Where can I find free fonts?

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I’m looking to jazz up my website, and want to know some good places to find free quality fonts. Mostly, I seem to find places that try to “bait and switch” you into getting a paid font, or the site is so spammy and has so many popups, I feel like I have to wash my hands after just looking at it (let alone downloading anything). Tips would be welcome!

  1. Ah, there’s nothing like a nice new font to get your creative juices flowing.

    Free fonts & typefaces

    We love fonts, and one of our favorite sites to stock up is DaFont.com, which offers more than 12,000 fonts, sorted by style. The site is super easy to use, you can try out the fonts before you download, and they’re all freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain.

    FontSquirrel.com is another great site (with an awesome name). They offer well-designed freeware fonts/typefaces, all of which are licensed for commercial use.

    Pay if you want font sites

    You should definitely check out Google Web Fonts (which we use on this site, actually). They have about 100 fonts of all kinds, and you don’t even need to download a single thing to use them on your site! Simply add a line to your document head to call the font you want call, then add the appropriate font tag where desired to your stylesheet. (Font samples and full directions are on the site.)

    You can also download the fonts Google offers to your hard drive — so you can use them in documents, graphics, etc — for a “contribution” of anything from $0 to $100, depending on how generous you’re feeling. To access the save feature, just click on the download tab after you choose a font to view.

    You might also want to check out the newbie on the scene: Lost Type Foundry, a font/type foundry with a unique business model: Pay what you want… even nothing. And if you do decide to buy, you’re not funding a middleman, because all proceeds from font sales go directly to the designers.

    The mom & pop font shop

    Finally, if you’re looking to get out of the corporate-style font groove, be sure to check out Kevin and Amanda’s fonts. The fonts by this cool creative couple feature handwriting submitted by readers, plus they also offer some crafty fonts that are great for scrapbooking. Best of all, they can even make a font face for you baed on your very own handwriting.

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