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78 best free fonts for designers

The best free fonts: Vintage and retro fonts

47. Lazer 84

free fonts: vintage and retro fonts: Lazer 84

Inject the '80s into your projects with this fun font

(Image credit: Juan Hodgson)

This retro font fits in a few categories: it's a brush font too. We love its super-'80s vibe, and can just imagine it used as the opening titles of an '80s sitcom. This font was created by Juan Hodgson and is free for personal use, and you can pay what you want to use it for commercial purposes. A Summer 85 font is also available. 

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48. Nature Sans

Nature Sans

Vintage flourishes make this a fun retro font

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. 

49. Cheque

Best free fonts: Cheque

Cheque started life as a student project before graduating to a full font

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.

50. Bauru

Best free fonts: Bauru

Bauru is a free font with a lot of soul

Bauru is based on the kind of lettering that instantly sums up the feeling of a bygone age. One of the best free retro fonts, this could work well in portraying a sense of nostalgia and timeless values within a wide range of branding, posters, advertising or logo design. It was designed by Brazilian art director and illustrator Pier Paolo.

51. LOT 

Best free fonts: LOT

LOT is one of the fattest, coolest, retro-est free fonts around

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. Featuring 78 characters, this free font would work well in posters, logos and headlines. It’s the work of independent type foundry FontFabric.

52. Jocker

Jocker free fonts

Jocker works great on vintage logos

Jocker is a vintage font design that's available for free for personal use and has a fun, circus feel, which is great for posters, logo designs and packaging. This font was drawn from scratch and has since had more layers of detail added to it. 

53. Paralines 

Best free fonts: Paralines

Anyone who remembers TV titles of the 1970s and '80s will recognise the style of this retro-futuristic free font

Featuring idiosyncratic use of parallel lines, Paralines takes inspiration from both decades-old design and modern-day typography. This free font would suit any project aiming to evoke the graphic design of the 1970s and early 1980s. It’s the work of freelance UK designer Lewis Latham. 

54. Hamurz

Best free fonts: Hamurz

Free font Hamurz offers a hipster take on retro styles

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.

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