Five Reliable Sources for Free Fonts

Fonts are the most fundamental and powerful elements in a designer’s arsenal. Luckily, there are variety of places online where you can find free fonts. Some sites provide downloadable font files that you can use on your computer and in printed pieces. Other sites provide what are known as web fonts, snippets of code that you can add to a website. Check out the list below for some sites providing free fonts:

Font Squirrel
Font Squirrel is a popular resource for free, commercial-use fonts. Font Squirrels collection is easy to search and they frequently update their lists of the most popular fonts.

FontStruct is a free font-building tool sponsored by FontShop. The site lets users build fonts out of geometrical shapes through a graphical editor. FontStruct generates TrueType fonts which can be used in Mac or Windows environments. Users are encouraged to share their creations with other users.

UrbanFonts has free fonts, premium fonts, and free dingbats. Most fonts on this site are freeware, while some are shareware. Some fonts provided are trial versions of full versions and may not allow embedding unless a commercial license is purchased or may contain a limited character set.

Google Fonts
Google Fonts is a repository for web fonts that runs on Google’s servers. All of the fonts are open ssource. Users can share fonts, customize fonts for personal use, or work with the original creator to modify them. The fonts can be used privately or commercially.

Adobe Edge Web Fonts
Edge Web Fonts provides access to a web font library consisting of contributions from Adobe, Google, and various designers. Users select the fonts they want to use on their websites and copy a line of JavaScript into their sites’ HTML code to begin using them in their sites CSS. Edge Web Fonts is powered by Typekit, a commercial web font service from Adobe.

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