If you want users to be able to read your content and absorb it easily, you need to communicate effectively. Effective communication requires appropriate, readable and high-quality typefaces. Although it seems there’s an abundance of new and free fonts every month, few are trully readable high quality fonts.
To choose the right font for the job, we designers must consider the purpose of our work when making readability choices. Readability of fonts depends on how letters work together in words and in lines of text and affects how users process the information in the content.
All the showcased free fonts are well suited for web as well for print, in particular for the use in headlines, logo and flyer designs. Some of these new fonts also come in more styles/weights, so you can easily embed these fonts in your web designs or use them as a corporate (print) typeface.
Note: Tracking in all these fonts is set to 0.
Every month we try to publish new free fonts here on the gonzoblog.nl, in case you missed some beautiful fonts, make sure to check these too: No.6 – June 2012, No.5 – May 2012, No.4 – 2012, No.3 – 2012, No.2 – 2012 and No.1 – 2012. So let’s cut the crap and get this party started .. yay!
Anchor 2 Sans (1 style TTF)
Inspired by the Futura typeface and combines the proportions of an Old Style Roman faces, this font embodies sharp corners and geometric balance. Can be used for display, poster or text, it’s rounded characteristics make it legible for any purpose.
Designed by Chun + Ivan Design
Ashbury Light (1 style OTF)
Ashbury derives its inspiration from 18th century transitional types such as Caslon and Baskerville. It is however not a revival but interprets formal aspects in a new and individual fashion. With a flowing outline, it remains warm and pleasant but assertive because of its solid strokeweights. This font has 722 glyphs, including OpenType variants that may only be accessible via OpenType-aware applications. Get the light style of this elegant font for free.
Designed by Hoftype
FV Granada (1 style )
This is a contemporary neo-grotesque font that comes in three weights. It’s named after the beautiful city I live for two years now. The regular weight is free.
Designed by Floris Voorveld
FatFrank Free Font (1 style OTF)
FatFrank is a big-boned and friendly free font with all digits, some diacritical marks, most punctuation marks and money sign that matter.
Designed by Jeff Schreiber
Hammersmith One (1 style TTF)
Hammersmith One is a very low contrast typeface inspired by the Johnston UK lettering tradition. Hammersmith One shows the quirks of a somewhat naive, handmade, brush written letters including a wider than normal “e” and “s” as well as dark joins between stroke which are normally compensated for in type. The sources for this design have been adapted not just for type but specifically for use as a web type. This font works well to even smaller sizes than was originally expected.
Designed by Sorkin Type Co
Oxygen (4 style OTF)
The Oxygen typeface family is created as part of the KDE Project, a libre desktop for the GNU+Linux operating system. The design is optimised for the FreeType font rendering system and works well in all graphical user interfaces, desktops and devices.
Designed by Vernon Adams
Triac 71 (TTF and OTF)
Triac 71 is a funk related funk font with funky proportions, funky design and funkular execution.
Designed by Typodermic
Nixie One (1 style OTF)
It’s like Chinese food. We take the chicken and mix it with pineapple. For one minute we think that the taste will at least strange, but it is so harmonious and beautiful, what do you know, why didn’t you try this earlier? This font is a mixture of neon tubes signage and a typewriter, a beautiful thin Slab Serif font: A thoroughbred mix of chicken and pineapple.
Designed by Jovanny Lemonad
Gravitas One (1 style TTF)
Gravitas One is modeled on the “UK fat face” which is a kind of very heavy advertising type created during the industrial revolution in England. The letter forms are characterized by an attention getting and strong contrast between the very heavy vertical shapes and the thin horizontal ones. The contrast of the design means that it will be most useful when set from medium to large sizes.
Designed by Riccardo De Franceschi
Samo Sans Regular (1 style OTF)
Samo Sans is a modern sans-serif typeface with low contrast strokes and is balanced between technical shapes and dynamic feeling. The primary type family is consisted of complete set of Latin glyphs for lower and upper case. It also supports diacritics of all European languages including lining numerals, standard ligatures and other characters sufficient for regular typesetting. The Regular is totally free, Registration Required!
Designed by Carnoky Type
Baffled (1 style OTF)
This display font is meant for custom print headings. Baffled looks best when uppercase & lowercase letters are mixed and matched.
Designed by Michael McMillan
47 – Typeface (4 styles)
As MAGNA, 47 is a free typeface created in June 2012 and based on a “vintage” style too. This typeface contains all main characters (from A to Z – capitals & lowercases are the same) and numbers (from 0 to 9). TTF & OTF files are NOW available to download (Bold & Italic files)
Designed by Hendrick Rolandez
Biome Selection VALUE PACK (3 styles)
The digital edition of 42 font styles versatile “biome” is now available from Linotype. Hairline Thin Extra Light Cuts to voluminous Ultra variants – seven weights and three different run lengths and italic sections for each font type to ensure that the “biomes,” not only as a headline or logo font used can be, but certainly also in Short texts may be used .., Registration Required!
Designed by Carl Crossgrove
BONUS: 3 Free Google Web Font
Imprima looks excellent even on cheap home printers because it has broad counters, strong joins between stems and inktraps that enable it to perform well in very small sizes. Professionally printed documents will make it look even better, especially in large sizes, because there the details of its design that are distinctive become clearly visible. The design of this typeface family is cared for as one cares for your own family. Each component has been treated humanely, by hand. Designed by Eduardo Tunni
Tenor Sans Regular
Tenor Sans is a humanist sans-serif typeface. Intended for the setting of body text, it can also be applied to headlines. Optimized for print and web, it has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms. Designed by Denis Masharov
Belleza is a humanist sans serif typeface inspired by the world of fashion. With classic proportions, high contrast in its strokes and special counters, it provides a fresh look that reminds readers of elegant models and feminine beauty. Designed by Eduardo Tunni