The best free fonts: 90 quality type options for creatives

Best free fonts example "Misto font"
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The best free fonts offer plenty of options for your designs without costing anything. Whether you're looking for a classy serif, a clean sans-serif, vintage fonts or something completely different, there's no shortage of choice. In fact there, are so many free fonts out there that it can be hard to know where to start looking. To make it easier for you to find what you're looking for, we've gathered together the best free fonts that we've found in our regular searches of the web.

If you're not sure how to use your font once you've got it, see our handy tutorial on how to add fonts in Photoshop. We also have a beginner's guide to font design, Just make sure you brush up on font vs typeface first.

One good resource for fonts, including free fonts, is MyFonts. This library offers a mix of free and paid-for typefaces. Check that out via the link below, or scroll on for our picks of the best free fonts available now. 

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The best free fonts: Serif fonts

01. Carena 

Carena font

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We're kicking off our list of the best free fonts with serif font options. Carena is a beautiful minimalistic typeface perfect for that rustic yet elevated look. This sleek modern font is in a ligature style, making it perfect for projects that require a more delicate style, ideal for wedding invitations, editorials and personal projects. 

02. Harmony

A shot of a typeface against a mountain that says harmony

(Image credit: Nevsky Type Design)

Harmony is available for download from Behance. This is a stylish modern font that features some gorgeous shapes that make it perfect for a more elegant touch. It is easy to read and professional looking, making it a great option for those looking for a bold statement. It is free for personal use, but also has a variety of licences available for commercial use.  

03. Editorial New

Sample of Editorial New, one of the best free fonts

Editorial New has a retro 90s editorial look (Image credit: Pangram Pangram)

This is a great offering from Pangram and Pangram. Editorial New is described as a precise narrow serif designed for long-form copy but with a big-enough personality to be used for titles too. It has a 90s editorial feel but still comes across as rich and contemporary. It comes in seven weights, from ultralight to heavy. Just note that you'll need to buy a licence if you want to use this one for commercial use.

04. Young Serif

best free fonts: Young Serif

Young Serif offers heavy old-style letterforms with bracketed serifs (Image credit: Uplaod)

Young Serif consists of heavy, old-style letterforms that call to mind vintage books of yesteryear, It takes inspiration from fonts like Plantin Infant and ITC Italian Old Style, but adds a few flourishes of its own. For instance, some of the letters in Young Serif have interesting axis tilts (you can see in the lowercase 'e', above), and others have generously rounded curves – see the lowercase 'b' and 'f'. In total, the font consists of 348 glyphs. 

Created by Bastien Sozeau, the free font was originally distributed by the creative studio Uplaod. It's open-source, licensed under the SIL Open Font License, meaning it can be used, modified and redistributed freely – as long as you aren't selling it.

05. Cormorant

Best free fonts: Photo of cormorant

Add a touch of class to your design with this most elegant of free fonts (Image credit: Catharsis Fonts)

This is one of the most elegantly formal of the free fonts we've seen – an open source display font that consists of 45 font files spanning nine visual styles and five weights. Cormorant was developed by Christian Thalmann of Catharsis Fonts, and most of its glyphs have been drawn from scratch, giving it a gorgeous distinctiveness. For us, it treads a really neat line between expressiveness and formality, making it an excellent choice for all sorts of applications. There are echoes of the 16th-century typefaces of Claude Garamont in there, though Cormorant has enough of its own personality to not feel derivative.

06. Alegreya

Best free fonts: Alegreya

Alegreya is one of the best fonts for long text passages (Image credit: Juan Pablo del Peral )

Looking to design your own book cover? This is an excellent choice of free font – it was crafted by Argentinian designer Juan Pablo del Peral expressly for the purposes of book design. As such, it's an eminently readable font, with a rhythm to it that facilitates the absorption of long texts. It's won awards for its simple elegance, as you can see in the image above, and we love it for its fresh, approachable take on a calligraphic style. 

There aren't so many great free fonts created for specific purposes, but here's a strong exception. Alegreya is an award-winning typeface by Argentinian designer Juan Pablo del Peral crafted with book design in mind. With a dynamic and varied rhythm aimed at facilitating the reading of long texts, it provides a fresh and approachable take on the calligraphic style.

07. Restora

Best free fonts: Sample of Restora

Restora is one of the best free fonts for bringing your editorial designs to life (Image credit: Nasir Udin)

We love this twist on a classic style – Restora is a fantastic combination of bright, friendly letterforms with an embellishment that feels vintage and classic. It's designed by Nasir Udin, and in its free version it also includes Restora Extra Light and Restora Thin Italic, giving you a good deal of versatility. Whether you want to use it for general editorial text, a book cover or just a simple bit of branding, Restora will fit the bill really well. 

08. Emberly

Best free fonts: Sample of Emberly

Emberly is ideally suited to fashion-related design projects (Image credit: Rajesh Rajput)

One for the fashionistas, Emberly is a free font that evokes a classic magazine feel. It was created by Rajesh Rajput, taking a few cues from the Didone style, and is also available as a variable font. If you're putting together a magazine cover or a poster, Emberly will give it a feel that's both modern and classic.

09. Rude

Best free fonts: Sample of Rude

Rude is one of the most beautiful free fonts we've seen in a long while (Image credit: Masha Chuprova)

We love Rude – an immediately striking font created by Masha Chuprova. This serif was painstakingly handcrafted, and is especially good for short, striking headers, slogans and statements. We can see it fitting well into a logo, or making for a good visual pop on an item of clothing, or running across the top of a poster.

10. Grenze

Best free fonts: Sample of Grenze

Grenze is as punchy as it is readable (Image credit: Renata Polastri/Omnibus-Type)

We love the visual punch of Grenze, but what's even more impressive is how it manages to make so much impact without sacrificing readability. Created by Renata Polastri and Omnibus-Type, Grenze was originally designed for magazines, but it's versatile enough to potentially work for pretty much anything. 

11. Libertinus Serif

Best free fonts: Sample of Libertinus

Libertinus is a classic-looking free font that can really lift your projects (Image credit: Font Squirrel)

Now here's a classic-looking serif. Libertinus is a free font that comes in 14 styles, and is useful when you want to add a bit of simple class to a design. It's another font that's available under the SIL Open Font Licence, so you can do pretty much whatever you like with it. A fork of the Linux Libertine and Linux Biolinum font, it also addresses some of the bugs in those designs.

12. Free Saint George Stencil Font

Best free fonts: Sample of Free Saint George stencil font

Free fonts needn’t be boring! Check out this fun and playful serif based on Georgia (Image credit: Vedran Vaskovic)

Fans of the classic font Georgia will appreciate this experimental tribute by Vedran Vaskovic. Apparently, it's inspired by the Christian legend of Saint George the dragon-slayer – but more important, it's made up of a collection of cheeky, playful stencil shapes that are perfect for adding a little flair to your designs. 

13. Colus

Best free fonts: Sample of Colus

Colus is one of the best free fonts for headlines (Image credit: Stan Partalev on Font Fabric)

With an imposing, classical feel, Colus is great for when you want your designs to feel a little more sombre. It's inspired by carved letter inscriptions in wood and stone, and as such, it hearkens back to the classical ages. An excellent choice of free font for making posters that have a little more sophistication to them. 

14. Amagro

Best free fonts: Amagro

If you're looking for all-caps serifs, check out Amagro (Image credit: Fabio Servolo)

For making a big impact (no pun intended), check out this all-caps serif typeface from Fabio Servolo. Amagro consists of strong, angular serifs that are especially good for making imposing headlines, but it's also got some nice touches like a stylish ampersand, and easy-to-read numerals.

15. Poly

Best free fonts: Sample of Poly

Poly is legible on the web even at smaller sizes (Image credit: Nicolás Silva)

Writing on the web? Poly is a good choice of free font – it's a medium-contrast serif designed specifically to offer better legibility than other web serifs, even when used at small point sizes. The trick is its vertical emphasis – with short ascenders and a high x-height, it offers tremendous clarity.

16. Bitter 

Best free fonts: Sample of Bitter

Bitter is a serif font designed to work well on screens (Image credit: Huerta Tipográfica)

Sans-serif fonts tend to work better for screen use, but this free slab serif typeface has been designed specifically to provide a comfortable reading experience on screens. Bitter was designed by Sol Matas. It's available through Argentinian type collaborative Huerta Tipográfica.

17. Playfair Display

Best free fonts: Sample of Playfair

This free font family is an open source project  (Image credit: Claus Eggers Sørensen/Font Squirrel)

Designed by Claus Eggers Sørensen, this free display font takes inspiration from the 18th century Enlightenment and the work of John Baskerville. Its high-contrast letterforms have delicate hairlines, reflecting the rise of pointed steel pens, which took over from broad nib quills during the period. Functionally and stylistically it can be accompanied by Georgia for body text.

18. Lora

Best free fonts: Sample of Lora

Brushed curves contrast with driving serifs in this free font (Image credit: Cyreal/Font Squirrel)

Lora was originally designed for type foundry Cyreal in 2011, with a Cyrillic extension added in 2013. Brushed curves contrast with driving serifs for a well-balanced, contemporary feel. Although technically optimised for use on the web, it's one of the best fonts for print projects too. It comes in four styles.

19. Butler

Inspired by both Dala Floda and the Bodoni family, Butler is a popular free font designed by Fabian De Smet. His aim was to add some modernism by working on the curves of classical serif fonts and adding an extra stencil family. He suggests Butler would work well for “posters, very big titles, books and fancy stuff”.

20. Crimson Text

Best free fonts: Sample of Crimson

Crimson Text is a free font family inspired by old-time book typefaces  (Image credit: Sebastian Kosch)

Not many free fonts are created specifically for book production, but here's a great exception, inspired by old-time, Garamond-esque book typefaces. Crimson Text is the work of German-born, Toronto-based designer Sebastian Kosch, who says he was influenced by the work of Jan Tschichold, Robert Slimbach and Jonathan Hoefler. It’s a favourite free font of Taylor Palmer, a senior UX designer based in Utah, USA. "Crimson is a sophisticated serif that makes a nice alternative to traditional Garamond-esque typefaces,” he says. “It also has a very expressive italic, which pairs nicely with strong, geometric sans-serifs like Futura or Avenir."

21. Aleo

Best free fonts: Sample of Aleo

Aleo is one of those rare free fonts that perfectly balances personality with legibility (Image credit: Graphic Pear)

Aleo has semi-rounded details and a sleek structure, creating a strong sense of personality while maintaining balance with a good level of legibility. This family of free fonts was designed by Alessio Laiso, a designer at IBM Dublin, as the slab serif companion to Lato.

22. Libre Baskerville

Best free fonts: Sample of Libre Baskerville

Free font Libre Baskerville is optimised for body text on screen  (Image credit: Impallari Type)

Libre Baskerville is a web font optimised for body text (typically 16px). It’s based on the American Type Founder's Baskerville from 1941, but it has a taller x-height, wider counters and a little less contrast, allowing it to work well for reading on screen. This open source project is led by Impallari Type. Taylor Palmer also recommends its sister font, Libre Franklin, which is also free.

23. Slabo

Best free fonts: Sample of Slabo

A modern serif font tuned to pixel perfection (Image credit: Google Fonts)

Designed by John Hudson, Slabo is a growing collection of size-specific free fonts for the web, fine-tuned precisely for use at those specific pixel sizes. The blocky feel of its ligatures gives a modern twist to the serif font, making Slabo perfect for online designs.

24. Merriweather

Best free fonts: Sample of Merriweather

Merriweather is featured on more than 3,000,000 websites, according to Google Fonts (Image credit: Google Fonts)

A hugely popular open-source serif font, Merriweather has its own project on GitHub. It was designed by Sorkin Type to be easy to read on screens. It features a very large x-height, slightly condensed letterforms, a mild diagonal stress, sturdy serifs and open forms.

25. Woodland 

best free fonts: Woodland

(Image credit: Pangram Pangram Foundry)

This beautiful curvy serif typeface has six weights, and the bold and ultralight versions are offered for free for personal use. It features strong, squared serifs and wide terminals. Touches like the rounded crossbar in the lowercase E give a soft quirkiness to its personality. You'll need a licence if you want to use the other weights or if you want to use it in work for clients.

26. Streusel Kuchen

Best free fonts: Streusel Kuchen

(Image credit: Kellie Jane Studio)

Serif fonts aren't all serious. Kellie Jane Studio injects a lot of fun into this cute serif font that creates a natural handwritten look. It's a nice addition for crafty projects or for the branding of homemade produce.

The best free fonts: Sans-serif fonts

27. Printvetica

A sample of Printvetica, one of the best free fonts

(Image credit: Javier Guaschetti)

Created by design director Javier Guaschetti, Printvetica is inspired by old Letraset designs and posters printed with san-serif typefaces. It has rough edges for a vintage look that looks great on posters and flyer designs, be it in colour or in black and white.

28. Newake 

Best free fonts: Newake

As versatile as it is beautiful, Newake knocks other free fonts for six (Image credit: Roberto Perrino and Francesco Terragin)

Combining both humanist and geometric elements, Newake is a versatile sans serif that has slightly rounded corners that provide an elegant line to text designs. Created by the Indieground team, Newake is perfect for creating standout titles, logos, editorial, packaging and web design. The font demo is free for personal use and if you need you can also buy the regular commercial version includes the full characters set.

29. Obrazec

Best free fonts: Sample of Obrazec

Obrazec is one of the boldest, most confident free fonts around (Image credit: Ilya Zakharov )

Obrazec is an uncompromising, industrial-style sans serif created by Ilya Zakharov. This sturdy and confident typeface is one of the best free fonts for adding strength and personality to your branding projects, whether you're working on logo design, promotional materials, or advertising. 

30. Archive Grotesk

Best free fonts: Sample of Free Archive Grotesk

Free Archive Grotesk is one of the best free fonts for invitations, calendars and other stationery  (Image credit: Tomas Clarkson)

Created by Tomas Clarkson, Free Archive Grotesk is a clean and minimalist sans that features uppercase, lowercase and numerals. It’s one of those free fonts that would work well in everything from headlines and magazine page furniture to invitations, calendars, postcards and fashion designs

31. Animosa

Best free fonts: Sample of Animosa

Animosa is clean, modern and eye catching (Image credit: Stefano Giliberti)

Animosa is a clean modern sans-serif that comes with a wide range of unique characters. from Created by Stefano Giliberti, this font is available in five weights and includes 93 languages and 508 glyphs. It's one of the best fonts we’ve seen for drawing the reader’s eye to the page, and keeping it there.

32. Red Hat

Best free fonts: Sample of Red Hat

Fedora not required  (Image credit: Red Hat)

If you're not down with Linux and open source then this name's not going to mean a lot to you; don't worry too much about that, because all we're interested in here the font, designed by Jeremy Mickel. It's inspired by American sans serifs, and comes in two optical sizes and a range of weights. 

33. Public Sans

Best free fonts: Sample of Public Sans

A sensible sans for serious projects (Image credit: Public Sans)

Based on Libre Franklin and created as part of the United States Web Design System, Public Sans is a free, open source web font designed to be used in interfaces, text and headings. It's a strong, sober font with a neutral look, plenty of weights and as few quirks as possible; ideal for serious projects where you're trying to avoid unnecessary visual distraction.

34. Loki

Best free fonts: Sample of Loki

Loki is great for titles (Image credit: Wild Picks)

Loki is a bit of a hybrid font, it's a hand-written brush script with a sans serif base, and contains some rather pleasing curves. Created by Krisjanis Mezulisand Ieva Mezule, this is one for making a statement, and works particularly well in large titles.

35. Salt

Best free fonts: Sample of salt

Salt is wonderfully atmospheric  (Image credit: Masha Chuprova)

Atmospheric font Salt comes in two weights: regular and bold. It was created by Masha Chuprova and has a 'low centre of gravity'. Note that you'll need to give your name and email to Pixel Surplus in order to download it for free. 

36. Alcubierre

Best free fonts: Sample of Alcubierre

This clean, minimal font works for a variety of uses (Image credit: Web Designer Depot)

Geometric sans serif typeface Alcubierre is the work of designer Matt Ellis. Following in the footsteps of his original free font Ikaros, this clean, minimal typeface works for a variety of uses. 

37. Big John / Slim Joe

Best free fonts: Sample of Big John and Slim Joe

These two sans-serif fonts work together perfectly (Image credit: Ion Lucin)

Big John was created by designer Ion Lucin for his personal use. Eventually, he decided to share it on Behance, and then went on to add an ultra-light sister font: Slim Joe. Both are all-caps fonts, and contrast perfectly when combined together. These free fonts are ideal for titles and headlines. 

38. Titillium Web

Best free fonts: Sample of Titillium

Titillium is a free font that works best at larger sizes  (Image credit: Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino/Cufon Fonts)

As free fonts go, Titillium has a highly respectable pedigree, born of a type design project at Italy’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino. Each academic year, a dozen students work on the project, developing it further and solving problems.

"Titillium has been a favourite font of mine for a few years now," says Rob Hampson, head of design at The Bot Platform, a platform for building bots on Messenger. "It’s sharp, contemporary and comes in a wide range of weights. In my opinion, it works best in larger sizes; for example, for titles. That said, with careful consideration, it could be used as a body font."

39. Atami

Best free fonts: Sample of Atami

Atami is a bold font with a modern feel (Image credit: Andrew Herndon)

Atami's a pretty experimental typeface that comes in two different weights and three styles. Made by Andrew Herndon, we think it would be a particularly good choice for creating posters and logotypes. 

40. Chivo

Best free fonts: Sample of Chivo

Chivo is one of the most eye-catching free fonts around (Image credit: Omnibus Type)

Chivo is a grotesque typeface that’s ideal for headlines, and other page furniture where you want to grab attention. Both confident and elegant, it’s been released in four weights with matching italics. This free font is the work of Héctor Gatti and the Omnibus-Type Team.

41. Comfortaa

Best free fonts: Sample of Comfortaa

Free font Comfortaa could work well in a logo design (Image credit: Google Fonts)

Comfortaa is a rounded geometric sans-serif type design intended for large sizes. Created by Johan Aakerlund, a design engineer at the Technical University of Denmark, it’s a simple, good looking font that includes large number of different characters and symbols. Part of the Google Font Improvements Project, the latest updates to the family include the addition of a Cyrillic character set and support for Vietnamese. 

David Airey, a graphic designer and occasional writer in Northern Ireland, is among its admirers. "A lot of free fonts need too much work cleaning up the points, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find good options," he says. "For an identity project, I used Comfortaa as the base for a bespoke wordmark. The before and after are really quite different, but Johan’s work gave me a great foundation, and the client loves the result."

42. Noto Sans

Best free fonts: Sample of Noto Sans

One of the most flexible free fonts around, Noto Sans supports more than 800 languages (Image credit: Google Fonts)

Noto Sans is a free font family designed by Google supporting more than 100 writing systems, 800 languages, and hundreds of thousands of characters. Noto fonts are intended to be visually harmonious across multiple languages, with compatible heights and stroke thicknesses. The family include regular, bold, italic and bold italic styles, and it has a serif sister family, Noto Serif.

43. HK Grotesk

Best free fonts: sample of HK Grotesk

HK Grotesk is one of our favourite free fonts for casting small text (Image credit: Hanken Design Co)

HK Grotesk is a sans-serif typeface inspired by the classic grotesques, such as Akzidenz Grotesk, Univers, Trade Gothic and Gill Sans. It was designed by Hanken Design Co with the aim of creating a friendly and distinguishable font that’s suitable for small text. It has recently expanded its language support with the addition of Cyrillic characters (Bulgarian, Russian and Serbian).

44. Aileron

Best free fonts: Sample of Aileron

One of our favourite hybrid free fonts, Aileron is a relaxed choice for on-screen reading (Image credit: Tipotype)

Aileron is a versatile, neo-grotesque sans-serif that’s somewhere between Helvetica and Univers. Created by Sora Sagano, a designer at Tipotype, it aims to provide readers with a high level of visual comfort. It’s available in 16 weights, from ultralight to black. 

45. Ubuntu

Best free fonts: Sample of Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a custom-designed free font for screen use  (Image credit: Ubuntu/Dalton Maag)

This free font has been specially created to complement the tone of voice of Ubuntu, the Linux operating system for personal computers, tablets and smartphones. Designed by font foundry Dalton Maag, it uses OpenType features and is manually hinted for clarity on desktop and mobile screens. 

46. Clear Sans

Best free fonts: Sample of Clear sans

Who knew Intel did free fonts? (Image credit: Intel)

Clear Sans is a versatile font designed by Intel designed with on-screen legibility in mind. Suitable for screen, print, and web, this free font is notable for its minimised characters and slightly narrow proportions, making it a great choice for UI design, from short labels to long passages.

47. Source Sans Pro

Best free fonts: Sample of Source sans pro

Adobe’s first foray into open source type, Source Sans Pro is one of the design community’s most popular free fonts (Image credit: Adobe)

Released in 2012, Source Sans Pro was the first open source type family for Adobe, and has proved wildly popular. It was envisioned as a classic grotesque typeface with a simple, unassuming design, intended to work well in user interfaces. It was designed by Paul D. Hunt,  who continues to work as a type designer at Adobe.

Source Sans Pro is one of the favourite free fonts of James Hollingworth, a senior-level digital designer and illustrator based near Bath, UK. “It’s such a solid, reliable font to use in design work,” he enthuses. “Being dyslexic myself, I find it a very easy font to read, and it works brilliantly in user interfaces.” 

48. Misto Font

best free fonts: Misto

Misto font was inspired by postmodernist architecture in Ukraine. (Image credit: Katerina Korolevtseva)

Designed by Katerina Korolevtseva, Misto font is a tribute to her hometown of Slavutych in Ukraine. It features sharp contrasts in stroke width, which are inspired by the town’s postmodernist architecture and utopian ideals. This is a multilingual display sans serif, which supports both Latin and Cyrillic. Katerina asks designers using the font to share their designs on Instagram with the hashtag #mistofont.

The best free fonts: Handwriting fonts

49. Cervanttis

Best free fonts: sample of Cervanttis font

Cervanttis is one of our favourite free fonts that emulate a signature style (Image credit: Crella Marketplace/Creatype Studio/Mats-Peter Forss)

With an effortless style and flow, Cervanttis Signature Script is one of our favourite free handwriting fonts and a great choice if you’re looking for a handwritten signature script. Crafted by Mats-Peter Forss, it’s one of the best free fonts for conveying the look and feel of handwriting. It would work well in logos, branding, advertising and social media posts.

50. Timothy

Best free fonts: Sample of Timothy

Handwritten fonts aren't all about swirly scrawl (Image credit: Timothy Goodman)

Handwriting fonts don't have to be about swirly letters. In this hand-drawn font, Timothy, it's block capitals that add a hand-written touch. Timothy was inspired by designer Timothy Goodman and we think it'd be a good choice when designing invitations. Note that you'll need to supply an email address.

51. Kavivanar

Best free fonts: Sample of Kavivanar

This slanted handwriting font is based on typical Tamal handwriting (Image credit: Tharique Azeez/Font Squirrel)

Designed by Tharique Azeez, this bold handwriting font was inspired by the slanting letterforms found in typical Tamal handwriting. As well as a Tamil alphabet, it also includes Latin letterforms. 

52. Tomato Soup

Best free fonts: Sample of Tomato Soup

The scratchy handmade feel of Tomato Soup is ideal for invitations or to recreate a handwritten note look (Image credit: Pixel Surplus)

If you ever feel like you want to recreate the scratchy handwriting of your doctor or perhaps teacher, this is the font for you. Tomato Soup was made by and looks best when there's less text – we wouldn't recommend writing out passages  with it.

53. Ambarella

Best free fonts: Sample of Ambarella

Ambarella is a beautiful calligraphy typeface (Image credit: Pixel Surplus)

Ambarella is a beautiful free font from Polem Studio. The handwritten design in a modern calligraphy style includes various swashes, alternates and Western European characters.

54. Nickainley

Best free fonts: Sample of Nickainley

Nickainley is a free font based on vintage-style handwriting (Image credit: Seniors Studio)

Nickainley is one of our favourite free handwriting fonts. This Monoline script with a classic, vintage feel, includes uppercase and lowercase characters, as well as numerics and punctuation marks. Created by Seniors Studio, potential use cases of this font include logos, T-shirt designs, letterhead and signage.

55. Shadows into Light

Best free fonts: Sample of Shadows into Light

This free handwriting font has rounded edges and a clean feel (Image credit: Google Fonts)

Shadows Into Light is the work of type designer Kimberly Geswein of Principal Design. Featuring rounded edges and neat, clean characters, this lovely handwriting font would be ideal for adding a personal touch to your projects.

56. Pacifico

Best free fonts: Sample of Pacifico

Pacifico is one of the most laid-back free fonts around (Image credit: Google Fonts)

Pacifico is a fun brush script handwriting font inspired by 1950s American surf culture. This open source font was one of the great contributions to the free software community by the late designer Vernon Adams.

57. Cute Punk

Best free fonts: Sample of Cute Punk

Cute Punk is a free font based on handwriting, but with a twist (Image credit: Flue)

Cute Punk offers a vibrant, youthful and thoroughly modern take on the handwriting font. Infusing the style with a striking, almost geometric feel, this free font is the work of Flou, a designer and illustrator from Bratislava, Slovakia.

58. Yellowtail

Best free fonts: Sample of Yellowtail

Free font Yellowtail features a classic approach to handwritten, brush lettering (Image credit: Google Fonts)

Yellowtail is an old-school, flat, brush font that evokes classic 1930s typefaces like Gillies Gothic and Kaufmann. Designed by typography institute Astigmatic, its mixture of connecting and non-connecting letterforms gives it a unique look and ensures good legibility. 

The best free fonts: Vintage and retro fonts

59. Nimitz

Best free fonts: Sample of Nimitz

Nimitz is one of those effortlessly stylish free fonts that makes you give thanks to the internet (Image credit: Bart Wesolek)

Designed by Bart Wesolek, Nimitz is a simple yet original, all-capitals font that comes in three styles: rough, clean and textured. Beautifully readable and effortlessly stylish, this is one of the best free fonts for giving your design project a retro or vintage look. 

For more retro fonts, see our roundup of the best free retro fonts.

60. Rousseau Deco

Best free fonts: Sample of Rousseau Deco

Rousseau Deco summons the spirit of Art Deco, but subtly (Image credit: Mariano Diez)

Looking to summon the spirit of Art Deco with your typography, but subtly? Rousseau Deco is one of the best free fonts for your purposes. Taking inspiration from that classic style and giving it a modern sans-serif twist, it was designed by Mariano Diez.

61. Lazer 84

Best free fonts: Sample of Lazer 84

Inject the 1980s into your projects with this fun font (Image credit: Juan Hodgson)

Here's one of those free fonts that defies categorisation: it's clearly retro, but it's a brush font too. However you describe it, though, we love its super-1980s vibe, and can imagine it used as the opening titles of a old-school sitcom. This font was created by Juan Hodgson.

62. Nature Sans

Best free fonts: Sample of Nature Sans

Vintage flourishes make this a fun retro font (Image credit: Alex Joganic)

Nature Spirit is a vintage font by Alex Joganic of 1871 Project. The retro styling recalls hippy communes and an adventurous spirit, making it well suited for a vintage project. There are two styles – rough and regular – depending on whether you like your lines straight or a little rough round the edges.

63. Cheque

Best free fonts: Sample of Cheque

Cheque started life as a student project before graduating to a full font (Image credit: Fontfabric)

Based on geometric shapes and with a classic, vintage look, Cheque started off as a student project by Fontfabric's Mirela Belova, then grew into a full display font. At its best when used in headlines or compositions, it comes in Regular and Black versions that are free for both personal and commercial use.

64. LOT 

Best free fonts: Sample of LOT

LOT is one of the fattest, coolest, retro-est free fonts around (Image credit: Fontfabric)

Reminiscent of the stylised block lettering of 1970s and 1980s advertising, posters and magazine design, LOT nonetheless provides a sleek new take on a vintage style with its collection of fat, geometric letterforms. Designed by FontFabric, this free font would work well in posters, logos and headlines. 

65. Jocker

Best free fonts: Sample of Jocker

Jocker works great on vintage logos (Image credit: Craft Supply Co)

Jocker is a vintage font design with a fun, circus feel, and would be a great choice for posters, logo designs and packaging. The work of Craft Supply Co, this font was drawn from scratch and has since had more layers of detail added to it. 

66. Paralines 

Best free fonts: Sample of Paralines

Anyone who remembers TV titles of the 1970s and '80s will recognise the style of this retro-futuristic free font (Image credit: Lewis Latham)

Featuring idiosyncratic use of parallel lines, Paralines takes inspiration from both decades-old design and modern-day typography. Designed by Lewis Latham, this free font would suit any project aiming to evoke the graphic design of the 1970s and early 1980s. 

67. Hamurz

Best free fonts: Sample of Hamurz

Free font Hamurz offers a hipster take on retro styles (Image credit: Bagus Budiyanto)

Hamurz is a hipster-style retro typeface with rough edges and rounded shapes. Created by Bagus Budiyanto, it offers a multitude of potential uses, such as logos, headings, or designs for T-shirts, badges or letterpress printing.

The best free fonts: Brush fonts

68. Fjord

Best free fonts: Fjord

(Image credit: Krisjanis Mezulis)

Fjord is inspired by Norway's natural, rugged landscape. Originally drawn with a thick brush on plastic to appear uniquely distorted, painter Krisjanis Mezulis has made this font both chilling and beautiful. This font is versatile enough to be used in a variety of different contexts.

Want more? See our dedicated free brush fonts roundup for more options.

69. Oh Now! 

Best free fonts: Sample of Oh now!

It may be one of the most weirdly named free fonts around, but Oh Now! delivers (Image credit: Syaf Rizal)

This beautifully textured brush font by Syaf Rizal has an edgy feel that can’t help grab attention, and would work well on perfect on posters, logos and branding. Oh Now! comes with uppercase, lowercase, punctuation, symbols and multilingual support. 

70. The Cat Has a Hat

Best free fonts: Sample of Oh Now!

The Cat Has a Hat is one of the most playful free fonts around (Image credit: Lukee Thornhill)

Inspired by the classic children’s books by Dr Seuss, this playful font is scrawl-like but still perfectly readable. One of the best fonts we’ve seen for adding a sense of personality to your branding and marketing projects, The Cat Has a Hat was designed by Lukee Thornhill.

71. Mustache Free

Best free fonts: Sample of Mustache

Mustache is one of the best free fonts we’ve seen in the brush style (Image credit: Joel Maker)

There’s a lovely handmade feel to this superior brush font designed by Joel Maker. Mustache includes a full set of uppercase and lowercase letters, along with a large range of punctuation, numerals, and multilingual support.

72. Festival

Best free fonts: Sample of Festival

Festival adds a summery feel to your designs (Image credit: Pixel Surplus)

This hand-drawn brush font by Pixel Surplus is great for adding a summery feel and a 'good vibes' feel to your graphic designs. Impressively, the free version of this font even features multilingual characters. 

73. Sophia

Best free fonts: Sample of Sophia

Free font Sophia offers a decorative take on brush script handwriting (Image credit: Mats-Peter Forss and Emily Spadoni)

Sophia is light, friendly and slightly off-kilter, in a fun way. Described as “a hand-lettered brush script with a sweet decorative bonus", the family includes multilingual glyphs, as well as left and right stylistic letter combinations. This sweetest of free fonts was designed by Mats-Peter Forss and Emily Spadoni.

74. Reckless

Best free fonts: Sample of Reckless

Free font Reckless has an upbeat feel (Image credit: Nadi Spasibenko)

Reckless is a handwritten brush font that includes uppercase and extended Latin characters. As shown above, it would work well with a watercolour-effect design, either in print or on the web. It was created by Nadi Spasibenko.

The best free fonts: Tattoo fonts

75. Rose Tattoo

Best free fonts: Sample of Rose Tattoo

Go all out with Rose Tattoo (Image credit: Billy Argel)

Okay, so this one's a little OTT, but what's the point of having a tattoo font if it's not gonna stand out? This font was created by Billy Argel and is free for personal use, meaning you are free to ink it all over your body. Just make sure your design is quite big: we can't see this one being legible at small sizes.

76. Betty

Best free fonts: Sample of Betty

Free font Betty is inspired by old-school tattoo art (Image credit: Anastasia Dimitriadi)

None of your hipster stars or tribal tattoos here. Betty is one of those free tattoo fonts that reaches back into the past to a bygone age, when every 'real man' had a sailor’s anchor and ‘I heart Mum’ inked on his bicep. This free font is the work of Anastasia Dimitriadi.

77. Angilla

Best free fonts: Sample of Angilla

Angilla is one of the best free fonts we’ve seen in the tattoo script style (Image credit: Måns Grebäck)

This tattoo script font channels the spirit of calligraphy to create something extremely fresh and stylish. This free font is the work of Måns Grebäck.

78. Serval

Best free fonts: Sample of Serval

Free font Serval offers a scratchy style for tattoo lettering (Image credit: Maelle.K and Thomas Boucherie)

Another calligraphic font that’s perfect for tattoo stylings, Serval is a wiry, scratchy beast of a design. This free font is the inspired work of Maelle.K and Thomas Boucherie.

79. MOM

Best free fonts: Sample of MOM

MOM is a font inspired by the old school tattoo lettering of the American tradition (Image credit: Rafa Miguel)

MOM is a font inspired by the old-school tattoo lettering of the American tradition, and a tribute to the great tattoo artists of the past. This free font is the creation of Rafa Miguel. 

See our best free tattoo fonts for more options.

The best free fonts: Graffiti fonts

80. Sprite

Best free fonts: Sample of Sprite

Sprite is one of the best free fonts for adding a sense of urban drama (Image credit: Arsek & Erase/Ani Petrova/Vasil Stanev)

Sprite taks the chunky and bouncy feel of old-school graffiti lettering, and translates it into a fully useable and readable font. One of the best free fonts for adding a sense of retro urban style, it was created by Arsek & Erase, Ani Petrova and Vasil Stanev.

81. Urban Decay