5 Sources for Free Fonts

Whether you realize it or not, the font you use actually says a lot about you.

Using Calibri in a handout or a PowerPoint presentation says:

Fonts_-_Calibri

Using Comic Sans says:

Fonts_-_Comic_Sans

Choosing the right font can help set the tone for your communication and further capture your audience’s imagination when it comes to your topic. Take a look at the following example, which one evokes more of an emotion?

Fonts_-_Example_2

Fonts_-_Example_1

If you’re looking to change up your fonts and you’re not quite satisfied with the fonts that are pre-loaded on your computer, here are 5 sources that are loaded with free fonts for you to install for your next project.

  1. 1001 Free Fonts. This is the first one that will come up in a Google search. If you can’t find the font you’re looking for here, I’d be surprised, but just in case here are some other places to dig…
  2. FontSquirrel. I first found out about this site from Phase(Two)Learning’s Michelle Baker. If you’re into curly fonts, I highly recommend Pacifico.
  3. 11 Stunning (and free) Fonts You Should Download Right Now. HuffPo considers typography and font design news! This is a short, fun article with links to 11 cool fonts. Let me know if you figure out something to do with Typode.
  4. California Fonts. This site boasts 20,000 free fonts to download. The holiday selection caught my eye. Definitely some fun fonts on this site.
  5. FONTastico.com. Another free font site featuring fonts by category and an easy search function to find just what you’re looking for. The graffiti fonts make me wonder if it’s possible to go out and virtually tag a bunch of boring PowerPoint presentations. Hmmm, the possibilities…

A word of caution: I’ve found myself spending way too much time browsing some of these font sites, loading up my computer with lots of fonts. That naturally leads to the desire to put way too many fonts into some of my work products. So, have fun with these fonts… but in moderation.

Have a favorite font? I’d love to hear why you love that font in the comments section below.

Want to let your entire social network know about all these cool fonts? Tweet this post. Or Share it. Or Press It. Or Pin it. Or Scoop.it. Or even go the old fashioned route and email it. But be sure to share it!

4 thoughts on “5 Sources for Free Fonts

  1. Did you hear they are releasing a Comic Serif? True story!

    Also worth mentioning as another resource for free fonts is the typography forum type.is/good – They also have a wide range of graphic design tools and resources too from the premium/commercial side of things, but it has just about any typeface you’d ever want.

    • Comic Serif… how fun! (Or something like that)

      I honestly thought Comic Sans was a really fun font when I created marketing materials in 1997. I definitely think it served its purpose – it was the first time I thought about using a “fun” font when creating materials. I’m glad fonts have moved much further!

      Thanks for the recommendation on type.is. Some very cool things on that site to find inspiration!

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