June 28, 2013

my favorite free fonts & typography 101

my favorite free fonts from cleanlinestudio.comI’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!

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Katherine : 15:13 June 28, 2013 Reply
I like Petita! Super cute.
Nicole : 19:40 June 28, 2013 Reply
I'd like to see some great free handwritten fonts!
    Sarah : 08:31 July 3, 2013 Reply
    Thanks for the feedback, Nicole! I'll definitely do a handwritten font round-up for you in the coming months, I've got a lot of good ones!
Tomiko H : 19:48 June 30, 2013 Reply
I like LAVENDERIA. It is so elegant. In Japan, an English font is used as decoration of space. Because an English font looks smart.
    Sarah : 08:32 July 3, 2013 Reply
    Interesting! I guess us english speakers should be flattered!
sarah yates : 00:54 July 12, 2013 Reply
love this! i'm always on the hunt for great fonts, and you're right, they're so hard to come by! xx
    Sarah : 07:06 July 12, 2013 Reply
    Thank you so much for stopping by, Sarah! That totally makes my day!
Travis : 04:17 July 16, 2013 Reply
Great collection of fonts! I'll definitely be referencing your list in the future for any projects that may require some free type. Another great resource for fonts is the private typography community http://type.is/good - Give them a look as the site seems to be the new go to place for type lovers and people looking for high quality, good fonts. Anyhow, thanks again for the great list, Hagin Caps is pretty irresistible in my book!
Megan : 17:23 August 1, 2013 Reply
Hello! I am in the process of looking for a new font for my logo/site/cards/ etc... I love what you have to offer and I love loopy, lavenderia and cantible. How would I go about getting my little hands on one or two of these lovelies? Thank you!!
    Sarah : 17:26 August 1, 2013 Reply
    Hi Megan, The links to download the fonts are numbered in the same order as they are on my list. Sorry if that wasn't clear!

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