25 New Free High-Quality Fonts


Every now and then we look around, select fresh free high-quality fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually time you should be investing in your projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to.

In this selection, we’re pleased to present Pompadour Numeral Set, Lato, Crimson Text, Espinosa Nova, Musa Ornata, Spatha Sans, ColorLines, Roke1984, Neuton, Avro, Baurete and other fonts. Please note that some are for personal use only and are clearly marked as such. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts; they may change from time to time.

New High-Quality Free Fonts

Pompadour Numeral Set1 (.eps, released under Creative Commons)
A beautiful numeral font released by Andy Mangold under a Creative Commons license. The font can be useful in various settings, for instance for packaging design or logo deign. The .EPS file is available for free download. The font is free to use as long as the credit is given.

Pompadour Numeral Set2

Pompadour Numeral Set3

Lato4 (open-source sans serif)
Lato is a san-serif typeface family. The semi-rounded details of the letters give Lato a warm feel, while the strong structure provides stability and seriousness. Lato consists of five weights (plus corresponding italics), including a beautiful hairline style. The first release includes only the Western character set. Designed by Lukasz Dziedzic.


Crimson Text6
“Crimson Text is a font family for book production in the tradition of beautiful old-style typefaces. There are a lot of great free fonts around, but one kind is missing: those Garamond-inspired types with all the little niceties such as old-style figures, small caps, fleurons, math characters and the like. In fact, a lot of time is spent developing free knock-offs of ugly ‘standards’ like Times and Helvetica. Crimson Text is inspired by the fantastic work of people like Jan Tschichold, Robert Slimbach and Jonathan Hoefler. We hope that the free type community will one day be able to enjoy Crimson Text as a beautiful workhorse.”

Crimson Text7

Espinosa Nova8: Regular (registration is required)
Espinosa Nova is a revival of the types used by Antonio de Espinosa, the most important Mexican printer of the 16th century and quite probably the first punch cutter anywhere on the American continent (1551). All of the fonts intended for setting text include small caps, five sets of figures (old-style and lining, both proportional and tabular, plus tabular small caps), many “f” and long “s” ligatures and a capital sharp “S” (U+1E9E). Designed by Cristóbal Henestrosa.

Free Font Espinosa Nova9

Free Font Espinosa Nova10

Color Lines11
This decorative font can be used for a variety of products, such as posters, packaging and label design. Original and unique. Designed by Anton Gridz, and available in AI format.

Color Lines — Free Font12

Color Lines — Free Font13

Color Lines — Free Font14

Baurete15 (free download16)
A playful, intriguing typeface that could work for designs without rigid alignment or symmetrically positioned elements. Baurete is free to use for personal and commercial projects. If you want to use it, please contact the designers at [we {at} welab {dot} info]. You can download it for free17.

Free Font # 18 | Caligraffiti18

Free Font # 18 | Caligraffiti19

Neuton Font20
Neuton is a clean Times-Roman–like typeface by Brian Zick. In structure, it is a transitional type with Dutch inspiration. The x-height is high and the color dark, and it is economical in ascenders, descenders and width. Also available in the Google Font Directory21.

Neuton Font22

Neuton Font23

Melbourne24 (personal use only)
Melbourne is a sans-serif with a strong modern presence. The designer’s intention was to create a calm space-saving typeface. The glyphs have rounded corners and relatively large tracking, which makes it a good fit for dictionaries, indexes, catalogues and so on. When used at a large size, Melbourne can be used as a display or headline font. The typeface is released as a draft, and suggestions for improvements are appreciated. Designed by Marco Müller.



A free display font based on geometric forms and mathematical symbols, this one includes accents and numerals. An interesting option for technical designs that call for a distinctive yet slightly challenging appearance. Designed by Wete. Available in OpenType format.




Classic Round31: medium and italic (registration required)
This typeface was designed for text and display use. In small text sizes, the typeface looks clean, inviting and legible. When used in big display sizes, it looks playful and interesting. Designed by Ben Blom.

Free Font Classic Round32

Free Font FR Hopper33: regular and italic (registration required)
FR Hopper is a sans based on geometric forms but still retaining a friendly personality. It is intended for mid-length texts, captions, titles and almost any other occasional use: posters, flyers and even websites. The typeface comes with 7 weights, 12 styles with 836 glyphs, and many advanced OT features such as small caps, discretionary ligatures, alternate characters, fractions, arrows and ornaments.

Free Font FR Hopper34

Darth Vador Free Font35
An original geometric font for the Darth Vador theme, designed by Juart Little from France.

VADOR free font36

VADOR free font37

League Script #138
“League Script #1 is a modern coquettish script font that sits somewhere between your high-school girlfriend’s love notes and handwritten letters from the ’20s. It includes ligatures and will serve as the framework for future script designs.” Designed by Haley Fiege and available in OpenType format.

League Script #139

Four Free Type40
Free original and playful OpenType fonts available in two font weights, regular and italic. Supported languages are English and Russian only. Designed by Alexey Frolov.

Four Free Type!41

Four Free Type!42

Musa Ornata43
This typeface, with its cheerful characters, could be a good fit for event announcements, grocery stores and public transport signage. To activate the alternative case, check the “Character Palette” in the OpenType options toolbar in your application. The download link is available at the bottom of the release post (above link). Designed by Carvente Dice.

Tipografía Gratis de Junio: Musa Ornata44

Skyhook Mono45: regular
This family is a carefully handcrafted monospaced typeface family that is modern, sturdy and minimalist, yet distinctive enough for refined and classy uses. The regular weight is available as a free download. The free weight may not be used in political or religious works.

Skyhook Mono46

Phoenica Std47 (personal use only, registration is required)
Phoenica offers an alternative to contemporary humanist sans serifs. It is a flexible family suitable for editorials and corporate branding. Phoenica comes in a big variety of weights, each available in both roman and italic. The regular width is available as a free download and for personal projects.

Phoenica Std font family48

Indento49: bold (registration required)
“Indento is a multi-purpose modern geometric slab serif for headlines, posters and branding, but legible enough to be used for longer text. The straight and rounded corners, combined with the deep cuts and asymmetric serifs, give it a distinctive look while still keeping its legibility.” The bold weight is available as a free download in OpenType format. Designed by Mugur Mihai.

Free Font Indento50

Free Font Adec51
This typeface was inspired by Art Deco and Constructivism. It would fit posters, magazines and logos. The distinguishing feature of this font is the combination of decorative elements, such as textures and frames. Designed by Serge Shi.

Free Font Adec52

Free Font Adec53

Jean-Luc (Godard)54 (via I Love Typography55)
“Atelier Carvalho Bernau Design released Jean-Luc, a typeface inspired by the title cards of films like ‘Deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle,’ to celebrate Jean-Luc Godard’s birthday. The style of lettering is so interesting to us because it is such a clear renunciation of the ‘pretty’ classical title screens that were common in that time’s more conservative films. It has a more vernacular and brutishly low-brow character; this lettering comes from the street.” To embed the font using @font-face, a copyright code must be appended as a comment in the source code.

Jean-Luc (Godard)56

Arvo Font Family57
This slab-serif typeface was created by Anton Koovit especially for the Google Font directory58. It is optimized for Web use. The typeface is “monolinear-ish” but has a touch of contrast. For Windows users, the smaller 9, 12, 14 and 16 point sizes are hinted in Truetype format.

Arvo Font Family59

This heavy sans font with 178 characters could be useful for posters, postcards and similar designs. Released under a Creative Commons license.

Free Font # 9 | Caligraffiti61

Spatha Sans62
A sans-serif font with organic playful shapes that set a friendly tone and are easy to read. The font could be a good fit for titles and maybe short text. Designed by Carvente Dice.

Spatha Sans63

Spatha Serif64
As a counterpart to the above-mentioned Spatha Sans, the glyphs in Spatha Serif have classic proportions and short serifs, which retain the playful and organic design. The font can also be embedded using @font-face, but a credit link is required. Designed by Carvente Dice.

Spatha Serif65

My Fair Cody66
An interesting playful typeface that makes a an impression with its personality and warmth. The tone is inviting and informal, and as such might not be the best fit for a corporate context. Designed by Darim Kim, and available in OpenType format. You may use the font in your private and commercial projects; but if you embed it using @font-face, then a credit link is required.

My Fair Cody67

Matchbook is a simple and functional set of two typefaces, designed in serif and sans-serif versions. Each set includes all accented characters and works beautifully in larger sizes.



Mota Pixel71
Mota Pixel is a simple pixel font with simple roots. The regular weight was created as a custom design for TypeShow and is now available for free to the public. Optimized for use in 20-pixel increments, it is a larger than normal pixel design. Still, the regular is rather thin and delicate, expressing some tendencies of an upright italic.

Further Resources

  • Soma FontFriend72
    FontFriend is a bookmarklet for typographically obsessed web designers. It enables rapid checking of fonts and font styles directly in the browser without editing code and refreshing pages, making it the ideal companion for creating CSS font stacks.
  • Cure for the Common Webfont: Alternatives to Georgia73
    For nearly fifteen years, if you wanted to set a paragraph of web text in a serif typeface, the only truly readable option was Georgia. But now we’re starting to see some valid alternatives for the king of screen serifs. What follows is a list of serif typefaces that have been tuned for the screen.
  • How to Detect Font-Smoothing Using JavaScript74
    Some fonts look bad on computer monitors without font-smoothing enabled in the operating system. The author of this article initially thought there wasn’t a way, but after seeing a promising but incomplete method of detecting font-smoothing, he spent a few days devising a way to do it.
  • When Free Fonts Aren’t Free75
    To ensure that you’re using “free” fonts as their creators intended, here are four things to look for when you’re scanning a EULA.
  • iOS Fonts76
    An overview of font families available on iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad.
  • Free Typography77
    A blog dedicated to free fonts.
  • Caligraffiti78
    A Brazilian blog that features freely available fonts.

Also, you may want to take a look at…

Last Click

Adfont Calendar 201083
Here is Fontdeck’s typographic Advent calendar. Open the current day’s door and behind it you’ll find details of a great typeface, with a Web font offer available free for that day only. To use the offer, click “Purchase font licenses” in your Fontdeck settings before the day is over. Free subscription applies to websites with < 1 million page views per month.

Adfont Calendar 201084



  1. 1 http://www.andymangold.com/pompadour-numeral-set-free-download/
  2. 2 http://www.andymangold.com/pompadour-numeral-set-free-download/
  3. 3 http://www.andymangold.com/pompadour-numeral-set-free-download/
  4. 4 http://typophile.com/node/77283
  5. 5 http://typophile.com/node/77283
  6. 6 http://aldusleaf.org/
  7. 7 http://aldusleaf.org/
  8. 8 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/estudio-ch/espinosa-nova/
  9. 9 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/estudio-ch/espinosa-nova/
  10. 10 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/estudio-ch/espinosa-nova/
  11. 11 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Lines-a-Free-Font/741548
  12. 12 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Lines-a-Free-Font/741548
  13. 13 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Lines-a-Free-Font/741548
  14. 14 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Lines-a-Free-Font/741548
  15. 15 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Baurete/309206
  16. 16 http://cl.ly/6ee1e69e72888f3f251e
  17. 17 http://cl.ly/6ee1e69e72888f3f251e
  18. 18 http://www.caligraffiti.com.br/free-font-18/
  19. 19 http://www.caligraffiti.com.br/free-font-18/
  20. 20 http://cg.scs.carleton.ca/~luc/zick.html
  21. 21 http://code.google.com/webfonts/family?family=Neuton&subset=latin
  22. 22 http://cg.scs.carleton.ca/~luc/zick.html
  23. 23 http://cg.scs.carleton.ca/~luc/zick.html
  24. 24 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/melbourne/
  25. 25 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/melbourne/
  26. 26 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/melbourne/
  27. 27 http://www.behance.net/gallery/ROKE1984-free-font/762721
  28. 28 http://www.behance.net/gallery/ROKE1984-free-font/762721
  29. 29 http://www.behance.net/gallery/ROKE1984-free-font/762721
  30. 30 http://www.behance.net/gallery/ROKE1984-free-font/762721
  31. 31 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/durotype/classic-round/
  32. 32 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/durotype/classic-round/
  33. 33 http://www.fontspring.com/fonts/faberfonts/fr-hopper
  34. 34 http://www.fontspring.com/fonts/faberfonts/fr-hopper
  35. 35 http://tdbcw.deviantart.com/art/VADOR-free-font-186066307?q=boost:popular+max_age:744h+free+font&qo=1
  36. 36 http://tdbcw.deviantart.com/art/VADOR-free-font-186066307?q=boost:popular+max_age:744h+free+font&qo=1
  37. 37 http://tdbcw.deviantart.com/art/VADOR-free-font-186066307?q=boost:popular+max_age:744h+free+font&qo=1
  38. 38 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/15-league-script-1
  39. 39 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/15-league-script-1
  40. 40 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Sumkin-Typeface-and-Bext-type/582490
  41. 41 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Sumkin-Typeface-and-Bext-type/582490
  42. 42 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Sumkin-Typeface-and-Bext-type/582490
  43. 43 http://serifdechocolate.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/tipografia-gratis-de-junio-musa-ornata/
  44. 44 http://serifdechocolate.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/tipografia-gratis-de-junio-musa-ornata/
  45. 45 http://www.fontomtype.de/pages/2010/10/23/skyhookmono/
  46. 46 http://www.fontomtype.de/pages/2010/10/23/skyhookmono/
  47. 47 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/preusstype/phoenica/
  48. 48 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/preusstype/phoenica/
  49. 49 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Indento
  50. 50 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Indento
  51. 51 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Typeface-Adec-(free)/626869
  52. 52 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Typeface-Adec-(free)/626869
  53. 53 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Typeface-Adec-(free)/626869
  54. 54 http://www.carvalho-bernau.com/jlg/
  55. 55 http://ilovetypography.com/2010/12/03/free-font-jean-luc-godard/
  56. 56 http://www.carvalho-bernau.com/jlg/
  57. 57 http://files.korkork.com/index.php?/fonts/arvo/
  58. 58 http://code.google.com/webfonts/family?family=Arvo&subset=latin
  59. 59 http://files.korkork.com/index.php?/fonts/arvo/
  60. 60 http://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/thunderball
  61. 61 http://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/thunderball
  62. 62 http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=de&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://serifdechocolate.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/tipografia-gratis-spatha-sans/&rurl=translate.google.de&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhiRxrjUr_JPG51yO95YHa66GxlL_g
  63. 63 http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=de&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://serifdechocolate.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/tipografia-gratis-spatha-sans/&rurl=translate.google.de&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhiRxrjUr_JPG51yO95YHa66GxlL_g
  64. 64 http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://serifdechocolate.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/tipografia-gratis-spatha-sans/&rurl=translate.google.de&twu=1
  65. 65 http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://serifdechocolate.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/tipografia-gratis-spatha-sans/&rurl=translate.google.de&twu=1
  66. 66 http://www.aboutletters.com/2010/06/new-free-font-my-fair-cody/
  67. 67 http://www.aboutletters.com/2010/06/new-free-font-my-fair-cody/
  68. 68 http://www.onebyfourstudio.com/projects/fonts/2009/matchbook-typefaces/
  69. 69 http://www.onebyfourstudio.com/projects/fonts/2009/matchbook-typefaces/
  70. 70 www.onebyfourstudio.com/projects/fonts/2009/matchbook-typefaces/
  71. 71 http://www.motaitalic.com/fonts/mota-pixel
  72. 72 http://somadesign.ca/projects/fontfriend/
  73. 73 http://typedia.com/blog/post/cure-for-the-common-webfont-part-2-alternatives-to-georgia/
  74. 74 http://www.useragentman.com/blog/2009/11/29/how-to-detect-font-smoothing-using-javascript/
  75. 75 http://blog.typekit.com/2009/06/11/when-free-fonts-arent-free/
  76. 76 http://www.iosfonts.com/
  77. 77 http://freetypography.com/
  78. 78 http://www.caligraffiti.com.br/
  79. 79 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/20-dingbat-fonts-that-are-actually-useful
  80. 80 http://www.webdesignerwall.com/general/60-free-handwritten-script-fonts/
  81. 81 http://designshack.co.uk/articles/typography/20-bold-and-free-script-fonts
  82. 82 http://www.ourtuts.com/20-best-free-calligraphy-fonts-for-download/
  83. 83 http://adfont-calendar.com/
  84. 84 http://adfont-calendar.com/

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  1. 1

    Great collection!! Thanks! :)

  2. 3

    oh goodie. I already have some ideas.

  3. 4


  4. 5

    Spatha Serif & Spatha sans have wrong links…

  5. 8

    Wow. Really good selection! Thank you!

  6. 9

    I would love such tips if at least some fonts would care about international characters. E.g.

    • 10

      That’s one of the biggest problems for me as well. I’m very much into typography, but I often need to make a multilingual website, which includes using Latin characters like č,ć,ž, or đ, and using anything other than pre-installed fonts makes the characters look ugly and inconsistent.

      I know that the development of a new awesome font requires some hard work, but I would very much appreciate if developers took these characters into consideration during the development process.

    • 11

      And let’s not forget about charcters like å, ä, ö, or Å, Ä, Ö. (And “…” et cetera …) Yes, a very small part of the world uses this kind of characters, but they are very important indeed. Peace and love!

    • 12

      Check FR Hopper out – it does. I know as I made it ;)

  7. 13

    Thanks for the collection! I like the Skyhook Mono and Phoenica Std the most but also the other font’s are very nice. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much and have a nice WE :-)

  8. 14

    Thank you! This is a good gift for me =)

  9. 15

    More I learn about typography more I realize that I don’t know anything about that. There are some truly beautiful fonts in this article. But I’m little bit disturbed about the term “high-quality”. Not just SM but also many other blogs every two weeks have 25,50 New “high-quality” fonts. Massimo Vignelli would probably say that there are only 5 max 10 fonts in the world that are high quality. It takes years and years to build quality font. And probably only the people who are typographers and build type for leaving can say if it is quality font or not.

    Don’t get me wrong I love new typefaces and I love this article, but please don’t use “high-quality”, use beautiful use fresh and other words.

    • 16

      I would suggest that’s more design snobbery than reality

      • 17

        I totally agree. if the quality is measured by comparison, and seeing as there are about 500,000,000 really BAD quality fonts out there, then these qualify as high quality in my book. Best quality; maybe not, High quality; yip.

    • 18

      @Vladimir You state you don’t know anything about typography, then proceed to prove it.
      Thanks, Vitaly, for your efforts in putting together this excellent collection. One of your best.

    • 19

      I think you need to learn more about typography, Massimo vignelli only use 3 fonts (bodoni, helvetica and garamond), but this doesn’t mean that other typographys are shit. Making a font is a really hard work, it’s normal that those free fonts doesn’t include weights or special characters. This article show us high quality typography designs from people that are working for free, and this is admirable.
      Other way, if you like excellent typefaces you must look all the Type Directors Club catalogues and do some shoppings at fontshop. You’ll find how this kind of articles are great for designers.

      • 20

        I already regretted that I wrote the comment. I knew that I would be misinterpreted. My intentions were to give positive criticism and feedback. I love new fonts and i think that are many new high quality fonts. But I believe that you should use the superlative “high quality” only in special occasion. So again is not about this post or this collection of fonts it is about using special words in special occasions. This is just my personal opinion.

        • 21

          Yes, only on “special occasions”, where we recite Bringhurst from memory before a crackling fire and wax poetic about Tschichold and Vignelli amongst a select circle of typophiles. Ahh, then we can label fonts “high quality”.

          Kidding, kidding.

          No really, I get what you’re saying Vladimir, but I would classify many of these as high quality. Are they classic typefaces that have withstood decades of use, misuse and fashion changes? No, but I’d say a font like, say, Espinosa Nova is definitely high quality.

    • 22

      You really need to pay and buy yourself some fonts to appreciate the quality of such a free collection.
      SM makes the work of many a designer easier.
      I am so glad that Vitaly takes the time to put together such a collection.
      Thanks Vitaly.

    • 23

      High-Quality may also elude to the fact that all the characters are present and won’t fail the rip in pre-press leading to dropped characters so many “free” fonts experience, not necessarily the elegance of the characters….

  10. 24

    Great early Christmas gift :D

  11. 25

    Thanks a lot for these awesome fonts!

  12. 26

    I like these font lists – lots of inspiration to be found here

  13. 27
  14. 28

    Nerd Alert! Vader is spelled wrong.

  15. 30

    I know the point here is to drive traffic to some of these great font foundry’s sites, but i’d love a “download all” link for some single-click goodness.

    Some really nice type up in this post. Will definitely make use of Lato in some upcoming projects.

    Thanks Vitaly.

  16. 33

    Ah! I love that!
    Thanks a lot for this greatly inspiring collection!

  17. 34

    Nice collection!
    It’s the first time i have used this site.. any more inspiring graphics, please let me know.

  18. 35

    Fonts look great, one question tho, why can’t they all be submitted to the google fonts dictionary, is there any downsides on doing it?

    • 36

      Google features only open source fonts; only few of the fonts mentioned in this overview are open source.

  19. 37

    Best font collection I´ve seen in at least 4 months, thanks!

  20. 38

    good collection, but they aren’t all free as the title would indicate.

  21. 39

    Some of these are quite nice. Thanks to those who made them available.

  22. 40

    Great collection! The pool of well-known free fonts was getting a bit stale, way to freshen it up.

  23. 41

    Those fonts are just amazing, can’t believe they’re free.

  24. 42

    Fernando Carvente

    December 17, 2010 9:04 am

    Hi, i’m the designer of Musa and Spatha, my name is Fernando Carvente, i think you used directly what was in the wordpress theme wich can be tranlated as “Carvente says”, thanks for considering my fonts.

  25. 45

    Jackpot! Quality of life upgrade :) It would have been a real shame to miss neutron and matchbook

  26. 46
  27. 47

    Love me some free fonts! Pompadour!

  28. 48

    Personally, I’m a big fan of the last image in the ‘Melbourne’ typeface series.

    A major deciding factor in typeface selection is how it handles expletives.


  29. 49

    Totally awesome! Thanks a lot for this great compilation.

  30. 50

    awesome list of fonts, downloading now.

  31. 51

    Some lovely fonts here…although my two cents is that “free” should be “free, no matter what,” not “free, unless… except… only…”

    I’m not a lawyer, my font manager isn’t either, so it turns me off from even considering usage of those.

  32. 52

    really like Lato

    love how typography is kicking ass at the moment.

  33. 53

    I’m curious – the link to Espinosa Nova goes to its MyFonts.com listing, where the family is $399. Did MyFonts.com list one of the weights as a free promotion or something? Where is the free Espinosa Nova?

  34. 56

    Finally, some fonts I haven’t seem in every other post on every other website. Thank you! Nice resource.

  35. 57

    Poetry petrolum. What a good ride. thank’s a lot.

  36. 58

    Love it! Thanks for share =)
    I also posted free fonts here http://unuidesign.com/blog/2010/15-free-fonts-that-you-will-love/

  37. 59

    Wow. Thanks a lot Vitaly!
    The great thing is to know there are so many pre-open source fonts designers out there.

  38. 60

    Best list I have seen in ages. Appreciated smashing!

  39. 61

    Could you not choose an image to showcase Melbourne that does not feature profanity?

  40. 63

    Melbourne is really a super font, also the rest of the collection is high quality.Thanks Vitaly!

  41. 64

    Thanks for this! It’s always good to have great fonts. The Pompadour set is especially sweet!

  42. 65

    Once again, awesome list! I’ve been looking for a font like Roke1984 for a long time. Free is always the right price!


  43. 66

    Great collection.
    May I add that the fabulous collection of fonts from Svetoslav Simov at fontfabric.com is a truly world class foundry collection that is hard to beat:-)

  44. 67

    Fantastic collection of fonts! Some I’ve seen before but there are a few that I am very impressed with, and will use some of the more obscure fonts like Darth Vador for those weird, space/futuristic projects.

    PS. LOL @ the swear words underneath the Melbourne font. Didn’t think I’d see those on SM.

  45. 68

    Knowing how DIFFICULT is to find free high quality font this is, then, the perfect Xmas gift! Thanks Smashing Magazine! :)

  46. 69

    ROKE1984 is great ! I love it !

  47. 70

    I love finding new fonts and going on a downloading spree to diversify my font book. I really look and enjoy reading articles and lists like this where I can get a strong list of unique fonts for me to sink my design teeth into.

    Really helps the creative juices to have a wide range of font to cover all possible situations!

  48. 71

    Thank for the great overview!

  49. 72

    Whats happening SM? No new post from last 3 days.

  50. 73

    Andy Reid-McGlinn

    December 20, 2010 2:23 am

    Excellent fonts; great work.

    I enjoyed the comments about the profanity in the Melbourne image; grow up folks!

  51. 74

    thanks! great list!

  52. 75

    Hey guys, how to install that pompador numeral set?

  53. 76

    Nice fonts.. Thanks a lot!!! =)

    Merry X-MAS..

  54. 77

    don’t call it “hi-quality” if they’re missing the full characters set… :(

  55. 78

    Nice article! Nice collection!

  56. 79

    Nice fonts! Already thinking of great uses.

  57. 80

    That’s great .Is there any chinese fonts ?

  58. 81

    Ooo lala! Very inspirational fonts…

  59. 82

    Thanks a lot for the russian!

  60. 83

    nice one , back to retro style again !! thanks !!

  61. 84

    Thanks for sharing this post.I like this post.It contains good examples of new high quality fonts.

  62. 85

    I didn’t expect that my Color Font is so popular. Thank you for this compilation ^__^

  63. 86

    Thank you – some nice fonts here!
    Only grumble are all these fonts with 10+ different weights, where one ‘teaser’ weight is free and the rest costs you plenty… Nothing wrong with this as such, fonts are big business for some, but the inclusion in a list like this should be labelled as “Paid Advertisement” (and if you don’t get a commission from sales generated you’re doing something wrong – LOL).
    I don’t mind this so much if it’s handled like with ‘Museo’ [not featured here] where the free offer includes at least 3 usable weights in decent steps from each other, but if it’s only ONE out of TEN to TWELVE I cannot regard this anymore as ‘free font’…

  64. 87

    I’ve downloaded them all. Thanks a bunch.

  65. 88

    Nice article

  66. 89

    These fonts are incredible! I can’t wait to try them out! Thank you very mucho :)

  67. 90

    Thanks for the collection! great fonts :)

  68. 91

    hi… nice post!… many Thanks and merry christmas!…

    in some fonts are’nt TILDES… áéíóú… :( in others yes :)


    Sorry for my English

  69. 92

    Oh, man. Nothing like a cup of coffee and some killer free fonts to start the day. These are some beauties!

  70. 93

    Thanks for these, great collection :)

  71. 94

    Awesome stuff.. Thanks for sharing these fonts.

  72. 95

    Gareth Coxon Dot Design

    January 1, 2011 12:37 pm

    Wow, an excellent list with a huge variety of styles. Massive thanks for sharing.

  73. 96

    nice..impressive collection..I share it with my frnds

  74. 97

    I think it’s great that so many quality fonts are offered (at least in part) for free. Although I understand that typeface design is a tedious, time-consuming process, and the designers deserve to be paid for their work, free fonts can often encourage the purchase of typefaces.

  75. 98

    Hi – I’m the designer of FR Hopper and just want to thank you including it into the list.

  76. 99

    Free TrueType and OpenType versions of Pompadour are here: http://blyt.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/pompadour/

  77. 100

    I have been looking for an Art Deco themed font that could work within a metal gate – Adec looks great!

  78. 101

    wow can’t believe these are free!


  79. 102

    just, CAN’T BELIEVE these are free!
    awesome collection!

    Melbourne & League Script are my favourites ;)

  80. 103

    Awesome collection.. as always. :) Muchos gracias!

  81. 104

    oh! good collection.

  82. 105

    Very nice and usefull collection. Thanks for sharing with the world ;)

  83. 106

    Useful collection. Thanks a lot

  84. 107

    Hello guys,
    this is my latest font and is totally free! http://www.resistenza.es/bodoniathome

  85. 108

    There’s some really nice work there :) Thanks!

  86. 109

    Tom Matt Alex Harding

    February 24, 2011 8:41 am

    I really want to use Baurete, but for some reason they’ve packaged the font as a bunch of AI files. Is there anyway of creating a ttf file from the files?

  87. 110

    They are lovely! :D nice work!! Thanx’ :D

  88. 111

    textual seduction

    March 28, 2011 10:52 am

    ROKE1984 is not the sharpest tool in the shed…


    Not “LAZY BOY”

    Otherwise you don’t get D & G in your sample text.

  89. 112

    http://tipografias.uchilefau.cl/ free chilean tipographic :)

  90. 113

    These are some cool fonts. I really like Spatha Serif the most.

  91. 114

    vador doesn’t seem to be free

  92. 115

    Nuruzzaman Sheikh

    May 12, 2011 10:56 pm

    thanks man great resources!

  93. 116

    Ted J. Nielsen

    May 14, 2011 2:42 pm

    I´m no typographist, but I think I can appreciate a good font when I see it. Surely these will come in handy for many a designer. Thanks for taking the effort to putting together this article :)

  94. 117

    the darth vader font isnt free —19$

  95. 118

    Awesome *-*

  96. 119

    Very sad collection :D)

  97. 120

    Jaroslav Tesarik

    July 4, 2011 2:48 am

    Thank you for this article.. amazing fonts!

  98. 121

    I absolutely love “Lato” typeface. You can check it out on one of the sites I’ve done recently: printdesigns.com.

    Awesome stuff!

  99. 122

    Everyone loves free fonts!! Great addition!

  100. 123

    Very useful for my work, typography note 10!

  101. 124

    Alotta these aren’t free downloads. they take you to a site where you have to pay.

  102. 125

    Thank you so much.

  103. 126

    thanks for the awesome links!!! couldn’t find Phoenica anywhere!

  104. 127

    I notice the same thing as Dana, a number of these are commercial licenses (I was looking forward to using Vador!). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that anyone owes me free, beautiful fonts but it is disappointing when you follow the links to “free” fonts and find the price tag at the end of the rainbow.

  105. 128

    These aren’t free downloads. they take you to a site where you have to pay.

  106. 129

    thanks!! The fonts are amazing!!

  107. 130

    Why not list Ubuntu instead of Phoenica? It looks almost identical, and is freeer, meaning you also get the bold an italic cuts for free.

  108. 131

    Classic round is not free. not that i can see!


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