101 essential free fonts for web designers

thumbnailEvery 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.

Bemio

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Chunk

101 essential free fonts for web designers 

 

Troika

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Abril Fatface

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Governor

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Vast Shadow

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Komika Title

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

PassionOne

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Poetsen

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

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.

Bebas Neue

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

League Gothic

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Oswald

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Langdon

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Ostrich Sans

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Simplifica

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Valencia

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Mohave

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Yanone Kaffeesatz

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Happy families

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.

Quaver

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Merriweather

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Merriweather Sans

101 essential free fonts for we

b designers

 

Afta Sans

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Afta Serif

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Mission Gothic

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Mission Script

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Permian Sans

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Permian Serif

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Permian Slab

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

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.

Condiment

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Cylburn

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Dancing Script OT

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Euphoria Script

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Genica

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Grand Hotel

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Kaushan Script

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Lavanderia

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Nautilus Pompilius

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Sonsie One

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Yellowtail

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Show-offs

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.

Adam

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Amaranth

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Bree Serif

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Barkentina

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Boogaloo

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Cinzel

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Glamor

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

High Tide

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Lovelo

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Odin Rounded

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Oil Can

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Playfair Display

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

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.

Aleo

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Crete Round

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Flagship 1997

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Gaspar

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Klinic Slab

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Korneuburg Slab

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Nixie One

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Rokkitt

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Trocchi

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

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.

ABeeZee

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Bellota

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Delicious

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Dosis

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Edmondsans

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Exo 2.0

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Fontin Sans

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Hallo Sans

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Junction

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Overlock

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Raleway

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Rawengulk

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Titillium

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Tuffy

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Seriffic

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.”

Bitter

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Fénix Std.

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Goudy Bookletter 1911

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Heuristica

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Judson

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Libre Baskerville

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Linden Hill

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Poly

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Seshat

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Valentina

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Volkhov

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Sansational

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.

Aileron

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Arsenal

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Asap

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Cabin

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Encode Sans

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Fengardo Neue

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Fira Sans

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Gudea

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Linux Biolinum

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Muli

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Neris

 

Oxygen

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Quattrocento Sans

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Rambla

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Rosario

101 essential free fonts for web designers

 

Signika

101 essential free fonts for web designers

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