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25 Impressive Free High-Quality Fonts

Every now and then we look around, select fresh free high-quality 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 projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to. [Links repaired January/15/2017]

In this selection, we’re pleased to present Pompadour Numeral Set, Lato, Crimson Text, Espinosa Nova, Musa Ornata, Spatha Sans, ColorLines, Roke1984, Neuton, Avro, Baurete and other fonts. Please note that some are for personal use only and are clearly marked as such. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts; they may change from time to time.

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Pompadour Numeral Set6 (.eps, released under Creative Commons)
A beautiful numeral font released by Andy Mangold under a Creative Commons license. The font can be useful in various settings, for instance for packaging design or logo deign. The .EPS file is available for free download. The font is free to use as long as the credit is given.

Pompadour Numeral Set7

Pompadour Numeral Set8

Lato9 (open-source sans serif)
Lato is a san-serif typeface family. The semi-rounded details of the letters give Lato a warm feel, while the strong structure provides stability and seriousness. Lato consists of five weights (plus corresponding italics), including a beautiful hairline style. The first release includes only the Western character set. Designed by Lukasz Dziedzic.

Lato10

Crimson Text11
“Crimson Text is a font family for book production in the tradition of beautiful old-style typefaces. There are a lot of great free fonts around, but one kind is missing: those Garamond-inspired types with all the little niceties such as old-style figures, small caps, fleurons, math characters and the like. In fact, a lot of time is spent developing free knock-offs of ugly ‘standards’ like Times and Helvetica. Crimson Text is inspired by the fantastic work of people like Jan Tschichold, Robert Slimbach and Jonathan Hoefler. We hope that the free type community will one day be able to enjoy Crimson Text as a beautiful workhorse.”

Crimson Text12

Espinosa Nova13: Regular (not free anymore)
Espinosa Nova is a revival of the types used by Antonio de Espinosa, the most important Mexican printer of the 16th century and quite probably the first punch cutter anywhere on the American continent (1551). All of the fonts intended for setting text include small caps, five sets of figures (old-style and lining, both proportional and tabular, plus tabular small caps), many “f” and long “s” ligatures and a capital sharp “S” (U+1E9E). Designed by Cristóbal Henestrosa.

Free Font Espinosa Nova14

Free Font Espinosa Nova15

Color Lines16
This decorative font can be used for a variety of products, such as posters, packaging and label design. Original and unique. Designed by Anton Gridz, and available in AI format.

Color Lines — Free Font17

Color Lines — Free Font18

Color Lines — Free Font19

Baurete20 (free download)
A playful, intriguing typeface that could work for designs without rigid alignment or symmetrically positioned elements. Baurete is free to use for personal and commercial projects. If you want to use it, please contact the designers at [we {at} welab {dot} info]. You can download it for free.

Free Font # 18 | Caligraffiti

Free Font # 18 | Caligraffiti

Neuton Font21
Neuton is a clean Times-Roman–like typeface by Brian Zick. In structure, it is a transitional type with Dutch inspiration. The x-height is high and the color dark, and it is economical in ascenders, descenders and width. Also available in the Google Font Directory.

Neuton Font22

Neuton Font23

Melbourne24 (personal use only)
Melbourne is a sans-serif with a strong modern presence. The designer’s intention was to create a calm space-saving typeface. The glyphs have rounded corners and relatively large tracking, which makes it a good fit for dictionaries, indexes, catalogues and so on. When used at a large size, Melbourne can be used as a display or headline font. The typeface is released as a draft, and suggestions for improvements are appreciated. Designed by Marco Müller.

Melbourne25

Melbourne26

ROKE198427
A free display font based on geometric forms and mathematical symbols, this one includes accents and numerals. An interesting option for technical designs that call for a distinctive yet slightly challenging appearance. Designed by Wete. Available in OpenType format.

ROKE198428

ROKE198429

ROKE198430

Classic Round31: medium and italic (not free anymore)
This typeface was designed for text and display use. In small text sizes, the typeface looks clean, inviting and legible. When used in big display sizes, it looks playful and interesting. Designed by Ben Blom.

Free Font Classic Round32

Free Font FR Hopper33: regular and italic (not free anymore)
FR Hopper is a sans based on geometric forms but still retaining a friendly personality. It is intended for mid-length texts, captions, titles and almost any other occasional use: posters, flyers and even websites. The typeface comes with 7 weights, 12 styles with 836 glyphs, and many advanced OT features such as small caps, discretionary ligatures, alternate characters, fractions, arrows and ornaments.

Free Font FR Hopper34

Darth Vador Free Font35
An original geometric font for the Darth Vador theme, designed by Juart Little from France.

VADOR free font36

VADOR free font37

League Script #138
“League Script #1 is a modern coquettish script font that sits somewhere between your high-school girlfriend’s love notes and handwritten letters from the ’20s. It includes ligatures and will serve as the framework for future script designs.” Designed by Haley Fiege and available in OpenType format.

League Script #139

KanKin Free Font40
Free original and playful OpenType fonts available in two font weights, regular and italic. Supported languages are English and Russian only. Designed by Alexey Frolov.

Four Free Type!41

Musa Ornata42
This typeface, with its cheerful characters, could be a good fit for event announcements, grocery stores and public transport signage. To activate the alternative case, check the “Character Palette” in the OpenType options toolbar in your application. The download link is available at the bottom of the release post (above link). Designed by Carvente Dice.

Tipografía Gratis de Junio: Musa Ornata43

Skyhook Mono: regular44
This family is a carefully handcrafted monospaced typeface family that is modern, sturdy and minimalist, yet distinctive enough for refined and classy uses. The regular weight is available as a free download. The free weight may not be used in political or religious works.

Skyhook Mono45

Phoenica Std46 (not free anymore)
Phoenica offers an alternative to contemporary humanist sans serifs. It is a flexible family suitable for editorials and corporate branding. Phoenica comes in a big variety of weights, each available in both roman and italic. The regular width is available as a free download and for personal projects.

Phoenica Std font family47

Indento48: bold (registration required)
“Indento is a multi-purpose modern geometric slab serif for headlines, posters and branding, but legible enough to be used for longer text. The straight and rounded corners, combined with the deep cuts and asymmetric serifs, give it a distinctive look while still keeping its legibility.” The bold weight is available as a free download in OpenType format. Designed by Mugur Mihai.

Free Font Indento49

Free Font Adec50
This typeface was inspired by Art Deco and Constructivism. It would fit posters, magazines and logos. The distinguishing feature of this font is the combination of decorative elements, such as textures and frames. Designed by Serge Shi.

Free Font Adec51

Free Font Adec52

Jean-Luc (Godard)53
“Atelier Carvalho Bernau Design released Jean-Luc, a typeface inspired by the title cards of films like ‘Deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle,’ to celebrate Jean-Luc Godard’s birthday. The style of lettering is so interesting to us because it is such a clear renunciation of the ‘pretty’ classical title screens that were common in that time’s more conservative films. It has a more vernacular and brutishly low-brow character; this lettering comes from the street.” To embed the font using @font-face, a copyright code must be appended as a comment in the source code.

Jean-Luc (Godard)54

Arvo Font Family55
This slab-serif typeface was created by Anton Koovit especially for the Google Font directory. It is optimized for Web use. The typeface is “monolinear-ish” but has a touch of contrast. For Windows users, the smaller 9, 12, 14 and 16 point sizes are hinted in Truetype format.

Arvo Font Family56

Thunderball57
This heavy sans font with 178 characters could be useful for posters, postcards and similar designs. Released under a Creative Commons license.

Free Font # 9 | Caligraffiti58

Spatha Sans59
A sans-serif font with organic playful shapes that set a friendly tone and are easy to read. The font could be a good fit for titles and maybe short text. Designed by Carvente Dice.

Spatha Sans60

Spatha Serif61
As a counterpart to the above-mentioned Spatha Sans, the glyphs in Spatha Serif have classic proportions and short serifs, which retain the playful and organic design. The font can also be embedded using @font-face, but a credit link is required. Designed by Carvente Dice.

Spatha Serif62

My Fair Cody63
An interesting playful typeface that makes a an impression with its personality and warmth. The tone is inviting and informal, and as such might not be the best fit for a corporate context. Designed by Darim Kim, and available in OpenType format. You may use the font in your private and commercial projects; but if you embed it using @font-face, then a credit link is required.

My Fair Cody64

Matchbook65
Matchbook is a simple and functional set of two typefaces, designed in serif and sans-serif versions. Each set includes all accented characters and works beautifully in larger sizes.

Matchbook66

Matchbook67

Mota Pixel68
Mota Pixel is a simple pixel font with simple roots. The regular weight was created as a custom design for TypeShow and is now available for free to the public. Optimized for use in 20-pixel increments, it is a larger than normal pixel design. Still, the regular is rather thin and delicate, expressing some tendencies of an upright italic.

Further Resources Link

  • Soma FontFriend69
    FontFriend is a bookmarklet for typographically obsessed web designers. It enables rapid checking of fonts and font styles directly in the browser without editing code and refreshing pages, making it the ideal companion for creating CSS font stacks.
  • Cure for the Common Webfont: Alternatives to Georgia70
    For nearly fifteen years, if you wanted to set a paragraph of web text in a serif typeface, the only truly readable option was Georgia. But now we’re starting to see some valid alternatives for the king of screen serifs. What follows is a list of serif typefaces that have been tuned for the screen.
  • How to Detect Font-Smoothing Using JavaScript71
    Some fonts look bad on computer monitors without font-smoothing enabled in the operating system. The author of this article initially thought there wasn’t a way, but after seeing a promising but incomplete method of detecting font-smoothing, he spent a few days devising a way to do it.
  • When Free Fonts Aren’t Free72
    To ensure that you’re using “free” fonts as their creators intended, here are four things to look for when you’re scanning a EULA.
  • iOS Fonts73
    An overview of font families available on iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad.
  • Free Typography74
    A blog dedicated to free fonts.

Also, you may want to take a look at…

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/best-free-fonts-designers/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2017/02/30-free-fonts-with-personality-and-style/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/05/typographic-design-patterns-practices-case-study-2013/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/30-new-free-high-quality-fonts-typography/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/the-art-of-hand-lettering/
  6. 6 https://blyt.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/pompadour/
  7. 7 https://blyt.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/pompadour/
  8. 8 https://blyt.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/pompadour/
  9. 9 http://www.latofonts.com/
  10. 10 http://www.latofonts.com/
  11. 11 https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Crimson+Text
  12. 12 https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Crimson+Text
  13. 13 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/estudio-ch/espinosa-nova/
  14. 14 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/estudio-ch/espinosa-nova/
  15. 15 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/estudio-ch/espinosa-nova/
  16. 16 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Lines-a-Free-Font/741548
  17. 17 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Lines-a-Free-Font/741548
  18. 18 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Lines-a-Free-Font/741548
  19. 19 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Lines-a-Free-Font/741548
  20. 20 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Baurete/309206
  21. 21 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/neuton
  22. 22 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/neuton
  23. 23 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/neuton
  24. 24 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/melbourne/
  25. 25 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/melbourne/
  26. 26 http://26plus-zeichen.de/fonts/melbourne/
  27. 27 http://www.behance.net/gallery/ROKE1984-free-font/762721
  28. 28 http://www.behance.net/gallery/ROKE1984-free-font/762721
  29. 29 http://www.behance.net/gallery/ROKE1984-free-font/762721
  30. 30 http://www.behance.net/gallery/ROKE1984-free-font/762721
  31. 31 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/durotype/classic-round/
  32. 32 http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/durotype/classic-round/
  33. 33 http://www.fontspring.com/fonts/faberfonts/fr-hopper
  34. 34 http://www.fontspring.com/fonts/faberfonts/fr-hopper
  35. 35 http://www.fontspace.com/category/darth%20vader
  36. 36 http://www.fontspace.com/category/darth%20vader
  37. 37 http://www.fontspace.com/category/darth%20vader
  38. 38 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/league-script-1
  39. 39 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/league-script-1
  40. 40 http://www.fontfabric.com/kankin-free-font/
  41. 41 http://www.fontfabric.com/kankin-free-font/
  42. 42 http://serifdechocolate.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/tipografia-gratis-de-junio-musa-ornata/
  43. 43 http://serifdechocolate.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/tipografia-gratis-de-junio-musa-ornata/
  44. 44 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/skyhook-mono
  45. 45 https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/skyhook-mono
  46. 46 https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/preusstype/phoenica/
  47. 47 https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/preusstype/phoenica/
  48. 48 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Indento
  49. 49 http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Indento
  50. 50 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Typeface-Adec-(free)/626869
  51. 51 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Typeface-Adec-(free)/626869
  52. 52 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Typeface-Adec-(free)/626869
  53. 53 http://www.carvalho-bernau.com/jlg/
  54. 54 http://www.carvalho-bernau.com/jlg/
  55. 55 http://files.korkork.com/index.php?/fonts/arvo/
  56. 56 http://files.korkork.com/index.php?/fonts/arvo/
  57. 57 http://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/thunderball
  58. 58 http://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/thunderball
  59. 59 http://www.dafont.com/de/spatha.font
  60. 60 http://www.dafont.com/de/spatha.font
  61. 61 http://www.dafont.com/de/spatha-serif.font
  62. 62 http://www.dafont.com/de/spatha-serif.font
  63. 63 http://www.dafont.com/de/my-fair-cody.font
  64. 64 http://www.dafont.com/de/my-fair-cody.font
  65. 65 http://www.onebyfourstudio.com/projects/fonts/2009/matchbook-typefaces/
  66. 66 http://www.onebyfourstudio.com/projects/fonts/2009/matchbook-typefaces/
  67. 67 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/12/25-new-free-high-quality-fonts-typography/
  68. 68 https://www.motaitalic.com/product/mota-pixel/
  69. 69 http://somadesign.ca/projects/fontfriend/
  70. 70 http://typedia.com/blog/post/cure-for-the-common-webfont-part-2-alternatives-to-georgia/
  71. 71 http://www.useragentman.com/blog/2009/11/29/how-to-detect-font-smoothing-using-javascript/
  72. 72 http://blog.typekit.com/2009/06/11/when-free-fonts-arent-free/
  73. 73 http://www.iosfonts.com/
  74. 74 http://freetypography.com/
  75. 75 http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/20-dingbat-fonts-that-are-actually-useful
  76. 76 http://www.webdesignerwall.com/general/60-free-handwritten-script-fonts/
  77. 77 http://designshack.co.uk/articles/typography/20-bold-and-free-script-fonts
  78. 78 http://www.ourtuts.com/20-best-free-calligraphy-fonts-for-download/

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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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    Vladimir Carrer

    December 17, 2010 4:32 am

    More I learn about typography more I realize that I don’t know anything about that. There are some truly beautiful fonts in this article. But I’m little bit disturbed about the term “high-quality”. Not just SM but also many other blogs every two weeks have 25,50 New “high-quality” fonts. Massimo Vignelli would probably say that there are only 5 max 10 fonts in the world that are high quality. It takes years and years to build quality font. And probably only the people who are typographers and build type for leaving can say if it is quality font or not.

    Don’t get me wrong I love new typefaces and I love this article, but please don’t use “high-quality”, use beautiful use fresh and other words.

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    • 2

      I would suggest that’s more design snobbery than reality

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        I totally agree. if the quality is measured by comparison, and seeing as there are about 500,000,000 really BAD quality fonts out there, then these qualify as high quality in my book. Best quality; maybe not, High quality; yip.

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    • 4

      @Vladimir You state you don’t know anything about typography, then proceed to prove it.
      Thanks, Vitaly, for your efforts in putting together this excellent collection. One of your best.

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      I think you need to learn more about typography, Massimo vignelli only use 3 fonts (bodoni, helvetica and garamond), but this doesn’t mean that other typographys are shit. Making a font is a really hard work, it’s normal that those free fonts doesn’t include weights or special characters. This article show us high quality typography designs from people that are working for free, and this is admirable.
      Other way, if you like excellent typefaces you must look all the Type Directors Club catalogues and do some shoppings at fontshop. You’ll find how this kind of articles are great for designers.

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        Vladimir Carrer

        December 17, 2010 9:28 am

        I already regretted that I wrote the comment. I knew that I would be misinterpreted. My intentions were to give positive criticism and feedback. I love new fonts and i think that are many new high quality fonts. But I believe that you should use the superlative “high quality” only in special occasion. So again is not about this post or this collection of fonts it is about using special words in special occasions. This is just my personal opinion.

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          Yes, only on “special occasions”, where we recite Bringhurst from memory before a crackling fire and wax poetic about Tschichold and Vignelli amongst a select circle of typophiles. Ahh, then we can label fonts “high quality”.

          Kidding, kidding.

          No really, I get what you’re saying Vladimir, but I would classify many of these as high quality. Are they classic typefaces that have withstood decades of use, misuse and fashion changes? No, but I’d say a font like, say, Espinosa Nova is definitely high quality.

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    • 8

      You really need to pay and buy yourself some fonts to appreciate the quality of such a free collection.
      SM makes the work of many a designer easier.
      I am so glad that Vitaly takes the time to put together such a collection.
      Thanks Vitaly.

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      High-Quality may also elude to the fact that all the characters are present and won’t fail the rip in pre-press leading to dropped characters so many “free” fonts experience, not necessarily the elegance of the characters….

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    Great collection!! Thanks! :)

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  3. 12

    oh goodie. I already have some ideas.

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  4. 13

    Phil Meichsner

    December 17, 2010 3:54 am

    Awesome!

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  5. 14

    Spatha Serif & Spatha sans have wrong links…

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  6. 16

    Wow. Really good selection! Thank you!

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  7. 17

    Tomáš Kapler

    December 17, 2010 4:08 am

    I would love such tips if at least some fonts would care about international characters. E.g.
    ěščřžýáíéúůťĚŠČŘŽÝÁÍÉÚŮŤ

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      That’s one of the biggest problems for me as well. I’m very much into typography, but I often need to make a multilingual website, which includes using Latin characters like č,ć,ž, or đ, and using anything other than pre-installed fonts makes the characters look ugly and inconsistent.

      I know that the development of a new awesome font requires some hard work, but I would very much appreciate if developers took these characters into consideration during the development process.

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    • 19

      And let’s not forget about charcters like å, ä, ö, or Å, Ä, Ö. (And “…” et cetera …) Yes, a very small part of the world uses this kind of characters, but they are very important indeed. Peace and love!

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    • 20

      Check FR Hopper out – it does. I know as I made it ;)

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  8. 21

    Thanks for the collection! I like the Skyhook Mono and Phoenica Std the most but also the other font’s are very nice. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much and have a nice WE :-)

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  9. 22

    Thank you! This is a good gift for me =)

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  10. 23

    Great early Christmas gift :D

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  11. 24

    Thanks a lot for these awesome fonts!

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  12. 25

    I like these font lists – lots of inspiration to be found here

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  13. 26

    Love it

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  14. 27

    Nerd Alert! Vader is spelled wrong.

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  15. 29

    I know the point here is to drive traffic to some of these great font foundry’s sites, but i’d love a “download all” link for some single-click goodness.

    Some really nice type up in this post. Will definitely make use of Lato in some upcoming projects.

    Thanks Vitaly.

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    Alexander Junger

    December 17, 2010 5:41 am

    Ah! I love that!
    Thanks a lot for this greatly inspiring collection!

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  17. 33

    Nice collection!
    It’s the first time i have used this site.. any more inspiring graphics, please let me know.

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  18. 34

    Fonts look great, one question tho, why can’t they all be submitted to the google fonts dictionary, is there any downsides on doing it?

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      Vitaly Friedman

      December 17, 2010 8:28 am

      Google features only open source fonts; only few of the fonts mentioned in this overview are open source.

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  19. 36

    Best font collection I´ve seen in at least 4 months, thanks!

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  20. 37

    good collection, but they aren’t all free as the title would indicate.

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    Derek Oscarson

    December 17, 2010 7:55 am

    Some of these are quite nice. Thanks to those who made them available.

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  22. 39

    Great collection! The pool of well-known free fonts was getting a bit stale, way to freshen it up.

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  23. 40

    Those fonts are just amazing, can’t believe they’re free.

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  24. 41

    Fernando Carvente

    December 17, 2010 9:04 am

    Hi, i’m the designer of Musa and Spatha, my name is Fernando Carvente, i think you used directly what was in the wordpress theme wich can be tranlated as “Carvente says”, thanks for considering my fonts.

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  25. 44

    Jackpot! Quality of life upgrade :) It would have been a real shame to miss neutron and matchbook

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  26. 45

    Love me some free fonts! Pompadour!

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  27. 46

    Personally, I’m a big fan of the last image in the ‘Melbourne’ typeface series.

    A major deciding factor in typeface selection is how it handles expletives.

    Seriously.

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  28. 47

    Totally awesome! Thanks a lot for this great compilation.

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  29. 48

    awesome list of fonts, downloading now.

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  30. 49

    Some lovely fonts here…although my two cents is that “free” should be “free, no matter what,” not “free, unless… except… only…”

    I’m not a lawyer, my font manager isn’t either, so it turns me off from even considering usage of those.

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  31. 50

    really like Lato

    love how typography is kicking ass at the moment.

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  32. 51

    I’m curious – the link to Espinosa Nova goes to its MyFonts.com listing, where the family is $399. Did MyFonts.com list one of the weights as a free promotion or something? Where is the free Espinosa Nova?

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    • 52

      I see says the blind man. Wrangle us in with “free” then not tell us the whole story. I don’t see the point in downloading a freebie unless it’s every font in the family… And NO font is worth that much money. Thank God for OpenType.

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  33. 53

    Finally, some fonts I haven’t seem in every other post on every other website. Thank you! Nice resource.

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  34. 54

    Poetry petrolum. What a good ride. thank’s a lot.

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  35. 55

    Wow. Thanks a lot Vitaly!
    The great thing is to know there are so many pre-open source fonts designers out there.
    Cheers!

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  36. 56

    Best list I have seen in ages. Appreciated smashing!

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  37. 57

    Could you not choose an image to showcase Melbourne that does not feature profanity?

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  38. 59

    Daniel Pintilie

    December 19, 2010 2:25 am

    Melbourne is really a super font, also the rest of the collection is high quality.Thanks Vitaly!

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    Ramon / Dobrado

    December 19, 2010 9:54 am

    Thanks for this! It’s always good to have great fonts. The Pompadour set is especially sweet!

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  40. 61

    Once again, awesome list! I’ve been looking for a font like Roke1984 for a long time. Free is always the right price!

    Cheers!

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  41. 62

    Great collection.
    May I add that the fabulous collection of fonts from Svetoslav Simov at fontfabric.com is a truly world class foundry collection that is hard to beat:-)

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  42. 63

    Fantastic collection of fonts! Some I’ve seen before but there are a few that I am very impressed with, and will use some of the more obscure fonts like Darth Vador for those weird, space/futuristic projects.

    PS. LOL @ the swear words underneath the Melbourne font. Didn’t think I’d see those on SM.

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  43. 64

    Knowing how DIFFICULT is to find free high quality font this is, then, the perfect Xmas gift! Thanks Smashing Magazine! :)

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    ROKE1984 is great ! I love it !

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    I love finding new fonts and going on a downloading spree to diversify my font book. I really look and enjoy reading articles and lists like this where I can get a strong list of unique fonts for me to sink my design teeth into.

    Really helps the creative juices to have a wide range of font to cover all possible situations!

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    Thank for the great overview!

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    Whats happening SM? No new post from last 3 days.

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    Andy Reid-McGlinn

    December 20, 2010 2:23 am

    Excellent fonts; great work.

    I enjoyed the comments about the profanity in the Melbourne image; grow up folks!

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    thanks! great list!

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    Hey guys, how to install that pompador numeral set?

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  51. 72

    Nice fonts.. Thanks a lot!!! =)

    Merry X-MAS..

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  52. 73

    don’t call it “hi-quality” if they’re missing the full characters set… :(

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  53. 74

    Nice article! Nice collection!

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  54. 75

    Nice fonts! Already thinking of great uses.

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  55. 76

    That’s great .Is there any chinese fonts ?

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  56. 77

    Ooo lala! Very inspirational fonts…

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    Alexey Sinkevich

    December 20, 2010 12:10 pm

    Thanks a lot for the russian!

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  58. 79

    nice one , back to retro style again !! thanks !!

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  59. 80

    Thanks for sharing this post.I like this post.It contains good examples of new high quality fonts.

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  60. 81

    I didn’t expect that my Color Font is so popular. Thank you for this compilation ^__^

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  61. 82

    Thank you – some nice fonts here!
    Only grumble are all these fonts with 10+ different weights, where one ‘teaser’ weight is free and the rest costs you plenty… Nothing wrong with this as such, fonts are big business for some, but the inclusion in a list like this should be labelled as “Paid Advertisement” (and if you don’t get a commission from sales generated you’re doing something wrong – LOL).
    I don’t mind this so much if it’s handled like with ‘Museo’ [not featured here] where the free offer includes at least 3 usable weights in decent steps from each other, but if it’s only ONE out of TEN to TWELVE I cannot regard this anymore as ‘free font’…

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    I’ve downloaded them all. Thanks a bunch.

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    Nice article

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    These fonts are incredible! I can’t wait to try them out! Thank you very mucho :)

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  65. 86

    Thanks for the collection! great fonts :)

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    hi… nice post!… many Thanks and merry christmas!…

    in some fonts are’nt TILDES… áéíóú… :( in others yes :)

    Thanks…

    Sorry for my English

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    Robert Renteia

    December 30, 2010 7:26 am

    Oh, man. Nothing like a cup of coffee and some killer free fonts to start the day. These are some beauties!

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    Thanks for these, great collection :)

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  69. 90

    Awesome stuff.. Thanks for sharing these fonts.

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    Gareth Coxon Dot Design

    January 1, 2011 12:37 pm

    Wow, an excellent list with a huge variety of styles. Massive thanks for sharing.

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  71. 92

    nice..impressive collection..I share it with my frnds

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    I think it’s great that so many quality fonts are offered (at least in part) for free. Although I understand that typeface design is a tedious, time-consuming process, and the designers deserve to be paid for their work, free fonts can often encourage the purchase of typefaces.

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    Hi – I’m the designer of FR Hopper and just want to thank you including it into the list.

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  74. 95

    I have been looking for an Art Deco themed font that could work within a metal gate – Adec looks great!

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    wow can’t believe these are free!

    Thanks!

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    just, CAN’T BELIEVE these are free!
    awesome collection!

    Melbourne & League Script are my favourites ;)

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    Awesome collection.. as always. :) Muchos gracias!

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    Rana Mukherjee

    January 12, 2011 4:00 am

    oh! good collection.

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    Koos Schwaneberg

    January 13, 2011 3:02 pm

    Very nice and usefull collection. Thanks for sharing with the world ;)

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    Useful collection. Thanks a lot

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    There’s some really nice work there :) Thanks!

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    Tom Matt Alex Harding

    February 24, 2011 8:41 am

    I really want to use Baurete, but for some reason they’ve packaged the font as a bunch of AI files. Is there anyway of creating a ttf file from the files?

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    They are lovely! :D nice work!! Thanx’ :D

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    textual seduction

    March 28, 2011 10:52 am

    ROKE1984 is not the sharpest tool in the shed…

    The sample phrase is “THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG”

    Not “LAZY BOY”

    Otherwise you don’t get D & G in your sample text.

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    http://tipografias.uchilefau.cl/ free chilean tipographic :)

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    Brett Widmann

    April 12, 2011 6:55 pm

    These are some cool fonts. I really like Spatha Serif the most.

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    vador doesn’t seem to be free

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    Nuruzzaman Sheikh

    May 12, 2011 10:56 pm

    thanks man great resources!

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    Ted J. Nielsen

    May 14, 2011 2:42 pm

    I´m no typographist, but I think I can appreciate a good font when I see it. Surely these will come in handy for many a designer. Thanks for taking the effort to putting together this article :)

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    the darth vader font isnt free —19$

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    Awesome *-*

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    Very sad collection :D)

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    Jaroslav Tesarik

    July 4, 2011 2:48 am

    Thank you for this article.. amazing fonts!

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    Matthew Morek

    July 7, 2011 12:19 am

    I absolutely love “Lato” typeface. You can check it out on one of the sites I’ve done recently: printdesigns.com.

    Awesome stuff!

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    Everyone loves free fonts!! Great addition!

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    Very useful for my work, typography note 10!

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  97. 118

    Alotta these aren’t free downloads. they take you to a site where you have to pay.

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    Thank you so much.

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    libertatienne

    October 7, 2011 6:04 am

    thanks for the awesome links!!! couldn’t find Phoenica anywhere!

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    I notice the same thing as Dana, a number of these are commercial licenses (I was looking forward to using Vador!). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that anyone owes me free, beautiful fonts but it is disappointing when you follow the links to “free” fonts and find the price tag at the end of the rainbow.

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    These aren’t free downloads. they take you to a site where you have to pay.

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    thanks!! The fonts are amazing!!

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  103. 124

    Why not list Ubuntu instead of Phoenica? It looks almost identical, and is freeer, meaning you also get the bold an italic cuts for free.

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  104. 125

    Classic round is not free. not that i can see!

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