where to get free fonts!

: where to get free fonts!

There are many places on the Internets where you can get free fonts.

But…you ALSO can get viruses installed on your computer AND you can get into legal trouble if you use some fonts designated for personal use only for commercial purposes.

So, instead of providing you with a list of sites where you could download free fonts (and other technical or legal problems that are most definitely NOT free), I’m just gonna tell you where I get MY fonts. The name’s easy to remember: it’s MyFonts!

Here are some FREE FONTS from MyFonts:

Click this link or image to get this cool font, Typnic Titling, for FREE–no opt-in required!

free font!

This font, Sant Elia Rough, has three variations for FREE–no opt-in required!

free fonts!

I use MyFonts for many reasons.

selection

First and foremost, they have a HUGE and varied font collection, segmented into categories: san serif, script, handwritten, serif–and subcategories: vintage, calligraphy, woodtype, modernplus, they add hot new fonts every day, so I’m sure to find the exact font that conveys the mood I’m going for in my project.

what the font

Beyond their helpful categories, they also have great tools to help find fonts, such as their “WhatTheFont” feature where you can upload a clear image of a font, specify the letters used, and it’ll tell you the name of the font so you can finally identity that mystery font! If you don’t know a font or can’t remember the name of a font and it’s driving you bonkers, you gotta check out “WhatTheFont”! They even have a “WhatTheFont” forum if you need more help!

What The Font

test drive fonts

They also provide the ability to “test drive” the font by showing you what various fonts look like in the specific copy you provide. I find this invaluable when I’m designing a logo, as it’s critical to see if the typeface will work in the actual name of the brand. Ever notice that sometimes a font is amazeballs, but certain characters are wonky? Well, you don’t want to find out AFTER YOU PURCHASE THE FONT that the letters you need in the logo are the wonky ones!

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With some clients, I go so far as to preview the fonts I’m considering for their approval first, in order to get their buy-in on the overall vibe I’m going for before spending too much time going down the wrong path…plus, this way I get the fonts paid for by the client!

So, beyond the relief of knowing that I’m not infecting my computer with viruses downloaded with “free” fonts and not having to worry about litigation or penalties for using personal fonts for commercial work, I feel good using MyFonts for another reason. And that is: I’m paying other artists for their work.

support artists

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.

backup

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 MyFontsI 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!

inspiration

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.

free fonts!

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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