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The 100 best free fonts

The best free fonts, from vintage-inspired typefaces to slap-you-in-the-face slab serifs, for Windows and Mac, for a range of design projects.

We've scoured the web to present you with a fine and varied selection of 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.

This list represents the 100 best free fonts we've found in a variety of styles. However, for specialist fonts that won't cost you a penny, read these:

Some of the typeface collections listed below can be used on your web projects, but please be sure to check the terms. Now join us as we present you with 100 of the best free fonts, which you can download and use today. Let us know how you get on!

01. Big John

 Big John
Big John is accompanied by a sister font, Slim Joe

Spain-based designer Ion is behind this bold typeface. A geometric design, Big John is accompanied by a sister font, Slim Joe, an ultra light version of its bigger brother. Both designs are free for personal and commercial use.

FORMAT: TTF

02. Reis

 Reis
Reis is great for posters, logos and much more

This cool, handwritten design Reis was created by Marcelo Reis Melo. Great for posters, logos and much more, Reis is available free for personal and commercial use, with donations to the author, as always, appreciated.

FORMAT: TTF

03. Jaapokki

 Jaapokki
Create eye-catching headlines with Jaapokki

Jaapokki was created by Finnish designer Mikko Nuuttila. With clean lines, two alternatives and large set of glyphs, Jaapokki is great for headlines, posters, logos and more.

FORMAT: OTF

 

04. Aventura

 Aventura
Aventura was inspired by the outdoors

Inspired by the outdoors, Aventura was created by graphic designer Jimmy Kalman. With a full set of uppercase letters, numbers and a selection of special characters, Aventura is free for both personal and commercial use.

FORMAT: TTF

05. Azedo

 Azedo
Azedo was created off the back of Pedro Azedo's personal identity

Portugal-based graphic designer Pedro Azedo is behind this gorgeous typeface Azedo. A personal project, Azedo was created off the back of the new identity Pedro created for himself.

FORMAT: TTF

06. Futuracha

 Futuracha
Futuracha is a display font based on futura's backbone

A group of curious design explorers make up høly and are the team behind today's font of choice Futuracha. They comment on Behance: "The name is the combination of words futura and cucaracha (cockroach in Spanish). "The design is based on the basis of the pf futura book. The letters edges radically extend in a forceful way trying to remind the art deco's style.

FORMAT: EPS

07. AXIS

 Axis
AXIS is a sans serif font, inspired by the geometry of the urban environment

Developed by New York-based graphic designer Jean M Wojciechowski, AXIS is a sans serif font, inspired by the geometry of the urban environment. The free download includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

FORMAT: OTF

08. Elegant Lux

 Elegant Lux
Elegant Lux is a work-in-progress

Elegant Lux was created by designer Florian Paizs. "This is my interpretation and sketching of Hans Möhring's sketches of Elegant Grotesk from 1929," he comments. A work-in-progress, Paizs is currently still working on Elegant Lux, correcting kerning issues and developing more weights. But, in the meantime, he's offering a demo version of his font as free download.

FORMAT: OTF

09. Building

 Building
With a strong visual impact, Building is great for posters and headlines

Building was created by Italian design student Leonardo Gubbioni. He comments on Behance: "With a strong visual impact, Building's primary purpose is to capture the attention, in a world where you are constantly assualted by sensory stimuli."

FORMAT: OTF

10. Anders

Anders was an experimental project by creative advertising student Tom Anders Watkins

Geometric design Anders was an experimental project by creative advertising student Tom Anders Watkins. "Using influences from modern font design, I wanted something very minimal and a little unique, here's the result," Watkins comments on Behance.

FORMAT: TTF

11. Dense

Free fonts Dense
Dense currently only comes in Regular but there'll be more weights to follow

Dense is a versatile, elegant, geometric and compact sans-serif typeface. Three weights have been created thus far: thin, regular and bold. Created by Canadian artist Charles Daoud, Regular is currently the only weight available, but Daoud has said that he'll update his Behance page with news on how to get the other weights in the near future.

FORMAT: TTF

12. Reckoner

Free fonts Reckoner
Reckoner was inspired by popular industrial sans serif typefaces

Reckoner was created by Sydney-based graphic designer Alex Dale. "Drawing inspiration from popular industrial sans serif typefaces such as Bebas Neue, Alegre Sans & Dharma Gothic, I set out to design a typeface with a modern twist whilst keeping the fundamentals of a traditional font," Dale comments on Behance.

"The result is Reckoner, a free for commercial and personal use typeface that features a secondary set of characters in the lowercase setting that can be placed in your designs to add a unique touch to certain words."

FORMAT: TTF

13. Higher

Free fonts Higher
Higher comes in both TTF and OTF formats

Created by Portugal-based graphic designer Marissa Passos, free font Higher was made as a student project during her time at the University of Porto. The typeface contains a full set of uppercase characters and numbers 0-9. It's free for both personal and commercial use, and available in OTF and TTF formats.

Format: OTF and TTF

14. Vincent

Free fonts Vincent
This free type collection was Suarez's first fully functioning typeface

Vincent was developed by graphic and product designer for NBC Universal Ben Suarez. Created at the end of last year, this vintage-inspired design was Suarez's first fully functioning typeface, and is a great addition to our list of 100 free fonts.

"Vincent was intended to be used as a title font," explains Suarez. It was "named after my grandfather who drove a '76 Chrysler Cordoba and smoked out of an old wooden pipe. He was rad."

FORMAT: TTF

15. BoB

Free fonts Bob
A playful font perfect for headlines, BoB is available as a free download

Inspired by the playful asethics of illustration, Burma-based typographer Zarni has created this cool and characterful font. This kind of typography is perfect for experimentation and will work wonders on posters and headlines.

Coming in capital and lower case letters, BoB also includes numerical symbols as well as a variety of punctuation marks. As free fonts go it has plenty of uses - just be sure to show Zarni some love.

FORMAT: TTF

16. Biko

Free fonts Biko
Biko Black is a big, brash display font that has a touch of class

Biko is a design by graphic designer and visual artist Marco Ugolini: "a geometric sans serif with a strong and yet friendly character". The name is a tribute to South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. Perfect for display, copy text and logos, it's available in regular, and black versions. It's also one of our typefaces that's only free for use in personal projects, and as you can purchase the font for a mere 20 Euros for commercial use we felt that it must be included.

FORMAT: TTF

17. Parisish

Free fonts Parisish
Parisish by George Williams is kinda reminiscent of the French capital city - hence the name

This is one of the most elegant typefaces, and was created by type designer George Williams; it has the feel of old Paris about it. One of 57 fonts created by the designer, this is one of his most popular, having received over 200,000 downloads. It's free for both personal and commercial uses.

FORMAT: TTF

18. Baron

Free fonts Baron
Baron is an uppercase display typeface, free for personal and commercial projects

Created by graphic design student Frank Hemmekam, this font family is designed for display with Hemmekam describing it as "a free uppercase display typeface inspired by the classic sans serif font families. This typeface is, because of its many alternative options and weights, perfect for usage in posters, logotypes and headlines." Baron is free for both personal and commerical use.

FORMAT: TTF

19. True Love

Free fonts True Love
Davide Cariani's free font was inspired by old school tattoo typography

Davide Cariani is a UX designer and web developer with a passion for typography, which led to him creating this entry in our list. True Love was created in his spare time and his first type experiment. Inspired by old-school tattoo fonts, glyphs available include letters, numbers, dash and dot.

FORMAT: TTF

20. Calendas Plus

Free fonts Calendus Plus
Calendas Plus was created by the team at Spanish design agency atipo

Calendas Plus is an improved version of Atipo studio's first typeface, Calendas. The team at the Spanish design agency completely redrew the font with new ligatures and includes a full glyph set. You can download this simply by sharing news of the design on Facebook or Twitter.

FORMAT: TTF

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