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20 New 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 Madawaska ExtraLight, Apparatus SIL, League Gothic, Contra 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.

New Free Fonts For Your Designs Link

Madawaska ExtraLight1
Madawaska is a rugged slab-serif font in 7 weights with fractions, old style numerals & lining numerals. When you’re using Madawaska Jeans or Madawaska River styles in an OpenType savvy application, common letter pairs will be automatically replaced by custom pairs for a more realistic, gritty effect. Madawaska ExtraLight is available for free download and use.

Typography Free Fonts - Madawaska2

Apparatus SIL3
The Apparatus SIL fonts were designed to provide most of the symbols needed to reproduce the textual apparatus found in major editions of Greek and Hebrew biblical texts. The fonts include the basic ASCII character set plus some international characters, Superscript characters, Certain Greek, Hebrew, Gothic (Fraktur) and other letters used for manuscripts and special punctuation. The font family consts of 4 weights: Regular, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic. It was designed for optimum clarity and compactness when printed at small point sizes.

Typography Free Fonts - Apparatus SIL4

League Gothic5
League Gothic is a revival of an old classic Alternate Gothic No.1. It was originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton for the American Type Founders Company (ATF) in 1903. The company went bankrupt in 1993. And since the original typeface was created before 1923, the typeface is in the public domain. This font is a display sans-serif, available for free download and use in personal and commercial projects. Designed by The League Of Moveable Type.

Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type6
Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type7

This legible font family comes in 2 weights: Regular and Italic. It works best for headlines and in large sizes.

Typography Free Fonts - Contra Font9

Sorts Mill Goudy10
A ‘revival’ of Goudy Oldstyle and Italic, with features among which are small capitals (in the roman only), oldstyle and lining figures, superscripts and subscripts, fractions, ligatures, class-based kerning, case-sensitive forms, capital spacing. There is support for many languages that use latin script. Currently there is no bold, but artificial emboldening by a web browser isn’t especially offensive with these fonts. Serif text/display-font, designed by Barry Schwartz.

Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type11
Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type12

Calluna Regular13 (registration is required)
Calluna is a typeface with flow. Calluna supports a very wide range in languages and is a very complete OpenType typeface. Each font has overall 723 glyphs. To download the free regular weight, you’ll have to register at Designed by Jos Buivenga.

Typography Free Fonts - Calluna14
Typography Free Fonts - Calluna15

Goudy Bookletter 191116
A classic vintage serif font, based on Frederic Goudy’s Kennerley Oldstyle. Designed by Barry Schwartz.

Typography Free Fonts - The League of Moveable Type17

Public Gothic Family18
Public Gothic Family is a little industrial, little vintage, little condensed, little bold. Public Gothic is a new font family, free to use in all your designs, commercial or non commercial. PB family members are PB Square, PB Vintage, PB Circular, PB Federal. It’s compatible with any OS (Mac T1, Win OTF, Win TTF).

Typography Free Fonts - ANTREPO19

A brushed script font for informal occasions. The @font-face-kit is included.

Typography Free Fonts - Free Font ArtBrush20

FFF Tusj21
A distinctive, original script font that is supposed to be a handwritten version of Georgia. The font works best in very large size.

Typography Free Fonts - FFF Tusj22

ITC Chino Bold Italic23
International Type Corporation released a new text family ITC Chino that consists of 10 fonts. One weight, Chino Black Italic was released for free.

Typography Free Fonts - ITC Chino24

Burnstown Dam25
An original playful typeface that can be useful for family-related websites. Available in the OpenType format.

Typography Free Fonts - Free Font Burnstown Dam26

An original, playful free font, created by Wete, a Spanish type designer.

Typography Free Fonts - Deibi28

Tex Gyre Schola29
A clean, strong, academic sans-serif font that can be used for formal documents and scientific works.

Typography Free Fonts - Tex Gyre Schola30

A font family from The Crud Factory, inspired by Diethelm-Antiqua, and named ‘jewel’ in Esperanto. An italic is being developed.

Typography Free Fonts - Juvelo

Programming fonts: ProFont for Windows, Mac and Linux31 and Anonymous Pro32 (thanks, Chris Apalodimas).

Typography Free Fonts - ProFont for Windows, for Macintosh, for Linux33

Sovereign™ Regular34
Sovereign is a highly original serif family from G-Type’s Nick Cooke. Available for Mac and Win.

Typography Free Fonts - Slug35

Experimental Free Fonts Link

A blocky experimental font by Alberto Rodríguez.

Typography Free Fonts - Groteska37


Typography Free Fonts - Behance Network39
Typography Free Fonts - Behance Network40

Another geometric font by the French type designer Samuel Delabarre.

Typography Free Fonts - Digitica

Layer Cake and Soraya41
Layer Cake (the first screensot below) is an isometric multiple layered type with capital letters A-Z, available only in Illustrator AI format. Soraya (the second screenshot) is half serif, half sans serif with capital letters A-Z, also available only in Illustrator AI format. Designed by Jakob Nylund.

Typography Free Fonts - Just My Type42
Typography Free Fonts - Just My Type43

Where does typography become art? Well, for instance in this font. The letters are difficult to read, but geometric forms are abstrac and captivaning. A creative font by Jonathan Calugi.

Typography Free Fonts - badabum font45

Free Font Amadeus46
A playful, @font-face compatible free font by the foundry Bright Ideas.

Typography Free Fonts -  Free Font Amadeus47

20 Dingbat Fonts That Are Actually Useful48

Typography Free Fonts - 20 Dingbat Fonts That Are Actually Useful49

Reminder: Download fonts from our previous posts Link

Chunk Open Source Typeface50 [ Download the .zip-package51 ]
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 Smith52).


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 Regular
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.de57).


Aller Sans
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.

Aller Sans

M+ Outline59
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+ Outline60

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

Junction61 [ Download the .zip-package62 ]
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 Gentium63 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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  1. 1

    great – thanks :)
    i always love FREE things!!

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    Oh, thanks a lot. These are always useful :)

  3. 3

    Amazing collection! Thanks to share.

    I like those geometric fonts so much~

  4. 4

    Thank you soooooo much! Twitted and also went to delicious!

  5. 5

    Nice collection, these are perfect for my new design!

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    November 15, 2009 6:29 pm

    Yesssssh! I just spend an hour browsing the web for 2 of these fonts, and what do you guys do? Freaking put them both in 1 article, 5 minutes later. Excellent </burns>

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    November 15, 2009 6:38 pm

    Public Gothic Family is strange, upon installing it every program that renders it, takes 15 seconds on the latest iMac beachballing, with every preview change. Basically put Photoshop into a coma. I had to uninstall it. What a shame!

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    November 15, 2009 7:05 pm

    just i need it :D

    i need a new look for my Forex blog, and here u are guys give me so many option to improve the typography

  9. 9

    Rough Draft 404’s at font squirrel, too bad, looks like a nice font to own.

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    Design Informer

    November 15, 2009 7:11 pm

    Great fonts! These are all really nice.

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    Great Collection Thanks!
    When it comes to Geometric fonts I can’t say I “get it”. I can’t even read some of them. I guess its an easy way to store decorative vector imagery like Dingbats.
    Unless I am missing something completely concerning Geometric fonts which is possible. Am I?

  12. 12

    what about….

    giving us a link to download a zip/rar pack comprehensive of all this fonts ?

    This proposal could be applied to every free-font post.

    Good fonts here, thank you very much.

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    Copy note: I believe “Tex Gyre” is a serif face, not sans-serif as the blurb says.

    Tai: I don’t much get them either. I try to think of them as a jumping-off point for a very decorative display option, almost like illuminated caps from old manuscripts. Taking a letter or two from an appropriate geometric, outlining it, coloring and tweaking it and using it as a design element. I just never think of doing that though. :p

    Give me legible serifs and sans-serifs with good kerning pairs and ligatures any day!

    I love that there are several high-quality faces featured here. It’s maddening, yet brilliant, that houses are offering one weight of a font, especially when they aren’t stingy about it and offer the midrange roman or something, rather than “super bold condensed” or something. You wind up using the free weight, loving it, and then running to purchase the whole family. :)

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    Thanks for these fonts. I liked Contra. I also reminded me the video game we use to play in our childhood named CONTRA :)

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    I have to say… EXCELLENT MATERIAL has this post !!!

    clap clap clap

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    Good article :]

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    Wonderful collection. Fonts are always useful. Thanks :-)

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    cool collection!
    Thanks 4 awesome font!

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    Janice (5 Minutes for Mom)

    November 15, 2009 10:55 pm

    Fantastic fonts – and free too! THANKS!

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    Good collection, thanks a lot !
    But look at the Rough Draft, there’s a bad link.


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