UPDATED: Get your hands on the best free fonts, from vintage-inspired typefaces to slap-you-in-the-face slab serifs!
Typography isn't just about communication, it can also add subtle references to the message you're trying to convey. From tattoo fonts to edible typography, it's a rich and varied subject. Whole books have been written on the craft and nuanced world of typography and type design, but fear not, because we hope to take the pain out of finding the best free fonts.
In this article we've scoured the web to present you with a fine and varied selection of the ultimate free fonts. Including scripts, serifs, and a range of ligatures, these fonts will give you greater flexibility in your designs, and add to your arsenal of design tools.
Some of these fonts can be used on your web projects, but check the terms. And if you're looking at a quick primer on using web fonts, we explain all here.
So, without further ado, join us as we present you with 85 of the best free fonts, which you can download and use today. Let us know how you get on!
Designed by Austrian typographer Renzler Design, the Lovelo font is a remake of the original Lovelo Inline. It's a geometric sans serif typeface with two line versions, making it an eye-catching choice for any large text or headlines. As always, the font is free but there is a donation option if you'd like to show the designer your appreciation.
Introducing Iron, a new Sans Serif Typeface for you all to download for your free personal use copy. Designed by 22-year-old William Bayley Suckling, Iron is an original and playful font that will be perfect for all your design experiements. You can also purchase the font for commerical use.
Fairview is a condensed sans serif, with small cap alternates, inspired by the industrial lettering of the 20th century. Designed by Riley Cran for the Lost Type Co-op, the font comes in uppercase, lowercase, numerals and punctuation. There's also a donation option with this font, so be generous and show your appreciation!
Perfect for personal headline use, Zwodrei was designed by 27-year-old German based graphic designer Lukas Bischoff. After graduating from his studies of communication design at the University of Applied Science, Lukas has gone on the create some beautiful typefaces - including this one!
Distractor a new typeface designed by London-based graphic designer Simon Stratford. Loosely based on Bevan, the inspiration behind this font was the old letterpress styles and hand printed lettering - a passion of Simon's. Use for personal projects and be sure to let Simon know what you think of it!
06. Linux Libertine
Linux Libertine was designed by the Libertine Open Fonts Project and, according to Wikipedia, 'aims to create free and open alternatives to proprietary typefaces such as Times Roman'. The font is licensed under the GNU General Public License and the SIL Open Font License, and contains more than 2,000 glyphs and includes character sets such as the Greek Alphabet, Cyrillic script, and Hebrew.
FORMAT: TTF, OTF, WOFF
07. PApier Sans
This crafty little handwritten entry in our free fonts list comes to us courtesy of SMeltery, the French independent font factory. Founded in 2002 by Jack Usine, SMeltery hosts a number of fantastic fonts, but this new addition to its library really drew us in (get it?!). Coming in regular, italic and bold, this font is free for both personal and commercial work.
08. Museo Sans 500
This extremely popular font is part of the Museo family of fonts, and you can get both the Sans 500 and Sans 500 Italic versions for free. You can either get one desktop license, one web font license for 500,000 page views, or a combination of the two. Registration is required to access the fonts.
FORMAT: OTF, TTF, EOT, WOFF, SVG
09. Museo Slab 500
If you thought a free Museo sans font was good, we've also got two Museo Slab variants to accompany it. If you're looking for an impactful heading font, this could be it. As with the Sans versions above, you can either get one desktop license, one web font license for 500,000 page views, or a combination of the two. Registration again required to access the fonts.
FORMAT: OTF, TTF, EOT, WOFF, SVG
We love Font Squirrel. It's a brilliant resource for free fonts, and this is one of its hottest properties over the last few years. Chances are you've seen this font, and never realised that you could use it both on and offline at no cost. Lobster is a compact and legible calligraphy-based script font that works in both upper and lowercase, and can also be used on the web. Definitely one to snap up!
FORMAT: OTF, TTF, EOT, WOFF, SVG
This is Vernon Adams’ reimagining of a traditional 1930s slab serif by Heinrich Jost. The letterforms have been digitised, reshaped and optimised for the web, with more open counters and stronger stems to ensure that Bevan functions as an ultra-bold display font that suits modern browsers.
You'll either love or hate this experimental new font created by typographer Santiago Ortiz. Typode's characters are defined by coordinate, which means you can skew, stretch and twist the font to your heart's content.
13. Roboto Slab
Google has released a new serif font, Roboto Slab, which it's using in parts of the mobile version of its new notetaking app, Keep - and has made it available for anyone to download and use in their own projects. The typeface is available in four versions; thin, light, regular and bold.
14. Sketch Block
This hand-sketched headline font was designed by artist Lukas Bischoff. He comments, "Created solely by me from sketch by hand and then digitized, Sketch Block makes a perfect font to create the hand-made character look, or to supplement illustrations with typography." Available free for personal use only.
Craig Ward, a British designer and art director based in New York, is known primarily for his pioneering and experimental typographic works. He created this free font last year in support of the GoVote campaign, which aimed to encourage people to vote in the US presidential election.
Langdon is a free typeface from XLN Telecom and leading graphic designer, illustrator and typographer Steven Bonner. The result of the collaboration is a typeface that is solid, serious and dependable. Langdon is available as a free download and can be used privately and commercially with no restrictions on usage.
An Art Deco font with a modern twist, Bohema was created by graphic designer and illustrator João Oliveira. Perfect for retro designs, Bohema is ideal for headlines, editorial letterings, branding, merchandising and special occasions. Available in eight distinct styles, payment is required for the full set but Oliveria generously offers the regular alternative style demo as a free download.
This trendy display typeface was created by designer Simon Stratford after he failed to find a free font online suitable for his artwork. The slab serif typeface is the Stratford's first, the designer creating a full set of uppercase letters, numbers and a few special characters. And all he asks for in return for the download is a simple tweet.
This grunge typeface does anything but what its name suggests, having been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times since its release. This is one of 129 fonts designed by Douglas Vitkausk, whose work has amassed over 12 million downloads collectively! Free for personal use only.
20. Ink In The Meat
Type designer Billy Argel is the man behind tattoo font Ink in the Meat. Argel has created numerous fonts and this is one of his most popular downloads. The free version (for personal use) of this font is partial and doesn't contain any numbers. Ink in the Meat commercial licenses are available on Argel's website.
The designer of this contemporary yet 'old style' sans serif, Alexey Frolov, claims it's perfect for posters, logos, print and web. It's certainly clean and bold, and it's no surprise, given the nationality of the font's designer, that the Russian characters look particularly good in this set.
FORMAT: TTF and OTF
The Nexa font family includes 16 styles & weights. The font family has great legibility, and works very well as a headline font. Here you get two parts of the family for free, and if you want the rest then you'll have to put your hand in your pocket.
23. Grand Hotel
Designed by Brian J. Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles for Astigmatic, this font takes its inspiration from the title screen of the 1937 film Cafe Metropole starring Tyrone Power. It has a classic weight and subtlety that make you think of artisan signage and craft, but its cursive lowercase lends itself to a host of different uses.
Mattox Shuler designed this font in a few days, and it lacks accents and support for some common characters, but as a heading font - especially for graphic design work - it's a great, free option.
25. DECO NEUE
DECO NEUE is a typeface designed by Jonatan Xavier. It's completely free for both personal and commercial use, and this sharp sans serif, with its unusually low crossbar height for certain letters, instantly evokes the 1930s. This font smacks of Art Deco, which dominated the decade, and become the prevailing interwar design movement.
FORMAT: TTF, OTF
Described as 'modern Antiqua' (a group of classic 'old style' typefaces), Oranienbaum has been created by Ivan Gladkikh and Oleg Pospelov. And as free fonts go, it's a corker! Based on classics like Bodini, this font has pronounced serifs and makes a great headlines.
Touted as an elegant, Art Deco-style display face, Barkentina was created by Kiril Zlatkov. The font has a full set of correct Bulgarian Cyrillic letters, some lovely ligatures, and is packed with personality.
FORMAT: OTF (Free for personal use.)
28. Source Sans Pro
This is Adobe's first open source font family, released in 2012, and was designed by Paul Hunt. Optimised for use in user interfaces, Source Sans Pro has great legibility, and is also one of the web-friendly free fonts available via Google Web Fonts.
The family currently includes six weights, from ExtraLight to Black, in upright and italic styles, and offers language support for Latin script, including Western and Eastern European languages, Vietnamese, pinyin Romanization of Chinese, and Navajo (something Paul Hunt particularly proud of).
FORMAT: OTF, TTF
29. Source Code Pro
Hot on the heels of Source Sans Pro, Adobe's first open source typeface, comes Source Code Pro - Adobe was all over free fonts in 2012! As you may have guessed from the name, this font is geared towards people looking for a font to use in a dev environment/interface or similar (as it's monospaced, which means each character takes up the same horizontal space). To put it more simply, it's a code font. But it's a great code font.
FORMAT: OTF, TTF
30. El&font Block
Typeface designer Jérôme Delage is the brains behind this brilliant graffiti design - El&font (see what he did there?) Block. A member of Dafont.com - the archive of freely downloadable fonts - Delage is the author of eight typefaces on the popular site, which collectively have been download over 7million times!
This contemporary font has been created by Slava Kirilenko, a graphic designer from Kazakhstan. In the shape of Archive, he's put together an impactful typeface, which is great for use in projects that require a ballsy display font.
A simple sans-serif hand drawn typeface, Acorn was designed by design student William Suckling. His design ethos, is to use only what is essential, no whistles or bells, just good, clean and fresh design, allowing ideas to take form without any fuss.
Acorn does just that; it's a simple, handwriting-inspired font that's perfect for any personal projects.
Benthem is a custom font designed by Keith Hayden. It comes in both regular and bold types, making it great for headings and posters. Hailing from Kansas City, U.S.A. Keith has been working in design for a number of years and has quickly gained popularity on Behance.
The main purpose is to provide designers with a font, suitable for modification in logos and headlines. Combined wisely, Weston will spice up your design adding the “not-your-usual-font-choice” effect. Inspired by the evergreen Grover & Rockwell, Weston works on a pay-what-you-want basis, so we would always recommend that you donate towards the designer!
This gorgeous font was created by California based designer Kenji Enos. Having worked on everything from print, web, motion graphics, animation, video editing and 3D modelling, it's clear that Kenji has some serious talents when it comes to typography. You can grab the regular format of Locksmith for the mere price of a Tweet or Facebook share!
RBNo2 is inspired by late 19th century industrial fonts with german roots regarding straightness and geometry. Combined with other sans serifs, slab serifs and serif fonts it catches the eye when used in headlines and short copy texts.
Additonally to the regular styles the alternate versions will turn the font into a perfect partner for modern, technical and contemporary impressions as well as high quality, luxury and timeless environments. You can grab the light and light alternative formats for free!
Designed by Spanish studio atipo, Bariol has already proved a massive hit with designers across the board. Crafted with versatily and readability in mind, the brand new, slightly rounded typeface is available in four weights.
The font is readable even at small scales and can be used as corporate typography, packaging design, infographics and even editorial design. You can download Bariol Regular & Italic for free by just paying with a Tweet or you can get the complete font family from as little as €3!
38. Urban Jungle
This big, bold typeface 'Urban Jungle' was created by designer Kevin Christopher of KC Fonts. The eye-catching design is perfect for creating stand out graffiti-style posters and flyers. There's a charge to get hold of the full font but you can do personal work to your heart's content with this free demo version.
Dude is a reverse contrast cowboy font that's got true grit. It's not about weight, it's about style. Twelve different serif styles inspired by country music legends. Whiskey drinking, train hopping, fist fighting, hard loving, prison breaking, men and women, who poured their hearts out in song.
Miso was designed for architect’s drawings by Mårten Nettelbladt. It’s a clean and narrow typeface that's suitable for small text but also for headlines and logos. The spacing of the font follows the logic of mono-stroke fonts as found in CAD software.
You can get the Miso font in chunky, bold, normal and light for absolutely free. If you want the chunky version you'll have to fork out a mere $10.
FORMAT: OTF, TTF
A traditional font with a contemporary feel, The Blanch typeface family is comprised of six weights: three condensed weights and three caps weights. As always, you can download it for free but we would always encourage donating some pennies to the typographers!
42. Cubic Sans
This may not be the most readable font we've ever come across but we think designers could have a lot of fun experimenting with this one. Just try to ignore the whole 'comic sans' inspired thing...
Created by Marc Vila, Cubic Sans is a new display font based on the original Comic Sans, created by modifing its strokes using a cube as a brush. It looks really geometric and gives the effect of a 3D typeface.
Designer Filiz Sahin crops up a lot in this list and it's easy to see why. Her experimental, quirky, and fun typefaces are perfect for playing around with and may even lead to some great work.
Geogram typeface is a new font exploration based on modern shape geometric forms. The font contains lower case letters and numbers of the shapes. You can download the font for free but remember to 'appreciate' it on Behance!
Manteka is designed by Spanish typographer Eduardo Araya and was crafted especially for use in print, but equally has a spectacular web performance. The free font has already proved very popular with designers across the globe.
45. Mission Script
Designed by James T. Edmondson, this is the first of the Mission Collection to feature on the Lost Type Co-op. Mission Script is a signage-lovers wet dream; condensed, casual, sweet, and sincere. A celebration of the brush. Scripts rule! It's on a pay-what-you-want basis for personal use, so be generous!
Geared is an industrial inspired Condensed Slab Serif that comes in 4 weights - thin, regular, bold and extrabold. It was designed by graphic designer Ben Dalrymple and with such an extensive character set, Geared could be a versatile addition to your next project.
47. 400ml Type
This 400ml typeface was designed and created by student Marco Terre. Currently completing his degree in communication design at the university of applied sciences in Berlin, Marco's aim was to create a clean and little playful type and is based on the idea of combining graffiti glyphs with graphic glyphs.
The font comes in four styles: regular, bold, regular italic and bold italic. It's perfect for almost any type of use, including poster work, web design and illustration.
Måns Grebäck is a graphic designer who specialises font, logotype and typography design. He developed this brilliant graffiti-inspired design Ghang, as well as a host of other typefaces in this particular style. The demo version of Ghang is available as a free download or the full font can be purchased for $59 on Grebäck's site Mawns .
Johanna is a modular typeface based on six basic modules and as a result, there are 147 glyphs of versatility in each style. It was created by Spanish graphic designer Adrià Gómez and also comes in an italic version.
We love the slight vintage feel to this one and think it could be used best in web design. The colours that Adrià has used to showcase the font are also a brilliant touch.
Silverfake is a new contemporary slab serif wide free font designed Alexey Frolov, aka MRfrukta. This vintage font is presented in contemporary curves that make the font applicable for both retro and modern designs.
Silverfake contains only capital letters but also some alternate characters are also included. Check back to Alexey's site regularly, as he has a host of free fonts up for grabs.
This quirky font was crafted by Emil Kozole for a university project. A lover of 'pretty colours', Emil manages to encorporate quite a surrealist style into this type face. Typometry will be a great font to experiment with in a number of projects.
The font is now a pro version with two weights, four styles and more than 220 glyphs that are available in both TFF and OTF format.
FORMAT: TFF, OTF
52. Che's Bone
This gorgeous font was created by Filiz Sahin. She says of the font, "My dog loves bones. I experimented with this font for Che and other dog lovers. It has round edges and condensed skinny forms.
"The corner of each letter has a bone shape which is Che's favorite part. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!" It is free for personal and commercial use and Filiz would be grateful for credits!
53. Mood Type
This is another brilliant design from Filiz Sahin. The project was inspired by Modern Swedish Furniture, print mechanical instructions - crops, bleeds, and registration marks - as well as pop influenced '70s fonts.
This is an eps font for display font purposes only, at the moment. There are no PostScript or OpenType versions available. Please do some nice and clean work.
An evocative yet forward thinking slab, Homestead is another stunning creation from the guys at Lost Type. Inspired by their desire and need to explore, Homestead represents the ways in which we are always searching for the place to call home.
Designed by Luke Lisi, Homestead comes in uppercase only with numerals and punctuation.
Habana is a geometric sans-serif inspired by Cuba's capital city. Available only in uppercase, this curvy offering was designed by New York based designer Bonnie Clas.
What's more, Bonnie didn't only design the font but she also crafted the sultry illustration that showcases the typeface. That's one talented lady right there!
56. CODE Pro
Code Pro is a font family inspired by the original Sans Serif fonts like Avant Garde or Futura, but with a modern twist. It is clean, elegant, and straight-to-the-point.
Code font is applicable for any type of graphic design - web, print, motion graphics, etc - and perfect for t-shirts and other items like posters and logos. It also comes in a number of languages!
57. Adamas Regular
Created by Romanian graphic designer Octavian Belintan, the Adamas style was first used by Greek and Latin writers for a stone of impenetrable hardness.
Adamas only comes in upper case but we think it's a great free font to experiment with!
This gorgeous font was created by designer Ed Merritt and is available on Ten by Twenty. A designer and front-end web developer, Ed hails from Bournemouth and regularly works for website developing company Headscape.
This new release of the Jura family includes regular, italic, bold and bold-italic fonts. Each variant includes 241 characters with a couple of ligatures thrown in. What's more, it maintains legibility even at small sizes, unlike other serif fonts. Ed built the metrics and kerning from scratch too!
59. Tikal Sans
Designed by typographer Miguel Hernández, Tikal Sans is a beautifully designed type that's part of the new font family Latinotype. Miguel also works as a graphic designer, illustrator and typography teacher and currently resides in Santiago, Chile. In 2008, Miguel won the award for Chile Sans & Cadena Black Typography in the Bienal de Tipos Latinos.
The font comes in 20 variations, including Ultra Italic, Bold and Extra Light - sadly, you only receive the Medium and Italic in the free package. You can however, pay $329 for all 20 fonts.
Tikal-Sans offers a functional look with a contemporary large x-height with opentype contextual alternate letters. The light, regular and medium weights are well suited for longer textual work whilst the Thin and Black weights are great performers in display sizes.
60. Open Baskerville
Open Baskerville is an open source project focused on creating a digital revival of the famous 'Baskerville' typefaces. It's based on Fry’s Baskerville; a Baskerville-inspired derivative created by Isaac Moore, the punchcutter who worked for the type foundry of Joseph Fry.
The team at Open Baskerville are dedicated to bringing you typefaces that will actually make an impact on your design work and continue to be useful to you. With thousands of fonts available, it's refreshing to see Open Baskerville putting so much passion into typography.
Created by Canadian designer Alvin Kwan, Fabrica was designed with one thing in mind: to create the most legible typeface for mobile screens. Kwan says: "Fabrica is a deceptively simple sans serif typeface optimised for screen display on handheld devices. With its optimal quality and legibility, Fabrica proves to be highly efficient for small screens. Its details are drawn from the more systematic constructed Neo-Grotesques, giving it a neutral tone of voice."
In a world where people read more text on their smartphones and tablets, rather than on actual paper, Fabrica is a typeface that's well worth looking in to. Although the download is free for all, you can also donate however much money you would like to Alvin for his work.
62. The Fell Types
Italian designer Igino Marini has been creating and advancing the Fell types for over ten years. The typeface is named after John Fell, a Bishop of Oxford dating back to the 17th Century. Marini was inspired Fell's unique collection of printing types and the Bishop's creativity and adventure when it came to the art of typography.
Igino also runs iKern, a service for autospacing and autokerning digital typefaces based on a mathematical model and programs he has developed since 2002. Phew! It sounds like the man definitely knows his typography. We think The Fell Types are classically styled typefaces that every designer could use in their collection.
Thai graphic designer Tarin Yuangtrakul mainly focuses his work on illustration, which has been exhibited in Bangkok, South Carolina and New York City. At the tender age of 20, Tarin is already making waves on the design circuit. Here, Tarin turns his hand to typography to create Infinity.
What made Tarin call the font Infinity? He says that "the name comes from guides for creating: they are similar to the number 8 and the infinity symbol. I really like the number 8 because it's my birth date and because of my lineage in China, the word for number 8 sounds similar to the word meaning 'prosper' or 'wealth.' The number 8 is viewed as such an auspicious number that even being assigned a number with several eights is very lucky."
This cool design comes from Scriptorium Fonts, an Austin, Texas-based type foundry started in 1992 by game designer, editor and historian Dave Nalle. Describing the typeface, Nalle says on his website, 'Nosegrind is based on skate-culture graffiti gleaned from various samples of similar style found on walls in Austin and online'.
This three-weight font type is brought to you by the folks at Fontfabric. Designer Svetoslav Simov, who is based in Sofia, Bulgaria, founded the independent type foundry back in 2008. Their goal is to create high-quality fonts that stand in a unique class of their own, and can serve as a decent base for any designer project whether it be web, print or clothes design.
Every week, a typeface is rolled out of production and is put up on the site to download absolutely free. Rex is one of those fonts, designed in three weights: light, bold and bold inline. It’s a caps font, but there is a difference between both caps and small caps, which can be seen in the examples on the website. It's available for both personal and commercial use.
Designer Trevor Baum created this vintage-inspired typeface. Proclaiming a love of bicycles, type and Jewish deli's, Trevor wanted to create a font that was both rugged and refined, and we think he's got the balance spot on.
The inspiration for the typography design came from the workmanship, lettering and baseball jerseys of the 1930s and 1940s. The font comes in uppercase, lowercase, numerals and also contains punctuation.
Here's another awesome find on Lost Type, the typography co-op that ensures its designers receive 100 per cent of the donations given for their fonts. This time, the typeface comes from talented Newcastle based graphic designer Nick McCosker.
Nick claims that Carton is 'best served chilled', whilst describing it as 'a strong yet sensitive slab-serif inspired by letterpress'. It only comes in uppercase but we think that that's all a typeface of this kind needs. It's immediately striking to the eye and will work really well with any titled-based designs; possibly less so in body text.
Santiago Orozco created this typeface, with the goal of making it geometric, elegant and kind of vintage - especially for titling. It's based on Rudolf Koch's Kabel (1927), Rudolf Wolf's Memphis (1930) and Paul Renner's Futura (1927).
Orocozo says that the idea was to 'draw something with good style, that reflects Swedish design and their passion for a good lifestyle, and by default all other Scandinavian styles.'
The x-height is half way from baseline to caps height, unlike any other modern typeface. Santiago wanted to do something different with the ampersand, so he made three and will include them in later versions of the Josefin Sans. It took Santiago around a month to draw the total of 373 glyphs.
Nevis is another fantastic typeface brought to you by Ed Merritt of Ten by Twenty. The website description is spot on: "Nevis is a strong, angular typeface and is ideal for headings, text, buttons and everything in between. It's assertive and bold, but manages to retain a friendly tone, and looks especially good when used in all caps."
The font can be used for both personal and commercial purposes but it cannot be redistributed or sold. Although you can download the font for free, Ten by Twenty say they always appreciate a donation, however small. If you can't do that, a link back to the site is hugely appreciated!
This font was created by Christian del Moral and Luis Armesilla. Both Madrid-based designers, Luis mainly focuses on motion and graphic design, but has a special interest in typography and lettering. Christian is heavily influenced by music and tends to illustrate in a child-like old school way.
The designers are happy for you to use the font in any way that you wish. All they ask is that you send them an image of your work once you're done with it! Take a look at this awesome video the guys created to showcase PLSTK's capabilities.
71. Abraham Lincoln
There are no vampire hunters in sight, we're afraid; just an awesome font created by designer Frances MacLeod. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Frances creates stunning typography and has worked with book covers, leaflets, posters and more.
She created this Abraham Lincoln font to resolve a constant search for a condensed serif. The promotional specimen featurrs the font in use and folds out to a poster of Abraham Lincoln's address to the 166th Ohio Regiment in 1864 on the reverse. You can see the examples on her personal website.
72. Fat Frank
Fat Frank is a fun typographic design from graphic designer, illustrator and typographer Jeff Schreiber. The font is a big-boned and funky font with all digits, some diacritical marks, most punctuation marks and money signs that matter. Jeff also states that those who use this in Photoshop should make sure that the kerning is set to "Metrics" not "Optical". Otherwise the kerning doesn't work. You'll find it in the Character window.
We think Fat Frank would look stunning on print design - especially titles. It may be a bit too chunky for normal body text. It's been doing incredibly well on Behance and rightly so; this typeface is as fun as it gets and will brighten up any design project!
73. Ostrich Sans
And finally, we have this superb typeface created by New Yorker Tyler Finck. Tyler has created a number of fonts and regularly allows designers to download them for free. He describes Ostrich Sans as an open source font family that he's very happy to offer for free from The League of Moveable Type.
The typeface comes in six styles, including Sans Light, Sans Regular, Sans Bold and Sans Rounded. It only comes in caps but we think that it's the perfect font to make an instant impact.
First up in our list of best free fonts is Nougatine. Designed by 25-year-old Frenchman Fabien Laborie, the graphic designer describes Nougatine as "a titling font inspired by the smell of freshly baked cookies."
Believing that design must not be aesthetic, Fabien continues to strive for fonts that surpass their limits. Delivered with 380 glyphs, a host of varying ligatures and a panel of alternative letters, it enables the power of versatility.
Used for editorial and commercial purposes, Nougatine is a great all-rounder.
Produced by Spanish typographer Pedro Arilla, Valentina is described as a sincere tribute to his grandmother; which is where the name also stems from.
A self-professed minimalist, Pedro created Valentina as a classic didone. Incorportating many antique Spanish techniques with influences of Bodoni, Valentina is great for editorial purposes.
It is compiled of 457 glyphs, with 125 alternative lower cases or the 46 ligatures. With that flexibility, it really is up there with the best free fonts available.
Chunkfive derives from the team at The League of Moveable Type. With a motto of providing only the best fonts within the interweb, Chunkfive is a perfect example of their high standards.
An ultra-bold slab serif, Chunkfive has all the ingredients for great headings and titles. The fact that it also contains lower case means that it could also work in body set text.
If you're looking for a vintage Americana feel, then Chunkfive is your guy.
Created by Medness, Nomad is one of the most unusual fonts we've seen at CreativeBloQ. Based on a geometric triangle, Nomed really packs a punch when layered.
The font is perfect for compositions and comes in simple selections of capital and lower case lettering. If you're looking for a way to standout, Nomed may be the font for you.
Designed by Russian graphic designer Denis Masharov, 'Forum' is just one of the many fonts this man is responsible for. Currently working for Time Out Moscow, Denis has been a professional typographer since 2008.
The font's intended use is for headings and titles (but we're sure it would look great in set body text too!) It's classic feel is clear to see, with its clever arches and direct lines.
If you love this font, we suggest you check out the rest of Denis' creations. The man's a genius!
FORMAT: Google Web Font
Released earlier this year, Cassannet is a gorgeous addition to our best free fonts list, which captures the essence of vintage Cassandre posters. The art deco typeface is available in bold, regular and outline weights.
Containing ligatures, capitals, numbers, small capitals and also titling alternates, the font will be perfect for any purpose. You can be really nice and offer a donation to the makers or simply repay them with a tweet.
FORMAT: OTF, TTF
Brazilian graphic designer Nelson Balaban is known for his outlandish style and fun approach to typography. Accent is just one example of his exemplary work that has been featured in many editorial and commercial campaigns.
Instantly eye-catching, this font could do wonders for your designs. On first impression, Accent could look a tad on the hipster side but we love it and we think you should too.
If you end up using the font, all Nelson asks is that you don't alter it, give credit where it's due and use it to create some 'kick-ass work.' Off you go then!
81. League Script
Brought to you once again by those folks over at The League of Moveable type comes League Script. A gorgeous rendition of teenage girl's endless diary entries, League Script offers a sweet alternative to boring body text.
Designed by Haley Fiege, it includes ligatures and will act as the framework for future script designs. It's popularity is apparent; having been downloaded a whopping 71,000 times.
How will you use it?
We at Creative Bloq love a blast from the past and this Henry font couldn't be more retro if it tried. Created by Polish graphic designer Marta Podkowi?ska, the font was named after Henry Ford and inspired by all things 60's.
Marta mainly cites the fonts major influence from vintage cars, which can be seen in its glorious curvature. Although the font only comes in capital letters, we think it would be a great chance to test your design abilities.
Perfect for headings and titles, Henry is an exquisite nod to the trailblazers of graphic design, and a worthy member of our best free fonts list.
83. The Pricks
We love this simple block font with mean spikes by Orlando-based designer Hydro74 aka Joshua M. Smith. The design is just one of many typefaces Hydro74 has come up with. While many of them you have to pay for, the generous designer also has a bunch of brilliant free fonts up for grabs on his site.
FORMAT: OTT, TTF
Described as an 'alternative slab serif', the font is totally free and the guys are happy for you to use it for commercial purposes. We think it'd look create on an illustration portfolio, for those of you that love all things vintage!
Created by designer James T. Edmondson, Lavaderia is a charming font that takes influence from the Laundromat windows of San Francisco's Mission District.
It comes in a range of open type features and three weights. Working as a script font, Lavanderia will really work well as a heading type as well as being able to slot nicely into the set body text.
86. Sketchtik Light
This cute font is taking us back to our school days. Designed by Hiekka Graphics founder Ossi Gustafsson, the graphic design agency is quickly becoming well-known for their innovative ideas.
Sketchtik echoes chalk boards from the classroom without looking immature. It'll give a sense of fun to any design, which could work well for portfolios or branding.
The font comes in light, regular, bold and black so there's plenty of versatility for titles, headings and set body text. (You only get the Light version for free.)
FORMAT: OTF and TTF
It's no wonder this font has become so popular, thanks to its modern twist on a vintage style. Designed by Australian graphic designer Josip Kelava, Metropolis is influenced by the industrial movement of the 1920s.
Kelava wanted to create his own Art Deco font without being too much of a copycat. The result was this bold and daring typeface, perfect for catching your user's eye.
It only comes as capital letters, so it won't be relevant for set body text. It does however, look amazing on a poster or homepage!
Since we've given you plenty of capital letter fonts, we thought we'd delve a little deeper and focus on the little guys. Alphageometry is a set of simple yet effective decorative typefaces created by Canadian designer Markie Darkie (a.k.a. Ferdinand Mark Basa.)
Letterforms were designed using simple geometric shapes in a 10x10 square grid structure guide. Please note that the font is in vector format, which means each letterform will need to be hand set and composed.
Who knew lower case letters could be so powerful?!
FORMAT: EPS and Ai
89. GRN Burgy
Created by Italian designer Marco Goran Romano, GRN Burgy is a fun take on early American graffiti. Another big influence on the font is fast food culture, which is reiterated in the 'shiny' effects used.
If you don't want to take yourself too seriously, have a go with GRN Burgy. The direct lines combined with extreme curves makes the font ooze creativity.
GRN Burgy only comes in capital letters, so it's only really useful for titles and headings on homepages or posters.
90. SciFly Sans
Tomi Haaparanta, the famous and prolific font designer from the Suomi Type Factory, has created a new typeface, commissioned by Flyerzone. Anyone can download and use SciFly Sans within their projects to create a unique style.
And that's it for now! Let us know if we've missed your favourite free fonts, and keep checking back, as we add more entries to our best free fonts list.