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Quick Tips Free Fonts With Personality And Style

The sharing spirit in the design community is remarkable. Designers spend countless hours on side projects, and without asking for anything in return, they share their creations freely with the community, just to give something back, to inspire, and to support fellow folks in their work.

When working on a project yourself, freebies like these can come to the rescue when you have to get along on a tight budget but, more often that that, they simply are the missing piece that’ll make your design complete.

In this post, we hand-picked 30 fonts that are bound to give your project the finishing touch, and maybe even inspire you to something entirely new. The fonts can all be downloaded for free. However, please note that some of them are free for personal use only and are clearly marked as such in the description. Also, please be sure to check the license agreements before using a font in your project as they may change from time to time.

For more free font goodness, also check out the following posts:

L-7 Stencil Link

Luis Calzadilla’s font L-7 Stencil5 is a good match for all those occasions when you want to make a bold statement while keeping the typeface itself rather than sleek and slim. Characteristic for the sans-serif font are the stencil-style, fragmented letters and the rounded terminals. The font supports capital letters and numbers and can be used for free in personal projects. If you want to use it in a commercial project, please be sure to credit the designer.

L-7 Stencil6
Designer: Luis Calzadilla7

Westfalia Link

It’s not only the name of the brush sans Westfalia8 that wakes allusions of the famous campervan. With its hand-drawn feel, messy edges, and varied line thickness, the font also caters for a warm feeling of authenticity and adventure. Westfalia comes in one weight, with capital letters, numbers and punctuation marks, and works especially well as bold headings or on posters. It’s free to use for both personal and commercial projects.

Westfalia9
Designer: Pixelsurplus1610

Setta Script Link

If you’re looking for something to add a personal touch to your projects, the modern calligraphy typeface Setta Script11 might be for you. It comes with 244 glyphs and 69 alternate characters with Opentype features. Ligatures are also supported. A perfect match for greeting cards and invitations.

Setta Script12
Designer: Ian Mikraz13

Old Growth Link

Inspired by the old growth forests of the West Coast, Old Growth14 is a rough sans-serif font with edges as uneven as the treetops in the woods. This one works especially well for branding, quotes, and headlines. You’re free to use the font to your liking in personal as well as commercial projects.

Old Growth15
Designer: Pixelsurplus1610

Moderne Sans Link

Inspired by the typography of the 1920’s, Marius Kempken designed Moderne Sans17. The typeface is based on uppercase letters, but lowercase letters and numbers are included in the font, too. You may use Moderne Sans freely in both personal as well as commercial work.

Moderne Sans18
Designer: Marius Kempken19

Octanis Link

The font family Octanis20 beautifully merges the new and the old. It comes in eight styles ranging from modern, even a bit futuristic sans-serif versions to a rather vintage-inspired slab serif. A nice choice for headlines and logos, but also paragraphs of text look great with it. You may use the typeface for free in both personal and commercial projects.

Octanis21
Designer: Pavel Korzhenko22

Escafina Link

A balanced upright script with style and moxie. That’s Escafina23. Escafina is a modern interpretation of the letters you usually find in mid-century advertising and signage. It comes in three styles (high, medium, and low) and supports over 100 languages. Personal licenses are pay-as-you-want.

Escafina24
Designer: Riley Cran25

Noto Link

You know those little boxes that appear when a computer can’t render a character? Because of their shape, they are often referred to as “tofu”. Google’s answer to these little boxes is a font family that aims to support all existing languages and, thus, put an end to “tofu”. And what name could be better suited for such an undertaking as “Noto26”, which is assembled from “no more tofu”? The Noto typeface comes in multiple styles and weights and is freely available. Perfect for when your project needs to support languages that other fonts usually fail to display.

Noto27
Designer: Google28

Bonfire Link

To give your project an authentic, handmade touch, Bonfire29 might be just what you were looking for. The hand-drawn brush font shines with its unique swashes. The free version includes upper and lowercase letters in one style that you may use for personal projects.

Bonfire30
Designer: Jeremy Vessey31

Etna Link

If you’re looking for a typeface with a seamless flow that still makes a bold statement, Etna32 may be one for you. Characteristic for Etna are the pointy edges of the capital letters that majestically stand out like the tip of a mountain. While the full version covers Latin as well as Cyrillic alphabets, the free version comes with Latin characters only. Free for personal use.

Etna33
Designer: Krišjānis Mežulis4034

Vintii Link

Vintii35 is certainly a friendly and playful typeface that doesn’t take itself too seriously. With its cut-out looks, it’s a good catch for headlines and short descriptions, but it’s readable in larger blocks of text as well. The font contains all basic glyphs and characters and can be used to your liking.

Vintii36
Designer: Evita Vilaka37

Plume Link

To create his typeface Plume38, Krišjānis Mežulis chose a quite extraordinary approach: He used a thick brush to paint the individual letters, numbers, and punctuation marks on a plastic surface. The result: a crisp typeface with a unique splashed look.

Plume39
Designer: Krišjānis Mežulis4034

Coves Link

Simple rounded shapes and a sleek overall look are the determining elements of the font Coves41. It comes in two weights (light and bold) and offers full glyph support. You’re free to use Coves in personal projects. If you’re interested in a commercial license, please be sure to contact the designer.

Coves42
Designer: Jack Harvatt43

Zefani Link

Zefani44 is a typeface with a strong character and an elegant, sophisticated look. The stencil version comes with uppercase letters and can be used for free in private projects.

Zefani45
Designer: Andrew Herndon46

Kano Link

If you’re looking for a font with personality that is humble enough not to steal your content the show, check out Kano47. With its geometric structure and sharp edge points, it makes a statement that is ideal for logos, posters, and other typographic work. Kano is free to use in personal and commercial projects.

Kano48
Designer: Frederick Lee49

Ailerons Link

Ailerons50 can be translated as “little wing” in French, and that’s exactly where the typeface sought its inspiration: in aircraft models of the 1940s. The typeface is clean and stylish and works especially well for titles. You may use it freely as long as it’s for personal use only. If you’re interested in using Ailerons in a commercial project, please contact the designer.

Ailerons51
Designer: Adilson Gonzales de Oliveira Junior52

Noelan Script Link

Do you have a sweet spot for handlettering? Then, take a look at Noelan Script53. The modern calligraphy typeface comes with Opentype features that allow swashes to be automatically connected for intial and terminal. And to improve the handwritten look even further, you can mix and match alternate characters for more variety. Noelan is free for personal and commercial use.

Noelan Script54
Designer: Ndro Adv55

Phalanx Link

Inspired by vintage print catalogs from the early 1900s, Mark Richardson set out to create a typeface that captures the aesthetics of the era. What came out of it, is the free font Phalanx56, and, well, rustic and honest are probably the words that best describe its look. Phalanx comes with a full uppercase alphabet and numbers. You’re free to use it as you wish.

Phalanx57
Designer: Mark Richardson58

Shkoder 1989 Link

How about some 90s vibes for a change? Shkoder 198959 seeks inspiration in the good things of the decade: sports, tech, and everything else that inspired a kid of the time. The typeface consists of caps, numbers, and a lot of glyphs that make it a good fit also for non-English projects. Two weights – one light, one black – are available. You may use Shkoder 1989 for any kind of project. If you decide to use it commercially, shoot the designers an email – they’d love to hear about it.

Shkoder 198960
Designer: Julian Hoxhaj61 and Ana Hoxha62

Wayward Link

A font that beautifully captures the aesthetic found in popular handwriting pieces is Wayward63. The uppercase alphabet pairs well with script lettering and gives branding projects a personal touch. Free to use, also commercially.

Wayward64
Designer: Jeremy Vessey65

Aqua Grotesque Link

Aqua Grotesque66 is a grotesque typeface with a retro, 1940s touch. Its crisp, geometric shapes cater for a fresh and unique look. Feel free to use it as you like.

Aqua Grotesque67
Designer: Laura Pol68

Daddy Link

“A funny font for funny people.” That’s how the font Daddy69 describes itself. Originally created for a children’s book, Daddy is bound to bring a fresh and playful twist to any kind of project. It’s free to use, even commercially.

Daddy70
Designer: Scott Cohn71

Santral Link

A sharp and precise design that enables a clear communication with the reader – that’s Santral72. Santral was designed with a focus on keeping the balance between visual perfection and optical impression. The complete font family includes twelve weights and italic versions, two of them (Light and Light Italic) can be downloaded for free for personal projects.

Santral73
Designer: Taner Ardali74

Hensa Link

The hand-painted brush script typeface Hensa75 is a nice choice for logos, packaging, greeting cards and the like. It supports standard Latin characters (upper- and lowercase), numerals, punctuation, ligatures, and – for the extra handmade touch – a set of swashes. Free for private and commercial use.

Hensa76
Designer: Graphic Burger77

Affogato Link

Its high x-height and long descenders make Affogato78 an unusually expressive, yet friendly, typeface. It comes in five weights and a vast variety of glyphs which make it a good fit for diacritic-heavy languages, too. Affogato looks especially good as display type or in logos, but body copy works well, too. You may use it for free (also commercially) or can pay what you want for a license to show the designer your appreciation.

Affogato79
Designer: Eric Lobdell80

Stijla Link

How about something experimental for a change? Inspired by Kandinsky and Gestalt’s optical research, Alfonso Armenteros Parras designed Stijla81, a typeface that wants to push the boundaries of legibility. The free version comes with a standard Latin alphabet and numbers.

Stijla82
Designer: Alfonso Armenteros Parras83

Accent Link

Another rather experimental font is Accent84. The combination of fine lines and bold geometric shapes works best for short titles and short words. You may use Accent for free in both personal and commercial projects.

Accent85
Designer: Nelson Balaban86

Soria Link

Art nouveau and the modern Didot typeface were the source of inspiration for Soria87. Soria comes with a good selection of glyphs and beautiful ligatures. A timely piece with a unique, vintage touch.

Soria88
Designer: By Dani89

Orkney Link

A unique yet functional font is Orkney90. With its geometric look and a high level of readability also in small font sizes, it works well in both print and web projects. The Orkney family includes four weights with more than 400 characters and wide language support. Released under the SIL Open Font License, you may use it commercially.

Orkney91
Designer: Samuel Oakes92 and Alfredo Marco Pradil93

Multicolore Link

Technically speaking, Multicolore94 isn’t a font as it’s multicolored and you cannot write with it in your favorite program either. Instead, you’ll need a vector editing application to create text with it. But that’s nothing to worry about as the bold and playful fellow is best suited for text that includes only a few words anyhow. Multicolore comes in EPS, AI and PDF formats and is free even for commercial use.

Multicolore95
Designer: Ivan Filipov96

Did you stumble across a free font recently that caught your attention? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/02/free-fonts-with-personality/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/01/high-quality-free-fonts-2012/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/07/free-font-round-up/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/01/high-quality-free-fonts-2012/
  5. 5 https://www.behance.net/gallery/44809399/L-7-STENCIL-FONT-(FREE)
  6. 6 https://www.behance.net/gallery/44809399/L-7-STENCIL-FONT-(FREE)
  7. 7 https://www.behance.net/LuisCal
  8. 8 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/westfalia-free-font
  9. 9 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/westfalia-free-font
  10. 10 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/
  11. 11 http://ianmikraz.com/fonts/setta-script-free-typeface/
  12. 12 http://ianmikraz.com/fonts/setta-script-free-typeface/
  13. 13 http://ianmikraz.com/
  14. 14 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/old-growth
  15. 15 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/old-growth
  16. 16 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/
  17. 17 https://www.behance.net/gallery/15574861/Moderne-Sans-Free-Typeface
  18. 18 https://www.behance.net/gallery/15574861/Moderne-Sans-Free-Typeface
  19. 19 https://www.behance.net/MarKempken
  20. 20 https://pixelbuddha.net/freebie/octanis-font-family-free-font-download
  21. 21 https://pixelbuddha.net/freebie/octanis-font-family-free-font-download
  22. 22 https://www.behance.net/p_rudakov
  23. 23 http://escafina.losttype.com/
  24. 24 http://escafina.losttype.com/
  25. 25 http://rileycran.com/
  26. 26 https://www.google.com/get/noto/
  27. 27 https://www.google.com/get/noto/
  28. 28 https://www.google.com/get/noto/
  29. 29 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/bonfire-free-font
  30. 30 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/bonfire-free-font
  31. 31 http://jeremyvessey.com/
  32. 32 http://wildtype.design/product/etna-free-typeface/
  33. 33 http://wildtype.design/product/etna-free-typeface/
  34. 34 https://www.behance.net/krisijanis
  35. 35 http://wildtype.design/product/vintii-font/
  36. 36 http://wildtype.design/product/vintii-font/
  37. 37 https://www.behance.net/EvitaVilaka
  38. 38 http://wildtype.design/product/plume-free-brush-font/
  39. 39 http://wildtype.design/product/plume-free-brush-font/
  40. 40 https://www.behance.net/krisijanis
  41. 41 https://www.behance.net/gallery/32715299/Coves-Free-Font
  42. 42 https://www.behance.net/gallery/32715299/Coves-Free-Font
  43. 43 https://www.behance.net/JackHarvatt
  44. 44 https://www.behance.net/gallery/28603693/Zefani-Free-Type-Family
  45. 45 https://www.behance.net/gallery/28603693/Zefani-Free-Type-Family
  46. 46 https://www.behance.net/AndrewHerndon
  47. 47 https://www.behance.net/gallery/26796663/Kano-Typeface-(Free-Font)
  48. 48 https://www.behance.net/gallery/26796663/Kano-Typeface-(Free-Font)
  49. 49 https://www.behance.net/flgraphic
  50. 50 https://www.behance.net/gallery/25541553/Ailerons-Typeface
  51. 51 https://www.behance.net/gallery/25541553/Ailerons-Typeface
  52. 52 https://www.behance.net/agonz
  53. 53 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/noelan#
  54. 54 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/noelan#
  55. 55 https://www.behance.net/Ndroadv
  56. 56 https://www.behance.net/gallery/43013535/PHALANX-FREE-FONT
  57. 57 https://www.behance.net/gallery/43013535/PHALANX-FREE-FONT
  58. 58 https://www.behance.net/markyih
  59. 59 https://www.behance.net/gallery/47494599/SHKODER-1989-FREE-TYPEFACE
  60. 60 https://www.behance.net/gallery/47494599/SHKODER-1989-FREE-TYPEFACE
  61. 61 https://www.behance.net/julianhxh
  62. 62 https://www.behance.net/AnaHoxha
  63. 63 https://www.behance.net/gallery/35829435/WAYWARD-FREE-FONT
  64. 64 https://www.behance.net/gallery/35829435/WAYWARD-FREE-FONT
  65. 65 https://www.behance.net/jeremyvessey
  66. 66 https://www.behance.net/gallery/14884671/AQUA-GROTESQUE-TYPEFACE
  67. 67 https://www.behance.net/gallery/14884671/AQUA-GROTESQUE-TYPEFACE
  68. 68 https://www.behance.net/poldesigns
  69. 69 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/daddy
  70. 70 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/daddy
  71. 71 https://www.pixelsurplus.com/freebies/daddy
  72. 72 https://www.behance.net/gallery/46065847/Santral
  73. 73 https://www.behance.net/gallery/46065847/Santral
  74. 74 https://www.behance.net/tanerardali
  75. 75 http://graphicburger.com/hensa-free-brush-script-font/
  76. 76 http://graphicburger.com/hensa-free-brush-script-font/
  77. 77 http://graphicburger.com/
  78. 78 https://lobdell.me/affogato/
  79. 79 https://lobdell.me/affogato/
  80. 80 https://www.lobdell.me/
  81. 81 https://www.behance.net/gallery/46451927/STIJLA-free-font
  82. 82 https://www.behance.net/gallery/46451927/STIJLA-free-font
  83. 83 https://www.behance.net/alfonsoarmenteros
  84. 84 https://www.behance.net/gallery/2624657/Accent
  85. 85 https://www.behance.net/gallery/2624657/Accent
  86. 86 https://www.behance.net/nelsonbalaban
  87. 87 https://www.behance.net/gallery/34828635/Soria-Free-noveau-font
  88. 88 https://www.behance.net/gallery/34828635/Soria-Free-noveau-font
  89. 89 https://www.behance.net/danibydani
  90. 90 https://www.behance.net/gallery/34855701/Orkney-Open-Source-Typeface
  91. 91 https://www.behance.net/gallery/34855701/Orkney-Open-Source-Typeface
  92. 92 https://www.behance.net/oakes
  93. 93 https://www.behance.net/pradil
  94. 94 https://www.behance.net/gallery/5172881/Multicolore-FREE-Font
  95. 95 https://www.behance.net/gallery/5172881/Multicolore-FREE-Font
  96. 96 https://www.behance.net/neogrey

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Cosima has been an editor at SmashingMag since 2013. Whenever she's not writing articles for the bi-weekly Smashing Newsletter or the Quick Tips series, she’s probably working on a new Smashing eBook.

  1. 1

    Dominic Grzbielok

    February 21, 2017 2:14 pm

    Be careful in choosing those fonts. Zefani, for example, does not support umlauts. In German, they are a must-have.

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  2. 2

    I am only a senior who loves computers. I worked on main frames in the 1960s and 1970s when there were only 1,000 fonts. It was so much simpler then but I remember one of my bosses telling me that they were coming out with something called a scanner so I wouldn’t have to figure out tabs in jobs we did. I laughed. What a surprise to find out later it was true. And all the colors on desktops were fascinating to me since I only used b&w or green&w. Now I have to wear trifocals lol. I am enjoying this and wish I were younger and had more time to learn. But I’ll leave that up to all of you. Thanks. And thanks for the fonts!

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