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Free Fonts of the Week – Best of

We continue to collect most beautiful high quality freefonts, which can be used for both private and professional projects without any restrictions whatsoever. They are hard to find, but the search is definitely worth it.

Over the last month we’ve managed to find few oldies such as famous Geo Sans and Mank Sans by Manfred Klein, but also some newbies such as Jos Buivenga’s Diavlo. Before using the font, don’t forget to read the legal agreement carefully. They change from time to time.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Free high-quality fonts are extremely hard to find, but sometimes the time you’ve invested in the search is definitely worth the result you’ve got.

It’s not quite clear if one is legally allowed to use MyriadPro (Bold, Semibold), Helvetica (Bold) and Humanist Gill 521 (Bold), which are also presented below. Please read the license agreement carefully – it can change from time to time.

Bonus Link

Jumpstart Package (thanks, Chris Apalodimas)
Kutenay

Available fonts:

Kootenay™ regular (a sans serif design)

Lindsey™ regular (a handwriting style design)

Miramonte™ regular and bold (a sans serif design)

Pescadero™ regular and bold (a serif design for text)

Pericles™ light and regular (a sans serif inscriptional style design)

The Microsoft HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart Package15 contains software and utilities to simulate, test and debug HD DVD applications. Ascender16 has licensed a set of OpenType (.TTF) fonts to Microsoft which are included in this package for developers to use and distribute on HD DVD discs.

The eight fonts were all designed by Ascender’s Type Director, Steve Matteson, for on-screen viewing and to showcase the advanced typographic features of OpenType.

This download is available to customers running genuine Microsoft Windows.

Diavlo17 (new release)
Jos Buivenga has released an improved version of his font Diavlo. The new release contains 5 weights: Light, Book, Medium, Bold and Black. Among new features are the extended language support (Latin, Central European, Croatia, Romanian, Icelandic, Turkish and Esperanto are now supported), improved glyph shapes (such as S, s, W, w, f, t, diactitics, fractions etc.) and extended kerning (over 3.200 kerning pairs).

Diavlo Screenshot18

Inconsolata19
Inconsolata is a monospace, humanist sans design. Some details will be most apparent in print, such as the subtle curves in lowercase “t”, “v”, “w”, and “y”. Inconsolata also borrows “micro-serifs” from some Japanese Gothic fonts, which enhance the appearance of crispness and legibility. Available in the OpenType-format.

Inconsolata Screenshot20

Relato Sans21

Relato Sans is the best of a fresh new breed of humanist sans serifs. Witness Eduardo Manso’s technical and artistic skill for yourself with this complimentary sampling of the complete OpenType family. Registration is required to download the file.

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Bonus Link

John Gruber has recently published a list of the fonts which are being used in Apple’s iPhone23. Apparently, American Typewriter, American Typewriter Condensed, Arial, Arial Rounded MT Bold, Courier New, Georgia, Helvetica, Marker Felt, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Verdana and Zapfino are included.

You can also download a .pdf-version of the table which shows how each of 11 font families should render.

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Tallys Link

Jos Buivenga, the designer of beautiful typofaces Fontin8725 and Delicious26, has released a new freefont, which is called Tallys27 and can be used for personal and private projects without any restrictions.

Tallys
Tallys

Images: josbuivenga.demon.nl28.

Tallys is a font that is one degree slanted and has large caps, a small x-height and long ascenders. It comes with hybrid numbers and a complete character set. The Tallys has one weight and comes only in Roman Style, however, Jos might be thinking about adding other weights and an italic later.

The font is available in Mac & PC (Opentype) formats and can be downloaded here29 for free.

District Thin30 Link

Description and Download31

Freefont

District Thin, the thinnest weight from GarageFonts’ District family, by Kienan and Dylan Smith, can be downloaded and used for free. No words are needed – it is enough to just look at the font itself.

Free Font of The Week

District Thin can be downloaded here32, for free.

Fertigo33: Description and Download34

Freefont

FF Clan Narrow Bold35: Description and Download36

Freefont

Kontrapunkt37: Description and Download38

Freefont

Com4T Fine Regular39: Description40 and Download41

Freefont

Geo Sans Light42, by Manfred Klein

Geo Sans Light Freefont43

Mank Sans44, by Manfred Klein

Mank Sans Freefont45

 

Diavlo46 by Jos Buivenga.

Diavlo is a free font that is a bit square and sharp. Great attention has been given to detail, spacing and kerning. It contains more than 300 glyphs and over 1.300 kerning pairs. Other weights may follow, but for now it’s only regular.

Diavlo Freefont47
Diavlo Freefont48
Diavlo Freefont49

Tuffy50, by Thatcher Ulrich

Tuffy Freefont51

Greyscale Basic52, by Greyscale [via Computerlove53]

Tuffy Freefont54

1. Faceplate™ A Gauge (Fontshop, registration is required)

Fresh Free Fonts - Download Free Fonts | FontShop55

2. Sling (Serif, 3 fonts, freeware)

The font is deleted from this list due to complaints – Sling seems to be a copy of the commerical font ITC Leawood.3. Cicle56 (Sans-Serif, 7 fonts, freeware)
Fresh Free Fonts - Cicle Font | dafont.com57

4. Steiner58 (Sans Serif, free for personal use)

Fresh Free Fonts - Steiner Font | dafont.com59

5. Existence Light60 (Sans Serif, 3 fonts, freeware)

Fresh Free Fonts - Existence Light Font | dafont.com61

6. FF Mt62

Fresh Free Fonts - FontFont: Free Downloads - FF Mt63

7. FF Clan Narrow Bold64

Fresh Free Fonts - FontFont: Free Downloads - FF Clan Narrow Bold65

FF Good Wide Light66.

FF Good67

You might need to load the page two or more times until the right page appears. You’ll also need to register a free account to be able to download the typeface.

LTR DataMine (removed, since the font wasn’t working properly!)

According to the license, “The user of this LettError font software agrees to credit LettError as the trademark and copyright owner of the LettError fonts and list the font names, wherever and whenever design, production, or any other credits are shown.”

Segoe UI.

Segoe UI

Segoe UI

The design of Segoe UI improves the reading and scanning of text while leveraging ClearType. The overall approach to font size increase and font usage creates consistency across Windows and applications for a better experience in all languages.

“Microsoft grants you a personal, nonexclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free license to install and use the Software solely for the purpose of creating materials requested by Microsoft and in accordance with the specification(s) provide to you by Microsoft.” (Source68)

Sometimes web design is just about beautiful typography. Used with a profound understanding of white space, basic typographic principles and usability heuristics, it can sufficiently highlight the main sections of the site and its key elements. Font size of headers, body copy and navigation is important. Leading is important. Line length is important. And the visibility of links is important. Basically, that’s it69 – really, you don’t need more70.

There are literally thousands of professional typefaces you can use, you might use dozens of them71; however there is also a plenty of high-quality freefonts72 which can serve as reasonable and feasible alternatives and fulfill your requirements just as well. We collect all of them regularly, so you don’t have to.

Over the last month we’ve found six high-quality free fonts you can use for both private and commercial projects. Please check out the license agreements before using these typefaces – disclaimers can change from time to time.

1. Revalo Classic Regular73 (Registration is required)

Revalo Classic Regular Freefont74

2. Nadia Serif75 by Nadia Knechtle, Quersicht (see section “Labor”, SlabSerif, PC, Mac, via dersven.de76)

Nadia Serif Freefont77

3. Scriptina78 (Handwriting, PC, Mac)

Scriptina Freefont79

4. Anivers80 by Jos Buivenga

Anivers Freefont81
Anivers Freefont82

5. Qlassik83

Qlassik Freefont84
Fontin Sans85
Fontin Sans86

Fontin Sans comes in regular, italic, bold, bold italic and small caps. It is a sans companion of Fontin8725, another freefont, released by Dutch designer few years ago.

Fontin Sans is absolutely free for personal and commercial use and can be downloaded at Mac & PC (OpenType) from Jos Buivenga’s web-site88.

Jos Buivenga89, a Dutch graphic designer and artist, continues to release beautiful typofaces and present them for free – personal and professional use. The new font, which has been released few minutes ago, is called Fertigo and is available as Mac & PC (PS OpenType) for download90.

Fertigo: Freefont
Fertigo: Freefont

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/40-excellent-freefonts-for-professional-design-2/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/beautiful-high-quality-free-fonts-for-your-designs/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/best-free-fonts-designers/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/02/free-fonts-with-personality/
  5. 5 http://www.ellak.gr/fonts/mgopen/
  6. 6 http://www.ellak.gr/fonts/mgopen/
  7. 7 http://www.ellak.gr/fonts/mgopen/
  8. 8 http://www.ellak.gr/fonts/mgopen/
  9. 9 http://www.midofont.se/
  10. 10 http://www.midofont.se/
  11. 11 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-serif.font
  12. 12 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-serif.font
  13. 13 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-sans.font
  14. 14 http://www.dafont.com/liberation-sans.font
  15. 15 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=F8ADA3F5-0EC6-4392-84AB-CB4860DB30ED&displaylang=en
  16. 16 http://www.ascendercorp.com/HD-DVD.html
  17. 17 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/diavlo.html
  18. 18 http://www.exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  19. 19 http://www.levien.com/type/myfonts/inconsolata.html
  20. 20 http://www.levien.com/type/myfonts/inconsolata.html
  21. 21 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  22. 22 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  23. 23 http://daringfireball.net/2007/07/iphone_fonts
  24. 24 http://daringfireball.net/2007/07/iphone_fonts
  25. 25 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  26. 26 http://exljbris.com/delicious.html
  27. 27 http://exljbris.com/tallys.html
  28. 28 http://exljbris.com/tallys.html
  29. 29 http://exljbris.com/tallys.html
  30. 30 http://www.philsfonts.com/freefont.html
  31. 31 http://www.philsfonts.com/freefont.html
  32. 32 http://www.philsfonts.com/freefont.html
  33. 33 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/fertigo.html
  34. 34 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/fertigo.html
  35. 35 http://www.fontshop.com/features/free.cfm
  36. 36 http://www.fontshop.com/features/free.cfm
  37. 37 http://www.kontrapunkt.dk/news/ddprize_typeface_of_the_year_2004
  38. 38 http://www.kontrapunkt.dk/news/ddprize_typeface_of_the_year_2004
  39. 39 http://com4t-fff.seesaa.net/article/20901050.html
  40. 40 http://com4t-fff.seesaa.net/article/20901050.html
  41. 41 http://com4t-fff.seesaa.net/article/20901050.html
  42. 42 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=geo_sans_light&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Geo+Sans+Light&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  43. 43 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=geo_sans_light&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Geo+Sans+Light&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  44. 44 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=mank_sans&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Mank+Sans&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  45. 45 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=mank_sans&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Mank+Sans&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  46. 46 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  47. 47 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  48. 48 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  49. 49 http://exljbris.com/diavlo.html
  50. 50 http://tulrich.com/fonts/
  51. 51 http://tulrich.com/fonts/
  52. 52 http://www.greyscale.net/basic/
  53. 53 http://www.cpluv.com/www/feeditem/3085
  54. 54 http://www.greyscale.net/basic/
  55. 55 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  56. 56 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=cicle&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  57. 57 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=cicle&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  58. 58 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=steiner&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  59. 59 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=steiner&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  60. 60 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=existence&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  61. 61 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=existence&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Type+your+text+here&nb_ppp=10&psize=l&classt=alpha
  62. 62 http://fontfont.com/downloads/
  63. 63 http://fontfont.com/downloads/
  64. 64 http://fontfont.com/downloads/
  65. 65 http://fontfont.com/downloads/
  66. 66 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  67. 67 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  68. 68 http://www.istartedsomething.com/20070531/download-segoe-collection/
  69. 69 http://www.informationarchitects.jp/the-web-is-all-about-typography-period
  70. 70 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03/26/keep-it-simple-stupid-showcase-of-simple-and-clean-designs/
  71. 71 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/08/80-beautiful-fonts-typefaces-for-professional-design/
  72. 72 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/fonts/
  73. 73 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  74. 74 http://www.fontshop.com/freefonts/
  75. 75 http://quersicht.ch
  76. 76 http://www.dersven.de
  77. 77 http://quersicht.ch
  78. 78 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  79. 79 http://pedroreina.net/apostrophiclab/0158-Scriptina/scriptina.html
  80. 80 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/anivers.html
  81. 81 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/anivers.html
  82. 82 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/anivers.html
  83. 83 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=qlassik&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Qlassik&a=on&e=on&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  84. 84 http://www.dafont.com/font.php?file=qlassik&page=1&nb_ppp_old=10&text=Qlassik&a=on&e=on&nb_ppp=10&psize=m&classt=alpha
  85. 85 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  86. 86 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  87. 87 http://exljbris.com/fontin.html
  88. 88 http://exljbris.com/fontinsans.html
  89. 89 http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl
  90. 90 http://exljbris.com/fertigo.html

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

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