The web is full of font sites, but not all of them are winners. Just searching for “free fonts” can be a nightmare filled with excessive ads, malware and fonts so bad that comic sans makes them look good. Your best bet when looking for high quality fonts is to ask a graphic designer… or you could just check out this list of the best sites for fantastic free fonts.
Home to more than 13,000 fonts (and counting), Dafont is the ultimate free font site. The site provides image previews of each font and allows you to create a custom preview that displays your text in any font. Finding the right typeface on such a massive site might normally get a bit hairy, but Dafont does an excellent job of categorizing their fonts.
If you’re looking for fonts for commercial use, you’re going to have to read a lot of licence agreements to make sure you’re in the clear. Avoid legal headaches and head over to Font Squirrel instead. Font Squirrel features top quality fonts, all of which are 100% free for commercial use.
Unlike large font sites, Lost Type only has a few fonts to choose from due to their emphasis on quality over quantity. Rather than sifting through thousands of fonts, you can browse their small selection of gorgeous fonts. The style of fonts found here tend to be a bit vintage and very iconic. Strictly speaking, Lost Type isn’t a free font site–it’s a pay-what-you-want site. You can enter zero to download fonts for free or choose a specific amount to send to the designer.
MyFonts isn’t strictly a free font site, but it’s got some good freebies. Many of their professional quality fonts include at least one free option, meaning you won’t get all of the different versions such as bold, extra light and bold italic for free. Easily filter out all of the free fonts by clicking on the .
When you can’t find the perfect font, make it. Fontstruct lets you design your own typeface using a simple font editor. The editor provides different shapes to help you build your font, or lets you draw it free-form. Of course if you’re not quite creative enough to make an original font, you can browse Fontstruct to see what other uses have come up with. This site is a great resource for original fonts that you might not find anywhere else.