The 100 best free fonts

Updated for 2017! Here's a selection of the best free fonts, from geometric sans-serif typefaces to stylish script serifs.

51. Abraham Lincoln

Free fonts Abraham Lincoln

Frances creates stunning typography and has worked with book covers, leaflets and posters

Format: TTF

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.

52. Bevan

Free fonts Bevan

Ultra-bold web fonts don't always translate to screens, but this one does

Format: TTF

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.

53. Fea 

Serif typeface Fea is based on the letter forms of the late XV century

Format: TTF

For the past year, designer Uve Guerrero has been working on the design of a typeface called Fea. "It is an hybrid between a humanist and a transitional serif based on the letter forms of the late XV century," he says. :It is a perfect match for editorial projects and to work in small sizes thanks to the optical corrections I've made for it."

54. Moonshiner

Free fonts Moonshiner

Moonshiner, an impactful heading font

Format: OTF

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.

55. Muchacho

Free fonts Muchacho

'A western-style serif font with quirky legs' - Jeff Schrieber on Muchacho

Format: TTF

Designer Jeff Schreiber describes his typeface Muchacho as "a western-style serif font with quirky legs". Based in the Netherlands, Schreiber's design contains all capital letters, numbers, diacritical marks and most punctuation marks. Muchacho is a free version of his Wild West-inspired typeface Gringo.

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