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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 (we’ve presented some of them in our article 80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design1) 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.

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 in 2008. What is your favourite?

Please notice:

  • Some images are taken from Gerrit van Aaken’s Typography Essays2. 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”.
  • You can visit the Free Fonts Section3 to find more free fonts. The category is regularly updated.
  • 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.

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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.

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JustOldFashion34
A font designed by Manfred Klein.

JustOldFashion35

Lido STF36
The typeface is suitable for all periodicals wishing to abandon inconspicuously the hideous system typefaces with their even more hideous accents and to change over to the contemporary level of graphic design. It is also most convenient for everyday work in text editors and office applications. It has a fairly large x-height of lower case letters, shortened serifs and simplified endings of rounded strokes. For professional use you need a valid license which means purchasing the font.

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Cardo38
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.

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Day Roman
In digitizing this typeface, attention was mainly given to duplicate the technical imperfections of 16th-century printing, which have been lost with today’s technologies. In order to accomplish this, some digital type design conventions have been avoided – things like the uniformity of the serifs, overall stroke precision, vertical proportion exactitude. This digitization should work nicely when used anywhere from 10 to 30 pt. Some design oddities, appealing or otherwise, may appear in 30+ pt usage. This serif font is available in PC Type 1 and PC True Type formats.

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Day Roman

Liberation Serif40
Public domain / GNU GPL, Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, PC / Mac OS X

Liberation Serif41

Liberation Sans42
Public domain / GNU GPL, Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, PC / Mac OS X

Liberation Sans43

Romeral44 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 Typies45, Pablo De Gregorio’s blog.

Romeral46

Romeral47

Scriptina48
Handwriting, PC, Mac.

Scriptina Freefont49

Mank Sans50
A freefont designed by Manfred Klein.

Mank Sans Freefont51

Chúcara52
To get the font, contact the designer Juan Pablo De Gregorio or add a comment to the post, explaining, who you are, why are you willing to get the font and how do you intend to use it. The author sends the font via e-mail.

Chucara53

Qlassik54

Qlassik Freefont55

Diavlo56
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 Freefont57
Diavlo Freefont58
Diavlo Freefont59

Cicle60
Sans-Serif, 7 weights, freeware.

Fresh Free Fonts - Cicle Font | dafont.com61

Kontrapunkt62
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

Fontin63
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).

Fontin64

Fontin65

Colaborate66

Colaborate67

Colaborate68
[image via typoblog.ch69]

Fertigo70
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.

Freefont71

Freefont72

Steiner73
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.com74

AUdimat (v2)75
OpenType, Mac, PC, in four weights: regular, italic, bold, bold italic. Freeware, via fontleech76.

AUdimat77

Greyscale Basic78
A freefont designed by Greyscale [via Computerlove79]

Tuffy Freefont80

Existence Light81
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.com82

Com4T Fine Regular83

Freefont

Pixel fonts Link

Style-Force Semplice Pixelfonts84
Tiny pixelfonts, Flash-compatible including detailed instructions on how the fonts should be used to achieve the best readability.

Pixelfont Freefont85

Pixelfont Freefont86

Unibody87

Unibody is an optimized screen font family for Macromedia Flash MX and Adobe Photoshop. It’s designed for one point size only, 8 pts.

Unibody Freefont88

Silkscreen89
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 Freefont90

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/08/80-beautiful-fonts-typefaces-for-professional-design/
  2. 2 http://praegnanz.de/essays/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/fonts/
  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://www.stormtype.com/free.html
  37. 37 http://www.stormtype.com/free.html
  38. 38 http://scholarsfonts.net/cardofnt.html
  39. 39 http://scholarsfonts.net/cardofnt.html
  40. 40 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-serif.font
  41. 41 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-serif.font
  42. 42 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-sans.font
  43. 43 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-sans.font
  44. 44 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/12/romeral-display-typeface.html
  45. 45 http://www.typies.blogspot.com
  46. 46 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/12/romeral-display-typeface.html
  47. 47 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/12/romeral-display-typeface.html
  48. 48 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  49. 49 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  50. 50 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
  51. 51 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
  52. 52 http://letritas.blogspot.com/2006/05/chcara-una-tipografa-econmica.html
  53. 53 http://letritas.blogspot.com/2006/05/chcara-una-tipografa-econmica.html
  54. 54 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
  55. 55 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
  56. 56 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  57. 57 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  58. 58 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  59. 59 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  60. 60 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
  61. 61 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
  62. 62 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Kontrapunkt
  63. 63 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Kontrapunkt
  64. 64 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  65. 65 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  66. 66 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Colaborate
  67. 67 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Colaborate
  68. 68 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Colaborate
  69. 69 http://www.typoblog.ch/?p=142
  70. 70 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html
  71. 71 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html
  72. 72 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html
  73. 73 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
  74. 74 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
  75. 75 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/audimat
  76. 76 http://www.fontleech.com/
  77. 77 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/audimat
  78. 78 http://www.greyscale.net/basic/
  79. 79 http://www.cpluv.com/www/feeditem/3085
  80. 80 http://www.greyscale.net/basic/
  81. 81 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
  82. 82 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
  83. 83 http://com4t-fff.seesaa.net/article/20901050.html
  84. 84 http://pixelfonts.style-force.net/
  85. 85 http://pixelfonts.style-force.net/
  86. 86 http://pixelfonts.style-force.net/
  87. 87 http://www.underware.nl/site2/index.php?id1=unibody&id2=download
  88. 88 http://www.underware.nl/site2/index.php?id1=unibody&id2=download
  89. 89 http://www.kottke.org/plus/type/silkscreen/
  90. 90 http://www.kottke.org/plus/type/silkscreen/
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  1. 1

    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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    CSS Zen Master

    November 8, 2007 11:48 pm

    Excellent collection. The typography skill of amateur font makers is getter really good

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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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  7. 7

    Any chance of supplying a ZIP of the whole lot?

    Didn’t think so…

    J.

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  8. 8

    Nice article agian ;)
    I love this site.

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  9. 9

    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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  11. 11

    Cool list, as always. Thanks!

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  12. 12

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

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  13. 13

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

    Many thanks.

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  14. 14

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

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  15. 15

    Wow!

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

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  16. 16

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

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  17. 17

    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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  18. 18

    Top notch :) Amazing fonts
    Thanks for sharing

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  19. 19

    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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