30 Incredible Free Fonts for Designers

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30 Free Fonts

The more I design, the more I love finding awesome new fonts. It’s like finding a valuable baseball card in a shoe box full of common cards. I keep collecting them in order to fill my designer’s toolbox with a tool for every job. My collection has become quite large; fortunately there are some good options out there for keeping your fonts organized, however, that is a different topic, for a different day.

Their are many good sites available for free font downloads. The three that I visit the most are dafont, fontcubes and urbanfonts. A lot of these sites overlap fonts, but they are all worth a look. I definitely frequent dafont the most.

I’ve put together a list of my favorites, that I feel every designer should put in their toolbox.

The best free fonts for designers (in no particular order) are…

  1. Scriptina – A gorgeous script font that can be used to create a vintage look. Some of the loops run together and the spacing can be funky, but overall I love the look!

    Scriptina
    Download

  2. Bleeding Cowboys – I just think this font is flat-out cool. Plus you gotta love the name! An awesome and versatile grunge font.

    Bleeding Cowboys
    Download

  3. Birth of a Hero – Another grunge font, although somehow it gives a retro feel. I’ve seen it used as part of an album cover, that looked cool!

    Birth of a Hero
    Download

  4. Jane Austen – A really nice handwritting type script. Awesome as a signature or faint in the background.

    Jane Austen
    Download

  5. Flower Ornaments – I couldn’t make a list of the best fonts for designers and not include some dingbat fonts. These are beautifully crafted decorative elements that can really help a design.

    Flower Ornaments
    Download

  6. Journal – A very nice handwriting font that looks great on paper elements. I used this effect on my navigation for my portfolio site, Houle Designs. Shameless plug, I know :)

    Journal
    Download

  7. Windsong – In some ways this font is similar to scriptina, but I think it’s a little more elegant and versatile.

    Windsong
    Download

  8. Christopher Hand – Another hand written font. This one is a lot of fun and can be used that way.

    Christopher Hand
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  9. WC Rhesus B BTA – Awesome set of splatter and spills for grunge elements. This is the font that I used to design the MyInkBlog splatter logo. Definitely a nice font to have in your toolbox, I still haven’t figured out the name however.

    WC Rhesus
    Download

  10. Yanone Kaffeesatz – Stunning headline font, not great for long paragraphs.

    Yanone Kaffesatz
    Download

  11. Qlassik – Awesome simple font with great spacing and feel. Has interesting curves and intricacies just check out the ‘Q’ and the ‘k’ below.

    Qlassik
    Download

  12. Diavlo – Some fonts just look cool! Diavlo makes for a nice option to have; looks good in a techy setting.

    Diavlo
    Download

  13. Fertigo – Is another font from exljbris. Honestly I could have put everyone one of his fonts on this list; this designer is awesome, and he keeps his fonts free!

    Fertigo
    Download

  14. Birds of a Feather – Awesome bird silhouettes, make great design elements.

    Birds of a Feather
    Download

  15. Butterflies – Back-to-back dingbats, I can’t help myself.

    Butterflies
    Download

  16. Hanford Script – Script fonts often come in handy, here’s another for your arsenal.

    Hanford Script
    Download

  17. Dear Joe Four – I love the look of grunge and script mixed. This font is my favorite example of the two styles merged.

    Dear Joe Four
    Download

  18. Saginaw – Another beautiful script font. Stylish, with a hand written feel.

    Saginaw
    Download

  19. A Bite – A lot of the grunge fonts on this list are designed by Billy Argel. Another incredible font designer, that doesn’t charge for his fonts.

    A Bite
    Download

  20. Trashco – A unique grunge font with fun decorative elements built into the font.

    Trashco
    Download

  21. Dirty and Classic – Just like the name says!

    Dirty and Classic
    Download

  22. Asenine – A nice san serif option. Makes for a clean elegant feel.

    Asenine
    Download

  23. Jey – Another grungey script font. Cool signature option.

    Jey
    Download

  24. VTC Joelenhand – Well crafted hand written font.

    VTC Joelenehand
    Download

  25. Santos Dumont – Another example of an awesome Billy Argel font.

    Santos Dumont
    Download

  26. Seeing Stars – One last dingbat font for good measure. Seeing Stars comes in handy often.

    Seeing Stars
    Download

  27. Delicious – One of the best fonts to be created in a long time. Quite possible the best and most useful font on this list.

    Delicious
    Download

  28. Gentium – I had to put one serif font on the list. This is a beautiful option that does well in ad copy.

    Gentium
    Download

  29. Mal De Ojo – A cool grunge font with some dingbats mixed in.

    Mal de Ojo
    Download

  30. Fontin Sans – Gorgeous san serif alternative

    Fontin Sans
    Download

There you have it, 30 of my favorite fonts that make my job as a designer much easier. I know there are many more; what are some of your favorites? Drop me a comment below, let me know what font you can’t live without.

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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  • Tarains

    Thank you!

  • http://www.thefloatingfrog.co.uk The Floating Frog

    Great, thanks for sharing ***

  • Dana

    I have been searching high and low for some specific written licensing info about windsong. I can’t seem to locate contact info for the designer either. You don’t happen to have any of that information do you? Thanks!

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

    Hi Dana,

    It was very difficult to find any info on this font. You can go to http://www.abstractfonts.com/members/16670 and register to email Ivan Philipov who is the site moderator for the font. Also it is copywritten by Bright Ideas Magazine. Hopefully this helps and is a starting point.

  • http://www.cosmeticseo.com Jeffrey

    Excellent list, thank you. Asenine and Jey both take you to Asenine’s download page, fyi.

  • http://www.cosmeticseo.com Jeffrey

    “WC Rhesus B BTA – Awesome set of splatter and spills for grunge elements. This is the font that I used to design the MyInkBlog splatter logo. Definitely a nice font to have in your toolbox, I still haven’t figured out the name however.”

    So the splatter = blood. Rhesus for the RH blood typing system and B for the ABO blood typing. Hmm. BTA is beta maybe?

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

    Hi Jeffrey,

    Thanks for the heads up about the link, that’s fixed now. And good call with the name, that sounds about right to me.

    BTW nice SEO site you have there!

  • McQ

    thanks for all the free stuff!!! =)

  • Shelley

    I had feel script and my son crashed my computer. Do you know where I can find it?

  • Hong

    Thanks so much for all the great free fonts.

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

    @ Harshad – The first thing to note here is that the link for that post doesn’t even work. The second thing is that if you check the dates of the posts in the URL it’s plain to see that my post was many months prior to his. I wrote mine on 6/26/08 and his was written on 2/30/09. Please do some homework before making accusations like this!

  • cbba propeg

    many fonts are free for personal use .
    do not trust this coments!
    be careful on the use

  • patvillaruz

    great collection… :)
    have it all in my font collection.. ;0
    thanks for sharing..

  • http://www.facebook.com/surya4india Surya

    Thanx for those great fonts.