Free Typefaces for Professional Design

With the course of time, every designer faces the problem of effective and stylish typeface choice. As we all know, a good typeface has to fulfill three following criteria:

- It is required to support the corporate identity developed by the designer;
- It has to enrich the design of the publication;
- It is necessary that the typeface suited the overall design.

In order to meet these requirements, a good designer always goes on looking for new typeface ideas. Sure, it is possible to work out a typeface on your own. However, there is no need to do so, as the experience proves everything really worthy is already created.

So, we would like to offer you to get acquainted with the following resources offering you to download creative and awesome typefaces for professional design.

Free Typefaces

Alexandria – Download

Alexandria is a serif font typeface created by Hank Gillete. It corresponds to the neo-grotesque sub-classification.

Slab Tall X – Download

And again a tall and condensed Slab Serif designed by Manfred Klein, very much like Typo Slab Serif (also from the same designer) only here the X-height is even taller.

Fette Egyptienne – Download

Beautiful bold slab serif typeface, just great for headtitles, gives a uber-vintage look. Combined with a nice serif and it’s pure magic. This free typeface is designed by the German Typographer Dieter Steffman.

Tertre Extra Bold – Download

Tertre is a display/short text typeface with a wide range of applications from signage or posters to menus and pricelists; branding, packaging or publishing. The letters have no overhangs and the stroke thickness of capitals and lower case letters is identical, making hinting or anti-aliasing more uniform at any point size and zoom combination. Two weights, Extra Bold and Extra Bold Italic are available for free download and use.

Nadia Serif – Download

This serif typeface is available for free download; the only requirement for using it is to send a PDF or any other copy of the work using this typefaces to its designers. Designed by Switzerland-based graphic designer, Nadia Knechtle, Nadia Serif is a clean, thin but strong slab serif font.

Typo Slab Serif – Download

The Typo Slab Serif typeface wouldn’t be available without the great work of the Manfred Klein. A beautiful light slab serif typeface, and it’s one of the more condensed versions of the shown Slab Serifs.

Mido – Download

A medium-bold Egyptian face, Mido Medium (2007) is a contemporary font by Swedish designer Eva Wilsson Grinder. Taking inspiration from the delicate stems, leafs, and joints of plants and flowers, Eva’s goal with Mido was to create a typeface “with friendliness of the Egyptians but to eliminate the heaviness.”

St Marie Thin – Download

Sascha Timplan is a graphic and type designer based in Trier, Germany. Sascha wants to offer typefaces that are in some way unique and not blending in, but also classic typefaces. St Marie (thin version is for free) are glyphs with an elegant and playful character, there is also a @font-face variant that you can download.

BodoniXT – Download

Bodoni is invariably stylish, original, and designed by Manfred Klein. Manfred Klein looks at type as an essential part of visual communication, and that theme unifies his work. It gives his typefaces a unique cachet.

Museo – Download

A well-designed Slab Serif made by Jos Buivenga, from the Dutch typefoundry exljbris. The use of Museo Slab has exploded in popularity, and with good reason – it’s a unique & usable typeface with character. Museo Slab 500 is a boxy and affectionate slab serif font.

Adelle Basic – Download

Adelle Bold and Bold Italic can be downloaded free of charge at TypeTogether’s website. While Adelle is conceived specifically for intensive editorial use, its personality and flexibility make it a real multiple-purpose typeface. The intermediate weights deliver a very legible and neutral look when used in text sizes.

Chunk – Download

Chunk (Five) is an ultra-bold slab serif typeface that is reminiscent of old American Western woodcuts, broadsides, and newspaper headlines. Used mainly for display, the fat block lettering is unreserved yet refined for contemporary use.

Hefty (regular) – Download

This particular font called “Hefty Regular” was actually made as a copy-cat of the “Hellenic Wide” font. I’ve tried to do some research and figure out its origin but I didn’t have a lot of luck.

AW Conqueror Slab - Download

AW Conqueror Slab draws inspiration from geometrical slab serifs of the 1930s, of which Rockwell is a perfect example.. This slab serif font is part of the Conqueror free family of fonts designed by award-winning type designer, Jean François Porchez. The font family was inspired by the 60-70’s spirit.

Nilland – Download

This slab serif font is by Manfred Klein. Manfred’s fonts are free for private, charity use and for commercial use. The family consists of 6 weights, regular, bold, extra bold, black, small caps and small caps bold, making this typeface very useful as a corporate typeface.

Conqueror Didot Light – Download

Inspired by the interpretations of Didot that appeared in the 1960s and 1970s.

Gentium – Download

Designed for a Master of Arts in Typeface Design at the University of Reading, UK, to create a legible typeface supporting a wide range of foreign alphabets.

Sorts Mill Goudy – Download

A ‘revival’ of Goudy Oldstyle and Italic, with features among which are small capitals (in the roman only), oldstyle and lining figures, superscripts and subscripts, fractions, ligatures, class-based kerning, case-sensitive forms, capital spacing. There is support for many languages that use latin script.

Fontin – Download

The Fontin is designed to be used at small sizes. The color is darkish, the spacing loose and the x-height tall

Vera Sans – Download

One of a set of freely-distributable fonts commissioned by the Gnome Foundation.

Hattrick SC – Download

A kind of hybrid between Serif and Sans Serif. It also has a touch of deconstruction within the design, but still pretty straight and “correct”. Originally released through GarageFonts as a 5-weight family (2000).

Anonymous – Download

A TrueType version of Anonymous 9, a freeware fixed-width bitmap font developed by Susan Lesch and David Lamkins as an alternative to Monaco.

Aller – Download

Created in 2008 for the Danish School of Media and Journalism, sponsored by the publisher Aller, and made available under a free licence.

Junction – Download

Inspired by my favorite humanist sans serif typefaces, such as Meta, Myriad, and Scala, Junction is where the best qualities of serif and sans serif typefaces come together. It has the hand drawn and human qualities of a serif, and still retains the clarity and efficiencies of a sans serif typeface. It combines the best of both worlds.

Petit Latin - Download

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6 Comments
  1. IspirFuture Dec 17, 7:00 pm

    simple, but useful typefaces

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  2. Locker Dec 18, 4:45 pm

    i don’t use typeface, but is ideal for print typography

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  3. Stephen Tiano Dec 19, 6:14 pm

    I did a piece on my blog on free fonts some time ago–years, in fact–then the blog was hacked and I lost everything on it. I reposted it recently and find we have some of the same types on our lists.

    One of the questions I’ve had in between my two postings is whether we want to encourage professional designers–mostly newbies, I presume–to look for free tools, instead of understanding that when you choose to go into business, you should realize that you need to capitalize your new business and get the appropriate tools.

    I chide new self-publishers all the time for not committing to the business end of things when they try to self-publish on ragamuffin budgets. I think it’s only fair to give aspiring professional designers the same message.

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  4. Stephen Tiano Dec 19, 6:15 pm

    Oh, the link to my piece on free types: http://tianobookdesign.com/blog/?p=330

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  5. Tami Highbaugh-Abdullah Dec 29, 7:46 am

    I am a font lover. Many times creating a successful Brand and Logotype starts with a unique font and your graphic designers creative vision.

    thanks for sharing.

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  6. Anjali Aug 1, 8:22 pm

    Thanks Adrian,

    Liked this collection. Can you rectify there is no download link for ‘St Marie Thin’?

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