I’ll level with you guys. Most of my 4000 fonts were not free. I’ve been purchasing fonts and collecting them from ad agencies where I’ve worked for many years now. There are billions upon billions of free fonts out there, but the vast majority of them aren’t so bueno. The spacing between each letter (referred to as kerning) is often inconsistent on the freebies, so you often spend lot of time fixing it manually, or if you don’t have the software to fix the kerning it just looks crummy. It’s one of those things that the average person wouldn’t specifically notice, but would probably be aware that there was something less good about that particular font. Designers on the other hand go all sorts of crazy when you show them a poorly kerned font. When I go out to a restaurant, I typically spend the first 5 minutes redesigning the menu in my head before I can really look at the food!
So anywho, moving on, there actually are some really great free fonts out there, they’re just few and far between. In my years of font accumulation, I think I’ve narrowed my collection of freebies down to the best of the best. I’ve organized the ones above for you, and you can download them all (for free) below.
If you are interested in seeing more of my favorite fonts, please leave me a comment about what you’re after (scripts, sans serif, serif, handwritten, extended, condensed, display etc.) and I’ll follow up with more font posts down the road. Happy Friday, and happy downloading!