Trending Type: A cool free font roundup

Alex Bigman

Last week, we put our two cents into the eternal “best and worst fonts” debate (recap: Harabara was condemned categorically; the rest were allowed case-by-case tribunals).

But enough of that. We thought we’d follow up with a simple roundup of some beautiful, widely useful fonts that are trending at the moment. Oh, and did we mention they’re all free? Feast your eyes on these and get to work with your own modifications!

Serifs

1. Sanchez

sanchez

Sanchez font family – a slab serif similar to Rockwell, but with rounded edges.

2. Valentina

valentina

Valentina – “an antique Spanish didone.” How’s that for an ampersand!

3. Alegreya

allegria

Alegreya ht was voted one of the best typefaces of the decade in the Letter.2 competition.

4. Otama

otama

Otama e.p. is a fashionable modern Didone.

5. Weston

weston

Weston is a rounded slab serif perfectly made for logos and headlines.

6. Bobber

bobber

Bobber is a slab serif that evokes an early 20th century style.

7. Museo Slab

museo

Museo Slab 500 is subtle and elegant. This typeface is here to stay.

8. Bree Serif

bree

Bree Serif is a charming “upright italic”.

9. Banda

banda

Banda rocks those rounded nubs make this a “semi serif”. Try out a few modifications and it is perfect for logos.

Sans Serifs

1. Hattori Hanzo

hattori

Hattori Hanzo is a supremely readable typeface made for infographics.

2. Code

code

Code is great for pretty much everything.

3. Circula

circula

Circula is magnificently tall and rounded.

4. Novocento

nove

Novocento is a wonderfully balanced uppercase font based on 19th – 20th century European type styles.

5. Exo

exo

Exo font family is a contemporary geometric font, and the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign!

6. Egypt22

egypt

Egypt22 is an experimental font that is both geometric and symbolic. We love this one.

7. Cassandre

cassannet

Cassandre is a typeface based on its namesake’s iconic Art Deco posters.

8. Ostrich Sans

junk

Ostrich Sans is a sans serif with a very long neck.

9. Lato

lato

Lato means “summer” in Polish. This sans serif is transparent at small sizes, but becomes distinctive when enlarged.

10. Static

static

Static is monospaced and geometric.

11. Bebas Neue

bebas

Bebas Neue is this simple sans serif is definitely a keeper.

Seen any other cool free fonts lately? Please share.

The author

Alex Bigman
Alex Bigman

Alex contributes from New York City on topics ranging from branding and typography to the history of design.

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