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15 Fresh High-Quality Free Fonts

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

Junction5 [ Download the .zip-package6 ]
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 Gentium7 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 Type338, 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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Nilland11
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.de12).

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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 Serif14 [ specimen15 ]
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 Stout17 [ specimen ]
An elegant old-style typeface with strong elements of handlettering, designed by Darden Studio.

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Vegur19
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 Modern21 [ 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 Bold23 (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 Cake25
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 Font27 [ Download .ttf28 ]
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 Edition29 available: every corporate typeface can be adjusted. (via Twenteinside)

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Flaminia Type System31 [ Download the .zip-package32 ]
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 Type338, an open-source type movement.

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More free fonts! Link

For more free fonts, please consider visitiong our previous posts:

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/09/fight-the-system-battling-bureaucracy/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/the-path-to-advertising-nirvana/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/designer-do-right-now/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/what-i-wish-someone-told-me-about-freelancing/
  5. 5 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
  6. 6 http://s3.amazonaws.com/theleague/fonts/junction.zip?1234204632
  7. 7 http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium
  8. 8 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/
  9. 9 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
  10. 10 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
  11. 11 http://www.dafont.com/nilland.font
  12. 12 http://blog.dersven.de/freefonts-sansation-und-nilland
  13. 13 http://www.dafont.com/nilland.font
  14. 14 http://www.hvdfonts.com/freefonts.php
  15. 15 http://www.hvdfonts.com/PDF/HVD_Comic_Serif_Pro.pdf
  16. 16 http://www.hvdfonts.com/freefonts.php
  17. 17 http://www.dardenstudio.com/typefaces/birra_stout
  18. 18 http://www.dardenstudio.com/typefaces/birra_stout
  19. 19 http://www.dotcolon.net/font/font.php?id=1
  20. 20 http://www.dotcolon.net/font/font.php?id=1
  21. 21 http://www.bittbox.com/fonts/bb-free-font-whiteboard-modern-demo/
  22. 22 http://www.bittbox.com/fonts/bb-free-font-whiteboard-modern-demo/
  23. 23 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/info/resonance-bold-free-font.aspx
  24. 24 http://www.ascenderfonts.com/info/resonance-bold-free-font.aspx
  25. 25 http://www.justmytype.org/
  26. 26 http://www.justmytype.org/
  27. 27 http://www.ecofont.eu/downloads_en.html
  28. 28 http://www.ecofont.eu/assets/files/spranq_eco_sans_regular.ttf
  29. 29 http://www.ecofont.eu/en_pro_ecofont_professional.html
  30. 30 http://www.bittbox.com/fonts/bb-free-font-whiteboard-modern-demo/
  31. 31 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
  32. 32 http://s3.amazonaws.com/theleague/fonts/flaminia-type-system.zip?1239313368
  33. 33 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/
  34. 34 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/3-flaminia-type-system
  35. 35 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/3-flaminia-type-system
  36. 36 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design-2/
  37. 37 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/08/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design/
  38. 38 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/fonts/

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

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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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  10. 10

    nice selection thanks !

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  11. 11

    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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  14. 14

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

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  15. 15

    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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  17. 17

    Great! Thanks.

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    Crystal lee

    May 11, 2009 9:37 am

    love it

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    Great list!! Thanks

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  20. 20

    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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    Andy Morrow

    May 11, 2009 10:22 am

    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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    Manlio Napoli

    May 11, 2009 10:36 am

    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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    Salih S. Demir

    May 11, 2009 10:57 am

    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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    Eco-font is one of the lamest ideas I’ve ever heard. Talk about defeating the purpose of a font — readability.

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    Lailson Bandeira

    May 11, 2009 12:31 pm

    Nice, but I’d love an OpenType version of Flaminia Type System…

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    Carto Gothic is the same as Frutiger

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    Vegur is great but everything is in on the site is japanse… does any have a direct link?

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    Kinda tired of being assaulted by the profanity in these postings. I used to love visiting this site. I have two young kids and don’t enjoy seeing some of they’re favorite cartoon characters scream the F word. Unfortunately, I’m probably in the minority.

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    Great list.
    How about a link to download them all at once?

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    that Daphne “font” is horrible and a complete RIPOFF from Museo by Ex Ljbris. See the original that took a lot of effort here: http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/museo.html . And how dare they charge for some versions of Daphne! It’s one thing to be inspired, everybody is, but Daphne is beyond that.

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    sean farrell

    May 11, 2009 2:17 pm

    how come i can’t do anything with the flaminia files? vfb file format?

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    Jos Buivenga

    May 11, 2009 2:19 pm

    Daphne is a shameless, lousy ripp off from my Museo font, which is far better *and free*!!!

    (SM) I am very sorry about it, Jos. The link was removed!

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    Clever Daisies

    May 11, 2009 2:30 pm

    Thank you! Love your blog!

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    Adrian Frutiger and Robert Slimbach would like to talk with some of these font designers who designed certain fonts featured on this page.

    And the League of Movable Type stuff is interesting… except it’s in Multiple Master format. Unless I can find a way to use these without FontForge, it’s useless for web designers.

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    Aaron Moody

    May 11, 2009 4:09 pm

    Been using vegur for some time now, its deffineatly made it into my top 10 lists of fonts, Great font, recomended.

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    Nice list of font, definitely useful

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    Leland Clemmons

    May 11, 2009 5:24 pm

    The site that features LayerCake (justmytype.org) has really fscking cool fonts.

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    thanx

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    Rajnish Gupta

    May 11, 2009 9:41 pm

    Hey SMASHED… REALLY PRETTY COOL..

    Great thanks to you to help me explore my creative sense….

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    I am using Myriad Pro for so many Pojects, its my new Arial/Helvetica :)

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    Andrea Bergamini

    May 11, 2009 11:58 pm

    I am the author of Flaminia: the League of Movable Type is a project that aims to share opensource fonts.
    Flaminia is a font that needs to be in Multiple Master format (while other fonts featured on the League’s website don’t need to) because it is a system to test the readability of typefaces to use in signage through the interpolation of different variables. It is a scientifical project rather than just a “free font”, and releasing an .otf/.ttf version of it –without the possibility to keep the interpolation available– would make it senseless.

    So Fontlab is required in order to develop the project further, sorry….on my , you can find all the information you might need.

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    That’s much more like it sm … fine collection …

    PD_why don’t you make a menue “kids” and put your “wallpapers” and “dark art” there?

    :-)

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    The Eco Font is silly. I suggest they try the same idea with Eco Toiletpaper.

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    Quakeulf >:3

    May 12, 2009 12:18 am

    Oh god #44, I won’t ever escape that smiley now, I thought I was safe here… ;_;

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    Flaminia is one o the best type families I’ve ever seen!
    but…
    why there’s only a few glyphs in vfb files of Flaminia typefaces?
    ????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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    Shivanand Sharma

    May 12, 2009 2:29 am

    If these fonts are not installed by default on the system it would be impractical to use them in webdesign (unless you are using them in images).

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    @Shivanand
    There are enough font replacement techniques out there that let you use non-standard web fonts. Non-standard fonts are no longer an excuse for poor web typography.

    Cufon – http://cufon.shoqolate.com/generate/
    SiFR – http://www.mikeindustries.com/blog/sifr/
    jQuery (sifr plug in) – http://jquery.thewikies.com/sifr/
    Typeface.js – http://typeface.neocracy.org/
    FLIR – http://facelift.mawhorter.net/download/

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    Tom Bradshaw

    May 12, 2009 4:55 am

    Thanks again Smashing!

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  56. 56

    looking at ‘ resonance’, its inspirations are not drawn from the 1970s. Perhaps you are a bit too young, but any student of design should be able to spot art deco lines like thos in this font.

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  57. 57

    Nice article!

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    Thanks! Just what I needed, and perfect timing. Now if only I could design these fonts myself hehehe.

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    Disposable_Hero

    May 12, 2009 7:51 am

    At least Ecofont isn’t called Greenfont…then the designer would have to be smacked.

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    Chris Robinson

    May 12, 2009 8:07 am

    dugg, nice roundup, already had most of these but there were some new ones in there.

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    The post title sucks (as well as similar ones) FREE WTF $%@*!!!!
    free to download, free to download my friends…

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  62. 62

    Picky, but italic is not a “weight”.

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    sama creation

    May 12, 2009 11:54 am

    Thanks! great article

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    great article ;) i got it

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    Adam Cernik

    May 12, 2009 1:39 pm

    aaaah. those free fonts are not so good :)

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    Sweet, thanks!

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    nice fonts, thanks!!!!

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    Great fonts, thanks! I especially like Vegur. The site Layer Cake has some really cool fonts as well.

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    excellent! thanks for the post. :)

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    Sloppy Hand

    May 13, 2009 1:16 am

    Useful stuffs, thanks.
    Any of you like western style fonts?

    Sloppy Hand @
    ROCKBUNCH.com

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    Hey your “Flaminia Type System ” points to Junction font link :D

    Nevertheless excellent collection

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    good~~~ thanks for you~

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    justpictures.net.tc

    May 14, 2009 12:27 am

    CarthoGothic is a stolen Frutiger and Bergamo is a stolen Bembo.

    Flaminia is great!

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    Andrea Bergamini

    May 15, 2009 3:08 pm

    Thank you for your appreciation in Flaminia. I would like to make a little note about it though: Flaminia is not a “font”, it is a typographic system to evaluate the design of fonts to be used for signage.
    .vfb files are necessary to develop the whole system, because it is based on a Multiple Master with variables that need to be interpolated, and that would be lost uploading .otf or .ttf files.
    So all of you designers out there, Flaminia is an opensource project and it still needs a lot of work, but all of you are invited! :)
    cheers from italy,
    a.

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    Maximilian Georg Liebscher

    May 16, 2009 5:32 pm

    Thank u^^

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    satish.borkar

    May 19, 2009 2:54 am

    hi

    Really very nice fonts
    i like it
    Thanks

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    satish.borkar

    May 19, 2009 3:12 am

    hi
    its so good

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    i trying my gravatr image

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  79. 79

    Vegur sure looks like a knock off of Myriad Pro, if you ask me…

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    thanks for you

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  81. 81

    Wow Andy Chung’s & Layer Cake’s work is incredible! Thank you Smashing Magazine!

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    Rachel Jones

    June 8, 2009 9:56 am

    Thanks, this is the best resource every.

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    Sweet thank you!!

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    estan bien chidas

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    estan bien chidas

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  86. 86

    impressive selection. like the nadia most. many thanks and keep goin!

    best regards from germany!

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  87. 87

    An observation:
    You have some real assholes commenting here.
    It’s FREE … take one, say thank you, step aside.
    No bitching about the free stuff, geniuses.
    … and now, from me:
    Thank you.

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    Great article, thx :) lot of inspiration
    Also some nice free fonts fonts2u.com

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    Hey everyone, if anyone has Myriad Pro for Mac or Win, would you mind sending me a copy? I have been looking for it for ages and cant seem to find it. Thanks again. Jay. jay.townsend@live.com

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    Flaminia update: Stop looking for a usable TrueType, OpenType, or Postscript version of Flaminia (aka Flaminia OS). There are none. The designer himself says it right here http://goo.gl/Oj9y on typophile dot com. It’s the comment by berga83. It’s a beautiful proof of concept but an incomplete one at that.

    “Although its glyphs are not all completed yet, the multiple masters and the variables I decided to take into consideration are already all present, and the .vfb files provided allowed the design of the signs pictured above.” — Andrea Bergamini

    When the League of Movable Type states the Flaminia Type System “can be used free of charge for further researches in this field” at http://goo.gl/xm9K they aren’t kidding.

    I commend Andrea Bergamini and The League of Movable Type for what they’re doing. I just wish they would be completely clear that Flaminia is not complete.

    That Smashing Magazine presents Flaminia here as a ‘fresh high quality free font” is a testament to the lack of clarity at the League of Movable Type.

    Would a generous type designer care to pick up where Andrea Bergamini left off? “Further developments of the project will be uploaded on this page http://www.mintea.org/flaminia/, and credit will be given to those who contribute to it.”

    Or maybe Google could commission someone to complete Flaminia OS as an addition to the Google Font API.

    I hope this comment can save somebody a lot of time searching for something that does not yet exist (eg. flaminia.ttf or flaminia.otf).

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    Adalberto Schilmoeller

    October 21, 2010 4:40 am

    wow this is really good site . i love to comment here . Thank you dude

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