If you are designer you may frequently want to try and use different fonts in your designs, though there are 1000s of fonts available, not everyone of them are free. Though font usage and download is not just restricted to designers and many people use them in their day to day life too.
There are so much free fonts around the internet, that it’s hard to find the best of them. It’s looking for a needle in a haystack. Luckily there are some great websites and blogs where you can download really good, free fonts. See 10 best sources for high quality free fonts:
Fawnt is a font resource for designers, developers, and anyone that appreciates the web’s highest quality fonts. It currently has 9348 free fonts you can use and download for Windows and Max OSX.
Abstract Fonts has a listing of 11849 free fonts in their database. The site has a nice navigation and user experience with proper categorization of fonts.
dafont is another nice site to find free fonts, they list over 10000 fonts, most of which are free to use for personal use on Windows and Mac OSX. Licensing terms are clearly marked above the download buttons.
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Free fonts has over 12000 free fonts which you can download and use for Windows or Mac OSX. The site has a clean navigation making it easier to browse the fonts.
Last but definately not least: bittbox. Jay Hilgerts spends a lot of time reviewing and making freebies and bittbox is the splendid result of that work. On this blog you can find every kind of freebie and it’s a good resource for every (web)designer.
6. Urban Fonts
Another site which lists over 8000 free fonts. The fonts are segregated into different easy to find categories, and can also be alphabetically browsed
7. Font Reactor
Font Reactor lists freeware fonts in graffiti, gothic font, old English fonts etc. Most of the fonts are freeware, but there is no clear indication before downloading, so this adds to a bit of hassle.
The Daily Inspired (formerly Woork) is also a really good place to look for free fonts. In the freebies section, Antionio Lupetti reviews a lot of fonts and het makes some good selections.
If there’s one reason why Smashing Magazine has grown so big (#11 in the Technorati Top 100), it’s because of their high quality freebies. Beside fonts, you can also find wordpress themes and photoshop brushes over there. They even have a special Font Category.
Fonts500 is a website with a overview of the best 500 free fonts, available on the web. For less than 3 dollars, you can even download all the fonts in one package.