10 Awesome Free Sans Serif Fonts

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I find it so important as a designer to have an awesome library of fonts at your fingertips. Choosing the correct one can make or break a design. The resources are out there to find some great free fonts, but sometimes the search can be a bit overwhelming. I’ve decided to put together a series of posts that feature my 10 favorite fonts in 5 different major categories.

Series Overview

Here Are My Top Ten Free Sans Serif Fonts

1. Aller  [ Download ]

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2. Aurulent Sans  [ Download ]

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3. Bitstream Vera Sans  [ Download ]

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4. Colaborate  [ Download ]

colaborate

5. Fontin  [ Download ]

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6. Luxi Sans  [ Download ]

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7. Mayberry Pro  [ Download ]

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8. Museo Sans  [ Download ]

museo-sans

9. Sansation  [ Download ]

sansation

9. Surface  [ Download ]

surface

Final Thoughts

I found all these fonts at my favorite free font site – Font Squirrel. The best part is they are available for commercial use! So what did you think of this list? What are your favorite free sans serif fonts?

About the Author

Andrew is a primary contributer for MyInkBlog. He is a full time web developer for Niagara University. When he's not working there, he's a blogger, twitter'er, wordpress'er, silverstripe advocate, blessed father and husband.

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  • http://arbent.net Angie Bowen

    Great list, Fontin is one of my favorite fonts, free or otherwise.

    Angie Bowen´s last post was… Arbenting’s Inspired Web and Best Of Rundown 1

  • http://www.words4theweb.co.uk Jane Howitt

    Oh dear! Had to download them all…

    Then just had to go to Font Squirrel and see what else I could find.

    I agree with Angie — Fontin gets my vote. It’s just lovely.

  • http://brandingeye.com javier romero

    Thanks Andrew. Great fonts greatly appreciate it.
    @javierjrdg

  • http://www.linkedin.com/andrewflick Andrew Flick

    Nice selection of fonts. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://designblurb.com/ Eli

    Delicious is quite a nice free sans serif font as well.

  • http://blog.losfinkos.com maYO

    Nice list. One font that should also be on it, is “Lacuna” from Glashaus Design: http://www.glashaus-design.com/

  • http://design-notes.info alex

    Thanks for the list. I love Aller

  • Bruce R. Gilson

    I agree with the people who liked Fontin. The others seem to be just ordinary, no better nor worse than the hundreds of other sans-serif fonts around.

  • http://www.realgroup.co.in Designer4u

    very nice collection.
    Thank you very much for sharing.
    Bookmarked it!

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    @Eli and @maYO Two very nice inclusions! Thanks for adding them. I definitely would say they are worthy of this list, but I wanted to limit it to ten :)

    @Bruce – I love the simple sans serif fonts, but you may enjoy some of the others in this series… stay tuned for my top 10 grunge and script fonts.

  • http://bpsr.wordpress.com windy

    thaks…you….

    windy´s last post was… Adaptor low voltage indicator

  • http://www.cssleak.com Thomas

    Great Selection, Thanks

    Thomas´s last post was… Flash Portfolio of Nick Jones

  • http://www.psdfan.com Tom Ross

    These are awesome Andrew! I’ve loved Museo for a while now, but it’s great to have some other professional looking options.

    Tom Ross´s last post was… Texture Thursday: Textile

  • lily

    any alternative to the overused overrated helvetica is nice. dunno… after the movie came out…. it just kinda did it for me as far as ruining it as a font i ever wanna use again. big futura fan, tho.

  • http://www.fudgegraphics.com/ Franz Jeitz

    Great list. Some are new to me and I’ll download them now. Thank you.

    Franz Jeitz´s last post was… 5 Free Hi-Res Grunge Nebulae Textures

  • http://www.spiced2.com Thomas Fjordside

    Nice list, My favorite is Sensations

    Thomas Fjordside´s last post was… Designing and Coding with Webstandards

  • http://www.k-win.fr kevin

    hey cool list, but the museo font isnt free or i cant find the download link ?

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    @kevin – On that Museo Sans link, scroll down the page till you see Museo Sans 500. That’s the weight version of this font that is free of charge. Click to add it to the cart and follow through the checkout.

  • http://harshamv.com Harsha M V

    I love Luxi Sans.. Nice list !!!!

  • http://www.jagtesh.com Jagtesh Chadha

    Thanks a lot and font-squirrel is a brilliant site!

  • http://www.franceinshirts.com franceinshirts

    Cool…great job !

  • http://www.k-win.fr kevin

    thanks andrew.

  • tevarra.9

    Mayberry and surface are awesome–Thanks for sharing Andrew!

    Eli–delicious is a nice one!

    P.S. Thanks to @behoff for the tweet a couple days ago on this post..

  • http://photorestorationretouching.com/ photo retouching

    Wow my font list is really getting longer by the day. Thanks for that

  • http://tiagoos.com TiagoOS

    Very cool !

  • http://www.aslammemon.com Aslam A Memon

    nice collection! and good fonts! they are also in my fav collections :D

  • http://www.cdpradeep.com/ Pradeep CD

    Museo is the best…nice list…all downloaded…

  • http://sequoiastudio.blogspot.com Jhenrique

    Nice!

    I’m a brazillian designer and…
    Can I post this on my blog?

    tks!

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    @Jhenrique – Thanks for asking! You can show the intro pic and link to this post, but please don’t grab the entire post.

  • David

    I think Fontin looks fantastic but wow, I think it just scrapes in as a sans serif.

    I’ve been using the Bitstream in headings for a while now and it’s amazing how many people are asking “what’s that font? – it looks great”.

  • http://www.blueturtlegraphics.net Kim Smith

    I’ve been using Aller for a while now. Love it! Looks great in all caps.

  • http://www.tylershaqiri.com Tyler

    I am so surprised with Surface – it is such a nice one.
    Great list! Thank you.

  • http://www.martawrites.blogspot.com marta

    fantastic. i love futura and MartinGotURW is a favorite standard. thanks for the info. your blog is new to me, am excited to browse around.
    .-= marta´s last blog ..giveaway: paper clocks =-.

  • http://www.excel-help.org Senith

    Just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks for this great list of fonts. I’m always looking for new sites to find free fonts and I will have to bookmark this because I will come back to visit each site.

  • sandy

    THank you for the great fonts! U saved my assignment!

  • http://www.darcva.com Kamila – Darc Vanilla Design

    Oops. broken links… Aller file font

  • Hugo

    Nice post :)
    btw also nice sans serif fonts http://www.fonts2u.com/category.html?id=15