I love free things as much as the next person. Who doesn’t? But free fonts can sometimes be – how do I put this nicely – crappy. Especially the script/handwritten ones, but maybe I’m biased. I’m a minimalist/clean font kinda person. One simple search in Pinterest reveals a horrendous barrage of ugly-but-free fonts and you may ask yourself, “Is this too cheesy? What would a designer actually use?” And that’s why today I’ve gathered up some of my favorite FREE fonts that I actually use in some of my designs.
Choosing fonts for a project can be difficult - it's important to pick the right one. The internet can be a great resource for finding the right font for your design, but there are a couple things to keep in mind:
1 | Kerning: Many fonts that can be found online, even the good ones, are often lacking when it comes to correct kerning. Kerning is the spacing between letters. When a title isn't properly kerned, the letter spacing will look off. Make sure to pay attention to this when using free fonts.
2 | Readability: You'll notice I only included one script up there...I'm leery of scrips/handwritten fonts that are found online. They're often difficult to read and not even worth using. With "handwritten" fonts, also keep in mind that all of the letters look the same, so it may not truly look handwritten.
Even when you're being picky, there are still tons of great fonts out there. What's your favorite free font?