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Top 15 Websites to Download Free Fonts

Are you still using the default Arial, Verdana, Trebuchet fonts for most of your projects? Being a designer you should always have a collection of good fonts. Special project requires special fonts. But you can’t buy all of those fonts especially when you are working on a smaller project.  So where do you get those fonts on the earth? Here I have compiled top 15 websites to download free fonts that you can use in your projects. 

However, there are couple of premium fonts in this list which you can buy only if you like them. So let’s get started with the list of free fonts…

Font Squirrel

Fontsquirrel
The site looks very much professional and this is really good source to look for Quality based Free fonts. Yes, they have categories on the right hand side called ‘style’ and offer both True Type (TTF) and Open Type (OTF) formats to download. You should definitely give them a shot or add this into your bookmark for sure.

Google Web Fonts

Google Webfonts

If you are looking for a special font for your website, you should checkout google web fonts that has more than 500 font families to select and use directly without even thinking about the copyright issues at all. You can also download google fonts for your Print based projects for free as it is mentioned under their about page.

Font Space

Fontspace



Fontspace has more than 17,000 free fonts database and the overall user experience is really good since you can able to search any particular font, rate a font, add to favorites, preview fonts with different colors and so on. Kindly read the ‘terms of use’ before downloading them as some of them are tagged as ‘personal use’ only.

Font Fabric

Fontfabric

If you are looking for something more specific or special fonts, you may try the 14 FREE Sets under their FREE section. These are professionally designed for a special need.

Fontex

Dingbatdepot
Fontex is a combination of free fonts, premium fonts with useful details under their ‘Resources’ section. The free fonts are good, though you can support this website by buying some fonts.

1001 Fonts

download 1001 fonts

The user experience of this website is really good especially for smaller screen (less than 12″). However the font categories are quite good. Web usability is quite simple especially when you look for a specific font to download; they have specified all the information along with the font that you can view before downloading.

DaFont

Dafont

In Dafont, the fonts are categorized into 9 major sections with more than 15,000 fonts choose. The interface is pretty easy and straight forward to select any category, type-in your keyword, preview the font before downloading them.

Font Face

Fontface

The look of the website is not very exciting, but you can try this website which has loaded with free fonts, dingbats for both pc and mac. They also have a section called ‘Font of the Day’ that you can subscribe via rss feed for daily updates.

Fontso

Fontso

There is a collection of 500 free fonts (without search feature) which are downloaded by most of the users around the world. The interface is very simple to display the preview of it and gets downloaded into your system without any additional details.

GMK Free Fonts

Gmkfreefonts
This one seems to be a Big Brother of Fontso. They have features like search functionality, number of fonts to be shown on each page with more than 6500 fonts database. You will find tags under each font such as: Free font download, PC or Mac and name of the font just above the font preview.

Abstract Fonts

Abstractfonts
Abstractfonts gives 62 categories to browse more than 13,000 fonts to preview and download. You can also sort all the fonts by Font Designers, Alphabetical orders, languages and Popular ones. There is section called ‘installed’ that shows if you have any fonts installed from abstractfonts database previously.

Urban Fonts

Urbanfonts

urbanfonts also provide free fonts as well external source to buy fonts for commercial usage. As per my review, the website is not very user-friendly since they have shown the ‘browse category’ list just above the footer instead of right hand side or top.

Font River

Fontriver

This site is a combination of free, demo and shareware with multi-language support. There is nothing special about this website or features rather than their database of fonts.

Dingbat Depot

Dingbatdepot
if you are looking for a font symbol (dingbat), you can browse through this site for a great collection. Read the ‘font details’ section for any copyright issues before downloading.

1001 Free Fonts

download 1001 fonts
This is the oldest and nice source of FREE fonts from the web of containing 10,000 fonts divided into categories and alphabetical orders to download.

Conclusion:

It is very much difficult to keep these websites as bookmark. However, you should start using DaFont, Font Squirrel, Google Web Fonts or even Abstract Fonts to get started as these 4 websites have a huge number of free fonts which are more than enough for your projects.

So which one is your favorite website for fonts?

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