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15 Fresh 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 Junction, Nadia Serif, Nilland, CartoGothic Std, Bergamo Std, Comic Serif, Birra Stout, Vegur 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 Fresh High-Quality Free Fonts Link

Junction [ Download the .zip-package ]
Designed by Caroline Hadilaksono, Junction is a humanist sans-serif typeface. It has elegant, clearn and very sharp glyphs, but contains only 100 most common symbols. Like Gentium it perfectly fits to body copy, but can also show its strengths, balance and beauty in headlines. Here are some insights from the designer:

“Inspired by my favorite humanist sans serif typefaces, such as Meta, Myriad, and Scala, Junction is where the best qualities of serif and sans serif typefaces come together. It has the hand drawn and human qualities of a serif, and still retains the clarity and efficiencies of a sans serif typeface. It combines the best of both worlds.” Available as OpenType. Released by The League of Moveable Type, an open-source type movement.

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Nadia Serif [ Download Mac (Postscript) | Download PC (TrueType) ]
This serif typeface is available for free download; the only requirement for using it is to send a PDF or any other copy of the work using this typefaces to its designers.

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Nilland
A beautiful slab-serif typeface, designed by Manfred Klein. The family consists of 6 weights, regular, bold, extra bold, black, small caps and small caps bold (link and images via DerSven.de).

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CartoGothic Std
A legible sans-serif typeface, in the opentype format; 4 weights are available: book, italic, bold and bold italic. License agreement. Win and Mac.

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Bergamo Std
A free serif typeface, in the opentype format; 4 weights are available: regular, italic, bold and bold italic. License agreement.

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HVD Comic Serif [ specimen ]
So many designers hate Comic Sans. They think people who don’t know design are overusing this funny little friendly font, which is nearly every time out of place. Some years ago, type designer Hannes von Döhren created a free alternative to Comic Sans. The difference: It has serifs and a much cooler look. OpenType Pro, designed by Hannes von Döhren.

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Birra Stout [ specimen ]
An elegant old-style typeface with strong elements of handlettering, designed by Darden Studio.

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Vegur
This humanist sans-serif family is available in OpenType-format in three weights: ExtraLight, Regular and Bold. The typeface can be perfectly used both in body copy and in headlines.

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Whiteboard Modern [ currently offline, the link was removed ]
An original hand-drawn typeface, designed by Jay Hilgert. The typeface is currently being designed, so currently only the demo-version is available.

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Neighbourhood Type [ Download the .zip-package ]
“I took Neighbourhood as a challenge to create something that had the graphic expression of a display face while still maintaining some of the functionality of a text face. In the end I created something that I feel has the best of both worlds; an ultra simple sans serif text face with a large set of alternates which when combined with the regular characters create a new graphic display look”. Designed by Andy Chung.

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Resonance Bold (Registration is required)
This type family consists of smooth curves and fine lines, and evokes the spirit of the 1970s. Resonance is a great typeface family for use on retro and vintage posters, flyers and also headings.

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Layer Cake
An experimental typeface, designed by Jakob Nylund. Isometric multiple layered type. Capital letters A-Z, available only in Illustrator AI format.

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Bonus: Eco Font and Flaminia Type System Link

Eco Font [ Download .ttf ]
A Dutch company SPRANQ from Utrecht has developed a new typeface that is supposed to cut ink usage by about 15% – the trick is that the “Ecofont” has little holes in the letters. There is also Ecofont Professional Edition available: every corporate typeface can be adjusted. (via Twenteinside)

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Flaminia Type System [ Download the .zip-package ]
Flaminia is a typographical system that allows its users and its future designers to quickly morph (through the use of Multiple Master axes) different variants of the glyphs. By allowing minimal changes of only one variable in the letter shapes, Flaminia also provides a tool to study which are the most relevant factors in the process of reading signs, and can be used free of charge for further researches in this field. Created by Andrea Bergamini, released by The League of Moveable Type, an open-source type movement.

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    Tidy – thanks

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    I loved it!

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    Great stuff, thanks SM

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    Why give all my personal data incl. CC to download Resonance BOLD. Check “free” fonts first.

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    awesome! the last ones rock the boat

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    Your link for the Flaminia Type System is wrong.
    Otherwise a fab list (as always) ;)

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  7. 7

    Some very elegant fonts on the list. Great finds!

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    thanks SM!

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    I’m sorry, but I cannot see how I can use these on my site. Can you not please advertise a television instead?

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    nice selection thanks !

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    Whiteboard Modern seems to be broken… or am I an idiot?

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    ecofont is ridiculous.

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    thank you, sir

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    Well, that Daphne font family looks a lot like a knock-off of Museo by Jos Buivenga.

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    Where do you guys find these gems! Thanks a lot ill be use these definitely

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    Great …! You are the best. Thanks a lot!

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    Great! Thanks.

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    love it

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    Great list!! Thanks

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    I love em’. This is why I totally support smashing mag. The Fonts!

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  21. 21

    Free is not open. You should distinguish clearly.

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  22. 22

    Wow, some of the comments on this site are really strange, even scary.

    As always thanks for the great collection of fonts you guys have rounded up for us.

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    Stop putting these shitty lists – who cares about fonts? It’s all about content anyway; I am unfollowing you now and unsubscribing from your RSS-feed. Better come up with something useful for a change! :-(

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    Cool, I find some of them useful. Thanks!

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    CartoGothic Std and Bergamo Std are clones of Frutiger and Bembo… shame!!!

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    Decent list, but largely useless if you already have Myriad Pro and Frutiger. Seems like half of these are just ripoffs. I was also a bit surprised to see a giant F-bomb on the page, too… Classy.

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    There is mistake: Nilland is redirected to Neighbourhood zip file…

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    very cool.

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    Please take down Daphne. It is a low quality font. Replace it with Museo, the high quality font that Daphne ripped off poorly.

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    Thanks!

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