Kitten typeface / Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini

Discover the best free fonts for Windows and Mac for you to download: serif and sans-serif, script, vintage and more.

If you want to get your hands on the best free fonts, like Grand Hotel for free or Bariol for absolutely nothing, then look no further. We've collected the best free typefaces online, so you don't have to. 

Whether on a logo, a text-heavy website or an infographic, typography is a wonderful, flexible design tool to change how people feel when reading your content. It’s no surprise, then, that there is a hell of a lot of fonts. 

These fonts can be expensive - but good, cheap fonts hard to find, let alone great ones. We’ve scoured the web’s many (many, many) free fonts to find the diamonds in the rough, the best from amongst the worst - and, as you’ll know if you’ve ever been on a free font site such as Font Squirrel, there is a lot of rough.

Though selecting the right font for your project can take time, it is one of the most instantaneous ways to transform a design. From revived typefaces to the totally new, sparse to swirling, these fonts will help you build a rich typography toolkit to enrich your future projects – and it won’t cost you a penny. 

We’ve kept the list short, to make sure we only feature the very best.

Best free fonts: Kitten 

This multi-weight script designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini embodies a curvy and bold signpainter aesthetic – and comes with adorable cat GIFs.

The typeface comes in three different styles, each with multiple weights and includes a feline dingbat set.

The regular weight typeface is perfect for logo design and display use, whilst the single stroke monoline weight and condensed slant variant are designed for longer text blocks.

The lovely cat illustrations are by Isabella Ahmadzadeh.

Best free fonts: Sondor

Sonder by designer Andrew Herndon explores vintage lettering, using rough edges and inked centre pieces to create bold headings.

It includes Sonder Serif and Sonder Sans free for personal use, but to unlock ten different styles for commercial use it will cost you $15.

This typeface looks most fitting against rugged bush, epic mountain tops and expansive outdoor landscapes.

It’s rough, bold, here to make a statement and there’s a lot more where it came from. Check out Andrew’s range of typefaces.

Best free fonts: Ailerons

 

Brazilian designer Adilson Gonzales de Oliveira Junior created this typeface for an experimental project of air models – inspired by aircraft models from the 40s, and now it’s available for personal use.

Its simple, elongated letters and numbers are slender and refreshing.

Best free fonts: Kano

 

This uppercase and lowercase typeface possesses a geometric structure and a sharp edge point, ideal for poster and logos.

Creator of Kano, New York designer Frederick Lee, specialises in branding and identity with a passion for simple and straightforward aesthetic.

Kano is free for personal and commercial use.

Best free fonts: Lombok

Switzerland-based graphic designer Alexandre Pietra has created this striking typeface. Although a little uneasy on the eye at first with its split and double line features, it grabs attention and would sit very slick on a festival poster or in digital incarnation. 

Lombok is available for commercial and personal use.

Best free fonts: King Basil Lite

Missy Meyer earlier named this font Spiffy McGee, and spiffy it is. It's since been adapted by Missy Meyer and Mats-Peter Forss (who has other beautiful free fonts worth checking out) to King Basil. This example is the "lite" version - a lot of swashes and connecting letters – almost reminiscent of a festival poster, or the circus.

Best free fonts: Nawabiat

 

This handmade font by Syed Faraz Ahmad works well paired with pencil sketches for a soft, gentle tone. It would work well for quotes, logos, posters and t-shirts. It’s available in both TTF and OTF formats.

Best Free Fonts: Bitter

This contemporary slab serif typeface has ben specifically designed by collaborative type foundry Huerta Tipografica for easy reading on computer devices. It also looks like it could belong on the label of a crisp craft beer in the sun.Huerta Tipografica has ample amounts of wonderful free typefaces to choose from. Founded in 2009 in Argentina, the group come from a place of "deep respect for design and typography".

Best free fonts: Paul Grotesk

Graphic designer Lukas Bischoff's brand new modernist three-weight font is clean, minimalist, and with delicious detail. 

Best free fonts: Typnic Titling

There's a single weight of this hand-drawn, picnic-flavoured typeface available from MyFonts.

Best free fonts: League Gothic 

A revival of an old classic, Alternate Gothic #1, you can’t really go wrong with this robust, dark and timeless typeface. So timeless, in fact, that Alternate Gothic #2 sits very comfortably in the YouTube logo. The original was born in 1903, thanks to Morris Fuller Benton for the American Type Founders (which went bankrupt in 1923).  

Some basic maths will tell you that its creation was before 1923 - which means it can be in the public domain. The League of Moveable Type had great fun working on it and making the most of the freedom of open source. 

Best free fonts: Coves

Oh, Behance, how we love you - and stumbling upon gems like this free typeface with its simple, rounded edges, and clean fluidity, available in light and bold. You can get it from graphic and type designer Jack Harvatt’s Behance for personal use only. 

Best free fonts: Bevan

Google fonts is a treasure trove of free, open source fonts perfect for the web - and Bevan does not disappoint. As a reshaping for the web of a slab serif typeface created by German typographer Heinrich Jost in the 1930s, the counters have been slightly opened up, and the stems reworked to suit use as a bold web font - all this creates a traditional typeface with a unusual, fun twist. 

Best free fonts: Grand Hotel 

Swirly, eye-catching and with a classic vibe, Grand Hotel by Astigmatic evoke a lot of moods. According to font squirrel, this decorative font finds its inspiration from the title screen of the 1937 film Cafe Metropole - sweet, retro and full of loop-de-loops it is, but we’re confident that Grand Hotel will suit a lot of genres and contexts too. 

Best free fonts: Bariol

Bariol is a gorgeous, rounded font designed by Spanish studio Atipo with a dedicated website. And we can see why. It is readable at a small size, versatile, brand spanking new - and is free to download in four weights (well, if you ‘pay’ with a tweet or like). 

To get Bariol in its complete range (thin, light, regular, bold, thin italic, light italic, regular italic, and bold italic), you will have to pay - but anything you want, from a choice of prices ranging from €3 to €50 (and I’m sure they’d accept more if you really wanted to pay it…).  

Best free fonts: Libre Baskerville

Another revival, Libre Baskerville attempts (and succeeds) in reworking the old, popular Baskerville serif typefaces - specifically Founder’s Baskerville, an American type created in 1941. Open Baskerville is another great Baskerville revival, but is less complete than Libre. 

Best free fonts: Alegreya Sans

Alegreya Sans, by Argentinian designer Juan Pablo del Paral, was created as the sans-serif companion to Alegreya - which is a renowned super family of fonts, originally intended for literature, and won of the 53 “Fonts of the Decade”

It is available in seven weights to bring you wide typographic options, as well as being crisp and very pleasant read.  Despite all this (and being truly gorgeous), Alegreya is sadly underused. 

Best free fonts: Anonymous Pro 

Also available on Google Fonts, Anonymous Pro is by designer and typographer feel Mark Simonson - who is behind Proxima Nova - and comes in regular, italic, bold and bold italic. Though it is intended for programming, this typeface has serious style, and can be used for a sparse, clean look in the right contexts: here are some websites that use Anonymous Pro. 

Best free fonts: Playfair Display

Danish type designer Claus Eggers brought us this serif typeface in 2011, though it is influenced by older fonts such as Baskerville. It lends itself to the spotlight - in headlines and titles - rather than longer text, where it might become harder to read, -being taller and thinner than most serif fonts - and is totally safe for the web. 

Best free font… not to use: Lobster

Please, this dead lobster can’t take another flogging. See it once, and you’ll see it everywhere. Not that we don’t enjoy Lobster’s condensed, vintage-y, fun script but (well, like a good piece of lobster) we don’t want to see (or eat) it every day. It’s getting close to becoming the new Comic Sans… Don’t all jump at me - there’s a whole website dedicated to the idea.