The best free fonts, from vintage-inspired typefaces to slap-you-in-the-face slab serifs, for Windows and Mac, for a range of 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:
- Web fonts
- Cursive fonts
- Tattoo fonts
- Graffiti fonts
- Handwriting fonts
- Retro fonts
- Typewriter fonts
- Stencil fonts
- Grunge fonts
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!
For a minimal aesthetic, try Swiss graphic design student Alexandre Pietra's futuristic sans-serif, Lombok. Perfect for posters or any attention-grabbing design, Lombok is free for personal projects.
Inspired by basic geometric forms and grids, GEOM is a display typeface by São Paulo-based designer and art director Danilo Gusmão Silveira that started life as an experiment. Silveira says it's free to use "and adjust” in both commercial and personal work – just let him know how you end up using the font.
FORMAT: AI only (for now)
Arkhip was created by the team at Moscow-based Klimov Design. A bold all-caps font "with a Russian soul”, it'll add instant character to your headlines, posters and more. Arkhip is available in both Latin and Cyrillic, and free to use.
FORMATS: TTF and OTF
Ailerons was inspired by aircraft models from the 1940s. A clean, all-caps font, it was originally designed for an experimental air models project, but Brazilian designer Adilson Gonzales de Oliveira has since made the font available for personal use.
This bold, all-caps font from Marcelo Reis Melo contains Latin and Swedish characters. Guaranteed to add a quirky, handmade flavour to your designs, it's free to download – both for commercial and personal use – and comes in both TTF and OTF formats.
FORMATS: TTF and OTF
Pier is a clean sans-serif font that's perfect for any-sized design, big or small. Created by Montreal-based senior art director Mathieu Desjardins, it comes in four weights, has a selection of glyphs and is free for personal use.
"The idea was to create a slightly off geometric font that would look good big or very small," he says. "It was made to fit your everyday designs and text needs."
Tomaz Leskovec's clean, uppercase show font Manifesto was inspired by the geometric aesthetic of the Italian rationalist movement in the mid 1920s. Angular and eye-catching, it'll add impact to headlines, posters and more.
For a minimal option, French studio FAAK&PAAT's Delicate is an elegant serif stencil with a contemporary geometric twist. The classy design is available in three versions; rounded, bold and strict, and is free for both personal and commercial use.
Istanbul-based designer Mehmet Reha Tugcu's trendy inline font Timber has a retro-futuristic vibe. Free for both personal and commercial use, it's perfect for logos, posters, headlines and any design situation where you have a bold typographic message to convey.
FORMATS: TTF and OTF
10: Fabfelt Script
French graphic designer Fabien Despinoy is the creative behind Fabfelt, a free script font with an industrial feel. "I tried to design a handwritten typeface without graininess, which is natural and a little retro," he comments.
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.
If you're looking for a distressed retro font, Monthoers could well be the answer. Created by Indonesia-based graphic designer Agga Swist'blnk, it's the latest incarnation of her Rochoes typeface, and free for personal and commercial use.
FORMATS: TTF and OTF
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
19. True Love
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.
20. Calendas Plus
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.
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