Typografie

Sources for free and paid quality fonts for web and app design

A designer can’t have enough good fonts, right? This is my growing list of quality sources for finding new fonts, free quality fonts and quality foundries. It focuses on the application in digital products, apps and websites. Bookmark and enjoy.

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Finding new fonts and foundries

It’s always good to stay up to date with all the developments in digital typography. Here I get my news, and these sites offer newsletters that make it easy not to miss anything.

Typewolf – a webiste gallery
Typewolf is great resource to stay up to date in what’s trending in type.

Typewolf

One of my favorite place to browse fonts with a focus on web. Jeremiah Shoaf collected and curated a ton of resources for inspiration and fonts in use on website. Most of them in very trendy, contemporary or arty applications. Sign up for his weekly newsletter, too!

Fresh Fonts Newsletter

Every week Noemi Stauffer sends out a list of new contemporary typefaces from independent designers, mostly open-source.

Fonts in Use

Great tool to look for fonts in different applications (mostly print though). It’s a very visual inspiration and offers a handy category search too.

The Weekly Typographic

Newsletter and Podcast by The League of Movable Type. Offering interesting links on design general but with a focus on type design and typography. I enjoy listening to the podcast to gain some additional insights from the two hosts Olivia & Micah, but if you like it efficient just browse through the newsletter.

Free and Open-Source fonts

Although I strongly encourage clients to set some funds aside for font licensing, at times it’s not possible. Here are some places I go to find quality fonts for projects with a tight budget. Free does not always have to be bad and these foundries certainly aren’t. The downside is though that some fonts are pretty popular, thus overused.

The revolution is here. The original, the first, the open-source font foundry.
The beautiful website of The League of Movable Type showing its solid catalog of well crafted, free open-source fonts.

 

The League of Movable Type

The first open-source font foundry, raising the design standards of the web since 2009. Free quality fonts, some of them are very popular.

Beautiful Webtype

Well curated and presented list of open-source typefaces by Chad Mazzola. Mostly available on GoogleFonts but not only.

Lost Type

I’m a long time visitor of this site. They offer a variety of quality fonts and a Pay-what-you-want license for personal unpaid projects, student projects, and to test in project mock-ups for client approvals. The licenses for commercial projects are moderate, too.

My preferred quality font foundries

Here are some of my favorite type foundries. Most of them offer fonts at low to moderate prices. To make them easier to compare, I added starting prices for individual styles, discounts apply for font families.

Future Fonts Type in Progress

Future Fonts

Sells experimental, high-quality fonts in progress. Mostly focused on expressive display fonts, if you get in early you pay the cheapest price and get all updates towards the final font. I love this concept of supporting independent designers and new fonts, and already got some fonts there.

  • Trial fonts: Some fonts offer free trials
  • Web licenses: from € 15 per style/family depending on the state of progress
  • App licenses: from € 50 per style/family depending on the state of progress

DJR | David Jonathan Ross

David is an incredibly versatile type designer who offers many typefaces for different applications and does a lot of experimentation with variable fonts. Licenses are friendly for digital publishing and starting at low prices, he also offers trial fonts. I strongly recommend his Font of the Month Club, a subscription to get a fresh new font each month directly to your inbox.

  • Trial fonts: Yes, for all fonts and many are on Adobe Fonts
  • Web licenses: from € 42 per style (15.000 page views, incl. desktop)
  • App licenses: from € 85 per style (unlimited installation of one title, incl. web and desktop)

Dalton Maag

The quality of Dalton Maag’s library fonts is uncontroversial. They offer broad character support and mostly working-horse typefaces for long reading text. All fonts can be tested with trial versions and many are part of the Adobe Fonts Catalog. Licensing is moderate for desktop use (€ 20 for one style and one end-user), for web fonts it has with an unfortunately high entry barrier (from € 75 per style per year but including unlimited page views). Bressay, the font for the body text on this website is from Dalton Maag.

  • Trials: Yes, for all fonts and some are on Adobe Fonts
  • Web licenses: from € 75 per style per year (unlimited page views)
  • App licenses: from € 75 per style per year (unlimited installations of one title)

Latinotype

I love the variety of typefaces that latinotype offers even though not all of their typefaces conform high quality standards in every detail. They have a focus on a broad library and come pretty affordable. Desktop and web fonts start from around € 30 to € 35 per style. Basic Sans, the font for the headlines on my website is from latinotype.

  • Trials: No, but they offer some free fonts and some on Adobe Fonts
  • Web licenses: from € 25 per style (10.000 page views per month)
  • App licenses: from € 250 (unlimited installations of one title)

Fontfabric

Fontfabric offers a solid library of typefaces covering various styles at a reasonable price. Founded in 2008 by Svet Simov in Sofia, Bulgaria, all theirs fonts include the Cyrillic alphabet and Latin characters of course.

  • Trials: No, but most families have a free style
  • Web licenses: from € 25 per style (10.000 page views per month)
  • App licenses: from € 250 (unlimited installations of one title)

Did I miss your favorite font resource? Leave it in the comments below or email me!

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