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Free Fonts Of The Month: Anivers, Gentium, Fresco


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 are glad to present you the updated Anivers, Gentium family and Fresco Semi Bold. Please read the license agreements carefully — they can change from time to time.

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Anivers Regular
Jos Buivenga has released an update for Anivers, a font which was originally designed to celebrate the first anniversary of Smashing Magazine. Now the new improved Anivers has been expanded and Anivers Regular undergone a major update. Changes: extended language support, improved glyph shapes and improved metrics and kerning.

Anivers Screenshot

Anivers Screenshot

Jos Buivenga has extended Anivers to the Anivers family which now comes in regular, italic, bold and small caps and has some nice OpenType features. However, only Anivers regular is free. To download the free Regular you have to register at The rest of the family can be purchased on MyFonts.

Gentium (specimen) and Gentium Basic
SIL International which has released Gentium few years ago, now released a modification of Gentium which is called Gentium Basic. Gentium is a typeface family designed to enable the diverse ethnic groups around the world who use the Latin and Greek scripts 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 Basic and Gentium Book Basic are font families based on the original Gentium design, but with additional weights. The “Book” family is slightly heavier. Both families come with a complete regular, bold, italic and bold italic set of fonts. The supported character set, however, is much smaller than for the main Gentium fonts. These “Basic” fonts support only the Basic Latin and Latin-1 Supplement Unicode ranges, plus a selection of the more commonly used extended Latin characters, with miscellaneous diacritical marks, symbols and punctuation. Designed by Victor Gaultney.


Reminder Link

We have already written about Fresco Semi Bold. However, in this post we would like to remind some of you who haven’t downloaded the font yet that Fresco Semi Bold is still available for free download. Fresco Semi Bold is just one member of a large and flexible type family by Dutch design legend Fred Smeijers. OpenType. Registration is required.


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    Nice one ;)

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    Yay, Versal-ß!

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    Beautiful Fonts.

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    Thanks a lot, I love Reminder :)

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    I don’t know why German use less ß (Es-Zett) than earlier. Nice letter and easier (and faster) to write than ss.


    Ich weiß nicht, warum Deutche nutzen wenig ß (Es-Zett) als früher. Das ist eine prima Buchstabe, die ist leichter und schneller zu schreiben als zweimal s.

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    Thanks! Always room for more fonts! thanks for the updates…

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    i can’t download the anivers font, the page gives only a link to!
    btw awesome post!!

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    Why is Anivers there again? Anivers has been represented in an earlier post.

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    I like Fresco type. Thanks Smashing Mag.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 13, 2008 6:14 am

    @SSV: please read the article carefully.

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    Great collection!

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    Does anyboy know when will Gentium Bold arrive,

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    Woo more fonts! I love Jos Buivenga’s typefaces, so much unique character to them. Good stuff!

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    Yet again, very nice!

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    awesome thanks

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    Great fonts! Thanks for the post!

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    Finally! The arrival of Anivers in full.

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    I like the anivers-font! Keep the posts coming.
    Nice article, as always.

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    I thought you had featured Anivers already… its the “Smashing”-Font that can be found in your sidebar, isnt it?! I’m a bit confused…

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 14, 2008 3:42 am

    @toox: please read the article carefully: “Jos Buivenga has released an update for Anivers, a font which was originally designed to celebrate the first anniversary of Smashing Magazine. Now the new improved Anivers has been expanded and Anivers Regular undergone a major update.”

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    Nice fonts! Can I use them for creating logotypes?

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    Nice Fonts !!!!!! very happy :-)

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    Gilberto Saraiva

    June 15, 2008 9:17 am

    anivers its a very smooth font, good design.

    another good list! thanks!

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    Cheesecake’s? (Nice selection.)

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    Thanks for list. It so nice and cool fonts.
    PS: i have to promote this link in my site Here

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    @ Livio: we use the letter “ß” less because of a spelling reform introduced some ten years ago. Among a plethora of amendments “ß” is replaced by “ss” when preceded by a short vowel, e.g. in the word “Kuss” – formerly “Kuß” (= kiss). The letter is not replaced when preceded by a long vowel, e.g. in the word “Fußball” (= football / soccer).

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    Thanks for the fonts. Always a big help.

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    LAME. Logins for FREE stuff is not cool, even if the free stuff is nice. They don’t need my personal info…


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