Font resources are often neglected on projects, leaving designers with a clear problem. Free font families help bridge that gap allowing you to bring a unique design to life until you're ready to commit to a premium font family.
Typography has always been a fundamental tool for marketing. The only significant drawback is that there is an assumption among the general public which ignores where fonts come from. We've all been spoiled with our default Arial & Helvetica and forgotten that fonts are complicated design features that can make a huge difference in a designs' overall aesthetic. Much like stock photography, clients are often confused by the cost - which is where free font libraries come in. By having a few free font sources we can integrate a quality font family into any design while delaying (or avoiding) the added cost. Having a few of these resources bookmarked can make a massive difference in your process and result in a better finished product for everyone.
Top 10 Sources for Free Font Families
How Did We Pick Our Favorite Free Font Libraries?
Looking for a premium font foundry?
Sometimes it's difficult to even know where to start. We've attached a dozen of our industry favorites below (in no particular order). These are all companies that we know and trust, but the style that you need really depends on the project. Have a look at the each premium font foundry we've selected and if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask. A large majority of these companies are staffed with typographers with an absolute passion for their work.
If you think another source of free font families belongs in the top ten, please feel free to send it this way. We'll certainly keep it into consideration on updates. If you're a typophile, drop by our Design Heros post on the sensational typographer Jessica Hische. As always - Thanks for stopping by & if you've found this post helpful, please feel free to share!