28 Free Fonts to Beautify Your Content

    by Ginny Soskey

    Date

    June 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    fontsYou don't always need graphics, photos, or images to make your design pop -- sometimes the right font does the trick. But going to every corner of the internet isn't feasible for most designers and marketers. You've got projects to create, often on deadlines that are way too tight. You've also got a fairly strict budget that you can't blow trying to find a font here or there that might work with your designs. 

    So to help out, we've scoured the internet for you and compiled 28 of the most beautiful and useful fonts to use in your marketing. Bonus: you won't break the bank trying to find one that works best for you. Here's what we found.

    Serif

    1) Playfair Display

    You don’t have to stick to Times New Roman to have your marketing taken seriously. This font is the perfect balance between professional and creative.

    Playfair

    2) Gabriela

    If you’d like a casual and soft version of a serif font, give Gabriela a try.

    Gabriela

    3) Della Respira

    This serif font is versatile -- it could fit perfectly in a ancient fairy tale or on your latest ebook cover.

    Della Respira

    4) Neuton

    Like Playfair Display, Neuton is a fairly classic font. Because of its larger, yet more compact width, the font is perfect for mobile.

    Neuton

    5) Junge

    Inspired by calligraphy, this font is elegant, yet flexible. It works for both headers and body copy -- whichever works best with the rest of your design.

    Junge

    6) Esteban

    If you want a serif font with some personality, this font is for you. It has varied widths in the font stems (the main vertical strokes in each letter) so it comes across as more playful than typical serif fonts.

    Esteban

    7) Dubiel

    This font makes me think of Vogue -- it’s elegant, stylish, and timeless. It could be a great font to spice up your next event invitations.

    Dubiel

    Sans Serif

    8) Quicksand

    This sans serif font is thin and delicate, but it would work well in both body copy and headers.

    Quicksand

    9) Lato

    Serif fonts aren’t the only ones that can feel serious. Created specifically for a corporate client, this font is both solid and warm because of its sleek and rounded letters.

    Lato

    10) Abel

    This font is modern and condensed, created originally for posters and headlines. Maybe it could work for your next infographic headline?

    Abel

    11) Tuffy

    A fairly standard, easy-to-read, and fun sans serif font, Tuffy would work perfectly in a long block of text.

    Tuffy

    12) Colaborate

    A little bit thinner than Tuffy, Colaborate is another fairly classic sans serif font -- with a twist. I love how some of the letters’ tails round out at the end, and some don’t.

    Colaborate

    13) Ruluko

    This sans serif font could pass for someone’s very neat handwriting -- perfect for adding a human touch to your marketing without looking like you scribbled it yourself.

    Ruluko

    14) Josefin Sans

    This font is thin and very geometric, with a surprise in the letter “z.” Check it out below:

    Josefin_Sans

    Handwriting

    15) Amatic SC

    This hand-drawn font would be perfect for a poster or header that needs an artistic feel.

    Amatic_SC

    16) Zeyada

    If you’re going for that grocery-list-scribbling look, this font is perfect for you. Whatever it lacks in “cleanliness,” it makes up for in personality.

    Zeyada

    17) Dancing Script

    Sometimes it can feel like you’re trading font personality for readability. Not with this font -- it’s both lively and readable.

    Dancing_Script

    18) Calligraffitti

    This font is inspired by the designer’s experience with calligraphy and a “rare encounter with the mood-altering music of Santana” … can you tell? It’s both classic and funky -- perfect for your next SlideShare slide cover.

    Calligraffitti

    19) BlackJack

    Another cursive-style font, BlackJack is friendly and elegant. Can’t you just imagine this on a Parisian café’s menu?

    Slide19

    20) Pacifico

    Though the cursive letters in this font are bold and close together, it’s fairly easy to read. I’d suggest using this font in a header or subheader as it is too bold and condensed for body copy.

    Pacifico

    21) Carrington

    This font is one of the most detailed in the “handwriting” category. I love the small space between some of the lines within letters -- check out n, m, or h to see what I mean.

    Carrington

    Decorative and Display

    22) Autour One

    This font looks like a modern take on medieval calligraphy -- check out the diagonal points at the bottom of most of the letters. This font is a great way to add an older feel to a new design.

    Autour_One

    23) Gravitas One

    Want to grab someone’s attention NOW? This bold font makes you perk up and listen to whatever the copy says -- right this instant.

    Gravitas One

    24) Londrina

    This font reminds me of those block letters you draw in grade school on a science fair poster -- though the font is way more proportional and neat than mine ever were. The hand-drawn feel of the font makes you feel like there’s a human behind the design.

    Londrina

    25) Monoton

    This font shouldn’t be used for small designs -- it’s made to be large, loud, and proud. It’s kind of trippy with all the three parallel lines in each letter, but it could look great on a Facebook cover photo or Pinterest pin.

    Monoton

    26) Fascinate

    This font reminds me of the font used for Broadway show posters. It combines thin and thick letter weighting, which is much easier to read in larger font sizes. This font could be a great way to change up your next webinar invite. 

    Fascinate

    27) Gorditas

    Though it’s another take on hand-drawn block letters, this font is more compact and versatile. Bonus: It has hearts above lowercase i’s and j’s for an extra dose of adorable.

    Gorditas

    28) Miltonian Tattoo

    This tattooish font has lots of intricate details to make your designs look unique. For example, there are little embellishments of curls and points on most of the capital letters -- the perfect way to make your design stand out.

    Miltonian_Tattoo

    Ed. Note: We hope you will find these fonts helpful -- but because they are offered by other parties on their sites, we can't make any guarantees or promises about them (like that they will be available or free to use). Also, we want to mention that the folks who offer these fonts might have rules about how you can or can't use them, so there might be limitations that are applicable to use of the font.

                                         

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