Whether you’re designing for digital or print, deciding on the right font is a crucial part to any great design. It’s easy enough to just select a system font and call it a day but where’s the fun in that? Or creativity for that matter. Here are five great free font resources I use on a regular basis when working on my design projects.
I’ve been using dafont for as long as I can remember and has always been a favourite of mine. With over 25,000 fonts, a variety of different font themes, and the ability to preview any font with your custom text, you’ll be sure to find something here.
Another long-time favourite of mine, Abstract Fonts has just about every category of font you could look for. From Futuristic to Typewriter, you’ll find a ton of creative fonts to choose from. Abstract Fonts also has the ability to preview the font with your custom text, but what’s cool is that you can change the font and background colour live.
Google Fonts is a great free resource for open sourced web fonts for your web designs. If you’re designing a website, it’s very important to choose a font that is optimized for the web to ensure visitors to your site see the correct font. You can filter your choices by varying degrees of thickness, slant, and width to find the right one.
Font Squirrel is a nice little site that offers high quality and commercial free fonts. Because Font Squirrel hand-selects these fonts, I always find them to be really clean and well created. Unfortunately when you’re working with free fonts, edges can sometimes be jaggy, have awkward kerning, or be missing characters, so beware!
I should warn you that before you visit this site, these fonts are not free. However what is free is the tool to identify a font. There’s nothing more time consuming and unproductive than getting a logo from a client and having to tirelessly search for the font that was used. With What The Font’s web tool, you can upload an image of the font and have the site identify what it is! Believe it or not, it actually does a pretty good job. If you’re unsuccessful with the web tool, you can upload the image to their forum where font experts will help you identify your font in a pretty respectable amount of time. Sometimes they’re so quick, I find it faster to upload it to the forum than to use the web tool!
These five free font resources should definitely help you out with your next design project. I can almost guarantee you, the one you’ll use the most is What The Font’s web tool for identifying fonts. It’s saved me countless hours of searching in a matter of minutes. We’re all about sharing ideas and knowledge at Stryve Group. If you have any great free font resources you’ve come across, we’d love to hear from you.