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Fontfabric

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Fontfabric is an independent type foundry based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Here you will find high-quality unique fonts and new fonts are unveiled each week; some are free and others are available for a small fee. Fontfabric also does custom orders for logos and corporate fonts. So if you’re looking for something creative that will help you stand out from other brands, give them a try.

exljbris Font Foundry

At exljbris Font Foundry you’ll find many free fonts, all created by full-time designer Jos Buivenga. Take your pick from this growing collection. All typefaces come with several different kinds of fonts such as small caps, italics, and bold. Most fonts only have the regular type for free and the others for a small fee, but even the regular versions of each font are unique enough to help you stand out.

Impallari

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Created by a small group of type lovers, Impallari showcases script fonts, serious fonts, and playful fonts. All fonts come with several styles or weights and some even have alternative letters that you can use instead of the defaults. This gives you more freedom over your letters and overall typography.

Behance Network

Behance is a professional network for creative individuals like artists, designers, photographers, and even bloggers. You can view projects and work based on creative fields, and one of those fields is typography. Here you’ll be able to find the best of the best when it comes to typography and many include downloads links or a link to the original source where you can download that specific font.

MyFonts

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MyFonts is the world’s largest collection of fonts. One of the best things about this website is that you can try out fonts before you download them. Other features include being able to rate fonts, adding fonts to albums (which is great for organizing your favorites), and viewing similar fonts. Many fonts are free for personal use, but cost a small fee if you plan to use them commercially. There are many ways to search for fonts, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for any project.

TypeDepot

TypeDepot is a small design studio that was founded in 2009 and is based in Sofia, Bulgaria. They specialize in original typefaces as well as customized fonts. While their collection is on the small side, all of their fonts are extremely creative and unique. Plus, you can always request a custom font if you’re looking for something totally different from anyone else.

Font Squirrel

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This is one of the best sources for 100% free fonts that can be used for commercial use. The typefaces featured on this site have been handpicked from around the Web, so you know that you’re getting quality work. They also offer Font Face Kits and a Font Face Generator for those who are more ambitious and want to create their own fonts. Remember, it’s all about taking risks so if you’re feeling creative, try the Font Face Generator!

Dafont

Dafont.com has a collection of over 14,000 fonts from many authors. The fonts presented on the website consist of freeware, shareware, and demo versions. Fonts are organized into the following categories: fancy, foreign look, techno, bitmap, gothic, script, dingbats, and holiday. So as you can see, there are a large variety of all types to really let that creativity of yours run wild. You can also submit your own fonts if you want to share your work.

deviantART

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|deviantART is a well-known as the world’s largest online art community and is a great place to find all kinds of design work, including typography. There are some fonts in the following categories: corporate, crazy, cursive, gothic, miscellaneous, normal, rusted, sans serif, and serif. While there isn’t a huge collection of fonts, there’s enough to get your creative juices flowing and you’ll be able to download the ones that you want to play around with.

Font Space

Known as the best place to download free fonts, you can’t go wrong with over 16,000 fonts to choose from. These fonts are by designers from all around the world. Feel free to search, browser, or upload your own work. You can also add fonts to your favorites and add comments. It’s a great community for designers who love to experience with fonts of all kinds; definitely a place where you can find high quality, creative typefaces.

Honorable Mentions

Are you looking for more sources for for free fonts? Be sure to checkout: Free Premium Fonts, Search Free Fonts, 1001 Free Fonts, and FontStock for all of your font needs. These four sources alone will have you occupied for hours as you search through all of the their free fonts.

What is your favorite source for downloading free Web fonts?

Where do you get your inspiration for creating beautiful typography for your projects?

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#1 alanc230 2012-04-16 23:03
These are a great resource. I had no idea there were so many free fonts available. I'm going to have fun playing around with these.
 

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