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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.

          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.

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          L-7 Stencil

          Luis Calzadilla’s font L-7 Stencil 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.

          free fonts - L-7 Stencil
          Designer: Luis Calzadilla

          Westfalia

          It’s not only the name of the brush sans Westfalia 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.

          free fonts - Westfalia
          Designer: Pixelsurplus

          Setta Script

          If you’re looking for something to add a personal touch to your projects, the modern calligraphy typeface Setta Script 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 Script
          Designer: Ian Mikraz

          Old Growth

          Inspired by the old growth forests of the West Coast, Old Growth 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 Growth
          Designer: Pixelsurplus

          Moderne Sans

          Inspired by the typography of the 1920’s, Marius Kempken designed Moderne Sans. 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 Sans
          Designer: Marius Kempken

          Octanis

          The font family Octanis 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.

          Octanis
          Designer: Pavel Korzhenko

          Escafina

          A balanced upright script with style and moxie. That’s Escafina. 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.

          Escafina
          Designer: Riley Cran

          Noto

          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 “Noto”, 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.

          Noto
          Designer: Google

          Bonfire

          To give your project an authentic, handmade touch, Bonfire 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.

          Bonfire
          Designer: Jeremy Vessey

          Etna

          If you’re looking for a typeface with a seamless flow that still makes a bold statement, Etna 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.

          Etna
          Designer: Krišjānis Mežulis

          Vintii

          Vintii 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.

          Vintii
          Designer: Evita Vilaka

          Plume

          To create his typeface Plume, 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.

          Plume
          Designer: Krišjānis Mežulis

          Coves

          Simple rounded shapes and a sleek overall look are the determining elements of the font Coves. 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.

          Coves
          Designer: Jack Harvatt

          Zefani

          Zefani 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.

          Zefani
          Designer: Andrew Herndon

          Kano

          If you’re looking for a font with personality that is humble enough not to steal your content the show, check out Kano. 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.

          Kano
          Designer: Frederick Lee

          Ailerons

          Ailerons 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.

          Ailerons
          Designer: Adilson Gonzales de Oliveira Junior

          Noelan Script

          Do you have a sweet spot for handlettering? Then, take a look at Noelan Script. 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 Script
          Designer: Ndro Adv

          Phalanx

          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 Phalanx, 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.

          Phalanx
          Designer: Mark Richardson

          Shkoder 1989

          How about some 90s vibes for a change? Shkoder 1989 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 1989
          Designer: Julian Hoxhaj and Ana Hoxha

          Wayward

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

          Wayward
          Designer: Jeremy Vessey

          Aqua Grotesque

          Aqua Grotesque 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 Grotesque
          Designer: Laura Pol

          Daddy

          “A funny font for funny people.” That’s how the font Daddy 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.

          Daddy
          Designer: Scott Cohn

          Santral

          A sharp and precise design that enables a clear communication with the reader – that’s Santral. 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.

          Santral
          Designer: Taner Ardali

          Hensa

          The hand-painted brush script typeface Hensa 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.

          Hensa
          Designer: Graphic Burger

          Affogato

          Its high x-height and long descenders make Affogato 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.

          Affogato
          Designer: Eric Lobdell

          Stijla

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

          Stijla
          Designer: Alfonso Armenteros Parras

          Accent

          Another rather experimental font is Accent. 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.

          Accent
          Designer: Nelson Balaban

          Soria

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

          Soria
          Designer: By Dani

          Orkney

          A unique yet functional font is Orkney. 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.

          Orkney
          Designer: Samuel Oakes and Alfredo Marco Pradil

          Multicolore

          Technically speaking, Multicolore 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.

          Multicolore
          Designer: Ivan Filipov

          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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