As part of my Blog Design: It Matters feature, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite places to find free fonts. These websites aren’t necessarily the best or worst, they’re just my go to’s to find some fresh new fonts. There’s also tons of websites where you can buy fonts as well. This is one of those “you pay what you get for” cases. If you’re a designer and you need beautiful fonts that are 100% adjustable, then it’s better for you to buy some great quality fonts. But for first time designers and bloggers who are still learning, free fonts are perfectly fine.
Before we get started, I wanted to make a note of the difference between desktop fonts and web fonts. Since this feature includes design as well as basic coding, this difference is important.
A desktop font is one of those fonts you download and install on your computer. You can then use these fonts in programs such as Microsoft Word or Photoshop. Basically with most programs you have to install on your computer.
A web font is a font designed specifically on the web. For example the font that your blog posts appear in. Usually these fonts are less flexible and have all those extra glyphs/characters removed. Usually a web font comes with four different files of the same font. This is because different browsers need different types of fonts so when you use a web font you need all four.
Simple right? Desktop fonts for your logos or any graphics you design for your blog and web fonts for those who are playing around with the code of your blog.
Now to the fun part! Free fonts! Here are my go to’s
I think I go to this website the most. I love how they have tons of categories to look through and you can click advanced settings when you’re searching to filter by the public domain / 100% free ones! These fonts are desktop fonts only.
Fun Note: Free for personal use does not mean free! This means that you can play around with the font on your computer or use for any personal hobbies. You can’t use for for any personal branding (ex: your blog) or anything you would make money on. However this isn’t always 100% true. When you download the font it usually comes with a read me file of some sort. In it there will be an explanation of when it’s ok to use that font. Some fonts can be a little sketchy and have nothing in the read me file. Some people say it’s free game at that point but I tend to avoid them so I don’t get into trouble. Everyone thinks free for personal use it different. It’s a pretty general term so I don’t download them at all. Plus it’s easy to download a free for personal use font and forget about it. These fonts often don’t print properly and it can screw things up!
The best part about this website is that they’re all 100% free AND most of their fonts are available for web use too! They also have a new-ish feature where you can upload an image of a font and they’re search through their database and give you font that are similar (or exactly the same if that’s the case). Check this one out for sure!
This website has a great freebie section and they really are gorgeous fonts! They have extra unique fonts so check them out too! Once again, they only have desktop fonts.
As I’m sure you can guess these are all webfonts! The best park about this website is that you don’t have to download the font to put it in your website/blog. They give you a link that you can embed! So much easier!
This is a great website for purchasing fonts. They still have a category for free fonts though! You just have to be a little careful because sometimes only a certain weight of the font is free. Ex: you can get the regular font for free but the bold and italics ones you need to pay for. It’s very clearly written though!
You can also get free fonts right from the designers themselves. A lot of designers post their work on Behance and someone kind enough has put a whole bunch in a list for us. Just make sure to read the descriptions to make sure it says you can use it.
If you guys have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m not an expert but this is what I do, so I have lots of knowledge in that brain of mine. Also let me know if you want more posts like this!