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40+ Excellent Freefonts For Professional Design

The importance of typography in design can’t be overestimated. The accuracy, precision and balance of geometric forms can give letters the elegance and sharpness they deserve. Besides, elegant fonts can help to convey the message in a more convenient way. In fact, while there are many excellent professional fonts there are literally thousands of free low-quality fonts which you would never use for professional designs.

Quality costs. The price of “bulletproof” fonts usually reflects their quality and starts at 50$ per typeface. However, before purchasing a font you will probably use only once in your designs you might want to take a glance at outstanding free alternatives first. [Content Care Nov/09/2016]

Over the last year we’ve been observing typo-designers and their works; we’ve regularly collected high-quality fonts available for free download and free to use for personal or/and commercial projects. In this article we’d like to present an overview of over 40 excellent free fonts you might use for your professional designs. What is your favourite?

You may want to take a look at the following related posts:

Please notice:

  • Some images are taken from Gerrit van Aaken’s Typography Essays. Thank you, Gerrit.
  • We haven’t listed Arial, Georgia, Verdana, Trebuchet MS & Co. as well as Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Constantia and Corbel as they are delivered almost “automatically”.
  • We’d like to thank to all typo-designers and foundries for releasing these fonts for free. We appreciate your work and your intentions.
  • Before using fonts please read the license agreements carefully — they can change from time to time.

Excellent Freefonts For Professional Designs in 2008 Link

Gentium4
Gentium is a typeface family designed to enable the diverse ethnic groups around the world who use the Latin script to produce readable, high-quality publications. It supports a wide range of Latin-based alphabets and includes glyphs that correspond to all the Latin ranges of Unicode. Gentium examples5.

Screenshot6

Screenshot7

District Thin8
A very calm, serious and impressive sans-serif free font from GarageFonts’ District family. The font is available as Mac Postscript, Mac TrueType, PC Postscript, PC Truetype and OpenType.

Freefont9

Moderna10

Few years ago the government of the region has decided to design a new typeface to enable its 28.000 citizens to use all four languages in a uniform manner. The result is a beautiful, rich and professional sans-serif free font. The family includes a bold, heavy, italic, light and regular weights. Examples11.

Delicious12
Special attention was given to character spacing to obtain a homogenous appearance. With its relatively large x-height the Delicious can be used for text in smaller point sizes. The Delicious italic is not a slanted roman, but a true italic. Serif, Mac / PC.

Delicious13

Delicious14

Delicious15

Anivers16
A robust and rigid font, forgiving, flexible, elegant and also suitable for a broad use: from a stationery to a poster headline. A smashing serif freefont by Jos Buivenga, dedicated to the One-Year-Anniversary of Smashing Magazine. Besides ligatures, contextual alternatives, fractions and oldstyle/tabular numerals Anivers also has a ‘case’ feature for case-sensitive forms. Anivers supports CE languages and Esperanto. It has more than 350 glyphs and over 1.600 kerning pairs. Examples17.

Anivers Freefont18

Anivers Freefont19

Tallys20
Tallys is a font that is one degree slanted and has large caps, a small x-height and long ascenders. Only roman style is available.

Tallys Freefont21

Tallys Freefont22

Fontin Sans23
Available weights: regular, italic, bold, bold italic and small caps. It is a sans companion of Fontin24 and can be downloaded at Mac & PC (OpenType). Fontin Sans is absolutely free for personal and commercial use. Examples25.

Fontin Sans26

Fontin Sans27

Geo Sans Light28, by Manfred Klein

Geo Sans Light Freefont29

Yanone Kaffeesatz30
This “coffee”-font is supposed to be used in headlines and brief text passages; it shouldn’t, however, be used for body copy. The numbers and currency signs are monospaced, which means that they have the same width. This is useful if you’d like to place them on a restaurant menu beneath each other in a table. The alternative and historic symbols as well as ligatures can be activated via the OpenType-option »optional ligatures«. Released under Creative Commons license. Examples31.

Screenshot32

Screenshot33

JustOldFashion34
A font designed by Manfred Klein.

JustOldFashion35

Cardo36
Cardo is a large Unicode font specifically designed for the needs of classicists, Biblical scholars, medievalists, and linguists. This font is free for personal, non-commercial, or non-profit use.

Screenshot37

Liberation Serif38
Public domain / GNU GPL, Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, PC / Mac OS X

Liberation Serif39

Liberation Sans40
Public domain / GNU GPL, Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, PC / Mac OS X

Liberation Sans41

Romeral42 offers aside from optimal legibility an elegant style, rounded forms and sharp geometric structure of its letters. Romeral is designed to produce a noticeable visual impact that invites the audience to the reading due to its sizable thickness. Interestingly enough, the basic idea of this OpenType-font was to find a way to fill the color titles zone in order to create a comfortable atmosphere for the reading experience. It can be used for body copy and headlines. Free to use in personal and commercial projects.

You can get the font sending a personal request via e-mail or comment form. More information is available on Typies43, Pablo De Gregorio’s blog.

Romeral44

Romeral45

Scriptina46
Handwriting, PC, Mac.

Scriptina Freefont47

Mank Sans48
A freefont designed by Manfred Klein.

Mank Sans Freefont49

Qlassik50

Qlassik Freefont51

Diavlo52
Jos Buivenga’s freefont that is a bit square and sharp. Great attention has been given to detail, spacing and kerning. It contains more than 300 glyphs and over 1.300 kerning pairs. So Tørwald can pick up his Téléphone without worrying. Diavlo contains (some) East European characters and also Esperanto characters.

The final release contains 5 weights: Light, Book, SemiBold, Bold and Black. Diavlo contains a bunch of ligatures and contextual alternatives (OpenType feature) to prevent undesired collisions.

Diavlo Freefont53
Diavlo Freefont54
Diavlo Freefont55

Cicle56
Sans-Serif, 7 weights, freeware.

Fresh Free Fonts - Cicle Font | dafont.com57

Kontrapunkt58
Slab-serif. Kontrapunkt was awarded the Danish Design Prize for best typeface. The aim has been to develop a distinct font, with regards to both the inidividual character and the overall image as such. The typeface has so far been developed in a light, light italic and bold version.


Freefont
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Fontin60
The Fontin is designed to be used at small sizes. The color is darkish, the spacing loose and the x-height tall. The numbers of the Fontin have a ‘hybrid’ design. They carry the characteristics of medieval numbers, but their size is larger than the x-height. Mac (Type 1), PC (TTF, Opentype).

Fontin61

Fontin62

Colaborate63

Colaborate64

Colaborate65
[image via typoblog.ch66]

Fertigo67
It’s a bit like Laphroaic; the more you get to know it, the more you’ll (probably) appreciate it. With it’s auto-ligatures (no Open Type programms needed), a complete character set and many other unknown features it can be hard to resist. Regular only.

Freefont68

Freefont69

Steiner70
This typeface is ideal for logos and general design. It isn’t very suitable to be used with word-processors as it lacks some symbols and letters. Sans Serif, free for personal use only.

Fresh Free Fonts - Steiner Font | dafont.com71

AUdimat (v2)72
OpenType, Mac, PC, in four weights: regular, italic, bold, bold italic. Freeware, via fontleech73.

AUdimat74

Droid Font Family75

Google’s Android project, an open platform for mobile devices, includes the Droid font family, which was designed to provide optimal quality and comfort on a mobile handset when rendered in application menus, web browsers and for other screen text.

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The Droid family of fonts consists of Droid Sans, Droid Sans Mono and Droid Serif. Each contains extensive character set coverage including Western Europe, Eastern/Central Europe, Baltic, Cyrillic, Greek and Turkish support. Description with a specimen77. You can find concrete instruction of how you can use the fonts in this article78.

OT Versa Condensed79, by Peter Verheul

Ourtype offers a bonus font of the month. To download the font, click on the “About” item in the left sidebar of this80 site. Once the horizontal menu has appeared, click on the “Bonus font of the mont” section link in the menu.

OT Versa Condensed81

Greyscale Basic82
A freefont designed by Greyscale

Tuffy Freefont83

Existence Light84
A free sans-serif font designed by Yeah Noah. 3 weights — Light, UnicaseLight, StencilLight. OpenType, PC, Mac OS X.

Fresh Free Fonts - Existence Light Font | dafont.com85

Com4T Fine Regular86

Freefont

Pixel fonts Link

Style-Force Semplice Pixelfonts87
Tiny pixelfonts, Flash-compatible including detailed instructions on how the fonts should be used to achieve the best readability.

Pixelfont Freefont88

Pixelfont Freefont89

Silkscreen90
Silkscreen is best used in places where extremely small graphical display type is needed. The primary use is for navigational items (nav bars, menus, etc.). Silkscreen also works very well at large point sizes if you’re looking for that chunky, old school computer look so popular with the kids today. Created by Jason Kottke. Silkscreen, with both Mac and Windows versions, is free for personal and corporate use. TrueType, Windows, Mac, Linux.

Silkscreen Freefont91

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/best-free-fonts-designers/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/07/free-font-round-up/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/12/25-new-free-high-quality-fonts-typography/
  4. 4 http://scripts.sil.org/gentium
  5. 5 http://praegnanz.de/essays/gentium
  6. 6 http://scripts.sil.org/gentium
  7. 7 http://scripts.sil.org/gentium
  8. 8 http://www.philsfonts.com/freefont.html
  9. 9 http://www.philsfonts.com/freefont.html
  10. 10 http://www.ellak.gr/fonts/mgopen/
  11. 11 http://praegnanz.de/essays/pigiarniq
  12. 12 http://exljbris.com/delicious.html
  13. 13 http://exljbris.com/delicious.html
  14. 14 http://exljbris.com/delicious.html
  15. 15 http://exljbris.com/delicious.html
  16. 16 http://exljbris.com/anivers.html
  17. 17 http://exljbris.com/anivers.html
  18. 18 http://exljbris.com/anivers.html
  19. 19 http://exljbris.com/anivers.html
  20. 20 http://exljbris.com/tallys.html
  21. 21 http://exljbris.com/tallys.html
  22. 22 http://exljbris.com/tallys.html
  23. 23 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  24. 24 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  25. 25 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  26. 26 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  27. 27 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  28. 28 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=geo_sans_light&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Geo+Sans+Light&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  29. 29 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=geo_sans_light&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Geo+Sans+Light&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  30. 30 http://praegnanz.de/essays/yanone-kaffeesatz
  31. 31 http://praegnanz.de/essays/yanone-kaffeesatz
  32. 32 http://www.yanone.de/schriftgestaltung/kaffeesatz/
  33. 33 http://www.yanone.de/schriftgestaltung/kaffeesatz/
  34. 34 http://moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/klein03/text/justold.htm
  35. 35 http://moorstation.org/typoasis/designers/klein03/text/justold.htm
  36. 36 http://scholarsfonts.net/cardofnt.html
  37. 37 http://scholarsfonts.net/cardofnt.html
  38. 38 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-serif.font
  39. 39 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-serif.font
  40. 40 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-sans.font
  41. 41 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-sans.font
  42. 42 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/12/romeral-display-typeface.html
  43. 43 http://www.typies.blogspot.com
  44. 44 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/12/romeral-display-typeface.html
  45. 45 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/12/romeral-display-typeface.html
  46. 46 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  47. 47 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  48. 48 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=mank_sans&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Mank+Sans&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  49. 49 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=mank_sans&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Mank+Sans&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  50. 50 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=qlassik&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Qlassik&a=on&e=on&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  51. 51 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=qlassik&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Qlassik&a=on&e=on&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  52. 52 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  53. 53 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  54. 54 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  55. 55 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  56. 56 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=cicle&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  57. 57 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=cicle&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  58. 58 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Kontrapunkt
  59. 59 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Kontrapunkt
  60. 60 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  61. 61 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  62. 62 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  63. 63 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Colaborate
  64. 64 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Colaborate
  65. 65 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Colaborate
  66. 66 http://www.typoblog.ch/?p=142
  67. 67 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html
  68. 68 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html
  69. 69 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html
  70. 70 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=steiner&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  71. 71 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=steiner&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  72. 72 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/audimat
  73. 73 http://www.fontleech.com/
  74. 74 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/audimat
  75. 75 http://damieng.com/blog/2007/11/14/droid-font-family-courtesy-of-google-ascender
  76. 76 http://damieng.com/blog/2007/11/14/droid-font-family-courtesy-of-google-ascender
  77. 77 http://www.ascendercorp.com/pr/pr2007_11_12.html
  78. 78 http://benno.id.au/blog/2007/11/14/android-filesystems
  79. 79 http://www.ourtype.be/
  80. 80 http://www.ourtype.be
  81. 81 http://www.ourtype.be/
  82. 82 http://www.greyscale.net/basic/
  83. 83 http://www.greyscale.net/basic/
  84. 84 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=existence&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  85. 85 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=existence&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  86. 86 http://com4t-fff.seesaa.net/article/20901050.html
  87. 87 http://pixelfonts.style-force.net/
  88. 88 http://pixelfonts.style-force.net/
  89. 89 http://pixelfonts.style-force.net/
  90. 90 http://www.kottke.org/plus/type/silkscreen/
  91. 91 http://www.kottke.org/plus/type/silkscreen/

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

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    Andrew Cameron

    November 8, 2007 11:31 pm

    Much better than the usual crop of homemade ‘theme’ fonts, these look really professional, and would look great for logo/corporate Id work… Seen some before, But Qlassic, Chúcara, Kaffeesatz and Anivers are all new to me and look particularly well drawn. Thank you for posting such a high quality list.

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  2. 2

    Man!, i love this article,

    Keep Straight!

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    Zachary Spencer

    November 8, 2007 11:48 pm

    I love love love love love love these font posts. They give me chills every time I see them.

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    Mostafa Mourad

    November 8, 2007 11:51 pm

    GREAT!

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    Jochen Van de Velde

    November 8, 2007 11:57 pm

    Great post, I’ve downloaded many of them. Thanks for sharing, I really love this blog!

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  6. 6

    Any chance of supplying a ZIP of the whole lot?

    Didn’t think so…

    J.

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  7. 7

    Nice article agian ;)
    I love this site.

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  8. 8

    Great collection ! Keep it up ! =)

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    dreamtenstudios

    November 9, 2007 12:10 am

    this is an amazing collection… excellent work guys. as a designer this helps me out incredibly.

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  10. 10

    Cool list, as always. Thanks!

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  11. 11

    It’s Inuit not “Eskimo” like it’s African and not “Negro”.

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  12. 12

    A great selection of fonts. I particularly like District Thin and MG Open Moderna.

    Many thanks.

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  13. 13

    Thanks for the resource, great for the font junkie in all of us…

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  14. 14

    Wow!

    I’ll be downloading this little lot as soon as possible.

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  15. 15

    Excellent fonts! These were just was i was stumbling for!

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  16. 16

    I’ve used Anivers in a few places, really like it – and overall a great selection of fonts – I’m just really sick of seeing the over-use and abuse of the Scriptina font.

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  17. 17

    Top notch :) Amazing fonts
    Thanks for sharing

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  18. 18

    Just to be contrary: How many times are you going to post links to the same fonts? It’s getting more than a little tedious. And while some of these are very good and quite useful, there’s a lot that are not.

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    Pedro Assumpção

    November 9, 2007 3:48 am

    Thanks, very good typefaces.

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    District Thin in the old version makes my Finder Infinite-loop-restart!

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