25 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 PT Sans, FF Celeste Sans Offc Black, Secca STD, Cantarell and many other regular and experimental high-quality free fonts. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts — the license can change from time to time.

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New High Quality Free Fonts

PT Sans4 (PDF specimen5)
The Russian type design company “Paratype” released an extensive free sans-serif family with 8 font weights: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, Caption Regular, Caption Bold, Narrow Regular and Narrow Bold (700+ glyphs each). The family can be used for legal documents on screen and in print. The family contains glyphs to various Cyrillic languages as well Latin glyphs, signs, fractions, numerators etc. A very impressive free font. License: free for personal and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - PT Sans6

Beautiful Free Fonts - PT Sans7

FF Celeste Sans Offc Black Set8 (Registration is required)
FF Celeste Sans Offc Black Set comes in an easy-to-use format optimized for everyday use in Microsoft Office apps. You can use the style-linked (regular and italic in one menu item) FF Celeste Sans Offc for free. License: free for personal and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - FF Celeste Sans Offc Black Set9

Secca STD (2 Demo fonts)10 (Registration is required)
Secca is a fine and simple typeface honoring the roots of early German grotesque type designs but mastered for the needs of today. The weights work perfectly for body text. Two weights are available for free downloads: Secca Std Demo Regular and Secca Std Demo Bold. Designed by Andreas Seidel. A registration is required.

Beautiful Free Fonts - secca11

Fh_Lentil Regular (the designer has removed the font)
For more fonts, and other resources, visit Fictionalhead.com’s Fonts New font created for personal use. Additional families being developed (bold, italic, etc.) to be released at a future date. License: free only for personal projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - fh_lentil regular12

Mr Jones Book13
Mr Jones was originally conceived as a family for print design consisting of a sans and a headline. The lowercase are wide for legibility at small sizes while the caps are narrower to save space and keep an even balance of negative space when used in body copy. The overall widths of certain characters have been adjusted to almost extremes to keep an even balance of white space around each letter. He works well in body copy, but will need decreased tracking for larger settings. Two weights are available for free download: Mr Jones Book and Mr Jones Book Italic. Designed by Richard Miller.

Beautiful Free Fonts - Mr Jones14

Clutchee15
Clutchee Font is perfect for t-shirts, also applicable for any type of graphic design, web, print, motion graphics etc. License: free for personal and commercial work.

Beautiful Free Fonts - clutchee font16

Beautiful Free Fonts - Clutchee font17

Digitica18
A very interesting, original geometric font, designed by Samuel Delabarre and available for free download. License: free for personal and commercial work.

Beautiful Free Fonts - Digitica19

Cantarell20
The typeface is designed as a contemporary Humanist sans serif, and was developed for on-screen reading; in particular, reading web pages on an HTC Dream mobile phone. Each font file currently contains 391 glyphs, and fully support the following writing systems: Basic Latin, Western European, Catalan, Baltic, Turkish, Central European, Dutch and Afrikaans. To date, Pan African Latin has only 33% glyph coverage. Since the design is aimed at display on-screen at small sizes, the printed output (especially of the bold and oblique) may not work well. License: free for personal and commercial work.

Beautiful Free Fonts - free font cantarell21

tribbon ‘Layered’ font22
This layered ‘ribbon’ style font was created by Dominic Le-Hair. It is a working ‘ribbon’ style font that consists of several layers and is available in both TTF and OTF font formats for free download. License: free only for personal work.

Beautiful Free Fonts - tribbon ëlayeredí font23

Exus Pilot24
An original geometric free font in True Type format. A good choice for poster design. Designed by Mauro Hernández. License: free for private and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - exus pilot25

Orbitron26
A geometric sans-serif typeface intended for display purposes. It features four weights (light, medium, bold, and black), a stylistic alternative, small caps, and a ton of alternate glyphs. Orbitron was designed so that graphic designers in the future will have some alternative to typefaces like Eurostile or Bank Gothic. License: free for private and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - Orbitron27

Beautiful Free Fonts - Orbitron28

Beautiful Free Fonts - Orbitron29

Ripe Font Family30
A geometric post-modern slab serif face. The serifs feature simplistic rounded terminals and its stroke is uniform. 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. The family has 4 weights (Regular, Light, Semibold, Bold) containing 577 characters in each weight. License: free for private and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - ripe - our flagship font family31

Goudy Trajan Regular32
Goudy Trajan is based on the drawings by American type designer Frederic W. Goudy of his rendition of the capital letters inscribed on the Trajan column. One of the most elegant typefaces in the CastleType library, Goudy Trajan works especially well at large sizes. The Regular weight (shown above) contains many alternate letters and discretionary ligatures for more versatile typography. It also includes the Cyrillic alphabet and over 100 classic fleurons. Click here to view all glyphs. Download specimen. “Goudy Trajan is possibly the finest font I have discovered” (D.S. from Omaha, Nebraska.) The Goudy Trajan family includes: Regular, Medium, and Bold. A single font is available for free download. License: free for private and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - castletype fonts: goudy trajan regular33

St Transmission34 (free for personal use only)
This free font is available in two weights: thin and extrabold. It has standard OpenType features such as ligatures, slashed zero, contextual alternates and lining figures. The Extrabold weight is ideal for bold headlines. Designed by Sascha Timplan. License: free only for private projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - St Transmission35

Keeparty36 (Large preview37)
A very original, colorful typeface created by Eugene Rudyy. License: free for personal and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - keeparty38

LOT39 (large preview40)
LOT is a free font applicable for any type of graphic design – web, print, motion graphics etc. It is a good fit for T-shirts and other items like logos or pictograms. Format: Opentype (.otf) Compatible: PC and Mac. The font contains 78 glyphs. License: free for personal and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - lot41

Recycle it font42
License: free for personal and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - Recycle it font43

Denne’s aliens44
A hand-written, original, playful font with basic glyphs set. Designed by Denise Bentulan45. License: free for personal projects, designer’s permission is required to use the font for commercial purposes.

Beautiful Free Fonts - Denne's aliens46

Pac Font47
An older, yet quite original and attractive free font. License: free for personal use only.

Beautiful Free Fonts - Pac font48

Merge49
A very simple, yet playful and nice looking free font, designed by Philatype type foundry and released for free download in the OpenType format. License: free for personal and commercial projects.

Beautiful Free Fonts - philatype50

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  • Top 10 Programming Fonts52
    A round-up of 10 readily-available monospace fonts. Many of these fonts are bundled along with modern operating systems, but most are free for download on the web. A few, notably Consolas, are part of commercial software.

    Screenshot53

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    Have you ever feel that traditional fonts are a little too boring and plain for your designs and artworks? Ever wanted to use fonts that are funkier, stylish and fun to look at? Cartoon and comic fonts are very popular and most people are only familiar with Comic Sans MS and that’s about it. We have now discovered 40 unique and refreshing cartoon and comic fonts for you to give your artwork and design that extra ummmppphhh. Here are a few for sneak preview and the full list is right after the jump.
  • 5 Excellent Calligraphic Fonts55
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    Screenshot56

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/15/20-new-high-quality-free-fonts/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/08/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/27/css-typographic-tools-and-techniques/
  4. 4 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/PT-Sans
  5. 5 http://fonts.ru/public/PTSansCaption55.pdf
  6. 6 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/PT-Sans
  7. 7 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/PT-Sans
  8. 8 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  9. 9 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  10. 10 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/astype/secca-std/
  11. 11 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/astype/secca-std/
  12. 12 http://smashmethod.deviantart.com/art/Fh-Lentil-Regular-143403682
  13. 13 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/millertype/mr-jones/
  14. 14 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/millertype/mr-jones/
  15. 15 http://www.sinisakomlenic.com/2009/09/clutchee-font-is-perfect-for-t-shirts-also-applicable-for-any-type-of-graphic-design-web-print-motion-graphics-etc/
  16. 16 http://www.sinisakomlenic.com/2009/09/clutchee-font-is-perfect-for-t-shirts-also-applicable-for-any-type-of-graphic-design-web-print-motion-graphics-etc/
  17. 17 http://www.sinisakomlenic.com/2009/09/clutchee-font-is-perfect-for-t-shirts-also-applicable-for-any-type-of-graphic-design-web-print-motion-graphics-etc/
  18. 18 http://www.samueldelabarre.fr/
  19. 19 http://www.samueldelabarre.fr/
  20. 20 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Cantarell
  21. 21 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Cantarell
  22. 22 http://www.noupe.com/freebie/tribbon-layered-font-exclusive-free-download.html
  23. 23 http://www.noupe.com/freebie/tribbon-layered-font-exclusive-free-download.html
  24. 24 http://mauroh.deviantart.com/art/Exus-Pilot-110755293
  25. 25 http://mauroh.deviantart.com/art/Exus-Pilot-110755293
  26. 26 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/12-orbitron
  27. 27 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/12-orbitron
  28. 28 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/12-orbitron
  29. 29 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/12-orbitron
  30. 30 http://www.ripetype.com.au/?p=48
  31. 31 http://www.ripetype.com.au/?p=48
  32. 32 http://www.castletype.com/html/tipoteca/goudy-trajan-regular.html
  33. 33 http://www.castletype.com/html/tipoteca/goudy-trajan-regular.html
  34. 34 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/St_Transmission_-_Free_Download/294769
  35. 35 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/St_Transmission_-_Free_Download/294769
  36. 36 http://www.fontsoup.com/keeparty/
  37. 37 http://www.fontsoup.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/abc.jpg
  38. 38 http://www.fontsoup.com/keeparty/
  39. 39 http://fontfabric.com/?p=865
  40. 40 http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2790/4152121335_eb7d9f7c56_o.gif
  41. 41 http://fontfabric.com/?p=865
  42. 42 http://www.dafont.com/recycle-it.font
  43. 43 http://www.dafont.com/recycle-it.font
  44. 44 http://www.dafont.com/dennes-aliens.font
  45. 45 http://deathmunkey.deviantart.com/
  46. 46 http://www.dafont.com/dennes-aliens.font
  47. 47 http://www.dafont.com/pacfont.font
  48. 48 http://www.dafont.com/pacfont.font
  49. 49 http://www.philatype.com/
  50. 50 http://www.philatype.com/
  51. 51 http://www.smashingapps.com/2009/10/06/24-high-quality-free-images-symbols-fonts.html
  52. 52 http://hivelogic.com/articles/top-10-programming-fonts
  53. 53 http://hivelogic.com/articles/top-10-programming-fonts
  54. 54 http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/40-free-unique-cartoon-and-comic-fonts/
  55. 55 http://webtoolkit4.me/2010/01/11/5-excellent-calligraphic-fonts/
  56. 56 http://webtoolkit4.me/2010/01/11/5-excellent-calligraphic-fonts/
  57. 57 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/15/20-new-high-quality-free-fonts/
  58. 58 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/08/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design/
  59. 59 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/27/css-typographic-tools-and-techniques/

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  1. 1

    Great job! Excellent collection)) very useful!

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  2. 52

    Has anyone else had problems with installing Orbitron? I try to install it, but it says that the font is damaged?

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  3. 103

    Yeah, Orbitron OTF is damaged for me too. I couldn’t extract it from the zip. TTF worked fine, though.

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  4. 154

    It would be just wonderful if you could include information whether the fonts do contain special characters CE, CYR, GREEK etc… otherwise we have to download and test each one :)

    thanks
    Alexander

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  5. 205

    I can spend hours just looking at fonts. <3

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  6. 256

    I totally have to agree, pilo.me is one remarkable place for typography. By the way, great article and thanks for the assistance in helping me discover some incredible typefaces.

    Definitely check out pilo.me though when you can, cause that place is solid.

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  7. 307

    Thanks for the fonts. There’s definitely some there that I would use.

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  8. 358

    Thanks for the free fonts! Great article.

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  9. 409

    waw, awsome font

    it’s inspiring me

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  10. 460

    Great fonts.
    I always check dafont.com and 1001freefonts.com
    Its like my backup library for inspiration.

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  11. 511

    I really like Orbitron. Thanks.

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  12. 562

    โหลดแล้วthankyou

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  13. 613

    FH Lentil is hosted on DaFont. Try a quick Google search. Revise your links for future reference…

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  14. 664

    Thank you

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  15. 715

    Thnx for this great post !
    The “Digitica” font is a clone of “Macrobloc” I have designed a few months ago
    and that you can free download on my website.
    http://www.pourlagloire.fr/macrobloc.html

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  16. 766

    I don’t understand. Those suposse to be free fonts “New High Quality Free Fonts” header says, and most of them are NOT free…..

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  17. 817

    These are great fonts. Unfortunately many are not free. Like Mr Jones

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  18. 868

    Thanks people.

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  19. 919

    Nice find, I am always looking for new fonts to spice up my designs.

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  20. 970

    Thank you

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    កើយ ចិត្រា

    May 18, 2010 9:55 pm

    so B.U.T Full thanks!!!

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  22. 1072

    This is a great font set. really appreciate it!

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  23. 1123

    thank’s a lot…
    it’s very usefull :)

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  24. 1174

    Wish I’d StumbleUpon this site earler. After landing on this site, there isn’t time to visit other sites…

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  25. 1225

    Aaaargh!!!

    Why make topics about free fonts such as these?????

    It’s making me crave for more! lol!

    awesome post!

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  26. 1276

    great post, really dig the fonts. glad you kept it to 25 good ones instead of like 100 bad ones like most people. keep it up.

    check out my post too, I have a few you don’t: Best free fonts

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  27. 1327

    fonty goodness!

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  28. 1378

    Some of these are the top quality free fonts I have ever seen

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  29. 1429

    THANKSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  31. 1531

    THANKS its too awesome……..!
    Thank you very very very much.

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  32. 1582

    Some great fonts! Thanks for sharing these.

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  33. 1633

    gonna to use your pretty fonts on my site! thankU =)

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  34. 1684

    very nice, thank you so much

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    Hans Deutschmeister

    September 6, 2011 11:54 am

    Hallo Pipels!

    Dis is rilly a bit confuzing, isn’t it?
    Why u propoze mr.jones and goudy trajan – WHEN THEY R NOT 4 FREE ?!?!
    Pleeze korrekt dat and take dem outta ur sortiment here.
    Danke,
    Hans

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  36. 1786

    Wow, these are some incredible typefaces. Best collection of fonts I’ve found in a while. Thanx.

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  37. 1837

    Just FYI:

    The EULA of the Goudy Trajan font states, that this font’s free version may NOT be embedded into websites.

    “4. Embedding
    You may embed the licensed fonts into any document you send to third parties. Such documents may be viewed and printed (but not edited) by the recipients. You may not embed fonts on your website. ”

    There is however a webfont version on myfonts.com…of course this one isn’t free…just sayin’

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  38. 1888

    Excellent fonts..! It’s very very useful for me, Thank you so much…! Expecting more form you..!

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  39. 1939

    Wow!!! really very nice & useful fonts

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