Beautiful New Free Fonts For Your Designs


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 Calluna, Andika Basic, Mentone, Sovereign Regular, Medio, Tiresias Infopoint and many other high-quality free fonts. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts — the license can change from time to time.

New Free Fonts For Your Design

Calluna1 (only Calluna Regular is free)
The Calluna family, designed by talented Jos Buivenga, who has released 9 free fonts2 already, comes in 8 fonts: Light, Regular, Regular+Italic, Semibold+Italic,Bold+Italic and Black. Calluna is a text typeface with flow. upports a very wide range in languages and is a very complete OpenType typeface. Each font counts 723 glyphs. You can find detailed info on he character set and the OpenType features in the Calluna PDF specimen3.



Andika Basic6 (only Thin is available for free)
Andika is a sans serif, Unicode-compliant font designed especially for literacy use, taking into account the needs of beginning readers. The focus is on clear, easy-to-perceive letterforms that will not be readily confused with one another. The family supports the Basic Latin and Latin-1 Supplement Unicode ranges, plus a selection of the more commonly used extended Latin characters, with miscellaneous diacritical marks, symbols and punctuation. Released under the Open Font License.


Mentone8 (only Semi Bold and Semi Bold Italic are free, registration required)
Mentone is a new general purpose typeface, an attempt at extending the line of the great sans-serifs of the previous century, Frutiger – Stone Sans – Myriad. The font has round corners and subtle chamfers, which are all but invisible at text sizes, but add an upbeat, irreverent expression at display sizes (via Chris Apalodimas).


Tiresias Infopoint10
Tiresias Infofont has been designed for use on information labels to help improve legibility. The characters and letterforms have been designed to provide maximum legibility at a reading distance of around 30 to 100 cm. The Tiresias™ family of fonts are now free to download, subject to the licence agreement11 (via Fontsquirrel12).


Sovereign Regular14
Sovereign is a legible, original serif family from G-Type’s Nick Cooke. Available for PC (TrueType, PostScript) and Mac.


Medio16 (download link17)
An antiqua font with 99 glyphs and beautiful geometric forms. Available only in the OpenType format (dersven.de18


Sedona Script20
A unique flowing script font with old-style numerals, beautiful ligatures and fancy capitals.


Ripe was designed to be a practical typeface. Each character is distinct, yet consistent. Its subtle differences are clear enough to be easily read at both high and low resolutions, perfect for print, web and screen media. It is a geometric Postmodern slab seriffed face. The serifs feature simplistic rounded terminals and its stroke is uniform (via Creattica Daily3223).


CP Mono Beta25
The Font is a mono spaced and caps-only (as the original) with weights from thin to black. As a typographic experiment, every character should fit in the same square, vertically too. Diacritics and ascenders had to come down and later, when I decided to add lower case letters, descenders up. A variant with shortened descenders became a stylistic set and another set straightens angles in letters like A, K or V (via imjustcreative26).


Days Typeface28
An original display typeface meant for use in large sizes; it works effectively in headlines with capital letters. The font contains basic Latin and Cyrillic letters and includes all numbers and main symbols. Available in the OpenType format for PC and Mac (via imjustcreative29).


Tiza is an informal chalk font, available for free download and use in private and commercial projects (via Creattica Daily3223).


FF Dagny Thin34 (only Thin is available for free)
A clean and beautiful grotesk font with a light weight. A good font for advertisements, web typography and brochures.


Pinvoke Pixel Fonts36
A collection of quality pixel fonts that can be used free for any personal or commercial projects. Base size: 8 points / Tracking (Photoshop): 0, 125, 250… / Smooth edges (super pixel font)


Reminder: Download fonts from our previous posts

Chunk Open Source Typeface38 [ Download the .zip-package39 ]
Chunk is an ultra-bold slab serif typeface that is reminiscent of old American Western woodcuts, broadsides, and newspaper headlines. Used mainly for display, the fat block lettering is unreserved yet refined for contemporary use. OpenType. Designed by Meredith Mandel. (via Graham Smith40).



Titilium43 [ Download the .zip-package44 ]
A very legible, beautiful academic typeface that perfectly fits to every corporate identity design, magazines and headlines of corporate web-sites. The typeface is available in various weights: text version, title version, extra-black version and full-version.



Rough Draft Regular47
A legendary TrueType typeface by Harold Lohner. Contains 189 characters in 9 ranges. For $5 you can buy the complete set which includes separate Outline, Clean Fill, and Solid Fill fonts.


A beautiful slab-serif typeface, designed by Manfred Klein. The family consists of 6 weights, regular, bold, extra bold, black, small caps and small caps bold (link and images via DerSven.de50).


Aller Sans52 [ Specimen53 | License54 | Download55 ]
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 (via56).

Aller Sans57

M+ Outline58
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+ Outline59

Goudy Bookletter 191160
A serif old-style OpenType font. You need to scroll the frame to find the download link. [via derSven61]

Goudy Bookletter 1911 Screenshot62

Andale Mono63
Andale Mono is a highly legible monospaced font which was originally distributed as part of the Internet Explorer 4.0 add-ons page as It distinguishes well between the zero, and the O. You can find 4 further monospaced fonts in Hamish Macpherson’s article The Typography of Code64.

Andale Mono Screenshot65
Credits: Hamish Macpherson66

Junction67 [ Download the .zip-package68 ]
Designed by Caroline Hadilaksono, Junction is a humanist sans-serif typeface. It has elegant, clearn and very sharp glyphs, but contains only 100 most common symbols. Like Gentium69 it perfectly fits to body copy, but can also show its strengths, balance and beauty in headlines. Here are some insights from the designer:



This humanist sans-serif family is available in OpenType-format in three weights: ExtraLight, Regular and Bold. The typeface can be perfectly used both in body copy and in headlines.


Further Resources

  • 45 Outstanding Free Vintage Fonts74
    Harness the power of the antique and make your graphics pop with one of these vintage-inspired fonts, which have returned to the spotlight both in print and online. From the Wild West and Victoriana to the Avant Garde and Calligraphy, there are plenty of styles to choose from.
  • Top 10 Programming Fonts75
    Here’s a round-up of the top 10 readily-available monospace fonts for your coding enjoyment, with descriptions, visual examples and samples, and download links for each. The round-up features Courier, Andale Mono, Monaco, Profont, Monofur, Proggy, Droid Sans Mono, Deja Vu Sans Mono, Consolas and Inconsolata.
  • 45 Useful Free Handwritten Fonts76
    A couple of really beautiful hand writing-fonts that can give your site a more personal, individual touch.
  • Fontex.org77
    A growing collection of free fonts.
  • Fontsquirrel78
    Another growing collection of free fonts.

Learn more about the Smashing Book!79

You can learn more about typefaces and typography in our upcoming Smashing Book80 ($23.99 – available worldwide). Pre-order now81 and save 20% off the price!


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    Andrew Butterworth

    August 10, 2009 12:24 am


    There are several techniques you can use. A common one is to simply create the text you would like in Photoshop and then simply cut it out. You then use CSS to use the image whilst also still having the text there as well but indent it 9999px off the screen. This way when images are disabled or styles then your page will still read with a text header there as well.

    There are other ways like SIFr flash replacement and the CSS embed property that will become more popular once CSS3.0 becomes mainstream.

    Hope that helps

    Good list of fonts – thanks SM

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    Great list! I can always use new fonts.

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    new fonts?

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    I just cant download M+ Outline fonts, they look pretty neat but when I go to the webpage, I get lost

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    Thank you :) My favourites are Days, Andale and Mentone!

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    Good fonts!

  8. 358

    Smashing Mag certainly SMASHES! Can’t wait to get your new book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 409

    Very Usefull!
    Thanks a lot!

  10. 460

    As usual. Totally useful! Thanks!

  11. 511

    Great collection. It never ceases to amazes me how fontographers continue to deliver unique and functional typography. This set of fonts is definitely a welcome addition to any designer’s CPU. Thanx!

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    usefull as ever here!

  13. 613

    Some beautiful fonts there. Thank you!

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    great collection…and thanx for shairing.

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    Thank you!!! Beautiful fonts!

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    Thank Verry Much …

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    are a beatifull fonts,

    thank you very much

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    wow, amazing work. Ripe is now my favorite. The rest is still awesome.

    Thank you!

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    I was just made aware of this page–thank you very much, Mr Friedman, for including Andika Basic in your list! We are honored to be in such good company. Just a note: only the regular weight font is available at this time. As other styles (italic, bold, and bold italic are planned) and characters are finished, they will be added to the free package.

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    OHoRubpost fm Thailand

    November 19, 2009 1:54 pm

    Great! Useful ^^

    Thanks you.

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    font is showing errow plz help i need
    Advnced Thank&
    From :Shehzad Badini

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    The download link for Aller font is bad – here is the updated one:


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    Calluna, CP Mono Beta and Pinvoke Pixel Fonts. Sick, sick and sick. Love it.

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    Nice fonts

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    thanks for the unique test..

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    hoo!! beautiful fonts there. Thank you!

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    Gracias Bro… tan muy buenas las fuentes

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