10 Great (and Free) Fonts to Create Eye-catching and Exciting Designs

Good typography is the backbone of good design, and working with type means navigating the stormy sea of font variations and license restrictions. If you’re a freelancer on a tight type budget, you’re probably always on the lookout for free fonts licensed for commercial use. 

The go-to source of free commercial fonts is Google Fonts: a web library of open source designs ready for work customization. Thanks to a variety of filters (language support, font style, etc.), the library is quick and easy to use. 

But what if you’re looking for a novelty font that’s more rare and specific to your needs? You’ll need to dive into design portfolios (e.g. on Behance) — or read an article like this one, which does all the diving for you.

Before we start, here’s some general advice on working with free fonts:

  1. Look beyond Latin. Fonts created with other alphabets in mind (Cyrillic, Hangul, etc.) can offer unique letterforms by virtue of being built around a different set of focal points.
  2. Double-check the licensing. Even if the font is free, there may be caveats involved.
  3. Take full advantage of OpenType features like ligatures and alternates. (The file extension for OpenType fonts is *.otf)
  4. Toss a coin to the artist! They create — you donate. Free fonts deserve financial support, too!

Now that we’ve settled on some rules, let’s run through these 8 fun free commercial fonts NOT found on Google Fonts:

Volume Dealer Font › Fontesk

Volume dealer (OTF) by Rafael Nascimento

Inspired by the lettering on a Black Sabbath album, this thick geometric font is perfect for a retro look.

Language support: Latin

Download link:  https://fontesk.com/volume-dealer-font/

Intro Rust Font | Webfont & Desktop | MyFonts

Intro Rust (OTF, TTF) by Fontfabric™

Shake the rust off your designs with this playful, texture-heavy font family of scripts and sans serifs.

Language support: Latin, Cyrillic

Download link:  https://www.dafontfree.io/intro-rust-font-free/

Gabo Garcia Marquez Free Font : r/webdesignbites

GarciaMarquez aka Gabo (OTF) by Shalom Guevara

Named after the master of magic realism, this nonconformist font is all about style and flair.

Language support: Latin, Cyrillic

Download link:  https://www.behance.net/gallery/118013041/GarciaMarquez-Free-TypeFace

BROKAT — Free font. on Behance

Brokat (OTF, TTF) by Tomasz Pawluk

This display font is star-studded — literally! Come for the funky star motif, stay for the crazy reverse contrast.

Language support: Latin (uppercase-only)

Download link:  https://www.behance.net/gallery/92143733/BROKAT-Free-font

Nafas Manual Font › Fontesk

Nafas Manual (OTF, TTF) byJulpik Artworks

“Modern Blackletter” sounds like a myth, but this font strikes the perfect balance of sleek and old-timey.

Language support: Latin

Download link:  https://fontesk.com/nafas-manual-font/

Downtown font free download • AllBestFonts.com

Downtown (OTF, TTF) by Nelson Fraga and Roman Tunik

Heavy, sturdy and geometric, like a block of apartment buildings. 

Language support: Latin, Cyrillic

Download link:  https://www.dafont.com/downtown.font

Cyrene - Free Font on Behance

Cyrene (OTF) by Riccardo Agostinelli

With its lovely rounded forms and understated weight contrast, this font begs to be put on a magazine cover.

Language support: Latin

Download link:  https://www.behance.net/gallery/100001445/Cyrene-Free-Font

Doppelganger - Free Font on Behance

Doppelganger (OTF) by Spook Design Co.

A retro designer font with quirky letterforms and bold ligatures.

Language support: Latin

Download link: https://www.behance.net/gallery/100419217/DOPPELGANGER-FREE-FONT

Dexotick Brush Font - Download Free Font

Dexotick (OTF, TTF) by Maulizari

Elegant yet casual, this handwritten textured font is built on loops and swoops. Some of the letters intentionally lack connections, giving the font a very human toucg

Language support: Latin

Download link:  https://www.behance.net/gallery/95580909/Dexotick-Free-Font

курица лапой chicken scratch Typeface font Cyrillic Latin handwritten

Kurochka lapkoi (TTF)

Another handwritten font: less elegant, but just as full of character.

Language support: Latin, CyrillicDownload link: https://vika.gumroad.com/l/kurochka

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