Many people who use the word processing programs for office work will see the font as an ordinary part of the program to get their results. Fonts are just used in the day-today reports, memoranda, journals, emails, articles, and print outs at work, and even in school. However, for the creative, the graphic designers, the arts and crafts enthusiasts, the illustrators and artists, the letterer, web designer, and to the many who loves to dabble in typography, a font is more than characters printed.
A font is a graphical representation of a text. And this text may have a different height or size, weight, color, and/or design. So for the creative minds, a font can tell a story, a mood, and it can add some effect to a boring page of a report, newspaper, book, magazines, or even on a poster. Artists must be able to express their arts and mood through the fonts they use.
Main types of fonts
Serif – This is an old type of font where you will see a small slab either on top or bottom of the font. They represent small feet.
Sans Serif – Like the meaning of the word “sans,” this type of font is straight and free from those small flourishes on both the top and bottom of the font.
Script – Resembles handwritten calligraphy and is full of curls, swirls, and flourishes.
All programs used by creative people have default fonts installed but they are usually stiff, lacking personality, and just plain. Creative people will work with all types of font to be able to depict their mood through the output. And many of these other fonts can be downloaded for free or bought with commercial licenses if they are going to be used on projects that are geared for business.
As a creative soul myself, I love using many types of fonts for my projects like handmade cards, posters, scrapbook pages, and tags. I look for beautiful and decorative fonts to use in my projects because I love whimsical features. Other creatives will have their preferences so the type of fonts they want will vary from project to project. These fonts are not only for cards or scrapbooks, but you can also use them when creating web designs and other graphic illustrations.
I have favorite places where I get my fonts from. And the internet is teeming with font resources for creative souls alike! However, one has to be careful when using them for business purposes because fonts created by other artists must be accompanied by commercial license and has to be purchased accordingly to avoid legal issues.
There is also free font to use but you still have to check the terms and conditions of their usage, to be on the safe side.
Without further ado, here are my top 10 font sites:
1. Font Bundles
This is my top go-to site for beautiful fonts. The site offers abundant free fonts that you can download for your personal and commercial use. most of the free fonts come with a premium license. It means you can use the free font even for commercial use provided it follows certain terms and conditions of use which is explained in the site.
Font Bundles also offers fonts in bundles that offer great savings for those who love fonts and don’t mind getting extras in the set. Most bundles have 6 fonts while others have more and some extra cutting sets like graphics to use for any projects. It will save you a great deal since you do not have to buy those elements individually. A bundle pack is always a good choice if you want a variety of fonts to use.
DaFont is one of the front liners in free fonts resources on the internet. I have been getting my free fonts here as early 2006! It is like the universe of free fonts with tons of various regular and decorative fonts. You can also download some dingbats (the icons) here. Aside from the novelty fonts you can find in DaFont, I like the fact that they have arranged everything in alphabetical order and categories so looking for a specific font of your liking is quite easy. Since the fonts are free for use, there is also an option for a “donate to author” which I think is fair since these authors create these wonderful fonts for everyone to use. It’s just right to give them something back.
3. Font Squirrel
The Font Squirrel is one of my favorite sites to get my free fonts because it is 100% free for commercial. There is no need to look for individual terms and conditions of fonts as the site indicates that the fonts are free for commercial use. Looking for fonts is also easy as there are filters to use to search for various fonts in different categories like looking for an alternative to Type Wolf. It also has a font identifier where you can upload the image of a font to identify or find its match.
Another great free fonts resource is UrbanFonts. It has thousands of fonts you can download for free to use for commercial or personal purposes. The fonts in the site are a mix of mostly from linkware, shareware, or freeware so when you download a font, please make sure you read the terms and conditions of use if you are planning to use for commercial means.
5. 1001 Free Fonts
Although not all fonts in 1001 Free Fonts are free to use commercially, they are rather high in quality and easy to install. It is also easy to navigate the site and downloading a font is a breeze! You don’t need to sign up to get the font that you like.
Looking for a typeface? FontSpace is probably one of the best free resources for true type and open type fonts. It has more than 38,000 fonts that are categorized for easy selection. While the fonts are shared by the designers to FontSpace users, not all fonts can be used commercially. It is advisable to always check the terms and conditions of a particular font before you download it.
A good thing about this font site is that it has a free-font building tool to help you create the font of your dreams. It also allows you to create fonts that you can share with other users and are compatible with other applications. Much as the site has a wide selection of free fonts to use, you do need to create an account to be able to get in. And the font has information for their license and usage so you are well informed.
Do you want a good quality of fonts for your projects? Then FontZone is where to grab your fonts. The site is clean and easy to navigate too. Each font can be viewed along with their full set of characters so you can choose wisely. Aside from that, you can even test it by typing any characters to see how it will look like before you download the font. My only concern about this site is that you cannot tell if they can be used commercially or not. I checked at some random fonts and their details, and not much is indicated about the usage. All I know is that the fonts are free.
9. Abstract Fonts
Abstract Fonts has a wide selection of high-quality fonts that you can download for your use. However, please make sure you read each fonts’ information about license so you use them properly. The site is simple and has a clean look very easy navigation and search.
This is another great resource of free fonts for designers, graphic artists, illustrators, developers, and crafters who wish to use fonts for any projects. It is a simple site to navigate and the homepage has a list of top downloadable fonts so it will give you an idea of what’s preferred by most people. It carries over 10,000 fonts in different types and families. A great feature of this site is that you can view all the characters of a font in the preview.