Who DOESN’T want to be paid for their work? As a graphic designer, I know I want to be paid for my time and talents–just like my clients want to be paid for their product and services. And I purchase stock photography or pay photographers to shoot the imagery I style and art direct, so why shouldn’t it follow that the designer who created the font I’m using in my layout also get paid? In my opinion, project expenses are billable to the client or can be considered a business expense. Fonts are so crucial to conveying the tone of the message that I simply consider them part of the cost of doing business.
I started using MyFonts over a decade ago and have never looked back. They have excellent customer service and they store all the fonts I’ve ever downloaded to my profile. Once, when I had to replace my whole system, I was not only able to re-download my fonts from them, but I also got the updated version of a font I had purchased 5 years prior!
Simply put, I highly recommend MyFonts. I totally get that you might not have a lot money to invest in your business right now, and for you, rolling the dice and taking the chance with free fonts may be worth the risk. And like Britney and Bobby Brown before her, that’s your prerogative!
But if you just want to get more familiar with font styles and be able to recognize fonts by name, I still think you should at least take a second, click on this link and check out all the cool fonts on MyFonts. Even if it is to salivate and not buy…it’s just an inspiring place to get ideas.
Plus, their “WhatTheFont” and test driving features are 100% free and if you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll be in the loop with design trends, learn about font design and meet the designers behind the fonts, and the best part: they sometimes offer fonts for FREE! Now, THOSE are the free fonts I trust!
Think I’m being too cautious? Let me know in the comments below where YOU get your fonts!
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