Finding stylish fonts for your design projects can be a major time sink -- especially when you have to wade through seemingly endless pages of typefaces that don't suit the vision you have in your head.
Finding a free font can be even more of a hassle.
So what's a budget-strapped designer to do?
We've scoured the depths of the internet so you don't have to, coming up with 20 of the best free scripts, serifs, and sans-serifs to use in your next design project.
Many of the free fonts featured here were developed by designers, for designers, so they understand the need for versatile, polished, free typefaces firsthand. Check out the fonts below and keep them in mind for your next design project.
20 of the Best Free Fonts for Designers
Free Script Fonts
What happens when you combine Scandinavian minimalism with classic brushstrokes? You get Hello Stockholm, a casual script that plays well with sans-serif fonts.
We think this whimsical, light-weight script would look right at home in a fairy tale (or in your next project).
Subtle hand-drawn details set this script apart from the pack. Mightype is sophisticated without being stuffy.
Selima's breezy brushstrokes are perfect proof that script typefaces don't have to look old-fashioned or uptight -- they can be casual and modern.
Free Serif Fonts
From small print to bold headlines, multi-tasking Oranienbaum is up to the challenge.
A decidedly modern serif typeface, Butler comes in 14 different weights to suit a wide variety of different uses.
If you're looking for a slab serif font with a modern edge, give Arctic a try. It's a great way to give your headlines some character.
8) Bitter ht
We love the versatility of Bitter ht, a contemporary serif typeface that looks stylish at any size or weight.
9) Agne Regular
With bold lines and contrasting stems, this elegant font is a fresh take on old-fashioned serif typefaces.
If you're concerned that serif typefaces come across as too uptight or formal, consider Yeseva, a laid-back option for headlines and subtitles.
Free Sans-serif Fonts
Atami's numerous weights and display options make it the Swiss Army Knife of modern sans-serifs -- it can really do it all.
This all-caps font was designed with bold headlines and big type settings in mind.
Clean, minimal, and geometric, Alcubierre is well-suited to projects that require subtle headlines and a clear focus on the content.
Inspired by -- you guessed it -- classic bourbon labels, this sans-serif has a big personality that demands attention.
15) Frontage Outline
Frontage Outline is reminiscent of handcrafted facade signs, making it a suitable pick for logotypes.
Arciform might be simple, but this sleek sans-serif is far from boring. Consider including this easy-to-read typeface in your next web design project.
17) De La Fuente
This cool typeface is decorative without being over-the-top, making it ideal for headlines, logotypes, and other design projects that focus primarily on the text.
Give your next project an outdoorsy, authentic feel with this hand-painted brush sans.
Have you exhausted your library of simple sans typefaces? Add Moon to the mix. We love this font's clean simplicity and round edges.
Anders just might be the avant-garde font of your dreams. It's unique geometic lines make it an excellent choice for logotypes.
Editor's Note: We hope you 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 designers 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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