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25 Must-Have Free Fonts for Entrepreneurs and Designers

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Fonts Every Designer Needs

As an entrepreneur, I hear a lot of things said about good design: Good design is simple. Or it’s all about white space. Others say good design is understated or that it’s hard to describe.

As a designer, though, I can tell you that while all these things are important, the main difference between well-designed pieces and poorly designed ones is something else entirely: having really good fonts.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at what Squarespace’s website would look like using Impact instead of its fancy, premium font.

Before:

Fonts

 

After:

Fonts

See the difference? Even with all the right spacing, simplicity and craft of the page design, the wrong font can leave the entire site looking amateurish.

Choosing the right fonts for a project is crucial. But when a premium font costs $60 to $200, it can be hard to justify the purchase. So what can you do?

Great fonts (like most excellent things on the Internet) are generally handcrafted by independent designers. Making a font takes an incredible amount of effort, which is usually reflected in the price tag. On rare occasions, though, kind and generous designers will give out a few fonts for free, as a way of advertising the rest of their collection. If you like any of the fonts below, please consider supporting their creators.

I’ve compiled the following list of 25 must-have free fonts for entrepreneurs, designers and anyone else looking to impress. Enjoy!

Langdon

Fonts

Langdon is a friendly, easy-to-read font that works well in headlines and combines nicely with cursive typefaces.

 


Vincent

Vincent

With strong characters and some creative shaping, fonts like Vincent are perfect for businesses seeking that serious yet approachable feeling.


Rex

Fonts

Sharp angles and a selection of three weights make Rex a font that works brilliantly in logos and paragraph headings.


Infinity

Fonts

Infinity is a thin font with a friendly yet sophisticated feel. Understated fonts like these work brilliantly for startups in industries that involve consumer interaction, such as health and wellness companies.


Adam

Fonts

Modern, bold fonts like Adam are easy to read and work well for website headings and navigation bars.


Nougatine

Fonts

Nougatine is a unique, retro-inspired font that combines strong capital letters with some creative cut-out shapes.


Silverfake

Fonts

If you’ve ever looked for retro fonts, you know that good ones are few and far between.Silverfake is the exception. Legibile but with an authentic retro feel, it combines nicely with modern, bolder fonts, such as Adam, above.


Code Pro

Fonts

Code Pro is a designer’s dream. It comes in lots of of weights (thin or heavy) and a variety of styles. The versatile font fits into just about any design, whether for the website of a tech startup or a restaurant menu.

 


Raleway

Fonts

Want to know a designer’s secret? When aiming to create something that feels sophisticated, look for the thinnest font possible. Few are thinner than Raleway.

Raleway is a popular font that comes in a myriad of sizes, ranging from hairline thin to bold black, making it a mighty useful font for a variety of company branding functions.


Montserrat

Fonts

Montserrat is the ultimate modern font: It pairs brilliantly with stick-thin fonts like Raleway and looks beautiful when laid over a high-resolution background image.

 


Droid Serif

Fonts

Droid is the ideal font for long blocks of text: It’s easy to read and has just the right mixture of soft and hard serifs to give it a unique personality all of its own.


Domine

Fonts

Looking for a classic font that’s like Georgia or Garamond? Domine is the perfect alternative. It’s bolder than the typical paragraph font, making it suitable for big, eye-catching headlines.

 


Franchise

Fonts

Illustration © Weathersbee Type

Franchise is a friendly, bold display font that looks great on the web, particularly in infographics.

 


Dosis

Fonts

If you’re running a tech startup, you may have a hard time finding solid fonts to suit your purposes. Most tech fonts have a way of feeling too harsh for today’s projects. Dosis breaks the mold. With softer, rounded corners, it is a great alternative to traditional tech fonts. And it works well in nontech projects, too.


Abel

Fonts

Abel is a nice mix between a tech font and a modern display face. Although only one weight of font is available, Abel can be a good choice for headlines and paragraph text.

 


Odin Rounded

http://absolutfoundry.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Odin-image-2.jpg

Odin Rounded is a Norse design-inspired retro font that works surprisingly well in tech-oriented projects.

 


Lintel

Lintel Free Font

Lintel‘s thin, strong features make it well-suited for high-end tech and fashion startups.

 


Hagin

http://fontfabric.com/wp-content/themes/unstandard/images/hagin04.jpg

Try Hagin in your next retro-themed project. It can create bold headlines and its unique serifs set it apart from most classic fonts.

 


Weston

Frameless

Weston simultaneously evokes a 1930s movie poster and a Wild West “most wanted” alert. Mix it with a cursive font or a thin, modern typeface.

 


Roboto Slab

https://s3.amazonaws.com/FreebiesXpress/Blog/4-Top-Google-Fonts-Vol-2/Roboto-Slab.jpg

Roboto Slab is the font with a million uses, for both headlines and paragraphs. Heck, it even looks good in off-line publications.

 


Aleo

http://webneel.com/sites/default/files/images/manual/fonts/27/aleo-free-font.jpg

Aleo is one of the most versatile free fonts I’ve ever encountered. It comes in six styles, all available in italics, so designers will have an easy time finding the right match for just about any project.

 


Lora

http://cyreal.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/lora-promo.png

If you want your startup to be taken seriously, try Lora. It has a classic vibe and is incredibly legible even in very small sizes.

 


Lato

http://dawgeared.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/lato.gif

Lato works hard for startups in pursuit of that friendly yet sophisticated aura. It  pairs nicely with just about any serif font, such as Aleo and Lora.

 


Calendas Plus

http://www.calendasplus.com/images/muestra%20calendas%20plus-01.png

Calendas is reminiscent of classic fonts like Garamond and Georgia but possesses a bit of a unique personality of its own.

 


Farrerons Serif Light

https://cdn.myfonts.net/s/aw/720x360/135/0/69199.jpg

Farrerons Serif Light is an interesting typeface. For blocks of texts, it works as a reliable, legible font. In headings, it gives off a more creative vibe. Consider giving it a try in your next off-line print project.

Looking for more free, premium fonts? Check out Google’s well-curated list of free fonts available via its Google Fonts project.

Article Provided By: Entrepreneur

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Google Web Fonts | Web Design Greenville, SC

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

We recently started using Google Web Fonts for a bit more style on web site’s that we develop. One of our first site to use Google web fonts is currently in production. You can check it out at www.gspstorage.com. We have used one font serif font style for the headers and interactive buttons. Remember using many font styles can slow down your webpage, so only select the font styles that you actually need on your webpages.We will be launching the GSP Storage this week. This site is full custom word press web site, with stock photography and we have applied SEO to the site as well. Be sure to check out Google fonts they currently have over 214 web fonts available online and easily integrated into any web site via css. You can read more information about Google fonts

New web design for GSP Storage in Greer, South Carolina

New web design for GSP Storage in Greer, South Carolina

Are Mood Boards necessary for Web Design?

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

When I first begin designing web site’s over 10 year ago; I did not know what a mood board was or that it would become an essential tool in the design and development of a web site.

Recently, I had a potential customer come to me with a design from another development company. They had been through quite a number of revisions. I was asked to review the revisions and determine what was wrong with the design of the site. There were several issues with the web site; the logo was not very appealing and it did not establish the web site or the company with a strong brand. The font size was extremely small for the main text as well as for the main H1 tags. The main image or hero image on the main page had no reference at all to what services the company actually preformed. The overall colors of the site were not very complimentary to each corresponding color, nor were the hyper-link colors very noticeable as to what was a link and what was not a link.

This could have happened for several reasons; one the client was not very forthcoming with ideas and suggestions, the communications between designer and client was mis-understood, or the client conveyed his/her idea but the designer did not do enough research to produce what the client wanted.

So why use a mood board well the answer is clearly above; the design team above had been through 9 revisions before I reviewed one of the latest design attempts. It is my firm believe that if the design team above had used a mood board initially then they most likely would not have gone through 9 revisions.

So your next question must surely be, “What is a Mood Board?” Well, I am about to let you know. A mood board is a pre-comprised board of images, colors, fonts, and a layout style that you are proposing to your client. There are several industries that use mood boards; such as, fashion designer, landscapers and interior designers. You want to inspire your client by the mood boards that you present to them and not frustrate them in this process. This part of designing a web site can be one of the most frustrating and time intensive parts of developing a web site. So take your time and listen to your client spend time asking questions, about their brand, colors, fonts, and style that they are trying to achieve.

I did not originally create this idea; I got this information from Web Designers Depot. Here are some useful links from Web Designers Depot

Why Mood Boards Matter
Massive Compilation of Designer Tools
Case Study on Virgin Atlantic Airways

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