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20 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 Kilogram, Adelle, Ayita Pro, Hattori Hanzo Typeface, Andron, Tertre, Luxi Sans, Sapir, Otari 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.

20 Fresh High Quality Free Fonts Link

A very bold, striking and unique font which may perfectly serve for headlines. The font can be downloaded and used free of charge for both non-commercial and commercial work.



Luxi Sans8
A very clean and legible sans-serif font that can be used for headings and body copy.

Luxi Sans9

Otari Bold Limited10 (Registration is required)
Otari is vibrant and contemporary, but serious and built to last. Its character shines in display type, but doesn’t interfere at text sizes. Otari Bold Limited is available for free download.


Museo Slab 500 and 500 Italic12 (Registration is required, PDF Specimen13)
Museo Slab is robust slab serif which comes in 12 styles. The font family supports a very wide range in languages and is a complete OpenType typeface. Each weight counts 455 glyphs.

Museo Slab14

Adelle Bold and Adelle Bold Italic (Registration is required, discount code is provided)
The OpenType Basic version, full commercial licence, of Adelle Bold and Bold Italic can be downloaded free of charge. Adelle is a slab serif typeface conceived specifically for intensive editorial use, mainly in newspapers and magazines. The typeface can be used for subheadings and headlines.

Adelle fonts for free

Lobster font
A bold condensed script font with hundreds of subtle ligatures and alternates. The Lobster font contains over 70 ligatures and 37 terminal forms. The font supports full Latin1 Charset.

Lobster font

Hattori Hanzo Typeface15
This free font is stylish and clean; it was created for headings and short text and is especially suited to items such as infographics and charts. Designed by Roman Shamin.

Free Font Hattori Hanzo16

Sketchetik Light17 (Registration is required)
Sketchetik is a hand-drawn font in four styles: light, regular, bold and black. It is recommended for use as display typeface. Only light weight is available for free download and use. Registration is required to download the files.

Sketchetik font family18

Ayita Pro SemiBold | Ayita Pro Thin Italic (Registration and checkout are required)
Ayita Pro is a cheerful sans serif design by Jim Ford. Ayita’s open shapes render faithfully at small point sizes and on device screens while the compact design allows more characters per line for headlines. The Ayita Pro fonts feature a typographically-rich Latin character set, with OpenType features for advanced design applications.

Ayita Pro SemiBold font19

Andron20 (Private use only!)
A rich serif font designed by Andreas Stötzner. It contains accents for Roman, Germanic, Slavi, Hungarian, Baltic and Turkish languages. The font is being designed, and the author could use some feedback. Also notice other open source fonts available on the site.


Free Font Sapir
Actually, Sapir was designed as a stop gap, while waiting for better, professionally designed fonts for linguistics. Available in two styles — Regular and Italic. Designed by Eric Schiller.

Free Font Sapir21

Fat Love (personal use only, currently unavailable, mirror22)
An experimental bold typeface with playful letters. Created by Jonathan Calugi. Available for personal use only, no commercial use.


Tertre Extra Bold and Extra Bold Italic23 (Registration is required)
Tertre is a display/short text typeface with a wide range of applications from signage or posters to menus and pricelists; branding, packaging or publishing. The letters have no overhangs and the stroke thickness of capitals and lower case letters is identical, making hinting or anti-aliasing more uniform at any point size and zoom combination. Two weights, Extra Bold and Extra Bold Italic are available for free download and use.


Franchise Bold25
Franchise is a strong display typeface meant to communicate your message quickly and with power. The characters are drawn to achieve a unifomity without compromising style. Strong, memorable and free. You may want to support the designer by making a small donation.

Franchise Bold Font26

Surface Medium27
Free humanist sans-serif font that may serve for catchy and attractive corporate headlines in web designs and booklets. Unfortunately, only one style (Medium) is available. Free for personal and commercial use.

Free Font Surface by Bruno Herfst28

Clementine Sketch Font29
To make this font display correctly — that is, with the beginnings and ends of each word closed — you must begin each word with a capital letter and end each word with the symbol ^. (There are two irregularities: W & V. If a word contains a W, you must end the preceding letter with a ^. If a word contains a V, you must end the preceding letter with a ^ and capitalize the letter following the V.) example: Amazingly^ Fe^w^ Discotheques^ Pro^vIde^ Jukeboxes^.

Clementine Sketch Font30

Half serif, half sans serif. Capital letters A-Z, available only in Illustrator AI format.


Triskweline: A new fixed-width font for programmers33
The TrueType TTF version of Triskweline works only at size 10 pt, which should do for your programming editor of choice. However, printing will look funny, as will using the font in word processors like Word or drawing tools like Corel Draw. If your editor supports it, prefer the pixel-font versions of Triskweline (.FON or .PCF).

Triskweline: A new fixed-width font for programmers34

Barrister Sans Light35
Barrister Sans is a geometric sans-serif designed initially as a corporate Cyrillic typeface which quickly evolved into fully grown typeface, available in Latin, Cyrillic and Greek codepages. It includes a set of 5 weights plus their matching italics, with several Opentype features as ordinals, fractions & tabular lining. Barrister Sans is a modern tech-looking sans serif alternative for all your needs. Available for free download until the 16th of May 2010.

Barrister Sans36

Barrister Sans37

Reminder Link

Please notice that the free fonts listed below are still available for free download and use.

FF Nuvo OT Medium38 (Registration is required)
Designed by Siegfried Rückel, it’s a contemporary type design with vertical contrast, and especially the characters a, g and y show the calligraphic touch. Suitable for magazine design from headlines to longer texts as well as for advertising, packaging and corporate design. A free download for a limited time. OpenType.

Nuvo2 in Free Fonts Of The Month: Fertigo Pro, FF Nuvo39

Mayberry Pro SemiBold40 (Registration is required)
AscenderFonts still offers the font Mayberry Pro Semi Bold for free download. This font belongs to the Mayberry Pro family. This family is a humanist sans serif designed by Steve Matteson to provide optimal legibility on screen in applications ranging from User Interfaces to web pages. The registration is required to download the font.

Mayberry in 15 Beautiful High-Quality Free Fonts

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So You Need A Typeface (Infographics)41
A nice infographics that can actually help you select a typeface for your design work. You may want to search for the path to Comic Sans.

Typography-179 in 50 Helpful Typography Tools And Resources 42

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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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    Tom Something

    May 11, 2010 10:17 am

    One of the best round-ups I’ve seen. Great selection!

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    I’m lovin’ Franchise Bold – I’m going to be putting this font into action real soon! Thank you for this awesome list, Vitaly.

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    Julian Gaviria

    May 11, 2010 10:43 am

    Great roundup

  4. 5

    This is a really great bunch of fonts: thanks for taking the time to compile these. I got sidetracked from my ‘work’ by this article for about half an hour…

  5. 6

    not all are free…. :(

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      Smashing Editorial

      May 11, 2010 11:15 am

      They are all free – we checked the license agreements. What seems to be the problem?

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        Only the light version of Barrister Sans is free. A minor issue, but you should probably mention it in your post.

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          Smashing Editorial

          May 11, 2010 1:17 pm

          You are right, thank you. The article was updated.

          • 10

            it’s only may 11…it’s no longer free : /

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            my apologies
            i didn’t realize you had to ‘check out’ to see that the price is reduced to 0 :)

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    I have free fonts for download in my site. All designed by me, i hope u like it.

  7. 14

    “The Homestagers” text you’re showing with Lobster link is not Lobster. It’s a sample of another script font the Lobster designer was using to illustrate a point.

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      Pablo Impallari

      May 11, 2010 12:25 pm

      Yep, i’ts a lettering work by Laura Meseguer. It was there to illustrate people about ligatures.

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    Ah, too bad that most of them do not include cyrillic letters.

  9. 17

    Lobster Font is really nice, it would be great if you could add information saying if the licence allows embedding with @font-face or Cufon

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      Pablo Impallari

      May 11, 2010 12:18 pm

      The Lobster loves to be font-faced.
      The ligatures feature will be only available on browser that support it.

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    I’ve enjoyed Smashing much more since you’ve gotten away from the list post templates and am hoping you’re just throwing one in every now and then…

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      Smashing Editorial

      May 11, 2010 1:19 pm

      No worries, lists are “extra bonus posts” which are published additionally to our regular schedule. If you find these post useless, please feel free to check the second post publish today instead and just skip this one.

    • 22

      Thanks Ted we were all really hoping the powers that be would take this site and make it meet only your desires. It’s really great to hear that you think lists stink. Cause I think everyone else kind of likes them, or at least we did until you decided they were uncool. We would hate to upset your delicate little feelings especially since it must be very hard for you to just NOT read that one. So we are all changing our minds so that we all only like what you like! ALL THESE HELPFUL AND INFORMATIVE LISTS BE DAMNED!!! I think they should just shut down smashing magazine, reformat everything and make it all about what Ted wants, then re-open the thing, so only Ted is pleased. Good thinking Ted! Way to be a team player!

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        I can’t understand whats so wrong about lists?! They’re almost the only posts that I go trough thoroughly. (The rest I just skim through :P)

  11. 24

    Nice Collection must have taken a while to put together, been looking for some decent fonts, good find!

  12. 25

    Wow, a list of free fonts! on Smashing Magazine! I’d have never imagined that in a million years…

    More seriously, those are great fonts, so thanks! But like Ted Goas said, beware of the dark side…

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    Vitaly, thanks for great and useful article! A must have for any modern designer.

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    thx alot, awesome article!

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    May 11, 2010 2:06 pm

    Absoulutely stunning collection … one of the best I’ve seen here so far.

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    Loving this! Thanks :)

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    Awesome selection, thanks a lot for sharing.

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    Lovely fonts! Thanks for posting. The only turn-off is that many require registration to download something that is ‘free.’ I’m not a designer so I always pass..

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    Thank you for these nice free fonts. It’s been a while since you guys posted a round-up of free fonts. Kilogram and Franchise are nice for headlines, downloading those! However, I’ve been seeing too much sans-serif fonts lately, where’s the serif love?

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    Really useful font….


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