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60 Brilliant Corporate Fonts

Typography is more than being legible and looking good. Among other things, effective typography manages to achieve two important objectives: a) to create an appropriate atmosphere and enable users to develop trust toward the site and b) to make sure visitors get the main message of the site and (if possible) become interested in the services offered on the site. Since written text is the most efficient instrument to communicate with visitors precisely and directly, the power of typography shouldn’t be underestimated. [Updated Nov/15/2016]

To communicate effectively, typography requires appropriate typefaces. Last year we’ve presented 80 Beautiful Professional Fonts1, a selection of excellent typefaces one should be aware of when developing web-sites. Now it’s time to update our selection with typefaces we’ve missed then and new typefaces which have been developed over the last year.

Below you’ll find over 60 first-class corporate fonts. Please notice that they are not free; however, we’ve focused on typefaces which are definitely worth spending money on. So which typefaces are “bulletproof”? What fonts can be used effectively in almost every Corporate Design? And what are the options for unique, but still incredibly beautiful typefaces? Let’s find out.

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The Haptic family is a sans serif typeface which was optimized for use in small sized text. It serves well in attention seeking headlines. Comes in Roman and Italic with seven weights each. Type & Graphics by Henning Skibbe.

corporate fonts6

Professional Typefaces - Type & Graphics by Henning Skibbe7

FF Meta Serif8
A collaborative work by Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwarty and Kris Sowersby. The designers created a typeface with metrics that are not identical to FF Meta, but optically the same. Now what you see is what you get, a harmonious serif/sans type system. FF Meta Serif is available in four weights: Book, Medium, Bold, and Black, each with Italics. All styles include Small Caps, lining and oldstyle figures in proportional and tabular widths, and a range of arrows and other symbols.

Professional Typefaces - FF Meta Serif9

A contemporary semi-slab serif font. This OpenType font family comes in five weights and offers supports CE languages and even esperanto. Beside ligatures, contextual alternatives, stylistic alternates, fractions and proportional/tabular figures Museo also has a ‘case’ feature for case-sensitive forms. This typeface comes in 5 weights; three of them are free.

Professional Typefaces - MUSEO :: a Free Quality Font from exljbris11

Beorcana is a calligraphic sans, or serifless roman. Beorcana is unusual for a sans serif type; it is designed for extended reading. Beorcana fills a niche in book typography and also serves a wide range of purposes from fine print, cartography, and information design to signage, editorial design and invitations. Designed by Carl Crossgrove. “Beorcana has what it takes to become a classic.”

Professional Typefaces - Beorcana by Carl Crossgrove13

Agile Typeface14
This typeface was born as Endexamen of the postgraduate study TypeMedia in The Hague. Not released yet, but worth to be kept in mind.

Professional Typefaces - edgarWalthert Beta 0.1b15

Marat is an elegant typeface with a soft and friendly appearance. It comes in 5 different weights and includes Italics, Small Caps, various OpenType features and a wide range of language support. Each font includes oldstyle and lining figures, both proportional and tabular. Created by Ludwig Übele from Den Haag, The Netherlands.

Professional Typefaces - Marat

“I ended up drawing inspiration from all parts of the 20th century. The heavy end of the family is based in part on Paul Renner’s Plak, a relatively obscure display typeface cut only in large sizes of woodtype, that is related to his heavier weights of Futura but has rounder, friendlier, fatter proportions“. By Christian Schwartz.

Professional Typefaces - Graphik by Christian Schwartz17

Rondana is a tribute to the purity of line and futuristic aesthetics of the 60s and 70s. Geometry in service of Typography, rather than opposite.

Professional Typefaces - Kimera Type Foundry18

Stag Sans19
“The normal/quirky balance is a bit different in the heavy weights, which are more likely to be used for enormous headlines. The final result is a perfect match for Stag, and also works as a muscular counterpoint to just about any elegant serif face.”

Professional Typefaces - Schwartzco Inc.20

Candy Script
Inspired by Argentina and its culture, Alejandro Paul’s Candy Script captures the country’s spirit. It comes from the tradition of window sign painting, but its thick hand-brushed characters — with alternates for almost every upper and lowercase letter – have a personality all their own. Tons of OpenType alternates included, over 600 characters in all.

Professional Typefaces - Candy Script

FF Utility21
Designed by Lukas Schneider. Comes in give weights — light, regular, medium, bold and black.

Professional Typefaces - FF Utility22

The openness of the headline face made designing a matching text face very straightforward. Elegance gives way to sturdiness in the serifs, and the ball terminals are less pronounced, resulting in an even texture. Like Guardian Egyptian, Publico Text is drawn to work under the specific layout and printing conditions of newspapers but doesn’t take its design cues from traditional newspaper typefaces, resulting in a fresh and contemporary look.

Professional Typefaces - Schwartzco Inc.24

Affair is an new calligraphic typeface by Alejandro Paul with a party full of swash characters, ligatures, and ornaments. By default, it’s simply an elegant yet readable display face. Dress it up with alternates, and it becomes irresistibly attractive, in styles from glamourous to over-the-top.

Professional Typefaces - Affair

A large sans-serif family with 18 weights with ligatures, alternates, fractions, scientific inferiors, superscript, swashes, oldstyle figures, lining figures, tabular figures, numerators, denominators, ordinals and smallcaps.

Professional Typefaces - DSTYPE FOUNDRY26

DST Glosa
A traditional, roman serif-family which comes in 8 weights (roman, roman italic, medium, medium italic, bold, bold italic, black, black italic) and has a number of additional features. OpenType.

Professional Typefaces - DSTYPE FOUNDRY

Beautiful hand-drawing in action. Comes in two weights — rough and smooth. Designed by Nick Cooke.

Professional Typefaces - Olicana by Nick Cooke28

“At first glance Malaga has all the earmarks of a sturdy old style serif that would hold up well to any amount of reading. Healthy spacing, large x-height, short ascenders and descenders. It is the second glance that has you realizing that it is perfect as well for larger headlines and bolder statements.” A modern classic by Xavier Dupré.

Professional Typefaces - Malaga by Xavier Dupré30

FF Unit Rounded31
Designed by Erik Spiekermann.

Professional Typefaces - FontShop32

Arno Pro33
“A multi-weight, multi-style, multi-optical sized, multi-lingual family of fonts in the classic Venetian tradition. It comes bundled with Adobe Creative Suite 3, and it’s almost worth upgrading just to get Arno.” Designed by Robert Slimbach.

Professional Typefaces - Arno Pro by Robert Slimbach34

Kinescope is a dashing 1940s-style brush script. It was inspired by hand-lettered titles in Fleischer Brothers’ Superman cartoon series. This font features OpenType to automatically choose the most aesthetically pleasing letter shapes as you type as well as extended language support. By Mark Simonson.

Professional Typefaces - Kinescope font from Mark Simonson Studios | i love typography, the typography blog36

A typeface for books. When creating a traditional typeface, Stefan Hattenbach was influenced by earlier designs. Anziano shows touches of Weiss (Emil Rudolf Weiss, 1926) – another classic book typeface. Stefan had appreciated the design of Weiss for a long time.

Professional Typefaces - Anziano

Celeste Sans OT37
This OpenType serif family comes in 10 weights.

Professional Typefaces - Celeste Sans OT38

Hand-writing: sexy, elegant, feminine and inviting.

Professional Typefaces - Sloop40

Buffet Script
Buffet Script is based on calligraphy by Alf Becker, arguably the greatest American sign lettering artist of all time. Buffet Script’s OpenType programming contains discretionary ligatures, stylistic and contextual alternates, all interacting with each other to allow the composition of just the typographic look and feel. This font is best used where lush elegance is a design requirement.

Professional Typefaces - Buffet Script

Classic, created by Bram de Does in 1982.

Professional Typefaces - Die 100 Besten Schriften42

FP Dancer Pro Package43

Professional Typefaces - FP Dancer Pro Package44

By Morten Olsen.

Professional Typefaces - Dancer by Morten Olsen46


Professional Typefaces - Quiosco

FF Eureka Sans family47

Professional Typefaces - FF Eureka Sans family48


Professional Typefaces - Archer | Hoefler & Frere-Jones50


Professional Typefaces - Whitney | Hoefler & Frere-Jones52

Mercury Text53

Professional Typefaces - Mercury Text | Hoefler & Frere-Jones54

Chronicle Deck & Display55

Professional Typefaces - Chronicle Deck & Display | Hoefler & Frere-Jones56

Chronicle Text57

Professional Typefaces - Chronicle Text | Hoefler & Frere-Jones58

Basic Commercial59

Professional Typefaces - Basic Commercial60

FF Bau61

Professional Typefaces - FF Bau62


Professional Typefaces - Paralucent64


Professional Typefaces - Syntax66


Professional Typefaces - Region68

FF Absara Headline69

Professional Typefaces - FF Absara Headline70


Professional Typefaces - National


Professional Typefaces - voluta72


Professional Typefaces - Maquette74

An ultimate corporate typeface, designed by Lucas de Groot. Including 144 fonts, both serif and sans-serif fonts.

Professional Typefaces - Thesis76

Malaga Volume77

Professional Typefaces - Malaga Volume78

Designed by William McChesney. Comes in bold, bold oblique, oblique and regular. Price: $49 for all 4 weights.

Professional Typefaces - Nox80

Currently in development.

Professional Typefaces - You Should Like Type Too .com

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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 front-end/UX workshops, webinars and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  1. 1

    I guess I’m cheap… I prefer your free font lists. But as a designer myself I can understand that designers want to get paid. The irony of it!

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    Too bad you dont list which are free. A lot of those are really great.

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    brilliant collection, thx

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    Cory von Wallenstein

    March 20, 2008 9:28 am

    My favorite by far is Olicana! Absolutely awesome quill script!

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    Once again, thank you! This site continues to amaze me.

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    Incredible collection!

    (FF Unit was mentioned twice though, is this intentional?)

  7. 7

    Quantity. Why not list 5 or 10, with some information to go with?

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 20, 2008 10:27 am

    @Clemens: thank you for pointing it out. The article was updated.

    @Stephen Coles: thank you. Updated.

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    heavenly types. too bad they aren’t free :(

  10. 11

    These are glorious days for typography: the quality and quantity of fonts being developed is impressive. I’ve followed closely the emergence of new digital foundries since the first years of the www, and the changes in the last five years or so in the websites are amazing.

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    Great effort as always, though I have to give Thor a point here. It’s a really impressive list of beautiful characters, but I would have liked to learn why you picked these typefaces, why they are especially suitable for Corporate Design, in this case.

    By the way: Still the FF Unit is shown as and linked to the FF Unit Rounded.

  12. 13

    I appreciate you guys compiling this list, but I lost interest as soon as the first font I investigated, Graphik, was found to not even be available for licensing yet. The faces may be brilliant, but please make sure that they’re out there for us to use.

    Also, it helps if you can link these typefaces to pages where we can buy them so we don’t have to click through another blog.

    Keep up the good work! Just giving you a heads up.

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    Thanks for this huge list, really like Olicana.

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    Stephen Coles

    March 20, 2008 1:37 pm

    Hmm, your FF Utility and FF Unit Rounded links are still going to

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    Stephen Coles

    March 20, 2008 1:41 pm

    Thomas Allen:

    Also, it helps if you can link these typefaces to pages where we can buy them so we don’t have to click through another blog.

    Sometimes people want to educate themselves, not simply buy. Also, many of the images that Smashing uses come from other blogs so it’s polite to link to the source.

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    Man, they are pretty, I could almost eat some of them :) thanks for the list

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    Amazing collection. smashingmagazine is for me the best magazine on the web, I’m addicted of your posts.
    It’s in my top five best websites on the net.
    Thank you for the hard work you’re doing and for your brillant collections.
    FROM a Tunisian designer.

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    Kari Pätilä

    March 20, 2008 3:45 pm

    About the Marat type sample, do you know how the Finnish town of Pieksämäki got in that one?

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    I love the Ealing and Nexus. Awesome article, like always. I’d love an article on what plugins you use. Also, how you styled your comment form and how you made the Comments/Pingbacks tab thing. I love this site!

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    bó tay, … i really like this site

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    too bad they are not free

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    Sander (

    March 21, 2008 1:23 am

    Thanks for the font roundup. Some nice fonts, although the article is not very structured. Maby put them in categories serif, sans serif and so on. Anyway also take a closer look at Calibri font by dutch type designer Lucas de Groot.

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    Damn! we owe you guys again;) Thanks for an really excellent list.

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    David Andersson

    March 21, 2008 2:37 am

    I often visit Smashing Mag and wonder why you do not come up with some kind of bundle with articles like these? I’ve fallen in love with most of the typefaces in this article and would love to buy them. Perhaps you could arrange some sort of deals with some discount?

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 21, 2008 2:59 am

    @Stephen Coles (#17): the links are updated. Thank you.

    @Thomas Allen: Stephen Coles (#18) has the point. We highly appreciate the work of other people (particularly blogs we are linking to) which is why we link back to the article where they are presented or featured instead of linking to a shop. Besides, it would be unreasonable to link to some particular shops and not link to other retail stores. We try to remain objective and we’re not participating in any affiliate programs. Please take a look at out publishing policy for further details.

    @Sander ( maybe we’ll do it in one of our future posts.

    @David Andersson: we’ll see what we can do ;-)

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    What? No FF Dax and FF Dax Wide?

    The FF Dax Family has been featured by such corporations as UPS and Lenovo, among others.

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    The first Martin again

    March 21, 2008 5:40 am

    Instead of a link to a shop, I would much more appreciate links to the foundry and/or the designer of the typeface.
    Never had a problem with links to other blogs though. Hey, what’s more exciting than discovering new blogs while hunting for type on the web?

    Doesn’t mean anything could catch up with Smashing …

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 21, 2008 5:44 am

    @Berkana: please take a look at our previous post 80 Beautiful Fonts For Professional Design, we’ve featured Dax there.

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    nicolaas van den broek

    March 23, 2008 4:14 am

    darn, I spend much time reading your good posts and investigating all the types. Keep it up smashing!

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    Thanks for this font list !

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    I’d like to see a download link for the entire pack alltogether.

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    Really Great List of Fonts.

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    Really , Smashing stuff .

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    Jonathan Concepcion

    March 24, 2008 11:35 am

    This article helps me with my current project. Thanks for your wonderful weblog post!

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    Great fonts.

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    Droolworthy. I just want to go out and design type only logotypes!

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    Once again, some great content on fonts. Some of these fonts will look excellent on some poster I’ve got in mind.

    Many Thanks

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    Great Summary with much great new ideas to develop an own style by brilliant typefaces.


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    Bruno Bergher

    April 5, 2008 6:00 am

    I’m glad to see this many typefaces from ‘latin’ designers and foundries (portuguese- and spanish- speaking people) being featured here.

    Thanks for another great post!

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    lindisimas gracias!!!

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    Can you provide ?

    Plz… i want download all fonts at same time :(

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    Did someone try to calculate how much would cost the complete library ?

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    The typeface designed by William McChesney, is call Nox not Nexus ;-)

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    The most fantastic post. Thanks!

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    greed site this cube white red clean joke university we glass

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    oscar Sánchez Dg

    October 10, 2008 8:27 am

    Excelente artículo!!!! de verdad muy bueno para todos los que estamos en el medio.

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    Prelo rocks!

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    candy script is gorgeous… and thanks to xtra i now know how to say ok in chinese…

    by the way, ive always found these type samples to be works of art themselves… the way their arranged, its so appealing.

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    Afra Aboobacker

    October 23, 2008 4:48 am


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    mohamad bilani

    December 3, 2008 12:34 pm

    brilliant typefaces
    amazing and more than amazing !!!

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    You never fail to amaze and this compilation is another great example of creativity. But…

    As a designer who has worked with Fortune 1000/500 companies for a couple of decades, I must agree with comment #21 by SEO Love that I necessarily wouldn’t categorize all of these fonts as suitable for “corporate”. Many of these I in my opinion are “decorative” in style. Advertisements, websites, one-off designs…. but not an annual report, new business presentation, senior (ie CFO/CEO) presentation or an investor fact sheet.

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    IT’s very good!Thank you!~

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    I LOVE fonts! Olicana and ealing are my two favorites. I like collecting fonts, its unfortunate i can’t pay for fonts, no money for that. if i struck rich i’d buy a lot from this list

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    thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

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    Candy Script for corporate design! Hardly. Maybe for the logo of a trendy web 2.0 blog :)

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    Thancx a lot. this saves me a lotta time. great collection.

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    candra thomson

    July 29, 2009 2:01 pm

    Awesome font’s, beautiful designs!.

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    great. thanks.

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    Douglas Bonneville

    September 15, 2009 6:10 am

    Wonderful list! Do you have a price for all these added up? :)

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    nice article. thank you for the samples.



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    Great selection!

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    Quite good, the main because it is free of charge……

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    too bad they are not free

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    Samuel Carlson

    February 16, 2010 2:40 pm

    so many to choose from! be sure to check out the Top 10 Ways to Become a Better Artist

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    2 years later and it’s still a GREAT POST!!!!

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    June 16, 2010 1:47 pm

    What a collection! Great list!

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    June 27, 2010 5:09 pm

    great thanks share

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    wonderful collection…….luking for much more eye candy works

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    great selection!thnx!

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    Very good bunch indeed. Lots of choices.

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    hey nice collection. Thanks for sharing it.

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    please someone can say me what typeface use the band The Sounds in their logo? thanks

  73. 74

    What an incredible collection! I have trying to find a font I saw an SEO Company use…any ideas?

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    someone can say me what typeface use the band The Sounds in their logo? thanks

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    very good webside

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    Great collection.

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    Very helpful for graphic designers!

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    great post!!!

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    Thanks for the informative writing. Would mind updating some good tips about it. I still wait your next place. ;)

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    Be nice if I could buy these fonts… half of them do not exist. Out of all the fonts I searched for from this list, only one was available to buy and I thought 250 bucks was a little steep for a font with only 6 weights. (I just needed it for a pitch, so it was not like I could even bill a client.)


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