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You Get a Free Font, Everybody Gets a Free Font

Tue, December 01, 2015 8:00 AM | Ranelle Maltas (Administrator)

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know my favorite adjective is "free." I love free stuff. I work at a University and for a couple of non-profits, so I'm used to having little to no budget. I search for all things free when possible. So when it comes to the season of giving, I like to give back and share some of my favorite freebies. This year I'm sharing my favorite font sites.

Before we get into the free stuff, let me start with a fantastic resource I share with my InDesign students. The Font Shop is a beautifully designed website. The have some great fonts for sale and if you have the budget, please shop around. But we're not here just for the font, I want you to check out their Typography Glossary. There may be way more information here than you want, but it defines typography terminology in a really easy way to understand with visuals.

Typography Glossary

Now that you have a better understanding of the font and typography terms, let's get into the free stuff. At work, I'm limited to our basic branded fonts, Minion and URW Grotesk. The University paid for these fonts as a part of our branding and your workplace may have the same. However, we are allowed some leeway when it comes to titles or special events. I'm also not restricted in the fonts used for internal training, so I can be creative. That's when I like to pick the perfect font to convey the feeling I want. My "go to" sites include DaFont, 1001fonts, 1001 Free Fonts and Font Squirrel.

All of these sites categorize fonts into families, which is great when I'm specifically looking for a script, handwritten, holiday, etc. font. There is a lot of cross-over, so the same font can often be found on multiple sites. What is fun about Font Squirrel is the "Matcherator." You upload an image with type you like, and it will match the font to the image.

Enjoy the free fonts. Thank you for reading my blog and sharing your kind comments. I appreciate hearing from you and knowing someone is reading this besides me. 

Happy Holidays

Christmas Card font
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