scrabble14

Chocolate Scrabble15

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  1. 1

    it’s greate collection
    thank’s !

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    http://downloads.sourceforge.jp/mplus-fonts/6650/mplus-TESTFLIGHT-014.tar.gz
    that’s the link for those that don’t want to look through Japanese

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  3. 3

    Nice, thanks.

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  4. 4

    Can you please some provide link, I can’t find the links in the Japanese page.
    Thanks

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  5. 5

    Woo Hoo! I am definitely loving the M+ outline font guys.

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  6. 6

    Thanks again Smashing Magazine! I absolutely love this site and use it daily!

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  7. 7

    Thanks!!

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    Can someone explain what those little ornaments on the l’s and t’s are in FF Unit Rounded (and others).

    I see them all the time and don’t like them. :)

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  9. 9

    Really nice …
    more fonts can be found at : http://www.dafont.com/

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  10. 10

    Some really nice fonts there – thanks very much.

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  11. 11

    Man, that’s a lifesaver!!!!!! You rock! :)

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  12. 12

    Many thanks SM. Those GeoBats are perfect; just what I was after.
    FF Unit Rounded Bold is a must-have, though people should hurry to download because it won’t be available for free forever.

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  13. 13

    Great Lists whoaaaa , many thanks SM :)

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  14. 14

    Fun!

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  15. 15

    The best fonts in this article link to Japanese pages? Oh c’mon… They look like really great fonts but this is an English Language site isn’t it?

    Please provide an English alternative in the future, I hate feeling like I’ve missed out.

    Thanks to Bruce for providing a direct download link, much appreciated!

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  16. 16

    sweet!

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  17. 17

    pinoy money talk

    March 8, 2008 4:37 am

    awesome fonts! im gonna so bookmark this post :)

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  18. 18

    thx, good fonts

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  19. 19

    All your font lists suck because you have to navigate through filth to get to them.

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    Does anyone know if the Fruity Type fonts are a free download? I really like Chocolate Scrabble.

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  21. 21

    Great fonts – Here is a list of 30 really stylish fonts: here.

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  22. 22

    pretty good

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  23. 23

    that’s right!
    Yohoo!
    it’s very useable*

    thank you very much!

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    I don’t know Japanese but I really like ‘IPAP Fonts Family’. Does anyone know if we can use it for both perosnal and commercial purposes? Thanks

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    For IPAP, if you scroll down the page & click the button, then you’ll accept the terms & it will take you to the page to download it. The download link is near the top and reads: IPAfont00203.zip (15.3 MB).
    I downloaded it just fine & I don’t know Japanese. My computer did not want me to install the font. It gave me a warning not to because it doesn’t have “open type data”.
    I installed it anyway, haha…

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  26. 26

    Wow!!!
    great collection :D

    may i grab it??
    hehehehe thx

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  27. 27

    nice! where can download it?

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  28. 28

    inspirational work~

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  29. 29

    …looks very intersting this M+… I could even find a way to download it
    …but anyone knows how to open this .tar folder?? never saw such a Zip before.

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  30. 30

    Hello Sir,

    I can not download the font ‘Precious Sans Book’. Can you please send me a copy of that font..??? Please…

    Its too much urgent.

    Thank you in advance,

    -Anil Rakhasiya

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  31. 31

    Great Fonts and Thank you so much

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  32. 32

    Can anyone send an URL to PreciousSans-medium font?

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  33. 33

    Hey, all this page is in black with dark grey text except the right side which is an advert and in white. Am I doing something wrong?

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  34. 34

    weird!!
    After I clicked “post comment” it reloaded (which I did with F5 before) and suddenly all is white and ok.

    @moderator: feel free to delete these two posts

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