25 New Free High-Quality Fonts

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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.

Lato5

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.

Melbourne25

Melbourne26

ROKE198427
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.

ROKE198428

ROKE198429

ROKE198430

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

Thunderball60
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

Matchbook68
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.

Matchbook69

Matchbook70

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.

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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

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Footnotes

  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

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

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  2. 102

    Thank you so much.

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  3. 203

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

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  4. 304

    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.

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  5. 405

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

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  6. 506

    thanks!! The fonts are amazing!!

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  7. 607

    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.

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  8. 708

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

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