The Top Three Resources for Free Fonts

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Go through any designer’s font book and you may be overwhelmed by the number of typefaces that they keep in their inventory. Often, the difference between two typefaces may be minimal, but for a quality design, even the slightest variation in kerning can have an effect on the overall look of a design. As a result, designers end up hoarding fonts like their going out of style, and while we spotlight premium fonts on a weekly basis, there are also a number of excellent resources that designers often turn to when looking for a font option that won’t break the bank.

1. DaFont
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For over 15 years, Dafont has been a leader in the free font webspace. Created by Milan Rodolphe in October of 2000, Dafont now features hundreds, if not thousands of unique and duped typefaces created by users of the site. Despite its lack of design aesthetic, the site makes finding the ideal font easy with a variety of search parameters and easy download instructions. Dafont also lets users browse fonts using their own custom preview text, taking the guesswork out of what your design will look like.

2. Font Squirrel
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Hailing itself as a free font utopia, Font Squirrel is another site where you’ll find a vast collection of free and almost free typefaces for download, all of which are 100% free for commercial use. With a user interface that’s easy to use and sorted by category, finding a font is easy, even through using custom preview words is not supported. It’s a great place to browse for fonts when looking for something new and original, and often features seasonal typefaces that are great for seasonal applications. Font Squirrel is also a great place to find a particular font you are looking for and allows users to upload images of fonts and then suggests fonts that are closest in resemblance.

3.1001 Fonts
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Don’t let the name fool you, 1001 fonts actually carries over 8000 fonts, and are constantly adding new ones to their repertoire. With similar search features to dafont and a custom text preview option, 1001 fonts features some fonts that are free for commercial and others that require a small donation to the creator.

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