10 Awesome Free Serif Fonts

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Series Overview


This is the second part of a five part series featuring my favorite free fonts for design. This compilation will focus on ten very useful serif fonts. These fonts are perfect for print copy and large headings. Check them out!

1. Andron Freefont  [ Download ]


2. Droid Serif  [ Download ]


3. Garogier  [ Download ]


4. Gentium Basic  [ Download ]


5. Latin Modern Roman  [ Download ]


6. Museo  [ Download ]


7. Optimus Princeps  [ Download ]


8. Sanford  [ Download ]


9. Serif Beta  [ Download ]


10. Tallys  [ Download ]


Your Thoughts?

What free serif fonts do you have in your designer’s toolbox that I should have featured here?

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://www.timothybsmith.com Tim Smith

    Awesome list!! Sanford and Museo are my favs.

  • http://www.danhbaweb20.com/ Danh ba web 2.0

    great font. Thanks you very much
    You can see more font: http://tr.im/iBLA

    Danh ba web 2.0´s last post was… 6 tool giúp bạn đăng kí 1 tên miền hoàn hảo nhất

  • http://josemota.net José Mota

    Computer Modern Serif is also a great serif font, especially for print. It is used by LaTeX, after which it gets its fame.


    Nice list, Andrew, they surely look clean!

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

    @Jose – Nice addition, looking to download that now :)

  • http://schweitz.wordpress.com Zachary Schweitzer

    Great list. Thanks so much for pointing out some high quality, free serifs. I feel like all to often I just default to minion when I’m looking for a serif. These will be a great change of pace.

    Zachary Schweitzer´s last post was… Paper-based Image Editing!

  • http://blog.visheshk.net Vishesh

    We want more modern serif fonts! The list is pretty nice, but there’s a real lack of good and free modern serif fonts like Rockwell. The only one that comes close, is Museo. :)

  • http://www.cssleak.com Thomas

    Thanks, I really love “Andron Freefont”

    Thomas´s last post was… Tea Round App

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

    @Vishesh – I would separate Rockwell style fonts into slab serif. I wasn’t sure if Museo belonged on this list because it’s a bit of a hybrid between the two. Either way, I was after purely, simple and stylish serif fonts for this list. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the next three categories in this series.

  • http://cyberseekerz.co.cc/ Donar

    Impressive fonts!

  • http://www.thebookofblog.com/ Kendall

    FontSquirrel is a resource for designer and has a ton of free fonts, all with commercial licenses. http://www.fontsquirrel.com

    Kendall´s last post was… Adding Navigation Buttons in WordPress

  • http://www.willsherwood.com Will Sherwood

    Cool that you do this… Will

    Will Sherwood´s last post was… Clement Mok

  • http://iniwoo.net/ T-Law

    Perfect list, thanks.

    T-Law´s last post was… Freebies: 15 Music Vectors

  • http://www.buildinternet.com Zach Dunn


    Seriously behind on my RSS feeds lately. I was about 50% on the fonts here already, thanks for the rest.

    Also, great to see you got the author comment highlighting up and running. Looks great!

    Zach Dunn´s last post was… 17 Action Packed Single Page Sites

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

    @Zach – np, I hope you find some good uses for them!

    Thanks again for the author commenting code, I love revamping the commenting here on MIB… it all goes toward a better design community experience.

  • http://www.bitlimakina.com bitlimakina

    thanks perfect fonts

    bitlimakina´s last post was… Bitlimakina Tema V2.0

  • http://www.tianodesign.com/blog Stephen Tiano

    Nice ones. I included Gentium when I blogged about free fonts for book design and layout last year. I can tell from the way you’ve listed, tho’, and I wondered: which are complete families of roman, ital, bold, and bold ital?

    Stephen Tiano´s last post was… Those About to Blog … I Salute You

  • http://www.diigital.com Mike H

    Nice list, I downloaded a few as a result.
    The link to Gentium Basic is incorrect though, it’s pointing to the Droid Serif page.

    Mike H´s last post was… Arrows

  • Vikas

    Fantabulous collection! Thanks for sharing

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

    @Mike H – Thanks for the heads up. I got that link update now :)

  • http://www.hiperactivo.com.mx Salvador

    Hey! It may be a stupid question, but… I don’t know how to download Museo from MyFonts.com. any help it’s really appreciated.

  • http://www.hiperactivo.com.mx Salvador

    Never mind… I rule!

  • http://www.raterror.com Stunt

    wow , good share

  • http://diegoripley.com Diego Ripley

    Impressive list. Will definitely use some of them in some of my work.

    Diego Ripley´s last post was… What’s in the Box?

  • Denise

    Thanks for this, great fonts!

  • http://www.accountingtutor.org Sam

    Good post. I like how you’ve illustrated each font – it makes it easy to see the differences between the fonts

  • swapnet

    but these fonts aren’t full sets. i was looking for italics, bold italics as well.
    doesn’t fulfil my purpose. nice collection though.

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  • http://www.adiulici.com Adi Ulici

    Really really good list.
    Garogier is my favorite from this list.
    Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Adi Ulici´s last blog ..C’est fini la comedie! =-.

  • http://www.antonagestam.se/ Anton Agestam

    I like Garogier a lot! I will probably use som of these in my upcoming projects! Thanx

  • schua_ozven

    ‘Gentium Basic’ and ‘Museo’ are my faves! Thanks for sharing! :)