20 New 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 Madawaska ExtraLight, Apparatus SIL, League Gothic, Contra 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 Designs

Madawaska ExtraLight1
Madawaska is a rugged slab-serif font in 7 weights with fractions, old style numerals & lining numerals. When you’re using Madawaska Jeans or Madawaska River styles in an OpenType savvy application, common letter pairs will be automatically replaced by custom pairs for a more realistic, gritty effect. Madawaska ExtraLight is available for free download and use.

Typography Free Fonts - Madawaska2

Apparatus SIL3
The Apparatus SIL fonts were designed to provide most of the symbols needed to reproduce the textual apparatus found in major editions of Greek and Hebrew biblical texts. The fonts include the basic ASCII character set plus some international characters, Superscript characters, Certain Greek, Hebrew, Gothic (Fraktur) and other letters used for manuscripts and special punctuation. The font family consts of 4 weights: Regular, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic. It was designed for optimum clarity and compactness when printed at small point sizes.

Typography Free Fonts - Apparatus SIL4

League Gothic5
League Gothic is a revival of an old classic Alternate Gothic No.1. It was originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton for the American Type Founders Company (ATF) in 1903. The company went bankrupt in 1993. And since the original typeface was created before 1923, the typeface is in the public domain. This font is a display sans-serif, available for free download and use in personal and commercial projects. Designed by The League Of Moveable Type.

Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type6

Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type7

Contra8
This legible font family comes in 2 weights: Regular and Italic. It works best for headlines and in large sizes.

Typography Free Fonts - Contra Font9

Sorts Mill Goudy10
A ‘revival’ of Goudy Oldstyle and Italic, with features among which are small capitals (in the roman only), oldstyle and lining figures, superscripts and subscripts, fractions, ligatures, class-based kerning, case-sensitive forms, capital spacing. There is support for many languages that use latin script. Currently there is no bold, but artificial emboldening by a web browser isn’t especially offensive with these fonts. Serif text/display-font, designed by Barry Schwartz.

Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type11

Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type12

Calluna Regular13 (registration is required)
Calluna is a typeface with flow. Calluna supports a very wide range in languages and is a very complete OpenType typeface. Each font has overall 723 glyphs. To download the free regular weight, you’ll have to register at MyFonts.com. Designed by Jos Buivenga.

Typography Free Fonts - Calluna14

Typography Free Fonts - Calluna15

Goudy Bookletter 191116
A classic vintage serif font, based on Frederic Goudy’s Kennerley Oldstyle. Designed by Barry Schwartz.

Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type17

Public Gothic Family18
Public Gothic Family is a little industrial, little vintage, little condensed, little bold. Public Gothic is a new font family, free to use in all your designs, commercial or non commercial. PB family members are PB Square, PB Vintage, PB Circular, PB Federal. It’s compatible with any OS (Mac T1, Win OTF, Win TTF).

Typography Free Fonts - ANTREPO19

ArtBrush20
A brushed script font for informal occasions. The @font-face-kit is included.

Typography Free Fonts - Free Font ArtBrush21

FFF Tusj22
A distinctive, original script font that is supposed to be a handwritten version of Georgia. The font works best in very large size.

Typography Free Fonts - FFF Tusj23

ITC Chino Bold Italic24
International Type Corporation released a new text family ITC Chino that consists of 10 fonts. One weight, Chino Black Italic was released for free.

Typography Free Fonts - ITC Chino25

Burnstown Dam26
An original playful typeface that can be useful for family-related websites. Available in the OpenType format.

Typography Free Fonts - Free Font Burnstown Dam27

Deibi28
An original, playful free font, created by Wete, a Spanish type designer.

Typography Free Fonts - Deibi29

Tex Gyre Schola30
A clean, strong, academic sans-serif font that can be used for formal documents and scientific works.

Typography Free Fonts - Tex Gyre Schola31

Juvelo32
A font family from The Crud Factory, inspired by Diethelm-Antiqua, and named ‘jewel’ in Esperanto. An italic is being developed.

Typography Free Fonts - Juvelo33

Programming fonts: ProFont for Windows, Mac and Linux34 and Anonymous Pro35 (thanks, Chris Apalodimas).

Typography Free Fonts - ProFont for Windows, for Macintosh, for Linux36

Sovereign™ Regular37
Sovereign is a highly original serif family from G-Type’s Nick Cooke. Available for Mac and Win.

Typography Free Fonts - Slug38

Experimental Free Fonts

Groteska39
A blocky experimental font by Alberto Rodríguez.

Typography Free Fonts - Groteska40

VAL41

Typography Free Fonts - Behance Network42

Typography Free Fonts - Behance Network43

Digitica44
Another geometric font by the French type designer Samuel Delabarre.

Typography Free Fonts - Digitica45

Layer Cake and Soraya46
Layer Cake (the first screensot below) is an isometric multiple layered type with capital letters A-Z, available only in Illustrator AI format. Soraya (the second screenshot) is half serif, half sans serif with capital letters A-Z, also available only in Illustrator AI format. Designed by Jakob Nylund.

Typography Free Fonts - Just My Type47

Typography Free Fonts - Just My Type48

Badabum49
Where does typography become art? Well, for instance in this font. The letters are difficult to read, but geometric forms are abstrac and captivaning. A creative font by Jonathan Calugi.

Typography Free Fonts - badabum font50

Free Font Amadeus51
A playful, @font-face compatible free font by the foundry Bright Ideas.

Typography Free Fonts -  Free Font Amadeus52

20 Dingbat Fonts That Are Actually Useful53

Typography Free Fonts - 20 Dingbat Fonts That Are Actually Useful54

Reminder: Download fonts from our previous posts

Chunk Open Source Typeface55 [ Download the .zip-package56 ]
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 Smith57).

Screenshot58

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Titilium60 [ Download the .zip-package61 ]
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.

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Rough Draft Regular63
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.

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Nilland65
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.de66).

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Aller Sans68 [ Specimen69 | License70 | Download71 ]
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 (via72).

Aller Sans73

M+ Outline74
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+ Outline75

Andale Mono76
Andale Mono is a highly legible monospaced font which was originally distributed as part of the Internet Explorer 4.0 add-ons page as Monotype.com. It distinguishes well between the zero, and the O. You can find 4 further monospaced fonts in Hamish Macpherson’s article The Typography of Code77.

Andale Mono Screenshot78
Credits: Hamish Macpherson79

Junction80 [ Download the .zip-package81 ]
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 Gentium82 it perfectly fits to body copy, but can also show its strengths, balance and beauty in headlines. Here are some insights from the designer:

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Vegur85
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.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/typodermic/madawaska/
  2. 2 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/typodermic/madawaska/
  3. 3 http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=ApparatusSIL#c20c35ef
  4. 4 http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=ApparatusSIL#c20c35ef
  5. 5 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/7-league-gothic
  6. 6 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/7-league-gothic
  7. 7 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/7-league-gothic
  8. 8 http://www.dafont.com/contra.font
  9. 9 http://www.dafont.com/contra.font
  10. 10 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/6-sorts-mill-goudy
  11. 11 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/6-sorts-mill-goudy
  12. 12 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/6-sorts-mill-goudy
  13. 13 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/exljbris/calluna/
  14. 14 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/exljbris/calluna/
  15. 15 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/exljbris/calluna/
  16. 16 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/8-goudy-bookletter-1911
  17. 17 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/8-goudy-bookletter-1911
  18. 18 http://www.a2591.com/2009/10/type-for-you.html
  19. 19 http://www.a2591.com/2009/10/type-for-you.html
  20. 20 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/ArtBrush
  21. 21 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/ArtBrush
  22. 22 http://www.dafont.com/fff-tusj.font
  23. 23 http://www.dafont.com/fff-tusj.font
  24. 24 http://www.linotype.com/cart/641203/itcchinoblackitalic.html?noRedirect=1
  25. 25 http://www.linotype.com/cart/641203/itcchinoblackitalic.html?noRedirect=1
  26. 26 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Burnstown-Dam
  27. 27 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Burnstown-Dam
  28. 28 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Deibi-v1_0-free-font/346023
  29. 29 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Deibi-v1_0-free-font/346023
  30. 30 http://www.fontex.org/download/Tex-gyre-schola.otf
  31. 31 http://www.fontex.org/download/Tex-gyre-schola.otf
  32. 32 http://home.comcast.net/~crudfactory/cf3/juvelo.xhtml
  33. 33 http://home.comcast.net/~crudfactory/cf3/juvelo.xhtml
  34. 34 http://www.tobias-jung.de/seekingprofont/
  35. 35 http://www.ms-studio.com/FontSales/anonymouspro.html
  36. 36 http://www.ms-studio.com/FontSales/anonymouspro.html
  37. 37 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  38. 38 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  39. 39 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Groteskaa-Free-Typeface/252559
  40. 40 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Groteskaa-Free-Typeface/252559
  41. 41 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Free-font-VALa/242370
  42. 42 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Free-font-VALa/242370
  43. 43 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Free-font-VALa/242370
  44. 44 http://www.samueldelabarre.fr/fonts/digitica/
  45. 45 http://www.samueldelabarre.fr/fonts/digitica/
  46. 46 http://www.justmytype.org/
  47. 47 http://www.justmytype.org/
  48. 48 http://www.justmytype.org/
  49. 49 http://www.fontspace.com/jonathan-calugi/badabum
  50. 50 http://www.fontspace.com/jonathan-calugi/badabum
  51. 51 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Amadeus
  52. 52 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Amadeus
  53. 53 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/20-dingbat-fonts-that-are-actually-useful
  54. 54 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/20-dingbat-fonts-that-are-actually-useful
  55. 55 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/4-chunk
  56. 56 http://s3.amazonaws.com/theleague/fonts/chunk.zip?1243708167
  57. 57 http://imjustcreative.com/chunk-open-source-type-for-immediate-download/2009/05/25/
  58. 58 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/4-chunk
  59. 59 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/4-chunk
  60. 60 http://www.campivisivi.net/titillium/?page_id=2
  61. 61 http://www.campivisivi.net/titillium/wp-content/themes/wonderland/images/Titillium_generate.zip
  62. 62 http://www.campivisivi.net/titillium/?page_id=2
  63. 63 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Rough-Draft
  64. 64 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Rough-Draft
  65. 65 http://www.dafont.com/nilland.font
  66. 66 http://blog.dersven.de/freefonts-sansation-und-nilland
  67. 67 http://www.dafont.com/nilland.font
  68. 68 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/skrift.html
  69. 69 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/downloads/AllerSans_skriftproeve.pdf
  70. 70 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/downloads/Aller_EULA.pdf
  71. 71 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/downloads/Aller.zip
  72. 72 http://www.typophile.com/node/51198
  73. 73 http://www.dmjx.dk/presserum/skrift.html
  74. 74 http://mplus-fonts.sourceforge.jp/mplus-outline-fonts/download/index.html
  75. 75 http://mplus-fonts.sourceforge.jp/mplus-outline-fonts/download/index.html
  76. 76 http://web.nickshanks.com/typography/corefonts
  77. 77 http://blog.hamstu.com/2008/02/03/the-typography-of-code/
  78. 78 http://web.nickshanks.com/typography/corefonts
  79. 79 http://blog.hamstu.com/2008/02/03/the-typography-of-code/
  80. 80 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
  81. 81 http://s3.amazonaws.com/theleague/fonts/junction.zip?1234204632
  82. 82 http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium
  83. 83 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
  84. 84 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
  85. 85 http://www.dotcolon.net/font/font.php?id=1
  86. 86 http://www.dotcolon.net/font/font.php?id=1

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  1. 1

    WoW Nice

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  2. 102

    Madawaska ExtraLight is no longer free. It is commercial.
    Public Gothic Family is no longer free. It is commercial.
    ArtBrush is 404
    ITC Chino Bold Italic is no longer free. It is commercial.
    Rough Draft Regular is 404
    Aller Sans is 404

    Might want to update this post.

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  3. 203

    Great! Thanks!

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  4. 304

    They’re very beautiful fonts. Thanks.

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  5. 405

    At the moment I came across the web for exactly these kinds of info. Appreciate to your posting that search should ending right this moment. You had written the posting in a very understandable way. With this, I included your blog sites as one of my personal favorites! All the best!

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  6. 506

    Nice collections..it is very useful for typography things…

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  7. 607

    Anybody know how to download and use a typeface in .ai? I love that Soraya font but I don’t know how to use it in typical software like Word or Picasa.

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  8. 708

    Oh, i like the Titilium very much. But the download does not work anymore. Has anyone managed it to download this font? Where can i get it now?

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  9. 809

    Best fonts I’ve seen in my life.

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  10. 910

    Tom,

    Titilium is available here: http://www.campivisivi.net/titillium/text

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