15 Beautiful High-Quality Free Fonts

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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.

In this selection we’re glad to present you Aller Sans, Mayberry Pro SemiBold, Quicksand, Agrafa Hairline, Sketch Rockwell, Megalopolis Extra and a couple of other high-quality free fonts. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts — the license can change from time to time.

15 Beautiful High-Quality Free Fonts

Aller Sans4 [ Specimen5 | License6 | Download7 ]
Dalton Maag design team designed a beautiful sans-serif Aller Sans, sponsored by Danish publishing company Aller (hence the name). The typeface was designed as part of the Danish School of Media and Journalisms new CI and is now available for free use and download (via8).

Aller Sans9

Mayberry Pro SemiBold10 (registration is required)
AscenderFonts released the font Mayberry Pro Semi Bold available for free download. This font belongs to the Mayberry Pro family. This family is a humanist sans serif designed by Steve Matteson to provide optimal legibility on screen in applications ranging from User Interfaces to web pages. The registration is required to download the font.

Mayberry Pro SemiBold11

Rally Character Set12 [ Specimen13 | Previews14 | Download15 ]
Lukyan Turetsky released a character set of rally symbols. The font contains standard signs of control in rally, infographics rally icons, blanks for the design of logos and other graphics, symbols for signs legends (transcript) and other symbols and marks. OpenType, available for free download.

Rally Character Set16

Quicksand17
Quicksand is a brilliant sans-serif font designed by Andrew Paglinawan and available for free download.

Quicksand18

Agrafa Hairline19 (registration is required)
“Agrafa is a technical but versatile display face that works well in both large and small sizes. Most of the glyphs are made from one continuous line and shows the constraints of bending a paperclip/wire.” Designed by Mugur Mihai20. [ via21 ]

Paper Clip Typeface22

Paper Clip Typeface23

Conglomerfont24
Conglomerfont is a free font created by Jay Hilgert (BittBox) and the design community from all over the world. Jay asked people to send individual letters to his inbox, and I coagulated the submissions into a single font, hence the name, Conglomerfont.

Conglomer Font25

Conglomer Font26

Sketch Rockwell27
A sketchy hand-drawn script font, designed by Lukas Bischoff28, available for free download for PC and Mac OS X. Free for personal use only.

Sketch Rockwell29

Megalopolis Extra30 [ Specimen31 | EULA License32 ]
Revamped version of the 2004 one. Now in OT with extended language support and OpenType features with alternates, ligatures, different styles of figures, etc. You can use it freely for all your personal and commercial work. [ via33 ]

Sketch Rockwell34

Sansation35
A modern sans-serif, designed by Bernd Montag and available for free download and usage. PC / Mac OS X.

Advent36

Exljbris fonts update37
Jos Buivenga has recently updated his free fonts, partly available for free download. The improved Fertigo Pro, Anivers, Museo and Museo Sans have been recently re-released and are now available for free download.

Exljbris fonts update38

Birra Stout39 (registration is required)
Birra arose from years of compulsive doodling in pen and ink, and conjures the whimsy and syncopated contrast of novelty handlettering in the early 20th century. Birra Stout is a free font, made available by Darden Studio.

Birra Stout40

Miso41 [ Preview42 ]
MISO is an architectural lettering font completed in 2006 by Mårten Nettelbladt. It’s available in three weights (light, regular, bold) in TrueType format for Windows.

Miso43

Advent44
Andreas K. improved his typeface and made a new version availabe for free personal, non-commercial usage only.

Advent45

Last Click

High Heels Typeface46
This was a fun project overall because I got the chance to explore a diverse and massive collection of High-heeled shoes, which was the main inspiration for the typeface that I have created. Not available for download.

High Heels Typeface47

Sources and Resources

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/23/free-fonts-of-the-month-myndraine-museo-sans/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/08/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/fonts/
  4. 4 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/skrift.html
  5. 5 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/downloads/AllerSans_skriftproeve.pdf
  6. 6 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/downloads/Aller_EULA.pdf
  7. 7 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/downloads/Aller.zip
  8. 8 http://www.typophile.com/node/51198
  9. 9 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/skrift.html
  10. 10 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/info/mayberry-pro-free-font.aspx
  11. 11 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/info/mayberry-pro-free-font.aspx
  12. 12 http://www.typophile.com/node/51060
  13. 13 http://www.2d.lviv.ua/download/Rally-symbols/Rally_Symbols.pdf
  14. 14 http://www.typophile.com/node/51060
  15. 15 http://www.2d.lviv.ua/download/Rally-symbols/Rally_Symbols.otf
  16. 16 http://www.typophile.com/node/51060
  17. 17 http://www.typophile.com/node/50437
  18. 18 http://www.typophile.com/node/50437
  19. 19 http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mugur-mihai/agrafa/
  20. 20 http://mugurmihai.com/
  21. 21 http://daily.creattica.com/2008/09/free-font-agrafa-hairline/
  22. 22 http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mugur-mihai/agrafa/
  23. 23 http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mugur-mihai/agrafa/
  24. 24 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/bb-free-font-conglomerfont/
  25. 25 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/bb-free-font-conglomerfont/
  26. 26 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/bb-free-font-conglomerfont/
  27. 27 http://www.dafont.com/sketch_rockwell.font
  28. 28 http://www.blog.artill.de/
  29. 29 http://www.dafont.com/sketch_rockwell.font
  30. 30 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/megalopolis-extra
  31. 31 http://www.smeltery.net/dl/megalopolis-extra/megalopolis-extra.pdf
  32. 32 http://www.smeltery.net/SMFFEULA.html
  33. 33 http://www.dersven.de/freefont-megalopolis-extra-von-smeltery
  34. 34 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/megalopolis-extra
  35. 35 http://www.dafont.com/sansation.font
  36. 36 http://www.dafont.com/sansation.font
  37. 37 http://exljbris.com/
  38. 38 http://exljbris.com/
  39. 39 http://www.dardenstudio.com/typefaces/birra_stout
  40. 40 http://www.dardenstudio.com/typefaces/birra_stout
  41. 41 http://martennettelbladt.se/miso/
  42. 42 http://martennettelbladt.se/miso/
  43. 43 http://martennettelbladt.se/miso/
  44. 44 http://inde-graphics.deviantart.com/art/advent-font-57338302
  45. 45 http://inde-graphics.deviantart.com/art/advent-font-57338302
  46. 46 http://zummi.deviantart.com/art/Highheel-typeface-98346864
  47. 47 http://zummi.deviantart.com/art/Highheel-typeface-98346864
  48. 48 http://thinkdesignblog.com/20-beautiful-free-serif-fonts.htm
  49. 49 http://abduzeedo.com/21-awesome-free-fonts
  50. 50 http://blogof.francescomugnai.com/2008/07/the-30-most-curious-and-interesting-dingbats-for-graphic-designers/

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  1. 1

    Excellent series. There is some beautiful work here.

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  2. 2

    Juicy Love em. Thanks

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  3. 3

    Awesome!

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    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    November 24, 2008 6:24 am

    Just genius. I love fonts and typography.
    It is just a lonely child in that business.

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  5. 5

    Really good selection, thanks for sharing!

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  6. 6

    Love MISO!!! Hopefully, I can find an excuse to use it in my work in near future.

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  7. 7

    WONDERFUL

    thanks :)

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  8. 8

    Wow, thanks !

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  9. 9

    Awesome list! There were a couple I have never seen before, so I for sure gotta get download’in :)

    And, Thanks for mentioning one of my posts under “Sources and Resources.” :)

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  10. 10

    Some of them are very nice. thanx for the list.

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  11. 11

    Amazing… I would like to see more typographic posts!
    Great work!
    Regards

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  12. 12

    I’m glad to see some typography on here! Nice post.

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  13. 13

    am i the only one that’s not able to see the images? they’re not showing up..

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  14. 14

    cool! you can never have too many fonts, thanks!

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  15. 15

    Amazing, thank you for the great work,

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  16. 16

    Quicksand looks great. Thanks Smashing!

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  17. 17

    @Siah
    Same problem for me, I can’t see the images, nor in the article “50 Beautiful Winter Wonderland Photos”

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  18. 18

    Somehow I feel like I’ve seen many of these before on this site…

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  19. 19

    Still no images?

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  20. 20

    @ Thomas
    yep no images in the previous post either.
    Are we blacklisted??? ;-/
    lol

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  21. 21

    I just checked again, and none of the images in any previous posts are showing up.. the site graphics (ads, logo, etc) are fine though..
    ::sigh:: no Smashing for my manic Monday

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  22. 22

    it works now…

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  23. 23

    Awesome! They are really useful.

    Gopal,
    http://www.productivedreams.com

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  24. 24

    Awesome compilation of fonts there, I’m really like the Advent one.

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  25. 25

    great collection! thanks SM

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  26. 26

    Good listing

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  27. 27

    Thanks a lot for good stuff

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  28. 28

    heels are nice .. high heels ;)

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  29. 29

    Nice collection.
    any one have sketch flavor fonts collection ?

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  30. 30

    Noob question: how do I get those ligatures and alternates on Megalopolis Extra?

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  31. 32

    A nice series. Thanks for the Aller Sans, Mayberry and the beautiful Sensation!

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  32. 33

    Great list guys,

    Love the QuickSand, it reminds me a bit of DIM.

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  33. 34

    how is the last one free????? free to look at?!

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  34. 35

    Awesome list! Thanks a lot :-)

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  35. 36

    Regarding the “Aller” font, can someone summarize the license? To me, I do not understand it at all. Will it be non-free after 2010? May I use it after 2010, e.g. in PDFs published in the Internet?

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  36. 37

    Great great!! Thanks

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  37. 38

    AWESOME

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  39. 40

    Smashing Magazine has become my favorite design blog. Thanks for the wonderful resources!

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  40. 41

    so beautiful…

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  41. 42

    this is great “preciate” these keep em coming mwan

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  42. 43

    I am confused also – is the aller free to use? The license it implies it is only for the Danish School of Media and Journalisms. Plus I’m with Klaus – is there a limit on when it can be used? Can anyone clarify?

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  43. 44

    Perfect!

    Thanks Smashing Magazine and Merry Xtimas

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  44. 45

    I love the Museo family, and Quicksand is lovely!

    I would like to show off my new experimental handmade font, Stenciluxe, available for freee download. I used Herb Lubalin’s ITC Avant Garde as basis for the work, done through stencil. Images and more info (in Portuguese) are available on http://fonteartesanal.blogspot.com/2008/11/um-estncil-um-molde-usado-para-desenhar.html and http://fonteartesanal.blogspot.com/2008/10/vazando-os-moldes-tipogrficos.html

    Happy New Year, Smashing Team!

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  45. 46

    you’ve just saved my latest project, thank you!

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  47. 48

    hello,
    so i am new to this web site and new to downloading fonts and such. could some one help me to understand where thie font is put on my computer so i can then use it? i have vista.
    i want to make it simple so it can be opened from one place. the zip folder has a few things in it and, ok this is where i am so confused can any one help??????

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  48. 49

    Great~!Thanks for sharing.
    Love it~Especially Quicksand..
    Thanks..smashing magazine~

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  49. 50

    are there any beautiful monospaced fonts?

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  50. 51

    I was going to download the high heels font for my daughter.. but it doesn’t work??? It just goes to a jpg image.

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  51. 52

    nice font!!!!

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  52. 53

    Ow, super thanks

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  53. 54

    Thank you so much. They are all beautiful indeed.

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  54. 55

    another quicksand link, as the current link seems to be to a suspended account.

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  55. 56

    NIce list! Thanks!

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  56. 57

    great stuff many thanks

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  57. 58

    Great fonts, thanks for the list!

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  58. 59

    Nice fonts !!

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  59. 60

    thaxxxxxxxxxx so cool

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  60. 61

    สวยดีค่ะ
    ขอบคุณที่สุด

    Thank You

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  61. 62

    @42 and other. There is a discussion at typophile with Bruno Maag about the AULA license for Aller. Maybe that can help on the confusion.

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  62. 63

    It seems to be the fashion here just to write something along the likes of, “great, thaxxxxx so much!”, but I’m afraid I beg to differ.

    Some of these fonts look quite useful. Some are neat and clean. I’m really missing the ‘beautiful’ part though.

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  63. 64

    Five stars! Thanks

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  64. 65

    Decent list. Some are great. Some not so much. Useful resources non the less. Thanks

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  66. 67

    really helped me update my fonts….a few keepers….thanks

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    Vernon Decossas

    April 28, 2009 4:37 am

    Nice collection, thanks you

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  68. 69

    Very helpful, thanks for your effort ;)

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  69. 70

    Thanks for the fonts, but I find I pass on at least half of them when I have to sign up to yet another website to add free fonts to a shopping cart just to download them.

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  70. 71

    Sorry, but Conglomerfont is just ugly.
    And what was the point of showing us the last one, with the high heels, then telling us that it isn’t available for download?

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  71. 72

    This is genius — really it is! And your story of how you struggled with some of the shapes really inspired me. Thanks so much!

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  72. 73

    thanx for this post

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  73. 75

    These are awesome! Thank you for the fonts!

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  74. 76

    Thanks for a great list of free fonts, very useful.

    Cheers

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  75. 77

    www.aureliendury.com

    July 6, 2009 1:52 am

    If some people wonder how to use ligatures and contextual alternates, have a look at this page :
    how to use ligatures and contextual alternates in Illustrator

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  76. 79

    By his own admission, “Quicksand” is Andrew’s first ever attempt at creating a font.

    Beautiful – yes

    High-Quality – hardly

    Am I wrong to expect better from you guys @ Smashing Magazine?

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  77. 80

    Can anyone help me?

    I’m looking for the graffiti font used on Ken Block’s rallycar (for mac).

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  78. 81

    mil gracias! son buenas…

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  79. 82

    What a lovely generosity in spirit to release versions of such really terrific fonts to the public. Much appreciated!

    Can’t wait to begin to use some of them in free presentations – especially those with designers and illustrators in the freelancer audiences.

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  80. 83

    The one near the end with the footwear (ladies shoes) is really neat!

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  81. 84

    StealthyLoner69

    May 6, 2010 9:50 am

    Very nice collection … especially Aller Sans is beautiful.

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  82. 85

    Aller light is good

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  83. 86

    Personal i love the MISO Font.

    Check my free font IDEOMA SPRAY here :

    http://www.dafont.com/ideoma-spray.font

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  84. 87

    LIGATURES
    Ligatures are automatically supported in all Adobe CS programs and MS Office 2010 as well as Firefox 3+. The font should define the ligatures in the PUA (Private Use Area) and add look-up table with rows like:
    f + f -> ff
    ff + l -> ffl.
    The item on the right hand side of the equation is the name of the location of the glyph in PUA. I do that because it is convenient to name them with what they represent.

    You add the look-up tables to fonts using Microsoft’s VOLT program, also fee to download.

    I am talking about default ligatures of the font. Then there were all these special ligatures that you manually add inside Desktop Publishing programs. They could be closely followed by the use of ZWJ and ZWNJ characters in regular programs if you use a keyboard that has a key to get them (Alt+? etc.). (Search w3.org for ZWJ and ZWNJ).

    ZWJ says allow ligatures (Don’t use for default ligatures. This is not useful for English). ZWNJ says “do not make ligature with the two letters on either side of me”.

    You should make a keyboard that adds these keys. A keyboard could be created easily by editing the existing US-English keyboard definition using Microsoft’s Keyboard Layout Creator free to download. Write to me if you want one already made, if you can see my email address(?)

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  85. 88

    thank’s so mush… I love to swim in fonts ~~~~~*~~~~~

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  86. 89

    amazing news admin

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  87. 90

    thank you, and the bundle is perfect too, I just broght yesterday

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  88. 91

    Thanks very much. A great selection!

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