When you’re kicking off a new website project, among the most crucial decisions is finding exactly what fonts to use. And while Webflow delivers an array of typographic options via our Google Fonts and Adobe Fonts integrations, there are times when you may want something somewhat different.
For those moments, here are a couple of my favorite places to find free (and low-cost) fonts that, despite their low price tags, offer both versatility and attractiveness. I will kick off the list with places that let you download background and web fonts, then round it out with a couple of cloud-based alternatives.
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9 places to find free fonts
Here are a few places you can find free (and almost free) fonts:
1. ) Lost Sort Co-op
Inspired by Webflow’s own hometown, San Francisco, Lost Sort’s Mission Gothic manages to be both elegant and functional.
Lost Sort ‘s”collaborative digital type foundry” plays host to a massive selection of gorgeous, expressive fonts with several different price points (from free for”personal use” on up).
Like the majority of the smaller foundries, Lost Form gives a good deal of elaborate, all-caps display fonts. However, it ends up that using several more robust and flexible families that could withstand editorial and UI use, for example (my personal faves) Mission Gothic and Klinik.
2. ) Fontfabric
Fontfabric’s Signika was assembled for wayfinding, which makes it a natural for UI use.
This independent type foundry boasts an impressive choice of free fonts suited to big, bold display use — and many include Cyrillic versions.
When it will probably never become your go-to for flexible body fonts, it’s well worth bookmarking for those occasions when a project demands a impactful (or playful) hero section.
Having said this, the folks at Fontfabric appear to utilize free releases as a way to gauge demand, and often turn the more popular faces to high-income families you might find worth grabbing. (Especially during their introductory earnings)
That fact also wants a caveat: When surfing the site, read carefully –their”free” fonts often don’t remain that way after launching.
3. The League of Moveable Type
Back when I was first discovering the joys of typography, I was somewhat demoralized in the bank-busting prices. Until I discovered the League of Moveable Type, whose superheroic name appeared perfectly fitting.
(To be clear, I understand that the prices foundries charge for their occupation are 100% justifiable. I was just broke back then.)
While the League appears to be losing a small amount of steam, the first open-source foundry boasts several beautiful typefaces you may download at no cost, from the punchy League Gothic to the delicate Raleway.
4. ) Font Squirrel
Punchcut’s Amble brings off a modern expert feeling without feeling coldly neutral.
Alright, so if you are trying to find an all-in-one, end-all-be-all for your free font search, Font Squirrel‘s your own jam. As they describe themselves:
“Free fonts have met their match. We understand how hard it is to find excellent freeware that is licensed for commercial work. We’ve done the hard work, hand-selecting those typefaces and presenting them in an easy-to-use format”
And I, for one, can’t thank them enough for doing this hard work for me. Their curated collection boasts a lot of beautiful fonts, many featuring far more than just 1 or two fashions you’ll often get in a free font. They also have got powerful filters, tags, and courses that will help you quickly find precisely what you want. Ultimately, their Generator applications makes it possible to acquire desktop fonts ready for internet use, and their Matcherator is helpful for identifying fonts from images.
5. ) Creative Market Free Goods of the Week
Creative Market serves up a ton of (typically) affordable, high-quality design assets, like fonts. Furthermore, each week they discuss a package of tools which seems to always include a free face. (but don’t quote me on that.) While there’s a marked trend for these typefaces to be limited use display variety, they’re still a good deal of fun to play with. So sign up, and possibly you will find the perfect font.
Just look at all those gorgeous fonts Behance users have built for us.
Surely you understand — and probably use — Behance as a place to discuss work and get noticed. However, it’s also an exceptional spot to locate new free fonts, and their creators, with a little creative filtering. You may discover terrific fonts for any design project. Behance has everything from abstract fonts, commercial-use fonts, premium fonts, sans-serif fonts, and a lot more. Take care not to hit the back button since you are browsing, or you may lose your filters. Have fun!
MyFonts is an amazing source for detecting incredible fonts — at the standard steep prices. You may find different font styles — both for personal and business use. But, foundries who launch on MyFonts often do this with quite tempting discounts that make them far more accessible. Take a look at the Hot New Fonts page regularly to create your ideal font library without breaking your bank. (Although I still refer it to as The Most Dangerous Place Online.)
DaFont is a exceptional place for downloading high quality fonts. Plenty of the fonts on DaFont are free for personal use, making them excellent for any design project.
9. Adobe Fonts
As you can’t download and use Adobe Fonts in which you want just as you can with other foundries, a free Adobe account does give you access to some of the best free fonts to use in your websites and on your Adobe layout apps.
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