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Eight Free Fonts

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Where to get FREE fonts?

Whether you are doing a school project or designing a website, finding the right font is tough. There are a lot of choices out there and those innumerable options tend to confuse users.  Read this guide for a list of FREE (Yes, free!) Open Type Fonts that you can use and the links on where to get them.

  • Butler by Fabian De Smet 

    This is a serif typeface that is free for both personal and commercial use. (In case you are wondering what a serif typeface is, you can review this article.) Butler is great for books, and other printed materials. Most of all, Butler supports different languages. When you need special characters, it has glyphs to display them properly. You can download the .zip file of the font here.

  • Ostrich Sans 

    The League of Moveable Type has made several free and open-source typefaces that everyone can download. I will list a few of their works. The first of many fonts is Ostrich Sans. It is one of their san serif typefaces. The long and slim design is perfect for subtle titles. Download it here.

  • Eau Sans 

    Aside from The League of Moveable type, fonts by YOfonts will be featured. Eau is French for water. It is a sans serif typeface and it has three variations. You can choose between proportional, lining and old-styled figures. You can try them out by following this link .

  • Melma Font by Rafa Miguel 

    This free for commercial use font includes three varieties: Melma Black, Melma Line, and Melma Cracked. This collection is great for banners, placards, and signboards with its bold and chunky letterforms. For free download, click this link.

  • Opuscula Sans, Serif , and Script 

    When in doubt, try all the types of font. Opuscula can be serif, sans serif, and script. It is very flexible to your needs. The sans and serif are the condensed and thick kind, but if you want an italicized variety, try the script. All three open type fonts are created by YOfonts and you can download them here.

  • League Script Number One 

    If you are looking for a script style typeface, this is for you. Thanks to people of The League of Moveable Type for this modern script font. League Script Number One is fitting for notes, scrapbooks, or even invitations. You can download it here and start writing those personal letters for that someone special.

  • Marta by Michael Chereda 

    Marta is your all-around font. You do not have to worry if you need to type in figures, symbols, and ordinals. This diverse serif font collection supports languages like German, Czech, Russian, and even Latin, and Cyrillic ligatures. You can download the bold, regular, and italic versions for free.

  • Blackout 

    If you want to make a statement, you can be loud with Blackout. This is another creation of The League of  Moveable Type. With this font, people will surely notice what you want them you see. Want to try it out? Click here for more details.

A Short Guide on Choosing the Right Font

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which font is the right one?

When choosing a font, you might think picking the prettiest looking is the best choice. Nope, that is not always the case. Typography is a huge territory. Before I dive into details, let us first define the word font. What is a font? A font is the style (bold, italic), size, typeface (Calibri, Garamond, Arial, etc.) of the words you type. When we think of font, we usually mean the typeface. Choosing a font is like choosing your outfit. You pick a dress depending on the occasion. Same is true with fonts. You do not use fancy fonts on your resume. You use those on birthday invitations. This guide will help you on the different types of fonts, the things to consider in choosing a font, and the places to get FREE fonts for commercial use.

Basically, there are four classifications of fonts: Serif, Sans Serif, Script, and Decorative. The Serifs are the ones with edges. The most popular example of this is Times New Roman. Sans Serifs are the opposite of Serif. They have no extra lines on the edges. Trebuchet, Century Gothic, and Comic Sans are just a few examples of it. (This article uses Sans Serif!) Scripts are the cursive style or the handwriting style. Refer to typefaces like French Script, Monotype Corsiva, and Bradley Hand. Lastly, the decorative ones are the beautifying  fonts. They are usually used for special purpose like the typefaces Jokermann, and Curlz MT.

Now you know the various classifications, let us discuss the importance of choosing the right fonts. Fonts set the tone and mood of your text. Imagine the full text of the Bill of Rights printed in script style and in size 12. No one would ever want to read that. No one would take it seriously. Viewers will just close the page and find another website that offers the same content. If your websites’ tone is formal, you better not choose anything cursive. Stick to Serifs. If your website is about a hobby like drawing or reading, you can choose playful styles or the handwriting styles.

You also have to consider the readability of the font. Consider if your preference makes it easy for viewers to read your content. Look at the size, color, spacing. Legibility, on the other hand, is the ability for the viewers to distinguish the different letters and numbers. In some fonts, number 1 can be mistaken as lowercase l. These things can confuse readers so make sure your font is both readable and legible.

It is important to know the purpose your material. If you are making a business card, you need a font that is readable despite the small size. If you are sending an online invitation, make sure the font is readable on screen. Take into consideration your audience, too. Older people tend to prefer bigger fonts. If you think your target audience are adults 40 and up, then, you might want to consider thicker fonts. You can always experiment which fonts work, but at the end of the day, make sure it represents your brand.

For the FREE fonts, the first website to check is Font Squirrel. You do not have to refine your search on what is available for commercial use because they are all 100% free commercial fonts. Next on the list is DaFont. This website offers selected commercial fonts. Make sure to check the free option when searching. They have a wide selection of fonts and they are not the common ones you see. If you are looking for a font for your Christmas card, look no further. The third option is Google Fonts. Who would have thought Google would give tons of free fonts? Yes, they are all open source so you are welcome to modify and use them commercially. The downside is you will not get anything unique. If you are looking for decorative fonts, check the previous two.

There you have it! After you have applied the guide, test your fonts by conducting a survey on your website. You can also have some beta testers browse your website and ask for their feedback.