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Free Fonts Of The Month: Relato Sans, Droid Family


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

This month we’d like to present you Relato Sans and the Droid font family. Please read the license agreement carefully – it can change from time to time.

  • You can find over 60 more free fonts in our section Free Fonts.

Free Fonts Of The Month Link

Relato Sans
Relato Sans is the best of a fresh new breed of humanist sans serifs. Witness Eduardo Manso’s technical and artistic skill for yourself with this complimentary sampling of the complete OpenType family. Registration is required to download the file.

Droid Font Family
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.

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 specimen. You can find concrete instruction of how you can use the fonts in this article.

Bonus Link

John Gruber has recently published a list of the fonts which are being used in Apple’s iPhone. Apparently, American Typewriter, American Typewriter Condensed, Arial, Arial Rounded MT Bold, Courier New, Georgia, Helvetica, Marker Felt, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Verdana and Zapfino are included.

You can also download a .pdf-version of the table which shows how each of 11 font families should render.

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    Yay! Smashing is back!

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    Wow I thought you dropped off the face of the Internet. Glad you’re back!

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    Thanks for the Apple iPhone fonts! Been wondering about those.

    Welcome back! Hope all is better now, and thanks for providing the great content!

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    Good to see you back.

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    definitely smashing free fonts!
    thanks a lot for them! I’ll use then in my future works for sure ;)

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    We Miss You ;_; , Welcome Back :)

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    Nice few fonts here, sometimes free is better than commercial.

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    Glad to see the new post today. The free fonts are great, but the iPhone font list is definitely a reference must have!! Thanks

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    These fonts are great. I am looking for some fancy handwriting fonts, I would check in your archives and come back if I don’t find. Thanks.

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    I was looking for a font like Droid Font Family, it’s perfect, thanks SM. Good to see back

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    Thanx for the free font tips! I wonder what exactly qualifies a “humanist sans serif”, but it sure does look classy and good for a number of purposes. :)

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    Back in action…. Thankyou SM for serving the Designers all aver the web !!

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    i.m so happy your issues were resolved … i really started to miss you .

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    Great list of fonts, been looking for something like this.

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    Someone should seriously make a torrent of these and put it up on Legit Torrents! It would make life so much easier!

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    Ah, back already? :D

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    NICE! I always love getting new fonts. The Droid fonts are really nice, I like that look. Very clean and professional.

    Thanks Smashing

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    Wow, I’m so glad Smashing is back. I love you man. I’ve been waiting all week.

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    Unfortunately Droid link doesn’t appear to be working any longer. Fortunately Google cache still works… ;-)

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    Wow I thought you dropped off the face of the Internet. Glad you’re back!

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    Wham-Bam! Another great smash. Thanks… xoxo

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    very good, excellent, wonderfullll :P

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    Thank you for giving an overview about the font. I will use it in my future work.

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    I love the Droid font family, thanks for this.

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    Does anyone have a link to download relato sans? I would love to test it out. THANKS!

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    Thanks for the fonts

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    Hey guys.

    Does anyone have the Relato Sans font installed on their PC?

    I really would like it, and it’s not on their site anymore. :(


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