20 Fresh High Quality Free Fonts


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 Kilogram, Adelle, Ayita Pro, Hattori Hanzo Typeface, Andron, Tertre, Luxi Sans, Sapir, Otari 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.

20 Fresh High Quality Free Fonts

A very bold, striking and unique font which may perfectly serve for headlines. The font can be downloaded and used free of charge for both non-commercial and commercial work.



Luxi Sans8
A very clean and legible sans-serif font that can be used for headings and body copy.

Luxi Sans9

Otari Bold Limited10 (Registration is required)
Otari is vibrant and contemporary, but serious and built to last. Its character shines in display type, but doesn’t interfere at text sizes. Otari Bold Limited is available for free download.


Museo Slab 500 and 500 Italic12 (Registration is required, PDF Specimen13)
Museo Slab is robust slab serif which comes in 12 styles. The font family supports a very wide range in languages and is a complete OpenType typeface. Each weight counts 455 glyphs.

Museo Slab14

Adelle Bold and Adelle Bold Italic15 (Registration is required, discount code is provided)
The OpenType Basic version, full commercial licence, of Adelle Bold and Bold Italic can be downloaded free of charge. Adelle is a slab serif typeface conceived specifically for intensive editorial use, mainly in newspapers and magazines. The typeface can be used for subheadings and headlines.

Adelle fonts for free16

Lobster font17
A bold condensed script font with hundreds of subtle ligatures and alternates. The Lobster font contains over 70 ligatures and 37 terminal forms. The font supports full Latin1 Charset.

Lobster font18

Hattori Hanzo Typeface19
This free font is stylish and clean; it was created for headings and short text and is especially suited to items such as infographics and charts. Designed by Roman Shamin.

Free Font Hattori Hanzo20

Sketchetik Light21 (Registration is required)
Sketchetik is a hand-drawn font in four styles: light, regular, bold and black. It is recommended for use as display typeface. Only light weight is available for free download and use. Registration is required to download the files.

Sketchetik font family22

Ayita Pro SemiBold23 | Ayita Pro Thin Italic24 (Registration and checkout are required)
Ayita Pro is a cheerful sans serif design by Jim Ford. Ayita’s open shapes render faithfully at small point sizes and on device screens while the compact design allows more characters per line for headlines. The Ayita Pro fonts feature a typographically-rich Latin character set, with OpenType features for advanced design applications.

Ayita Pro SemiBold font25

Andron26 (Private use only!)
A rich serif font designed by Andreas Stötzner. It contains accents for Roman, Germanic, Slavi, Hungarian, Baltic and Turkish languages. The font is being designed, and the author could use some feedback. Also notice other open source fonts available on the site27.


Free Font Sapir29
Actually, Sapir was designed as a stop gap, while waiting for better, professionally designed fonts for linguistics. Available in two styles — Regular and Italic. Designed by Eric Schiller.

Free Font Sapir30

Fat Love31 (personal use only, currently unavailable, mirror32)
An experimental bold typeface with playful letters. Created by Jonathan Calugi. Available for personal use only, no commercial use.


Tertre Extra Bold and Extra Bold Italic34 (Registration is required)
Tertre is a display/short text typeface with a wide range of applications from signage or posters to menus and pricelists; branding, packaging or publishing. The letters have no overhangs and the stroke thickness of capitals and lower case letters is identical, making hinting or anti-aliasing more uniform at any point size and zoom combination. Two weights, Extra Bold and Extra Bold Italic are available for free download and use.


Franchise Bold36
Franchise is a strong display typeface meant to communicate your message quickly and with power. The characters are drawn to achieve a unifomity without compromising style. Strong, memorable and free. You may want to support the designer by making a small donation.

Franchise Bold Font37

Surface Medium38
Free humanist sans-serif font that may serve for catchy and attractive corporate headlines in web designs and booklets. Unfortunately, only one style (Medium) is available. Free for personal and commercial use.

Free Font Surface by Bruno Herfst39

Clementine Sketch Font40
To make this font display correctly — that is, with the beginnings and ends of each word closed — you must begin each word with a capital letter and end each word with the symbol ^. (There are two irregularities: W & V. If a word contains a W, you must end the preceding letter with a ^. If a word contains a V, you must end the preceding letter with a ^ and capitalize the letter following the V.) example: Amazingly^ Fe^w^ Discotheques^ Pro^vIde^ Jukeboxes^.

Clementine Sketch Font41

Half serif, half sans serif. Capital letters A-Z, available only in Illustrator AI format.


Triskweline: A new fixed-width font for programmers44
The TrueType TTF version of Triskweline works only at size 10 pt, which should do for your programming editor of choice. However, printing will look funny, as will using the font in word processors like Word or drawing tools like Corel Draw. If your editor supports it, prefer the pixel-font versions of Triskweline (.FON or .PCF).

Triskweline: A new fixed-width font for programmers45

Barrister Sans Light46
Barrister Sans is a geometric sans-serif designed initially as a corporate Cyrillic typeface which quickly evolved into fully grown typeface, available in Latin, Cyrillic and Greek codepages. It includes a set of 5 weights plus their matching italics, with several Opentype features as ordinals, fractions & tabular lining. Barrister Sans is a modern tech-looking sans serif alternative for all your needs. Available for free download until the 16th of May 2010.

Barrister Sans47

Barrister Sans48


Please notice that the free fonts listed below are still available for free download and use.

FF Nuvo OT Medium49 (Registration is required)
Designed by Siegfried Rückel, it’s a contemporary type design with vertical contrast, and especially the characters a, g and y show the calligraphic touch. Suitable for magazine design from headlines to longer texts as well as for advertising, packaging and corporate design. A free download for a limited time. OpenType.

Nuvo2 in Free Fonts Of The Month: Fertigo Pro, FF Nuvo50

Mayberry Pro SemiBold51 (Registration is required)
AscenderFonts still offers the font Mayberry Pro Semi Bold 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 in 15 Beautiful High-Quality Free Fonts52

Last Click

So You Need A Typeface (Infographics)53
A nice infographics that can actually help you select a typeface for your design work. You may want to search for the path to Comic Sans.

Typography-179 in 50 Helpful Typography Tools And Resources 54


  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/18/25-new-high-quality-free-fonts/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/24/15-beautiful-high-quality-free-fonts/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/08/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/fonts/
  5. 5 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Kilogram/414472
  6. 6 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Kilogram/414472
  7. 7 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Kilogram/414472
  8. 8 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Luxi-Sans
  9. 9 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Luxi-Sans
  10. 10 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/tk-type/otari/
  11. 11 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/tk-type/otari/
  12. 12 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/museoslab.html
  13. 13 http://www.exljbris.com/pdf/Museo_Slab_specimen.pdf
  14. 14 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/museoslab.html
  15. 15 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Adelle-Basic
  16. 16 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Adelle-Basic
  17. 17 http://www.impallari.com/lobster/
  18. 18 http://www.impallari.com/lobster/
  19. 19 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Hattori-Hanzo-typeface/421277
  20. 20 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Hattori-Hanzo-typeface/421277
  21. 21 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/hiekkagraphics/sketchetik/light/
  22. 22 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/hiekkagraphics/sketchetik/light/
  23. 23 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/font/ayita-pro-semibold.aspx
  24. 24 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/font/ayita-pro-thin-italic.aspx
  25. 25 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/font/ayita-pro-semibold.aspx
  26. 26 http://www.signographie.de/cms/front_content.php?idcat=120
  27. 27 http://www.mufi.info/fonts/
  28. 28 http://www.signographie.de/cms/front_content.php?idcat=120
  29. 29 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Sapir
  30. 30 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Sapir
  31. 31 http://muse.drewwilson.com/free/
  32. 32 http://www.fontspace.com/jonathan-calugi/fat-love
  33. 33 http://muse.drewwilson.com/free/
  34. 34 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/paragraph/tertre/
  35. 35 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/paragraph/tertre/
  36. 36 http://derekweathersbee.com/franchise/
  37. 37 http://derekweathersbee.com/franchise/
  38. 38 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Surface
  39. 39 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Surface
  40. 40 http://www.dafont.com/clementine-sketch.font
  41. 41 http://www.dafont.com/clementine-sketch.font
  42. 42 http://cargocollective.com/formconspiracy#3400/Soraya
  43. 43 http://cargocollective.com/formconspiracy#3400/Soraya
  44. 44 http://www.netalive.org/tinkering/triskweline/
  45. 45 http://www.netalive.org/tinkering/triskweline/
  46. 46 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Barrister-SansA/500663
  47. 47 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Barrister-SansA/500663
  48. 48 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Barrister-SansA/500663
  49. 49 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  50. 50 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  51. 51 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/info/mayberry-pro-free-font.aspx
  52. 52 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/info/mayberry-pro-free-font.aspx
  53. 53 http://inspirationlab.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/so-you-need-a-typeface/
  54. 54 http://inspirationlab.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/so-you-need-a-typeface/

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  1. 1

    Really cool fonts – thanks a lot for this list!

  2. 52

    Thanks for sharing this Vitaly. Going to use Barrister Sans on my upcoming projects.

  3. 103

    Great Fonts… I liked Kilogram font very much.

    Thanks for useful sharing.

  4. 154

    Pijamalı hasta yağız şoföre.
    Mayberry SemiBold – İstanbul

  5. 205

    angel sanchez y sanchez

    May 16, 2010 11:35 pm

    love lobster for my new site in developing

  6. 256

    Lieven De Vleeschouwer

    May 17, 2010 5:43 am

    Delicious selection, really; there is no single font in this list I disliked!

  7. 307

    Barrister is no longer available for free. :(

  8. 358

    You Forgot: “XXII Menga” ;)


  9. 409

    Pablo Impallari

    May 19, 2010 11:47 am

    The Lobster Font is now included on Google Web Font!!

  10. 460

    Eddie | Dream Media Productions

    May 21, 2010 12:31 pm

    Loving the fonts!!

  11. 511

    Great selection, here is one from Bosnia:

  12. 562

    fonts are sooo beautiful

  13. 613

    Evan Skuthorpe

    June 2, 2010 1:09 am

    thanks for these, some great fonts here.

  14. 664

    Lobster and Franchise have to be my two favorite fonts of the last year. Ourstanding work. Also, does anyone known where The Homestagers font from Laura Meseguer might be purchased?

  15. 715

    These are fab! Great stuff! Adelle is simply stunning!

  16. 766

    Thank you for this high quality free fonts. I’ve downloaded the Lobster Font, very awesome font.

  17. 817

    Love Kilogram. It’s fresh and unique.

  18. 868

    I love it~! Thank you so much. ^^

  19. 919

    most of them aren´t free

  20. 970

    Love you
    ( .)( .)
    ) . (
    ( y )

  21. 1021

    How is this Museo Slab 500 and 500 Italic font free?

    Is it just me or most of the fonts listed above are paid to use.


  22. 1072

    great fonts…and thanks for sharing this:)

  23. 1123

    Adorei essas fontes

  24. 1174

    superb….thanks a lot:)

  25. 1225

    nice… thanks a lot:)

  26. 1276

    i really like ayita font, but so sad i can’t get it for free using.
    could u please tell me how i could get the AYITA font for free?

    Thanks in advance

  27. 1327

    The font “Otari” listed on this page is not free. It costs several tens of dollars. It’s really annoying to have a really good font listed as “free” and then to find out that it isn’t free…

  28. 1378

    There are some really fun fonts on this list!

    Thank you very much!


  29. 1429

    Thanks for the collection. It’s very useful!

  30. 1480

    Great selection that’s always fresh! Thank you SM :)
    “Barrister Sans Light” link doesn’t work :/ Or I’m missing something?

  31. 1531

    Such a crying shame that “Soraya” is AI only and was never made into a font.

  32. 1582

    Nat Agapov – OOOOOOoooh geeez You’re one of THEM. It took Vitali like 6 days just to DESIGN our invites. and that desont even count revisions in the middle and making them.


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