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Beautiful New Free Fonts For Your Designs

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. [Links repaired January/11/2017]

In this selection we’re glad to present you Calluna, Andika Basic, Mentone, Sovereign Regular, Medio, Tiresias Infopoint and many other high-quality free fonts. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts — the license can change from time to time.

Further Reading on SmashingMag:

New Free Fonts For Your Design Link

Calluna5 (only Calluna Regular is free)
The Calluna family, designed by talented Jos Buivenga, who has released 9 free fonts6 already, comes in 8 fonts: Light, Regular, Regular+Italic, Semibold+Italic,Bold+Italic and Black. Calluna is a text typeface with flow. upports a very wide range in languages and is a very complete OpenType typeface. Each font counts 723 glyphs. You can find detailed info on he character set and the OpenType features in the Calluna PDF specimen7.

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Andika Basic10 (only Thin is available for free)
Andika is a sans serif, Unicode-compliant font designed especially for literacy use, taking into account the needs of beginning readers. The focus is on clear, easy-to-perceive letterforms that will not be readily confused with one another. The family supports 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. Released under the Open Font License.

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Mentone12 (only Semi Bold and Semi Bold Italic are free, registration required)
Mentone is a new general purpose typeface, an attempt at extending the line of the great sans-serifs of the previous century, Frutiger – Stone Sans – Myriad. The font has round corners and subtle chamfers, which are all but invisible at text sizes, but add an upbeat, irreverent expression at display sizes (via Chris Apalodimas).

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Tiresias Infopoint14
Tiresias Infofont has been designed for use on information labels to help improve legibility. The characters and letterforms have been designed to provide maximum legibility at a reading distance of around 30 to 100 cm. The Tiresias™ family of fonts are now free to download, subject to the licence agreement.

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Sovereign Regular16
Sovereign is a legible, original serif family from G-Type’s Nick Cooke. Available for PC (TrueType, PostScript) and Mac.

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Medio18
An antiqua font with 99 glyphs and beautiful geometric forms. Available only in the OpenType format.

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Sedona Script20
A unique flowing script font with old-style numerals, beautiful ligatures and fancy capitals.

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Ripe22
Ripe was designed to be a practical typeface. Each character is distinct, yet consistent. Its subtle differences are clear enough to be easily read at both high and low resolutions, perfect for print, web and screen media. It is a geometric Postmodern slab seriffed face. The serifs feature simplistic rounded terminals and its stroke is uniform (via Creattica Daily).

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CP Mono Beta
The Font is a mono spaced and caps-only (as the original) with weights from thin to black. As a typographic experiment, every character should fit in the same square, vertically too. Diacritics and ascenders had to come down and later, when I decided to add lower case letters, descenders up. A variant with shortened descenders became a stylistic set and another set straightens angles in letters like A, K or V (via imjustcreative24).

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Days Typeface25
An original display typeface meant for use in large sizes; it works effectively in headlines with capital letters. The font contains basic Latin and Cyrillic letters and includes all numbers and main symbols. Available in the OpenType format for PC and Mac.

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Tiza27
Tiza is an informal chalk font, available for free download and use in private and commercial projects (via Creattica Daily).

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FF Dagny Thin29 (only Thin is available for free)
A clean and beautiful grotesk font with a light weight. A good font for advertisements, web typography and brochures.

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Pinvoke Pixel Fonts
A collection of quality pixel fonts that can be used free for any personal or commercial projects. Base size: 8 points / Tracking (Photoshop): 0, 125, 250… / Smooth edges (super pixel font)

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Reminder: Download fonts from our previous posts Link

Chunk Open Source Typeface31 [ Download the .zip-package32 ]
Chunk is an ultra-bold slab serif typeface that is reminiscent of old American Western woodcuts, broadsides, and newspaper headlines. Used mainly for display, the fat block lettering is unreserved yet refined for contemporary use. OpenType. Designed by Meredith Mandel.

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Titilium35
A very legible, beautiful academic typeface that perfectly fits to every corporate identity design, magazines and headlines of corporate web-sites. The typeface is available in various weights: text version, title version, extra-black version and full-version.

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Rough Draft Regular38
A legendary TrueType typeface by Harold Lohner. Contains 189 characters in 9 ranges. For $5 you can buy the complete set which includes separate Outline, Clean Fill, and Solid Fill fonts.

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Nilland40
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.

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M+ Outline42
These fonts are free software. Unlimited permission is granted to use, copy, and distribute it, with or without modification, either commercially and noncommercially. Designed by Morishita Coji. The fonts are regulary updated, work in progress. Caution: Japanese language.

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Andale Mono44
Andale Mono is a highly legible monospaced font which was originally distributed as part of the Internet Explorer 4.0 add-ons page as Monotype.com. It distinguishes well between the zero, and the O. You can find 4 further monospaced fonts in Hamish Macpherson’s article The Typography of Code.

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Credits: Hamish Macpherson

Junction46 [ Download the .zip-package47 ]
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 Gentium48 it perfectly fits to body copy, but can also show its strengths, balance and beauty in headlines. Here are some insights from the designer:

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Vegur50
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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Further Resources Link

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/massive-collection-of-nature-inspired-typography/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/10-ways-to-put-your-content-in-front-of-more-people/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/04/when-typography-speaks-louder-than-words/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/how-to-be-a-samurai-designer/
  5. 5 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/exljbris/calluna/
  6. 6 http://www.exljbris.com/callunasans.html
  7. 7 http://www.exljbris.com/pdf/Calluna_specimen.pdf
  8. 8 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/exljbris/calluna/
  9. 9 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/exljbris/calluna/
  10. 10 http://software.sil.org/andika/
  11. 11 http://software.sil.org/andika/
  12. 12 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/paragraph/mentone/
  13. 13 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/paragraph/mentone/
  14. 14 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/tiresias-infofont
  15. 15 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/tiresias-infofont
  16. 16 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/sovereign-regular
  17. 17 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/sovereign-regular
  18. 18 http://www.dotcolon.net/font/medio/
  19. 19 http://www.dotcolon.net/font/medio/
  20. 20 http://www.fontex.org/download/Sedona-script.ttf
  21. 21 http://www.fontex.org/download/Sedona-script.ttf
  22. 22 http://www.ripetype.com.au/?p=48
  23. 23 http://www.ripetype.com.au/?p=48
  24. 24 http://imjustcreative.com/cp-mono-beta-free-typeface-for-immediate-download/2009/06/06/
  25. 25 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Days-typeface/190108
  26. 26 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Days-typeface/190108
  27. 27 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/tiza
  28. 28 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/tiza
  29. 29 http://www.fontfont.com/downloads/
  30. 30 https://www.fontfont.com/fonts/dagny
  31. 31 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/4-chunk
  32. 32 http://s3.amazonaws.com/theleague/fonts/chunk.zip?1243708167
  33. 33 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/4-chunk
  34. 34 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/4-chunk
  35. 35 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/titillium
  36. 36 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/titillium
  37. 37 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/titillium
  38. 38 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Rough-Draft
  39. 39 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Rough-Draft
  40. 40 http://www.dafont.com/nilland.font
  41. 41 http://www.dafont.com/nilland.font
  42. 42 http://mplus-fonts.osdn.jp/about-en.html
  43. 43 http://mplus-fonts.osdn.jp/about-en.html
  44. 44 https://www.typewolf.com/site-of-the-day/fonts/andale-mono
  45. 45 https://www.typewolf.com/site-of-the-day/fonts/andale-mono
  46. 46 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
  47. 47 http://s3.amazonaws.com/theleague/fonts/junction.zip?1234204632
  48. 48 http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium
  49. 49 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/1-junction
  50. 50 http://www.dotcolon.net/font/font.php?id=1
  51. 51 http://www.dotcolon.net/font/font.php?id=1
  52. 52 http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/design/design/45-exceptionally-useful-free-handwritten-fonts.html
  53. 53 http://www.fontex.org/
  54. 54 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/

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  1. 1

    what incredible list!

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    Very useful. Thanks!

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    Vegur is my favourite font ever. :)

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  4. 4

    Very nice, thanks!

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    Paulo Henrique

    August 7, 2009 4:29 am

    Very nice the fonts!

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    Thanks for putting the others on there, just re-installed windows and this saves me going back to find the other post aswell ^_^

    Cheers

    Dayjo

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    Jasmin Halkić

    August 7, 2009 4:40 am

    Nice fonts. Thanks.

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    tks so much =)

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    Anton Agestam

    August 7, 2009 5:13 am

    These type faces are awesome! Thanks a lot!

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    Dirman Suharno

    August 7, 2009 5:18 am

    mm some are repost, but overall these typefaces are awesome!

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    Jeffrey Tang

    August 7, 2009 5:19 am

    I love you Smashing Mag. Awesome fonts!

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    Hi,

    First off, these are some really beautiful and awesome fonts. I’m new to web design and I’ve this question. I realized as soon as I actually got into coding, PSD -> XHTML that when it comes to font, both of these areas are poles apart. While I was able to use any fonts till now in my photoshop art documents, when it comes to making a website and coding it, we can not use any font that we want. The font has to be available on viewer’s machine! And there is no very good font-embedding methods available yet. (I was lead to read about SiFR but I realized it has some crucial drawbacks.)

    So my question is how do experienced web developers use these free fonts in their website design? I mean, we can not make our text into images due to scaling issues as well as because it is not search engine friendly, not to mention the slowness issue. Then how are these fonts helpful to web developers except for in use in headings?

    Help me understand the process please?

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    @Dirman Suharno: Hah! I’m not crazy. :) I thought I remembered seeing some of these.

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    Vegur is pretty close to Myriad (but not as good).

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    @DS

    with CSS @fontface you can embed,
    with images you can embed the font,
    with flash you can embed the font,
    there are some tools in js and php who convert your text to a image file.

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  16. 16

    what a list..i got it..perfect 4 typography…thanks

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  17. 17

    I love free fonts! Thx

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    I don’t like these Free Fonts posts.
    Most of the time they are not “free”. Mostly they are free for personal use but here are a lot of professionals. So you have to read through all the terms to see if it is free for commercial uses. This should be done before posting “free” fonts.

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    Great and exitng collection. Start to download them all. Thank you SM. I will write a post about this page on my Blog.

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  20. 20

    Bravo! Très jolies fontes, belle initiative!

    ::

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    Wow. This is one of the best collections of ACTUALLY USEFUL fonts I’ve seen in awhile! Thank you!

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    Love it!

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    Matthew Nuzum

    August 7, 2009 8:57 am

    @Mugros I agree, “free” is used quite loosely, but that doesn’t mean there’s no value.

    I really like the font and the premise behind Tiresias and it is a GPL font w/ a clarification that you can use it in a document w/out requiring the document being GPL’d as well.

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    toymachiner62

    August 7, 2009 9:18 am

    @DS you can just create an image with the font you want and then set that image as the background to an tag for example. Then in your CSS you just give the tag the property of “text-indent:-9999px;” Now your special font will be visible and the text will not.

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    Yuri van Essen

    August 7, 2009 9:33 am

    @DS

    Well, just like you are saying, it’s mainly for headers, logo’s and so on. Using system fonts is a crucial part of webdesigning and you can still make beautifull sites with them. Try experimenting with line height, letter & word spacing…

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  26. 26

    Needed some more fonts. Thank you.

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  27. 27

    Stop copying articles from hongkiat and other blogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!! losers

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  28. 28

    Так а чо, кроме «ДНИ» кириллических шрифтов нету?

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    @DS

    Check out TypeSelect:

    http://www.typeselect.org

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  30. 30

    omg – which one to check out first? ;-)

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    How the hell is Andale Mono New exactly?

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  32. 32

    Andale Mono is under the reminder section, not the new section. :)

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    Chris Robinson

    August 7, 2009 2:47 pm

    Some nice ones

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    Thanks. Fonts are so important in design and how it plays a important part with the visitors, really do encourage us to spend some time analysis the optimized fonts for our site.

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    It should be mentioned that CP Mono does indeed have lowercase glyphs. There’s also various weights… making it extremely awesome! I recommend everyone go grab it right now. Coolest monospace font I’ve seen in a while.

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  36. 36

    Good collection of fonts….Thank you

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    Nice fonts!

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    HOLY GAWD MOTHERRUSSIA! awesome frggin coolness fonts and its darn free!

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  39. 39

    Killer fonts Thk’SS

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    Thanks for the list

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  41. 41

    Awesome…this a great collection and some are even new! Thanks

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  42. 42

    post 18 : If smashing was any good they would list licensing info, or at least mention it. Alas all they can do is make lists of thing.

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    K Richard Douglas

    August 8, 2009 1:28 pm

    The perfect blog brings value to its readers. You have achieved that. Thanks.

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    A few clear ripoffs in there … no surprise since these are free. And surprisingly few really good ones. But that happens when these lists go round and round so, again, no surprise.

    Also, someone mentioned @font-face previously … beware that browser support of this fine method is spotty, plus there are any number of licensing issues that come into play if you do use the @font-face method for webfonts (yes, even “free” ones). Zeldman had a great summary of the webfonts state recently (on zeldman.com), you’d do well to read up on it. There’s a WG at W3C looking at the webfonts issue as well. Meaning, it’s a thornier issue than it may seem at first glance. Meanwhile, for those with cash in hand, there are services like typekit and kernest (to name a few) that may be of interest.

    Anyway. ./.

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    it’s very useful! Thank you for Smashing Magazine!!

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    You’ve done a great job compiling these fonts. Most free fonts are so peculiar in their kerning/leading that you realize WHY they’re free. But these are very solid!

    Thanks so much for putting in this much work,
    Peter Baker

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    Go Ripe, love it!!!

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    Adam Fairhead

    August 9, 2009 10:00 am

    Nice round up of new free fonts. I’d love to see them separated by license, too, if another one of these comes along. For the sake of making life easier when the tab bar becomes unwieldy with all the font pages open!

    Great work.

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    It’s nice to see a new list of free fonts. Well done.

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    Thanx, some of them are really great. Love Pinvoke Pixel Fonts and Vegur.

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    Andrew Butterworth

    August 10, 2009 12:24 am

    @DS

    There are several techniques you can use. A common one is to simply create the text you would like in Photoshop and then simply cut it out. You then use CSS to use the image whilst also still having the text there as well but indent it 9999px off the screen. This way when images are disabled or styles then your page will still read with a text header there as well.

    There are other ways like SIFr flash replacement and the CSS embed property that will become more popular once CSS3.0 becomes mainstream.

    Hope that helps

    Good list of fonts – thanks SM

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  52. 52

    Great list! I can always use new fonts.

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  53. 53

    new fonts?

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  54. 54

    I just cant download M+ Outline fonts, they look pretty neat but when I go to the webpage, I get lost

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    Thank you :) My favourites are Days, Andale and Mentone!

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  57. 57

    Good fonts!

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  58. 58

    Smashing Mag certainly SMASHES! Can’t wait to get your new book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Very Usefull!
    Thanks a lot!

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  60. 60

    As usual. Totally useful! Thanks!

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  61. 61

    Great collection. It never ceases to amazes me how fontographers continue to deliver unique and functional typography. This set of fonts is definitely a welcome addition to any designer’s CPU. Thanx!

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    usefull as ever here!

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  63. 63

    Some beautiful fonts there. Thank you!

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    sayan mukherjee

    August 18, 2009 8:29 am

    great collection…and thanx for shairing.

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    Thank you!!! Beautiful fonts!

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    thanks~~~~

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    Thank Verry Much …

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  69. 69

    are a beatifull fonts,

    thank you very much

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    wow, amazing work. Ripe is now my favorite. The rest is still awesome.

    Thank you!

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    I was just made aware of this page–thank you very much, Mr Friedman, for including Andika Basic in your list! We are honored to be in such good company. Just a note: only the regular weight font is available at this time. As other styles (italic, bold, and bold italic are planned) and characters are finished, they will be added to the free package.

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    OHoRubpost fm Thailand

    November 19, 2009 1:54 pm

    Great! Useful ^^

    Thanks you.

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    ***Rough-Draft***
    font is showing errow plz help i need
    Advnced Thank&
    From :Shehzad Badini

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    The download link for Aller font is bad – here is the updated one:

    http://nyhedsrum.dmjx.dk/web/Nyhedsrum.nsf/dx/skrift.htm

    Thanks,
    charlie

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    Calluna, CP Mono Beta and Pinvoke Pixel Fonts. Sick, sick and sick. Love it.

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    ThK.

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    Nice fonts

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    thanks for the unique test..

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    hoo!! beautiful fonts there. Thank you!

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    Gracias Bro… tan muy buenas las fuentes

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    exelente

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