Discover the best free typefaces for Windows and Mac for you to download: serif and sans-serif, script, vintage and more.
Whether on a logo, a text-heavy website or an infographic, typography is an essential design tool for any designer or illustrator. It’s no surprise, then, that there is an unfathomable amount of typefaces available online.
Fonts can be expensive, especially high-end ones from the likes of Fontsmith - but good, cheap typefaces can be harder to find, let alone great ones. So, in true Digital Arts style, we’ve scoured the web’s many (many, many) free typefaces to find the diamonds in the rough, the best from amongst the worst - and, as you’ll know if you’ve ever been on a 'free font' site such as Font Squirrel, there is a lot of rough.
Though selecting the right typeface for your project can take time, it's one of the best ways to transform a design. From revived typefaces to the totally new, sparse to swirling, these fonts will help you build a rich typography toolkit to enrich your future projects – and it won’t cost you a penny.
First up we have some typefaces that bleed with NY cool, like the Big John PRO (pictured).
Big John PRO
New York's Ionc Type is a small design team whose free fonts just drip with NY cool.
They're best known for the Big John and its lightweight sister font Slim Joe, an all-capital typeface that was born out of one designer's guilt from experimenting with typefaces that weren't theirs in the first place, something which we guess isn't bothering you if you're reading an article like this.
Newly added to the Ionyc range is the Big John PRO, which is their first font to include lowercase letters. There's also a new medium weight called the Regular Jim, and the inclusion of over 500 diacritics characters (glyphs, for the uninitiated).
We recommend the Big John PRO for anyone looking for a modern and geometric sans serif that has that special designer's touch.
London design studio After the Flood has just released a new typeface that can create bar charts, dotted graphs and sparklines within bodies of text, without needing any code. It’s called AtF Spark, and it's brilliant.
Every element has been hand-drawn using widely supported features of OpenType fonts so it can be used to enhance a piece of text with visualisations – a great idea for some of us who are a little less mathematically savvy. You can see what I mean in the GIF below.
Keep on the lookout for further modifications to the typeface in the next few months. If you have any suggestions about the typeface, you can join the conversation on GitHub.
After the flood creates digital products using data. We asked them how to do it in an earlier interview.
The best part is, this clever typeface is available to download for free on their website.
Arber is named after a densely wooded ski resort in Bavaria, Germany.
The typeface is rough and snow-covered, with each letter hand-painted with a thin water brush onto acrylic paper before being scanned and the font constructed.
Designer Krisjanis Mezulis says the typeface best suits big headlines, logos and posters; probably best to use it once the heatwave's over.
Peomy Brush Font
Brush lettering is definitely the buzz right now, and Peomy is another beautiful free brush font for the taking.
Another classic by WildType, it’s drawn by Leva Mezule and put together by Krisjani Mezulis. This font is free for personal and commercial use.
Free Design Asset Bundle (5 free typefaces)
WildOnes Design Studio, the guys behind many of the typefaces in this list, have just released a bunch of fonts for free, but it's part of their massive free bundle for designers which also includes mockups, patterns and templates for designers.
The helpful Free Design Asset Bundle has 10 products that are free for personal and commercial use.
The bundle includes five fonts such as Cornera which is also mentioned in this list, two mockups (paper bag and business card), two templates and two patterns (if you like avocados, you'll love this pattern).
Other typefaces include brush fonts Espa and Banaue, as well as Entra and Fjor.
Make sure you download the free bundle now because WildOnes says it won’t be available for long.
But WildOnes also releases free typefaces individually, and quite regularly, like this one. Monly comes in four different fonts – Monly Light (seen here), Bold, Serif Light and Serif Bold. Monly is an easy to read typeface with a playful twist.
The font construction is based on Wild Type's "most successful" font, SUNN. SUNN has a hand drawn line, but Monly has a simple one weight line construction.
Of course, the Monly font family are free for personal and commercial projects.
Lovelo Free Font (Lovelo Inline)
This typeface was initially created by braenda art director Hans Renzler in Austria for the bike manufacturer Velo Arch, and named Lovelo Inline. Since then, Fontfabric has turned it into an entire font family available for free, described as a 'remake' of the original. The free version has re-emerged online as the US and Canada celebrate National Bike Month - a concept established in 1956.
The geometric sans serif typeface is unique because it remains open - there are absolutely no closed endings. You can download it from Fontfabric in black, line light and line bold.
Avene is a new freestyle hand brush typeface featuring 94 characters and all the basic glyphs by Krisjanis Mezulis. It's another example of the rising trend and popularity in brush stroke typography.
Krisjanis designed the thick brush strokes of Avene to work as a tool for designers, to help them create "a feeling of unique attention to detail" - much like Thirst Craft Craig Black’s bespoke brush stroke lettering for a luxury wine brand.
London designer James Barnard created this typeface, based on his love for Adam Savage’s One Day Builds, in 24 hours. He completed the entire character set, numbers and the basic glyphs in just a day, and wrote a detailed blog explaining how. As if that wasn’t enough, he also created Obidee Sans’ own website in 24 hours - you can read about how he did that here.
The typeface is a tall, sans serif display font that is designed to be used in posters or large scale artwork, headlines and promotional material.
James designs online content for brands such as The Daily Telegraph, The Times and Cosmopolitan.
Obidee Sans is free to download from its dedicated website.
You may have already heard about Dubai becoming the first city to design its own Microsoft typeface, designed by Monotype’s Dr Nadine Chahine and a design team of six, which is available free for anyone to use.
The Dubai Font was commissioned by the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan, launched by The Executive Council of Dubai and created in partnership with Microsoft to “carry the vision of the city". The new font family (with four different weights) was designed to “create harmony between Latin and Arabic” and to reflect the city’s modernity and desire for self-expression.
According to Nadine, the project had three main objectives - to be legible, carry the vision of Dubai and be a worthy addition to the font offering in Microsoft Office 365.
To find out more, check out or feature on how Monotype designed the Dubai Font.
The Rainbow Flag has become an fundamental part of the LGBTQ campaign, and with the death of its designer, Gilbert Baker, NewFest and NYC Pride partnered with Fontself to create Gilbert - a free typeface inspired by the rainbow design language.
The typeface was originally designed for headlines and banner statements used in rallies and protests, but it’s now being built out into a whole family of weights and styles.
Gilbert is available as a standard vector font and a colour font (only available with Photoshop CC 2017). Both are beta previews that be downloaded for free here, but make sure to follow @TypeWithPride for further weights and styles.
Gilbert Baker was both an LGBTQ activist and artist, known for helping friends create banners for protests and marches.
Check out more about Type With Pride.
Cornera is a new sans serif typeface by Gatis Vilaks available from Wild Type. It’s design is based on one of Gatis' most successful typeface Modeka. But where Modeka is round, Cornera is constructed only of corners and sharp edges, creating a futuristic aesthetic. Wild Type suggest using Cornera for logo designs, headlines and short descriptions.
Julia Martinez Diana runs a graphic design studio called Antipixel, which focuses on display handwritten fonts and branding.
She’s recently hand-drawn Escalope, which is free for personal use but requires a license for commercial use. In this example we’ve used Escalope Soft, but the font has four textures and 150 sets of icons that match these textures
It started from a font called Flash Font, with the included textures being part of an experimental exercise. You can find out more about Julia’s design process, and download the Escalope tutorial here.
Escalope possesses a low midline, false AllCaps style and playful alternates.
Leafy is a handwritten brush font hand brushed by Ieva Mezule and put together by Krisjanis Mezulis. Just as no two leaves are the same, in this typeface you’ll find no two glyphs the same, giving it a personal and handmade feel.
The 95 character long typeface is free for both personal and commercial use.
Brazilian type designer Fabio Haag’s new typeface Sua is perfect for headlines and short text passages in a small size. Its clean shapes lead to legibility, and the slightly wide proportions dictate a calm reading speed.
Although Sua comes in seven different weights, the medium weight is free to download.
Julian Hoxhaj and Ana Hoxha found inspiration for this all capitals typeface from 90s technology. The name is a celebration of a city in the north of Albania. The free version comes in two weights – one light and one black (we’ve showcased the light version). They’ve got some great suggestions on how to use it here.
Mark White’s Abyssopelagic is named after the region of deep water above the floor of the ocean, and it definitely embodies a majestic, wavy aesthetic. It’s also specifically designed for wide-spacing.
It’s free for personal and commercial use. You can download it from Mark’s Behance page.
Found on Google Fonts, Lora’s bold brushed curves and driving serifs are great for standout headlines.
A well-balanced contemporary serif text typeface, Flora has roots in calligraphy and is designed to work well on.
Type designer Jeremy Vessey has created this free font – Bourbon Grotesque – which is perfect for branding and marketing.
It’s free for anyone, but you need to subscribe to download the link. His Cast Iron typeface is also free.
Jeremy’s work is always polished and slick. If you can spare a little cash, it’s worth visiting his website for a whole range of typefaces and font bundles, including up to 56 fonts in a double bundle.
Sonder by designer Andrew Herndon explores vintage lettering, using rough edges and inked centre pieces to create bold headings.
It includes Sonder Serif and Sonder Sans free for personal use, but to unlock ten different styles for commercial use it will cost you $15.
This typeface looks most fitting against rugged bush, epic mountain tops and expansive outdoor landscapes.
It’s rough, bold, here to make a statement and there’s a lot more where it came from. Check out Andrew’s range of typefaces.
Alculbierre is a simple and innocent typeface, drawing parallels to child-like handwriting. It’s designed by graphic and web designer Matt Ellis.
This handwriting typeface from Missy Meyer, who brought you King Basil, is quirky and unpredictable, with the appearance each letter was hand-painted with a brush.
Missy Meyer created Cavorting to test out Type 3.2 in one day, and does admit there may be some kerning pairs that aren’t included. She has created many more typefaces that are worth checking out.
This multi-weight script designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini embodies a curvy and bold signpainter aesthetic – and comes with adorable cat GIFs.
The typeface comes in three different styles, each with multiple weights and includes a feline dingbat set.
The regular weight typeface is perfect for logo design and display use, whilst the single stroke monoline weight and condensed slant variant are designed for longer text blocks.
The lovely cat illustrations are by Isabella Ahmadzadeh.
Brazilian designer Adilson Gonzales de Oliveira Junior created this typeface for an experimental project of air models – inspired by aircraft models from the 40s, and now it’s available for personal use.
Its simple, elongated letters and numbers are slender and refreshing.
This uppercase and lowercase typeface possesses a geometric structure and a sharp edge point, ideal for poster and logos.
Creator of Kano, New York designer Frederick Lee, specialises in branding and identity with a passion for simple and straightforward aesthetic.
Kano is free for personal and commercial use.
Switzerland-based graphic designer Alexandre Pietra has created this striking typeface. Although a little uneasy on the eye at first with its split and double line features, it grabs attention and would sit very slick on a festival poster or in digital incarnation.
Missy Meyer earlier named this font Spiffy McGee, and spiffy it is. It's since been adapted by Missy Meyer and Mats-Peter Forss (who has other beautiful free fonts worth checking out) to King Basil. This example is the "lite" version - a lot of swashes and connecting letters – almost reminiscent of a festival poster, or the circus.
This handmade font by Syed Faraz Ahmad works well paired with pencil sketches for a soft, gentle tone. It would work well for quotes, logos, posters and t-shirts. It’s available in both TTF and OTF formats.
This contemporary slab serif typeface has ben specifically designed by collaborative type foundry Huerta Tipografica for easy reading on computer devices. It also looks like it could belong on the label of a crisp craft beer in the sun.Huerta Tipografica has ample amounts of wonderful free typefaces to choose from. Founded in 2009 in Argentina, the group come from a place of "deep respect for design and typography".
Graphic designer Lukas Bischoff's brand new modernist three-weight font is clean, minimalist, and with delicious detail.
There's a single weight of this hand-drawn, picnic-flavoured typeface available from MyFonts.
A revival of an old classic, Alternate Gothic #1, you can’t really go wrong with this robust, dark and timeless typeface. So timeless, in fact, that Alternate Gothic #2 sits very comfortably in the YouTube logo. The original was born in 1903, thanks to Morris Fuller Benton for the American Type Founders (which went bankrupt in 1923).
Some basic maths will tell you that its creation was before 1923 - which means it can be in the public domain. The League of Moveable Type had great fun working on it and making the most of the freedom of open source.
Oh, Behance, how we love you - and stumbling upon gems like this free typeface with its simple, rounded edges, and clean fluidity, available in light and bold. You can get it from graphic and type designer Jack Harvatt’s Behance for personal use only.
Google fonts is a treasure trove of free, open source fonts perfect for the web - and Bevan does not disappoint. As a reshaping for the web of a slab serif typeface created by German typographer Heinrich Jost in the 1930s, the counters have been slightly opened up, and the stems reworked to suit use as a bold web font - all this creates a traditional typeface with a unusual, fun twist.
Swirly, eye-catching and with a classic vibe, Grand Hotel by Astigmatic evoke a lot of moods. According to font squirrel, this decorative font finds its inspiration from the title screen of the 1937 film Cafe Metropole - sweet, retro and full of loop-de-loops it is, but we’re confident that Grand Hotel will suit a lot of genres and contexts too.
Bariol is a gorgeous, rounded font designed by Spanish studio Atipo with a dedicated website. And we can see why. It is readable at a small size, versatile, brand spanking new - and is free to download in four weights (well, if you ‘pay’ with a tweet or like).
To get Bariol in its complete range (thin, light, regular, bold, thin italic, light italic, regular italic, and bold italic), you will have to pay - but anything you want, from a choice of prices ranging from €3 to €50 (and I’m sure they’d accept more if you really wanted to pay it…).
Another revival, Libre Baskerville attempts (and succeeds) in reworking the old, popular Baskerville serif typefaces - specifically Founder’s Baskerville, an American type created in 1941. Open Baskerville is another great Baskerville revival, but is less complete than Libre.
Alegreya Sans, by Argentinian designer Juan Pablo del Paral, was created as the sans-serif companion to Alegreya - which is a renowned super family of fonts, originally intended for literature, and won of the 53 “Fonts of the Decade”.
It is available in seven weights to bring you wide typographic options, as well as being crisp and very pleasant read. Despite all this (and being truly gorgeous), Alegreya is sadly underused.
Also available on Google Fonts, Anonymous Pro is by designer and typographer feel Mark Simonson - who is behind Proxima Nova - and comes in regular, italic, bold and bold italic. Though it is intended for programming, this typeface has serious style, and can be used for a sparse, clean look in the right contexts: here are some websites that use Anonymous Pro.
Danish type designer Claus Eggers brought us this serif typeface in 2011, though it is influenced by older fonts such as Baskerville. It lends itself to the spotlight - in headlines and titles - rather than longer text, where it might become harder to read, -being taller and thinner than most serif fonts - and is totally safe for the web.