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30 Wonderful Free High-Quality Fonts

Every now and then we 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 time you should be investing in your current projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to.

In this selection, we’re pleased to present Piron, Nobile, St Marie, Code, Arcus, Crimson Text, Quadranta, Juice, Prociono, Mr Jones, Ibarra Real and various useful symbol fonts. Please note that some fonts are for personal use only and are clearly marked as such. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts; they can change from time to time.

Further Reading on SmashingMag:

New Free High-Quality Fonts Link

Piron is a highly legible typeface, very well suited to any display or text usage: Web, print (especially magazines), brochures, logos, posters, flyers, motion graphics. The font comes in two weights: regular and oblique. Designed by Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova. Available for free and commercial use, and available in OpenType format.
Piron Free Font6
Piron Free Font
Piron Free Font

St Ryde Regular7 (Registration required, PDF Specimen)
St Ryde is a sans-serif, very casual typeface, that works perfect in your bodycopy within the regular weights. The whole family comes in 5 weights including the matching italics, so you can choose from thin, light, regular, medium and bold. Regular is available for free download. St Ryde has a wide range of characters, including small caps, lining, proportional and tabular figures plus small caps figures, too. Designed by Sascha Timplan. Available in OpenType format.

St Ryde Free Font8
St Ryde Free Font9

The font is designed to work on digital screens and handheld devices without losing the distinctive look usually found in fonts designed for print. The aim here was to design a font that would function well, have good legibility on screen yet also look good — not only at larger display sizes but also right down to small text sizes. The font is available in the Google Font Directory and was released under the Open Font License. The family comes in four weights (regular, italic, bold and bold italic).

Free Font Nobile

Mr Jones Book and Mr Jones Book Italic11 (Registration required)
Mr Jones was originally conceived as a family for print design, consisting of a sans and a headline. The lowercase forms are wide for legibility at small sizes, while the caps are narrower to save space and keep an even balance of negative space when used in body copy. The overall widths of certain characters have been adjusted to almost extremes to keep an even balance of white space around each letter. The font works well in body copy but will need decreased tracking in larger settings. It comes with proportional, old-style and tabular figures and discretionary ligatures.Mr Jones font family12

Pigiarniq Inuktitut (Download link13)
An oldie but a goodie. Heard of Nunavut? A small territory in Canada with one of the lowest population rates of the world? Probably not. Only 0.01 people live there per square kilometer, mostly Inuit. The citizens of Nunavut speak four languages: French, English, Innuinaqtun and Inuktitut. A few years ago, the government of the region decided to design a new typeface to enable its 28,000 citizens to use all four languages in a uniform manner. The result was a beautiful, rich and professional free sans-serif. The family includes bold, heavy, italic, light and regular weights, all available for free use.



St Marie14
St Marie is a rich type family designed for online applications and print. This release is a preview of the upcoming family, and the designer has released two weights (St Marie Thin and St Marie Thin Web) for free. The download package contains the weights in the formats OTF, WOFF, EOT and SVG, as well as a @font-face kit. See this example of St Marie Thin Web15 (HTML-page).

St Marie16

Code: Free Font17
This sturdy yet playful little font family can be applied to different kinds of graphic design work: Web, print, motion graphics, t-shirts, posters, logotypes. The font contains 192 characters and two weights (regular and bold) and is available in OTF for PC or Mac.

Code Free Font18

VAL Stencil19
A quite distinctive, memorable font with two variations: lowercase letters bend to the left and uppercase letters bend to the right. This unique font will give your headlines originality and dynamism. Designed by Svetoslav Simov of Fontfabric, available in OTF.VAL Stencil20
VAL Stencil21
VAL Stencil22

akaDora23 (For personal use only)
akaDora is a fairly simple script font with wide character support. Designed by James Daniel Milligan.akaDora24

Arcus and Arcus Italic25 (Registration required)
Arcus is a geometrically constructed font with rounded curves. The font contains a wide range of alternative signs, small capitals, lining and old-style numerals, fractions, superiors, inferiors, ligatures and discretionary ligatures; all this is within the frame of OpenType functions. The type family was designed for headlines, logotypes and corporate identities, and it is not a good fit for long text. Available for free and commercial use.

Arcus font family26

Crimson Text27
Open that old tome from the bookshelf over the fireplace, stick your nose in its pages and smell the ink, the glue and the immortality of the printed words. That is what Crimson Text is meant to be like. The font is released under the Open Font License28. Notice: Crimson Text is under heavy development, and the spacing/kerning is abysmal.

Crimson Text29

Acid30 (Free for personal use only)
Acid was designed by Stephan Baum specifically to be used in logotypes and body copy. The form of glyphs is similar to the design classic B42 by Marcel Breuer (Bauhaus) and has a very geometric character. The font contains 103 glyphs, comes in six weights (regular, regular italic, medium, medium italic, bold and bold italic) and is in the process of being developed. Released under Creative Commons.


Real Origami32 (Free for personal use only) (PDF specimen33)
The designers based this font on an origami alphabet by Japanese artist Taichiro Hasegawa. A very original, distinctive and playful font.

real origami34
real origami35

According to its creator, this design was started with quadrant arcs. Quadranta is a display font that would fit logo designs and playful headlines. Available for personal and commercial use. Designed by Darim Kim.

Quadranta Font

Balonez Fantasia36
Yet another distinctive, playful font with rounded glyphs. This would be great fit for brochures, magazine and t-shirts. Designed by Thiago Calza. Freely available for personal and commercial work. Available are two weights in TrueType.

Balonez Fantasia37

Juice is a modern, dynamic sans-serif type family. The font contains six weights (light, light italic, regular, italic, bold and bold italic), each containing 161 glyphs. The font is available in TrueType format. Designed by Dhany Arliyanti.Juice39

Geomancy Typeface40 (Free for personal use only)
Geomancy is a chunky, retro geometric font that hearkens to French and American art deco. With some letterforms taken directly from posters and ephemera of the period, the all-uppercase set comes with many alternates and ligatures, so you can give a little of that varied, hand-painted feel to your work. Available in two weights: hairline and extra bold.

Geomancy Typefaces41
Geomancy Typefaces42

Prociono is an Esperanto word meaning either the star Procyon or the animal species known as the raccoon. It is a roman typeface with blackletter elements. The release includes both OTF and TTF. Source files are available44 as well.


Edelsans46 (Free for personal use only)
Edelsans was designed as a noble geometric font for the screen, with few corners and mostly rounded glyphs. The typeface is not completely finished but is free for non-commercial use.


Neu Eichmass50
Neu Eichmass (German for New Etalon) is a typeface based on the weight 100 grams. The name is a reference to International Prototype kilogram, as a base unit of mass in the International System of Units. The typeface has a modern, cold, measured feel to it, reflecting its origin (its metal “parents”). It is a sans-serif font and takes inspiration from famous grotesques and stenciled types associated with marketplaces and street traders. Further inspiration comes from 1920s and ’30s constructivism. The font can be easily stenciled and is appropriate for different uses (street art, retail, independent shops, street markets). It comes in a headline font and a medium point body text suitable for print. Designed by Ivan Khmelevsky51.

Neu Eichmass52

Ingleby Font53
A beautiful, carefully crafted serif font, with signs of the fine antiqua tradition. Designed by David Engelby, the font comes in four weights: regular, italic, bold and bold italic.

Ingleby Font54

Ibarra Real55
Ibarra Real is a public domain font of Ibero-American character. Created in 2005, Ibarra Real is an elegant design, mixing tradition and modernity; a genuine badge of the particular Spanish culture that was created by Joaquín Ibarra in 1780. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Unostiposduros distribuye la tipografia Ibarra Real56

Notice 1: Packaging Symbols57
A symbols font with various weather, packaging and usage symbols.


Notice 2: Navigation symbols59
Yet another symbols font, this one containing symbols for public transit, car and flight navigation.


Notice 3: Cloth Symbols61
This symbols font contains pictograms for the clothing industry. The font is available in OpenType and was designed by the Russian studio Otlab.


Glyphyx63 (Registration required)
This set of two free fonts features symbols and icons for use in data visualization. Glyphyx One includes symbols related to transportation, while Glyphyx Two has symbols related to leisure activities. Available in OpenType and TrueType formats for Windows and Mac.Free Font Glyphyx64

Free Symbol Signs Collection65
Here is a collection of 50 common symbols for signage, professional designed. The symbols are free for use and are available in OpenType format. All were designed by Sander Baumann, set to the proportions of a regular typeface, so you no longer need to copy and paste such icons into your designs.

Free Font Symbol66

Rally Character Set
Lukyan Turetsky released this character set of car rally symbols. The font contains standard signs of control in rallies, rally-related infographic icons, blanks for logos and other graphics, symbols for legends and other symbols and marks. In OpenType and available for free.Rally in 15 Beautiful High-Quality Free Fonts

Oblik Serif Bold67 (Registration required)
Oblik Serif Bold is a sophisticated contemporary font with vivid and playful glyphs. The font could be a great fit for headlines and posters but is hardly usable for long body text. The font has wide character support and is available for free and commercial use. Comes in OpenType format.

Oblik Serif Font68

Paranoid is a yet another experimental font, collaboratively designed by Simon Carrasco, John Stuart and Kevin Yeun Kit Lo. Paranoid is a purely geometric display face, conceived as a contribution to (and subtle critique of) the still growing trend of bold, geometric and counterless typography. It is equally suited to bringing back the joy of ’80s dance parties or expressing the ominous foreboding of inevitable nuclear disaster. A flexible face in spite of its limited form. Please contact the designers before using this font commercially.

Paranoid / a free font project70

This free font is bold and experimental. It would come handy for bold statements on t-shirts and posters. The font was designed by Fabian De Lange and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license72.


Last Click Link

Typedia is a community website dedicated to classifying typefaces and educating people about typefaces. Think of it as a cross between IMDB and Wikipedia, except for type. Anyone can join, add or edit pages for typefaces and the people behind them.



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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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    August 12, 2010 11:48 am

    very interesting and superb fonts, thank you!

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    Jeff Golenski

    August 12, 2010 11:50 am

    I’m calling it. Piron is going to be the next web typography trend. You heard it here first folks.

    Thanks Vitaly, this is my favorite font showcase post thus far, much appreciated!

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    Blogger Dad/ David Wright

    August 12, 2010 11:54 am

    Thank you for another awesome compilation of quality fonts. Just another example of what makes Smashing Magazine the best design resource on the web!

  4. 14

    pertamax!, very excellent! .

  5. 16

    Wow. Ibarra is beautiful.

  6. 17

    Great list… most of them are new to me and are indeed of high quality… but it seems most of the sans serif fonts are beginning to look alike nowadays…

    Also, could anyone please tell me what font is used in the logo of this website :
    (kinda looks like St. Marie though)

    I’ve been trying to figure it out for a long time…. :)

  7. 19

    Great fonts! Maybe you should work on your English a bit, Vitaly.

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      Vitaly Friedman

      August 12, 2010 1:59 pm

      Thanks, Bryce. But could you please be more specific? What exactly seems to be a problem?

  8. 21

    Nice Thanks!!!!

  9. 22

    thankss!! very helpful to me!

  10. 23

    Ah, Thanks for featuring my font Quadranta.
    FYI, Quadranta was not designed with FontStruct. ;)

  11. 25

    Great stuff. Think I found a few to use :)

  12. 26

    I love some of these, and I was just imagining how some of these would work well with each other given the opportunity! :)

  13. 27

    Thanks Vitaly, some of these fonts are crazy, I love them.

  14. 28

    Another beautiful collection, as always. Thank you.

  15. 29

    CODE is a seriously nice font

  16. 31

    Most of them lack latin-2 characters. As if the latin world ended on the german border. Pfff. This is why most free fonts suck! Iprefer to pay for a font whose manufacturer respects the european culture as opposed to someone offending me with his free product.

    PS. Ofcourse there exist free fonts with latin2 characters and to their authors, my best regards.

  17. 34

    Great post!! Will be using them in our next designs!

  18. 35

    thanks for sharing.. they are all very beautiful fonts for sure :D

  19. 36

    Really good collection of fonts here. I agree with Jeff, Piron looks like a very good font for web design however it might be a little difficult to read in smaller sizes as its quite a detailed typeface. However my favourite font on the list is Paranoid it works really well in grunge based graphic design and looks similar to the fonts used by David Carson in his older work.

  20. 37

    Piron looks like it’s going to be a hugely popular font in the next 12 – 18 months… Thanks for sharing this wonderful list of typos ;)

  21. 38

    Awesome article today, thanks!

  22. 39

    These are nice! I especially like Piron

  23. 40

    Great fonts, thanks man.
    Is there a way to download all the fonts at once?

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    Rajesh Maharjan

    August 12, 2010 8:33 pm

    They are smashing fonts & smashing way of free download. Bravo Thanks.

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    Sainath Chillapuram

    August 12, 2010 8:59 pm

    Thanks for the awesome fonts, and akaDora font is too good !

  26. 43

    Yeah! Awesome collection! Thanks Vitally! ☺

  27. 44

    Great post, Vitaly. Thanks for sharing.

    Maybe you can give me a hand. I need to include some chinese text on a cover design, not just english text using chinese-looking fonts. But when I copy and paste the chinese characters to Photoshop, the fonts supporting chinese text are scarce, and not really that good looking. I’d like the text to look like it was written with a brush, as traditional chinese hand-writing. Do you know where I could find fonts like that, or if I’m not doing it the right way?

    Thanks in advance. Greetings from Spain!

    • 45

      If you aren’t going to be using too many characters, I’d be tempted to import a screenshot of the letters into Illustrator and then go over them with the pen tool, then using the brushes pallet to apply a stylised ink stroke and paste the finished vector into photoshop.

      • 46

        Not a bad idea. But I’ll need to start using more characters soon anyway, so this solution would only work for this first project. Thanks a lot anyway, man.

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    Rudra Ganguly

    August 12, 2010 10:45 pm

    Cool fonts.

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    Ingleby is a very nicely balanced font, I’ll be grabbing that. Great work Vitaly.

  30. 49

    Nice collection. Thanks.

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    Cool fonts, thanks :) I like akaDora font

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    Greg Auchterlonie

    August 13, 2010 2:26 am

    Some of these will come in handy. Thanks

  33. 52

    I love me some fonts! Beautiful post. I know it has been said somewhere here before, but check out the typography forum if you are a font addict.

    Be prepared though, if you aren’t a fontaholic and participate actively, you will be booted. But if you are someone who can do those things, then you have found your typography mecca for free, paid, exclusive, new and in development fonts.

    Enjoy! and thanks again for the article.

  34. 53

    nice article, what about providing a single zip file that includes all fonts, getting tired of clicking through all of those sites …

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    Maria Fidalgo

    August 13, 2010 4:56 am

    Great post, thanks

  36. 55

    Great collection Vitaly… downloaded some of them… thanx a lot :)

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    This is by far the best site for resources, knowledge and Inspiration.
    Thank you.

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    thanks a million :)
    some of them are really great

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    Great fonts guys. I kept hearing myself say “wow, this is cool” over and over again. You guys rock!

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    Thanks for the fantastic list Vitaly, and thanks for featuring Crimson :)

    Ibarra Real is absolutely beautiful, but the font you link to is called (just) “Ibarra.” It seems to be a project from the 1990’s and looks terrible. Apparently, Ibarra Real will be released later and comes from here:

    I don’t know Spanish, but maybe someone can sort this out?

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    Some seriously nice fonts here. Thanks for sharing.

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    Geomancy is positively gorgeous! Thanks for this list.

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    Bratu Sebastian

    August 13, 2010 7:27 am

    Man, that was a great list of professional fonts !

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    Fantastic collection, many thanks.

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    Pracas Upreti

    August 13, 2010 7:40 am

    some of the fonts are amazing and some few are quite boring

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    Seen most of these before, St Ryde Regular was a great find though. I want to buy the entire family now! AkaDora is a great script with tons of personality. Thanks!

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    very nice, thanks!

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    Hi Vitali
    Excellent selection of fonts. I really like St Ryde, but it does not appear to be a free download at all. Am I missing something?

    • 69

      I too was wondering about this because I would like this whole font family. But none of them are free that I can find.

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    Satish Gandham

    August 13, 2010 9:55 am

    Love u guys. There are lots of fonts and it’s always hard to pick the best ones.
    Thanks for doing the job for us.

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    Very nice collection. Thank you.

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    Fernando de Sá

    August 13, 2010 10:20 am

    Exelentes tipografías, muchas de ellas aunque no para uso son de gran inspiración.

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    Cassie MacGuru

    August 13, 2010 10:40 am

    Inspiring…exciting…thanks for sharing such an awesome collection. :-)

  53. 74

    Go Nunavut! A territorial government that creates fonts for it’s people’s use? Awesome.

    Rod Salm

  54. 75

    Honestly , that set of fonts would help me a lot while designing… its awesome!

    I am wondering whether you ( the author) will be able to upload another set of patterns and gradients. Dont presume i havent checked out another posts , but actually nothing cought my eye.

  55. 76

    Very high quality fonts ^^
    Thanks very much.

  56. 77

    Very cool fonts, I like them, especially Piron font.
    Also I found a very strange and funny font at Physics Games, the logo phyfun is using a cool font and it looks good.

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    Thanks for sharing,..

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    These are beautiful. Thank you.

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    Thank you so much for the post! Love seeing new great tools to use!

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    Thanks so so so much for sharing these. I LOVE it when Smashing shares fonts!

  61. 82

    One of the best font posts published here. I appreciate that.

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    as usual great resources

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    yes, great resources, as usual.

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    Whoo, Piron’s pretty :-D

  65. 86

    All the fonts looks nice and cool but not all is free.

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    Thanks a lot for this great collection, most of them are really beautyful ->downloading…..

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    As Sebastian (above) mentioned the Ibarra shown in the photo with all the ornaments and ligatures isn’t where the link goes. :(

    A little google translate later and I found THE CORRECT ONE here:

  68. 90

    Great post! I like a lot of these fonts. I noticed that Kentucky (spelled as ‘Kentuky’) is misspelled on the Acid font samples :)

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    I loved this post! Thank you!

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    thanks a lot!

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    really nice collection, especially the sign part :)~~

  72. 94

    I really like Nobile.

    **You should check the links in pigiarniq, the download link isn’t hooked up.

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    Simon Duck | Profit Duck

    August 17, 2010 7:15 am

    I adore Piron. Just have to find something to use it in now!

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    Soji Adeyanju

    August 17, 2010 9:31 am

    Thanks for sharing these high quality fonts. They will come handy for my future development.

    • 97

      You’re the one with the brains here. I’m watncihg for your posts.

  75. 98

    Muito legal (very cool)!

  76. 99

    I’ve personally selected a few to download. Great showcase.

  77. 100

    nice fonts thx for sharing!

  78. 101

    awesome collection!

  79. 102

    I’m a bit surprised the author didn’t mention this *tiny* caveat to using Crimson Text, which is on the developer’s page:

    “Crimson Text is under heavy development, and the spacing/kerning is abysmal. If you use it in public these days, you’ll likely embarass yourself.”

    Seems a bit important—this article makes it seem like the font is ready to go.

  80. 104

    It seems like the St Ryde is not available for free anymore :(

  81. 105

    Lovely stuff some look really good

  82. 106

    30 New Free High-Quality Fonts – Smashing Magazine

  83. 107

    Surfing the Internet one can sometimes find treasures like this web. I did not touch anything, yet :), just wanted to congratulate you for this great work!

  84. 108

    First let me say what an awesome site you have here! I happen to accidently stumble across it and I can’t wait to dig in!
    My only problem? So many resources and ideas….so little time!

    Anyway, the comment that the St Ryde font is no longer free is incorrect. There are 10 styles in the family and ONLY the REGULAR style is FREE.

    The other 9 styles in the St Ryde family must be purchased.

    Just an FYI about the MyFonts site- when on a font’s page (like the one the article link sends you to), look to the right where there is a yellow box that says “BUY IT”. The last line in the yellow box says “14 buying choices from $0”. Click on it and you are presented with a complete list of all available styles of the font, including any complete family deals, ttf options, otf options, and pricing for everything -in other words, all your buying choices! (note sarcastic humor)


  85. 109

    Still fresh and useful: 30 New Free High-Quality Fonts – [link]

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    Yanzen Designer

    September 18, 2010 8:43 am

    OH.. looks good this AIO font resource, like it pro

  87. 111

    I love fonts. It is always good to see new ones.

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    Font Code is really nice~~I love it~~

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    Thank you for amasing fonts.

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    Thank you! Great collection!

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    Plz some one tel me i want to download oblik serif free………….

  92. 117

    Thanks for all collections

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    Rick Henderson

    January 28, 2011 11:25 am

    Sure it is a great set, but really I don’t have time to check out a list of 30 fonts. I like looking at maybe 5 at a time.

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    Thanks!!! Great List

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    David Howland

    April 16, 2011 4:44 pm

    I’m elated at finding this site as there are so many garbage sites on the WWW. Thank you for being here. The entire smashing magazine is a gas indeed.

  96. 121

    Can you provide us with a website that gives us the access to free download these beautiful fonts for free? because i figured that we can get some fonts (like Sorbet) only by paying. thanks a bunch :) keep up the great work!

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    that all are unique font.. thanks a lot for share… :D

  98. 123

    Wow very good information.

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    Nice post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I am inspired! Very helpful information specifically the final section :) I handle such info much. I used to be looking for this particular information for a very long time. Thanks and best of luck.


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