There are plenty of places to download typefaces on the web. But budgets don't always stretch to include quality, crafted fonts – so where should you look when you need the best free fonts?
There's a lot of noise and clutter online. 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 individual design portfolios and agency sites. So next time you want to download fonts, head here to discover 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.
Launched 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.
FontStruct is a place where the community can design fonts and share them with others for free. This 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.
07. 1001 Free Fonts
Misnomer alert! We're certain that 1001 Free Fonts doesn't feature exactly 1001 free fonts; we reckon it's actually a lot more than that – probably something more in the region of 10,001. All of them are handily organised across 64 categories, along with the option to browse by designer.
08. Abstract fonts
Abstract Fonts has one of the cleaner interfaces in this arena, and it's very easy to navigate. There's a custom font preview option and it's updated regularly, with about 14,000 fonts for you to choose from.
09. Jeff Schreiber
Jeff Schreiber is a designer, illustrator and typographer from Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Although he doesn't have too many fonts available on his site, it's all about quality and not quantity here. His 'Razor' creation is brilliant for print and poster work, while his 'Fat Frank' font offers a more playful approach.
Neogrey is the portfolio of Ivan Filipov. Working as a graphic and web designer, he's created some stunning fonts that he's very generously made available for free download. We particularly love his latest font, a multicoloured vector font.
Smashing Magazine provides a wide range of tutorials, inspiration and helpful advice for creatives on a daily basis. The site also has a great series of articles collating quality free fonts for you to choose from. These guys know what they're talking about, so it's a reliable place to download free fonts.
Created by Lukas Bischoff, a designer based in Germany, Artill is a nice little website that's aimed purely at people wishing to download free fonts. Minimalism at its best, and some great typography to be sampled.
Typedepot is a nifty little type-design studio website that offers a number of free fonts for visitors to download. There are also great commercial fonts to buy. The project began as a sideline for studio founders Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova, before they realised their true passion for typography and took it on full-time.
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