Finding the best free fonts on the web can be a long, tough and tedious process. If you’re a designer, not only will you have to sift through a huge amount of distinctly average fonts, but a whole lot of garbage too. To help you out we’ve filtered through and found you 6 of our favourite gems out there.
The Classical Modernista
With Butler the designer Fabian De Smet wanted to add a touch of modernism to the classic serif fonts. And he nailed it. It’s a classy but slick looking font which, as De Smet says, works great with “posters, very big titles, books and fancy stuff.” He’s not wrong, this versatile font works well with just about anything.
The Stylish Easy Reader
This stylish sans-serif is an essential in your font book. It was originally designed for wayfinding signage, but looks just as great on user interfaces or anything where you’re in search of clean cut clarity. The designer Danilo De Marco was inspired by the fonts Noorda, FF Transit and Frutiger, but this font has its own distinct style and won’t fail to draw the eye.
The Boogie Nights
This retro-futuristic font takes you right back to the 70s and 80s. UK designer Lewis Latham perfectly evokes the bygone decades of bright lights and absurd fashion with this font which has the perfect mix of old-school design and modern-day typography. This font is perfect if you’re looking to evoke the 70s and 80s – or if your just looking for a nice mix of slick and sleaze.
The Vintage Cool Cat
Bauru has a whole lot of soul and plenty of gravitas. This font by designer Pier Paolo instantly transports you to a bygone era. Whether it’s the jazz clubs of the 50s or the speakeasies of the 20s, it’ll take you there. This is probably the best free retro font out there and, if you’re aim is to evoke a feeling of nostalgia and timelessness, this will work just about anywhere you care to put it, from logos to ads to posters.
The Little Something Different
Brux is a brush font with a difference. Rather than the usual soft and languid style of most brush fonts, Marcelo Melo, a Stockholm based art director, has created a sterner, more hard-hitting font that looks original and exciting. If you’re after something that stands out from the crowd it’s ideal for making big headlines and posters pop.
The Weirdly Wonderful
Jaapokki is a cool experimental font with a large set of glyphs and two complete alternatives – “Subtract” and “Enhance”. We particularly love “Subtract”, which plays around with removing parts of the lettering. It gives a great original feel for logos, headlines, websites, or just about anything you want. It looks best when used big, so don’t hold back with it.