There are plenty of places to download typefaces on the web. But which of them contain the best free fonts? There's a lot of noise and clutter online, and it's easy to end up falling down the rabbit hole of poorly structured sites and low quality fonts. So we've taken it on ourselves to find you the gems in the rough.
Besides the obvious places to download free fonts, we've also unearthed some less known sources – including personal design portfolios, agency sites and type projects. So next time you want to download fonts, start discovering a world of typographical inspiration!
With nearly 32,000 fonts available in TrueType and OpenType flavours, neatly sorted into plenty of categories, FontSpace is a useful go-to for free type. It has over 2,000 designers supplying fonts, and they're clearly labelled so you can be sure whether a font is good for commercial use or not.
02. Font Freak
On top of over 125,000 commercial fonts, Font Freak boasts more than 9,000 free fonts from over 400 different designers, sorted alphabetically for easy downloading and most of them in both PC and Mac versions. And if you can't be bothered with sorting through everything on offer, you can download its entire archive of free fonts for a small fee.
03. Creative Market
An online marketplace for community-generated design assets, Creative Market offers free goods each week, which includes a free font. The design changes each week and is only available for a limited time period – a brilliant way to build up a library of different font styles.
The go-to place for designers to show off their work, online portfolio platform Behance is a brilliant place to find free fonts. Whether you want a slab serif, script, tattoo or handwriting font, you're sure to find something that suits here.
Artimasa is a 'small lettering and type design studio with big dream'. These guys feature all manner of different type designs, with a few popular designs available for you to download and enjoy for free.
Created by creative director Jonathan Hill back in 2006, type foundry The Northern Block offers a number of free fonts. From stencil and bold to modern and geometric designs, you're sure to find something suitable for your project here.
07. Font Cab
It can be difficult to find that perfect font. Font Cab aims to make it easier for you to find great fonts without wasting time. The simple layout of the website makes it easy to navigate through the fonts without much effort.
A small but growing number of designers and institutions are creating typefaces for the public domain. Free Font Manifesto provides information and airs ideas about the concept of free fonts.
Fontennium is rather unique – a font site that brings together a collection of historical style fonts. With categories including everything from Egypta to Art Nouveau, this is the perfect place to find free fonts for your historical projects.
FontStruct is a place where the community can design fonts and share them with others for free. Obviously that means there are a lot of fonts to search through, and more are added every day. The site's easy to navigate and the best fonts are picked for the FontStruct gallery.
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