101 essential free fonts for web designers
Every designer knows that free fonts are a godsend when working on a project, but truly valuable free fonts can be tough to find. With this list we’ve endeavoured to bring you as many full font families as possible; fonts that are genuinely free (not just one style or weight free), a balance of fonts that work well for body text as well as display, and a full collection of fonts that are pleasing to the eye. Everyone can find something new and useful among these amazing free fonts.
Fonts love chunk
We’re kicking off our list with fonts that have some serious weight to throw around! ChunkFive is a classic, but there are some other heavy contenders in this batch as well. Check out Troika for an edgier, paper-cutting inspired display font.
Tall and slender
If you’re trying to fit a lot of text into a small area, these narrow fonts can help you get the job done. Bebas Neue and League Gothic will be familiar names to some, but check out Valencia and Simplifica for new and interesting variations on the theme.
Nothing makes a perfect pairing quite like fonts with sans and serif versions, so in this section we’ve found some of the best free couples out there — and a trio, too! Names like Merriweather and Merriweather Sans might be familiar to many, but check out Mission Gothic/Mission Script or the Permian trio for a fresh update.
Curves are in
We love scripts for so many things, and the faces we’ve gathered below celebrate the best and most diverse free script typefaces available. Dancing Script is a longtime favorite for many, but be sure to check out fresh faces like Yellowtail and Grand Hotel.
Dancing Script OT
Great-looking display fonts can be tough to come by; as the most popular category of free fonts, one has to sift through a haystack of options just to find the few needles worth keeping. We’ve made that process a little simpler by gathering up some of the best free display and experimental typefaces out there.
Slabs with style
A necessity for any designer’s collection, the slab serif remains one of our favorite styles. From the traditionally appealing Aleo to the architecturally inspired Korneuburg, this assortment of slab serifs is sure to delight any designer.
Pretty and playful
This group of fonts embodies the whimsical side of design, not quite display fonts, not entirely traditional, but each in its own way fun and unique. Check out Bellota and Overlock for more delicate designs, or Rawengulk and Exo 2.0 for sans-serifs with an angular style.
Standard serif fonts tend to be easily dismissed, so with this collection, we aim to revive the classification and remind ourselves that fonts which are excellent for body copy or headlines need not be boring. Check out the gorgeous Playfair Display or lovely ligatures of Valentina and then repeat this mantra: “I’m never going back to Times New Roman.”
Goudy Bookletter 1911
For those of you with a preference for sans-serif fonts, we have collected our favorites below. Versatile and easy on the eyes, check out Neris, which looks fantastic at any size, Fira Sans, from the good people at Mozilla, or Encode Sans, the newest project from the folks at Impallari Type.