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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.

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.

You may also be interested in the following related posts:

New Free Fonts For Your Design Link

Calluna4 (only Calluna Regular is free)
The Calluna family, designed by talented Jos Buivenga, who has released 9 free fonts5 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 specimen6.



Andika Basic9 (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.


Mentone11 (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).


Tiresias Infopoint
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 (via Fontsquirrel13).


Sovereign Regular14
Sovereign is a legible, original serif family from G-Type’s Nick Cooke. Available for PC (TrueType, PostScript) and Mac.


Medio16 (download link17)
An antiqua font with 99 glyphs and beautiful geometric forms. Available only in the OpenType format (dersven.de18


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


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).


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).


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 (via imjustcreative26).


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


FF Dagny Thin30 (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.


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)


Reminder: Download fonts from our previous posts Link

Chunk Open Source Typeface32 [ Download the .zip-package33 ]
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. (via Graham Smith34).



Titilium [ Download the .zip-package ]
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.



Rough Draft Regular37
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.


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.de40).


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.

M+ Outline43

Andale Mono
Andale Mono is a highly legible monospaced font which was originally distributed as part of the Internet Explorer 4.0 add-ons page as 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.

Andale Mono Screenshot
Credits: Hamish Macpherson

Junction44 [ Download the .zip-package45 ]
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 Gentium46 it perfectly fits to body copy, but can also show its strengths, balance and beauty in headlines. Here are some insights from the designer:


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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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, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

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    what incredible list!

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    Very useful. Thanks!

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    Vegur is my favourite font ever. :)

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    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 ^_^



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

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    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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    Bravo! Très jolies fontes, belle initiative!



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