10 Free Fonts for Typography Lovers

There are few additives relating to design I love as much as typography. But I have to admit, I am still a newbie when it comes to explaining it the way the experts do. It’s not easy to articulate why a font appeals to you, or why it belongs in a certain place.

However, there is little to compare to the excitement of finding the perfect font to express an exact message.

Hopefully you will find these fonts inescapable, and welcome them to your personal collections.

1. Valentina

Valentina is a typeface created by Pedro Arilla from Spain. The typeface is a tribute to his grandmother and is considered a full font with 457 glyphs. It’s a beautiful typeface with all the curves and beauty of a Spanish woman and a vibrantly colorful culture.

Personally, I did not believe this font is free, but I downloaded it just in case it was a fleeting mistake.

2. Abraham Lincoln

Designed by Frances Macleod, the font was inspired by the 16th President of the USA whose tall, thin limbs were said to be of lengthy proportions. The serifs are straightforward and strong, yet elegant. It is a decidedly masculine display face, but I could see it in a variety of fashion ads, magazines or other more feminine projects.

Abraham Lincoln is not relegated to any particular place, it’s a classic that can be utilized where you see fit.

3. Franchise

I just have to tell you immediately, this font is a personal favorite. Maybe you’ve seen it elsewhere, maybe not, but there are few places it would not fit into.

Franchise is strong and manly, yet has a distinct jazzy feel. It delivers a powerful yet classy feel. I’ve used it mostly in flyers and advertisements relating to music.

It’s not a new typeface, but to me, it’s a go-to that seems to get the job done when others won’t.

4. Sophia

Sophie is an unbelievably happy script font, whose bubbly circles and swinging loops can swerve into any serious composition and bring sunshine. But Sophie has stamina and independence to not be just another frilly script font. It may best suit invitations, personal quotes or signatures.

Regardless, you can’t help but smile when you it.

5. Pompadour Numerals

If you love typography, then surely that love expands into the numerals of any typeface you’re enamored with. Numberals are incredible, but few fonts truly take the time to make them majestic. And that is why I was so excited upon discovering, Pompadour. The twos remind me of platform shoes, the threes and fives of a stylish hairstyle and the eight as a relic from another time.

Numbers of this depth cannot be used everywhere, however when you find a magical place to post one up – I am sure it will be memorable.

6. Habana

There are few fonts that have me wildly clicked away at the download button before I’ve carefully looked over the characters, but Havana had me at hello. This sans-serif was inspired by Cuba’s capital and designed by Bonnie Clas who spends her free time playing with letters.

This geometric typeface will have you seeking out projects to illuminate with its straight-laced vibrance, but truth be told, it’s not easy to use. But don’t let its healthy width scare you, it belongs where the designer intended it – in simple, yet luxurious ways.

Enjoy it, I sure am.

7. Deibi

Deibi is a font designer by a Spaniard who apparently creates brilliance “for fun.” It’s no candid typeface classified as a particular type because the letters weave from sans-serifs to scripts. It’s austere yet cheeky, and will bring sobering sass to invitations, announcements or other celebratory prints.

It’s no typical typeface, but one I consider a gem in my collection.

8. Accent

Designed by Nelson Balaban from Curitiba, Brazil, Accent is one ultra-hip typeface. You won’t be using it to write letters or wish someone a Happy Birthday, but this font creates drama and modern coolness for headlines, logos or other letter centered projects.

Let’s see what your creativity can create with Accent.

9. Magna

Magna starts with an M, and in my opinion, words that start with an M carry a sort of pizazz others don’t have. It was created by designer, Hendrick Rolandez to infuse designs with a vintage, old-Hollywood feel. This font is gorgeous, and Hendrick is hoping to expand it further in the future with a skinnier, lighter and lower-cased version. Go ahead and use it in black and white designs – blow your audience away and soak up the angled beauty of these characters.

Personally, I can’t get enough.

10. Prosto

Prosto has a vertical movement in its design, but its far too crafty to be general. And because it’s available in a variety of languages – it’s clear the designers want everyone to have it. Prosto may look like other typefaces, but genuine designers will notice a thicker middle and straighter arms. It’s excellent for headings, body text or anything needing to be read clearly.

In the midst of dull sans-serifs, Prosto rocks the top.

I hope you find these fonts as useful, please share any additional fonts you have a secret bond with.