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78 best free fonts for designers

The best free fonts: Unusual fonts

72. Stanley

free fonts: Stanley

Stanley exudes elegance (Image credit: Jérémie Gauthier )

For a truly stylish font, download Stanley. Created by Jérémie Gauthier, this font combines rounded and more geometric forms and the results are striking. Stanley would work well for luxury branding or packaging, and is free for both personal and commercial use. 

73. Elixia

Best free fonts: Elixia

This unusual font has a mystical vibe

Based around a hexagonal grid, Elixia is a slightly condensed typeface with a strong vertical emphasis. It was created by artist and designer Kimmy Lee back in 2005, and includes upper case, lower case, numerals, extended characters, accents and stylistic alternates. Elixia would be best suited for use as a decorative display font, thanks to its mystical, futuristic vibe.

74. Gilbert

Best free fonts: Gilbert

Gilbert is named after the designer of the rainbow flag

Gilbert Baker, who died in 2017, was a LGBTQ activist and artist who's best known for creating the iconic rainbow flag, and he's been commemorated by this striking free display font. Designed with headlines and banner slogans in mind, Gilbert is available as a standard vector font as well as a colour font in OpenType-SVG format, and an animated version.

75. Carioca

Best free fonts: Carioca

A fresh, fruity and colourful free font

Carioca is a fresh, fun and fruity creation, based on a morphological colour and pattern. This delightful free font was developed as part of a three-month experimental type project by Argentinian graphic designers Tano Veron and Yai Salinas. Contact the designers if you want to use it commercially.

76. Le Super Serif

Best free fonts: Le Super Serif

Le Super Serif is one of the few experimental free fonts that actually works

Le Super Serif is that rare thing: a typographical experiment that actually works. It’s described by its creator, Dutch designer Thijs Janssen, as “a fashionable uppercase typeface with a little modern Western flavour to it”. This free font features 88 ligatures and comes in the weights Regular and Semi-Bold. 

77. Porto

Porto free font

This nautical-themed free font is pretty delightful

Porto is a nautical themed free font that Upper Font Foundry says was "so gorgeous" it couldn't bear to hide it away. And that's good news for you, as you get to use it. We can imagine this font working well on posters or invitations. 

78. Tiny Hands

Best free fonts: Tiny Hands

Yes, this free font is dedicated to the eccentric handwriting of Donald Trump

Even though Buzzfeed is aiming to transform into a serious news organisation, it’s still managing to maintain its sense of fun. And here’s a great example: a free font based on US President Donald Trump’s eccentric handwriting style. It was created by typographer Mark Davis, and apart from being a very funny satire, it could actually work well as a cartoon or comic-book font.

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