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15 Beautiful High-Quality Free Fonts

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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.

In this selection we’re glad to present you Aller Sans, Mayberry Pro SemiBold, Quicksand, Agrafa Hairline, Sketch Rockwell, Megalopolis Extra and a couple of other high-quality free fonts. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts — the license can change from time to time.

15 Beautiful High-Quality Free Fonts Link

Aller Sans [ Specimen | License | Download ]
Dalton Maag design team designed a beautiful sans-serif Aller Sans, sponsored by Danish publishing company Aller (hence the name). The typeface was designed as part of the Danish School of Media and Journalisms new CI and is now available for free use and download (via).

Aller Sans

Mayberry Pro SemiBold4 (registration is required)
AscenderFonts released the font Mayberry Pro Semi Bold available for free download. This font belongs to the Mayberry Pro family. This family is a humanist sans serif designed by Steve Matteson to provide optimal legibility on screen in applications ranging from User Interfaces to web pages. The registration is required to download the font.

Mayberry Pro SemiBold5

Rally Character Set [ Specimen | Previews | Download ]
Lukyan Turetsky released a character set of rally symbols. The font contains standard signs of control in rally, infographics rally icons, blanks for the design of logos and other graphics, symbols for signs legends (transcript) and other symbols and marks. OpenType, available for free download.

Rally Character Set

Quicksand
Quicksand is a brilliant sans-serif font designed by Andrew Paglinawan and available for free download.

Quicksand

Agrafa Hairline6 (registration is required)
“Agrafa is a technical but versatile display face that works well in both large and small sizes. Most of the glyphs are made from one continuous line and shows the constraints of bending a paperclip/wire.” Designed by Mugur Mihai7. [ via ]

Paper Clip Typeface8

Paper Clip Typeface9

Conglomerfont10
Conglomerfont is a free font created by Jay Hilgert (BittBox) and the design community from all over the world. Jay asked people to send individual letters to his inbox, and I coagulated the submissions into a single font, hence the name, Conglomerfont.

Conglomer Font11

Conglomer Font12

Sketch Rockwell13
A sketchy hand-drawn script font, designed by Lukas Bischoff, available for free download for PC and Mac OS X. Free for personal use only.

Sketch Rockwell14

Megalopolis Extra15 [ Specimen16 | EULA License17 ]
Revamped version of the 2004 one. Now in OT with extended language support and OpenType features with alternates, ligatures, different styles of figures, etc. You can use it freely for all your personal and commercial work. [ via ]

Sketch Rockwell18

Sansation19
A modern sans-serif, designed by Bernd Montag and available for free download and usage. PC / Mac OS X.

Advent20

Exljbris fonts update21
Jos Buivenga has recently updated his free fonts, partly available for free download. The improved Fertigo Pro, Anivers, Museo and Museo Sans have been recently re-released and are now available for free download.

Exljbris fonts update22

Birra Stout23 (registration is required)
Birra arose from years of compulsive doodling in pen and ink, and conjures the whimsy and syncopated contrast of novelty handlettering in the early 20th century. Birra Stout is a free font, made available by Darden Studio.

Birra Stout24

Miso25 [ Preview26 ]
MISO is an architectural lettering font completed in 2006 by Mårten Nettelbladt. It’s available in three weights (light, regular, bold) in TrueType format for Windows.

Miso27

Advent28
Andreas K. improved his typeface and made a new version availabe for free personal, non-commercial usage only.

Advent29

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High Heels Typeface30
This was a fun project overall because I got the chance to explore a diverse and massive collection of High-heeled shoes, which was the main inspiration for the typeface that I have created. Not available for download.

High Heels Typeface31

Sources and Resources Link

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/23/free-fonts-of-the-month-myndraine-museo-sans/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/08/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/fonts/
  4. 4 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/info/mayberry-pro-free-font.aspx
  5. 5 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/info/mayberry-pro-free-font.aspx
  6. 6 http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mugur-mihai/agrafa/
  7. 7 http://mugurmihai.com/
  8. 8 http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mugur-mihai/agrafa/
  9. 9 http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mugur-mihai/agrafa/
  10. 10 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/bb-free-font-conglomerfont/
  11. 11 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/bb-free-font-conglomerfont/
  12. 12 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/bb-free-font-conglomerfont/
  13. 13 http://www.dafont.com/sketch_rockwell.font
  14. 14 http://www.dafont.com/sketch_rockwell.font
  15. 15 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/megalopolis-extra
  16. 16 http://www.smeltery.net/dl/megalopolis-extra/megalopolis-extra.pdf
  17. 17 http://www.smeltery.net/SMFFEULA.html
  18. 18 http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/megalopolis-extra
  19. 19 http://www.dafont.com/sansation.font
  20. 20 http://www.dafont.com/sansation.font
  21. 21 http://exljbris.com/
  22. 22 http://exljbris.com/
  23. 23 http://www.dardenstudio.com/typefaces/birra_stout
  24. 24 http://www.dardenstudio.com/typefaces/birra_stout
  25. 25 http://martennettelbladt.se/miso/
  26. 26 http://martennettelbladt.se/miso/
  27. 27 http://martennettelbladt.se/miso/
  28. 28 http://inde-graphics.deviantart.com/art/advent-font-57338302
  29. 29 http://inde-graphics.deviantart.com/art/advent-font-57338302
  30. 30 http://zummi.deviantart.com/art/Highheel-typeface-98346864
  31. 31 http://zummi.deviantart.com/art/Highheel-typeface-98346864
  32. 32 http://thinkdesignblog.com/20-beautiful-free-serif-fonts.htm
  33. 33 http://abduzeedo.com/21-awesome-free-fonts
  34. 34 http://blogof.francescomugnai.com/2008/07/the-30-most-curious-and-interesting-dingbats-for-graphic-designers/
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  1. 1

    Excellent series. There is some beautiful work here.

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  2. 2

    Juicy Love em. Thanks

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  3. 3

    Awesome!

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    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    November 24, 2008 6:24 am

    Just genius. I love fonts and typography.
    It is just a lonely child in that business.

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    CreamScoop.com

    November 24, 2008 6:24 am

    Really good selection, thanks for sharing!

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  6. 6

    Love MISO!!! Hopefully, I can find an excuse to use it in my work in near future.

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  7. 7

    WONDERFUL

    thanks :)

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  8. 8

    Wow, thanks !

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  9. 9

    Awesome list! There were a couple I have never seen before, so I for sure gotta get download’in :)

    And, Thanks for mentioning one of my posts under “Sources and Resources.” :)

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  10. 10

    Some of them are very nice. thanx for the list.

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  11. 11

    Amazing… I would like to see more typographic posts!
    Great work!
    Regards

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  12. 12

    I’m glad to see some typography on here! Nice post.

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  13. 13

    am i the only one that’s not able to see the images? they’re not showing up..

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  14. 14

    cool! you can never have too many fonts, thanks!

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  15. 15

    Amazing, thank you for the great work,

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  16. 16

    Quicksand looks great. Thanks Smashing!

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  17. 17

    @Siah
    Same problem for me, I can’t see the images, nor in the article “50 Beautiful Winter Wonderland Photos”

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  18. 18

    Somehow I feel like I’ve seen many of these before on this site…

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  19. 19

    Still no images?

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  20. 20

    @ Thomas
    yep no images in the previous post either.
    Are we blacklisted??? ;-/
    lol

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  21. 21

    I just checked again, and none of the images in any previous posts are showing up.. the site graphics (ads, logo, etc) are fine though..
    ::sigh:: no Smashing for my manic Monday

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  22. 22

    it works now…

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  23. 23

    Awesome! They are really useful.

    Gopal,
    http://www.productivedreams.com

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  24. 24

    Awesome compilation of fonts there, I’m really like the Advent one.

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  25. 25

    great collection! thanks SM

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  26. 26

    Good listing

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  27. 27

    Thanks a lot for good stuff

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  28. 28

    heels are nice .. high heels ;)

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  29. 29

    Nice collection.
    any one have sketch flavor fonts collection ?

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  30. 30

    Noob question: how do I get those ligatures and alternates on Megalopolis Extra?

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  31. 32

    A nice series. Thanks for the Aller Sans, Mayberry and the beautiful Sensation!

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  32. 33

    Great list guys,

    Love the QuickSand, it reminds me a bit of DIM.

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  33. 34

    how is the last one free????? free to look at?!

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  34. 35

    Awesome list! Thanks a lot :-)

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  35. 36

    Regarding the “Aller” font, can someone summarize the license? To me, I do not understand it at all. Will it be non-free after 2010? May I use it after 2010, e.g. in PDFs published in the Internet?

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  36. 37

    Great great!! Thanks

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  37. 38

    AWESOME

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  38. 39

    lovely!

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  39. 40

    Smashing Magazine has become my favorite design blog. Thanks for the wonderful resources!

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  40. 41

    so beautiful…

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