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30 New 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.

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Piron
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 Font
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Piron Free FontSt Ryde Regular1 (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 Font2
St Ryde Free Font3Nobile4
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 NobileMr Jones Book and Mr Jones Book Italic (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.
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Mr Jones font family6Pigiarniq Inuktitut (Download link7)
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.

PigiarniqSt Marie8
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 Web9 (HTML-page).

St Marie10Code: Free Font11
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 Font12VAL Stencil13
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 Stencil14
VAL Stencil15
VAL Stencil16akaDora17 (For personal use only)
akaDora is a fairly simple script font with wide character support. Designed by James Daniel Milligan.

akaDora18Arcus and Arcus Italic19 (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 family20Crimson Text21
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 License22. Notice: Crimson Text is under heavy development, and the spacing/kerning is abysmal.

Crimson Text23Acid24 (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.

Acid25Real Origami26 (Free for personal use only) (PDF specimen27)
The designers based this font on an origami alphabet by Japanese artist Taichiro Hasegawa. A very original, distinctive and playful font.

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real origami29Quadranta
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/p>Balonez Fantasia30
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 Fantasia31Juice32
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.

Juice33Geomancy Typeface34 (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.

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Geomancy Typefaces36Prociono37
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 available38 as well.

Prociono39Edelsans40 (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.

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Edelsans43Neu Eichmass44
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 Khmelevsky45.

Neu Eichmass46Ingleby Font47
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 Font48Ibarra Real49
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 Real50Notice 1: Packaging Symbols51
A symbols font with various weather, packaging and usage symbols.

Notice52Notice 2: Navigation symbols53
Yet another symbols font, this one containing symbols for public transit, car and flight navigation.

Notice254Notice 3: Cloth Symbols55
This symbols font contains pictograms for the clothing industry. The font is available in OpenType and was designed by the Russian studio Otlab.

Notice356Glyphyx57 (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 Glyphyx58Free Symbol Signs Collection59
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 Symbol60Rally 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 FontsOblik Serif Bold61 (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 Font62Paranoid63
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 project6401.BASE65
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 license66.

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Typedia70
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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  1. 1 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/stereotypes/st-ryde/
  2. 2 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/stereotypes/st-ryde/
  3. 3 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/stereotypes/st-ryde/
  4. 4 http://www.newtypography.co.uk/
  5. 5 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/millertype/mr-jones/
  6. 6 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/millertype/mr-jones/
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/12/30-new-free-high-quality-fonts-typography/
  8. 8 http://www.behance.net/gallery/St-Marie/551975
  9. 9 http://files.stereotypes.de/StMarie-Thin-Webfont
  10. 10 http://www.behance.net/gallery/St-Marie/551975
  11. 11 http://fontfabric.com/code-free-font-3/
  12. 12 http://fontfabric.com/code-free-font-3/
  13. 13 http://www.behance.net/gallery/VAL-Stencil/516954
  14. 14 http://www.behance.net/gallery/VAL-Stencil/516954
  15. 15 http://www.behance.net/gallery/VAL-Stencil/516954
  16. 16 http://www.behance.net/gallery/VAL-Stencil/516954
  17. 17 http://www.fonts2u.com/akadora.font
  18. 18 http://www.fonts2u.com/akadora.font
  19. 19 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/carnoky/arcus/
  20. 20 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/carnoky/arcus/
  21. 21 http://aldusleaf.org/
  22. 22 http://scripts.sil.org/OFL
  23. 23 http://aldusleaf.org/
  24. 24 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/acid-type/
  25. 25 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/acid-type/
  26. 26 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/real-origami/
  27. 27 http://26plus-zeichen.de/wp-content/uploads/realorigami_zeichensatz.pdf
  28. 28 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/real-origami/
  29. 29 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/real-origami/
  30. 30 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Balonez-Fantasia/256021
  31. 31 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Balonez-Fantasia/256021
  32. 32 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Juice
  33. 33 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Juice
  34. 34 http://www.onebyfourstudio.com/blog/geomancy/
  35. 35 http://www.onebyfourstudio.com/blog/geomancy/
  36. 36 http://www.onebyfourstudio.com/blog/geomancy/
  37. 37 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/13-prociono
  38. 38 http://code.google.com/p/sortsmill/downloads/list?q=label:Prociono
  39. 39 http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/13-prociono
  40. 40 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/edelsans/
  41. 41 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/edelsans/
  42. 42 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/edelsans/
  43. 43 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/edelsans/
  44. 44 http://freetypography.com/2010/04/19/free-font-neu-eichmass/
  45. 45 http://www.ivankhmelevsky.com
  46. 46 http://freetypography.com/2010/04/19/free-font-neu-eichmass/
  47. 47 http://www.dafont.com/ingleby.font
  48. 48 http://www.dafont.com/ingleby.font
  49. 49 http://osl.ugr.es/2009/12/02/ibarra-real-fuente-de-letra-genuinamente-espanola/
  50. 50 http://osl.ugr.es/2009/12/02/ibarra-real-fuente-de-letra-genuinamente-espanola/
  51. 51 http://www.otlab.ru/8-font_notice.html
  52. 52 http://www.otlab.ru/8-font_notice.html
  53. 53 http://www.otlab.ru/9-font_notice2.html
  54. 54 http://www.otlab.ru/9-font_notice2.html
  55. 55 http://otlab.ru/10-font_notice3.html
  56. 56 http://otlab.ru/10-font_notice3.html
  57. 57 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/nicksfonts/glyphyx-nf/
  58. 58 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/nicksfonts/glyphyx-nf/
  59. 59 http://www.designworkplan.com/design/symbol-signs.htm
  60. 60 http://www.designworkplan.com/design/symbol-signs.htm
  61. 61 http://www.fontspring.com/fonts/tour-de-force/oblik-serif
  62. 62 http://www.fontspring.com/fonts/tour-de-force/oblik-serif
  63. 63 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Paranoid--a-free-font-project/218721
  64. 64 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Paranoid--a-free-font-project/218721
  65. 65 http://www.behance.net/gallery/01_BASE/583294
  66. 66 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
  67. 67 http://www.behance.net/gallery/01_BASE/583294
  68. 68 http://www.behance.net/gallery/01_BASE/583294
  69. 69 http://www.behance.net/gallery/01_BASE/583294
  70. 70 http://typedia.com/
  71. 71 http://typedia.com/
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/05/11/20-fresh-high-quality-free-fonts/
  73. 73 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/18/25-new-high-quality-free-fonts/
  74. 74 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design-2/
  75. 75 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/08/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design/
  76. 76 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/fonts/

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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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    kidslovemusic

    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!

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    pertamax!, very excellent! .

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    Wow. Ibarra is beautiful.

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  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 : http://www.photographyserved.com/
    (kinda looks like St. Marie though)

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

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  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?

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  8. 21

    Nice Thanks!!!!

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    thankss!! very helpful to me!

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  10. 23

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

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  11. 25

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

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  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! :)

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  13. 27

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

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  14. 28

    Another beautiful collection, as always. Thank you.

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  15. 29

    CODE is a seriously nice font

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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    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 ;)

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