Category Archives: Free Fonts

Buyer’s Guide: Free Fonts Page

Looking for more great ways to try out a new font? We’ve create a new Free Fonts Page for you to download and enjoy free fonts on FontShop. Usually these include a weight or two of a family you’ll end up falling in love with. The latest additions are at the top, so you’ll want to bookmark the page and check back regularly. These fonts are free of charge, but you will need to agree to their EULA’s.

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Once you’ve found the free font you want to download, you’ll be asked to sign in to your account and agree to the EULA. If you don’t have an account, then you will have to create one. Once you’ve agreed to the license, the fonts will download to your designated download folder. These font files are not shareware, but you can share the page.

Want to know more about how free fonts aren’t really free? Read the three-part series on the FontFeed; An Introduction to Free Fonts, Free Fonts: Free Is Not Always Free, and Free Fonts: Technical and Artistic Beauty.

If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

Don’t forget you can also try out almost all of our fonts for free in your comps using the FontShop Plugin for Adobe Creative Suite.

FontShop Friday Five: New, Improved & Impressive

We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

Improved Dingbats

Erler Dingbats get a facelift and you get them for free!

New Newsletter

November’s second issue came out this week. Chock full of new font goodness.

Improved Explanations

David Sudweeks explores the question, What is a Foundry?, while Theresa’s Tips explains other sites in the FontShop family tree.

New Staff Picks

Check out what we’re liking in November.

Impressive Trailer

The FontFeed highlights an impressive feat in kinetic typography.

Friday Five Fonts: Sketchwriter OT by Baseline Fonts and Abril Complete OT by TypeTogether

Contest Winner Chats About Design

A close up of the detail on Balog’s winning entry.

As we reported last week, the winner of the recent Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts contest was Mladen Balog and his interpretation of Depeche Mode’s Violator album. We asked if Mladen would share a little about his experience with putting a entry together for the contest.

1) How did you pick FF Yokkmokk to use for the design?

Of the FontFonts eligible for the competition, FF Yokkmokk/Yakkmakk immediately stood out as the perfect fit for the album I had in mind. It has a warm, synth, electronic feel to it. You could say its idiosyncratic appearance makes it a ‘violator’.

2) How did you choose this album to rework?

There had already been a couple of great submissions to the Flickr pool like Kraftwerk, Blur, Radiohead (which got my vote) so the primary reason for entering the competition was curiosity. To see if the entry would create some kind of response, either positive or negative. The final result was a complete surprise.

The illustration was programmed in Processing. The program generates FF Yokkmokk’s v-i-o-l-a-t-o-r chars (more than 70,000 instances) at random positions, matching the colour of the original image at that precise x/y coordinate. The end result looks fuzzy so the source album had to be instantly recognizable to everyone. Being a Depeche Mode fan from the late ’80s, Anton Corbijn’s strong imagery for Violator seemed only natural.

3) How did you hear about the contest?

Through FontShop’s twitter feed and blog posts.

4) How long have you been visiting FontShop?

Right from the start. You guys have a ton of interesting articles about typography on your various sites. Yves Peters’ ‘ScreenFonts’ and ‘My Type of Music’ series are especially enjoyable. I first found out about FontShop way back in early nineties, after seeing your print ads in the German ‘PAGE’ magazine.

5) What are you going to scoop up with your grand prize?

FF Suhmo is outstanding, a rightful recipient of TDC’s Certificate of Excellence. Can’t wait to try it out in Processing. Thanks to FontShop for holding the competition and to everybody who voted.

Congratulations Mladen Balog, Winner of Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest

Contest Submission: Depeche Mode - Violator by Mladen Balog

After a close public competition over the past week, a winner has emerged from the excellent crop of entrants in FontShop‘s Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest.

Snagging 11% of eligible votes, the creative redesign of Depeche Mode’s Violator album has made Mladen Balog the winner of $500 in credit toward FontFonts.

The illustration submitted is rendered with FF Yokkmokk ‘s v-i-o-l-a-t-o-r glyphs (more than 70,000 of them). We’ll catch up with Mladen in a future post to learn about his process for the design and also what he plans to do with his new fonts.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the public voting process. And a HUGE thank you to those who bravely submitted their designs to the public eye. The Flickr group will remain live for your creative inspiration.

We appreciate any feedback you have on how the contest went, so let us know in the comments. If you liked this little competition perhaps we will have more fun in the future.

Font Shop Friday Five: Don’t Forget to Vote

Friday FIveWe know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder now and then of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

Don’t Forget to Vote for Your Favorite Design in the Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest!

Voting went live on Tuesday and the competition is fierce. Make sure your opinion gets counted. You can only vote once, so choose wisely. Public voting is open until 11:59 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 8. You may vote once via this survey.

Check Out Our May 4 Newsletter

In case you missed it our latest newsletter hit inboxes this Wednesday. It features new fonts from Font Bureau and PSY/OPS  and a new family from TypeTrust. To subscribe to the newsletter, sign up here.

Known Issue with Facebook Registration

Our apologies once again to those who encountered site issues earlier this week. We are still working diligently on the issue and will have an update for you next week.

On the FontFeed

Yves talks about the TypeTalks2 Symposium and gives you a special edition of ScreenFonts.

Our Type Promotion Continues

The incredible discount from OurType continues for FontShop customers. From now until May 31, OurType’s Meran, Eva, and Fayon are being offered for an astounding 50% off. Use the promotional code OURTYPE50 during checkout for any product from these three families.

Friday Five fonts: Jeanne Moderno by PsyOps Type Foundry and Bullen by Font Bureau

Vote For Your Favorite Design in the Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest!


FontShop fans have done it again! The enthusiasm and creativity of our customers shone through in the entries to our recent Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest. Over 60 submissions were uploaded to our Flickr pool in the last week and we’ve had fun watching them flow in. Now it’s time for you, the general public, to pick the designer worthy of winning $500 in credit toward FontFonts on FontShop.com.

Voting is now open until 11:59 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 8. You may vote once via this survey.

Once again, entrants were charged with this task:

Embodying the somewhat nostalgic spirit of these font families, try your hand at redesigning an album cover using at least one of the free FontFonts. Although many of these fonts conjure up the heyday of the grunge-era, your album can be from any time period — pick from the range of Bieber to Bach — or create an album you wish existed.

Which design did you vote for? Why? Let us know in the comments below!

FontShop’s Friday Five: Contest, Promotion, and More

We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder now and then of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

Deadline Sunday! Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest

Do your weekend plans include finalizing your design for the FontShop Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest? Public voting starts next week, so make sure you’ve posted to our Flickr group by 11:59 PM (PDT) Sunday evening. The winner will get a $500 credit toward any FontFont package, so don’t delay. You can submit up to three entries and make sure to tag them with the fonts you use. Don’t have a Flickr account? Email your submissions to contest@fontshop.com.

50% off Our Type Promotion

We mentioned this last week, but it bears repeating, OurType is offering an incredible promotion to FontShop customers this spring. From now until May 31, OurType’s Meran, Eva, and Fayon are being offered for an astounding 50% off. Use the promotional code OURTYPE50 during checkout for any product from these three families.

April Staff Picks Live

Our staff spent the month scouring fonts new and old to pick some gems for you to consider. Read some background in our blog post or check out the full list here.

On the FontFeed

After recovering from a storm in the cloud, Yves talks about our contest and his own real album design for his band, Rosa Luxe* , utilizing TypejockeysIngeborg and FF Hydra.

The Typewriter May Be Dead, But Its Fonts Live On

Finally, this week Mashable reported the possible death of the once-beloved typewriter. If you’re feeling nostalgic, we recommended coping by exploring our Typewriter Fontlist.

Contest: Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts

Remember a time when digital fonts were new, grunge was in, and ragged was hip? Just like that original Lollapalooza t-shirt that may be lurking in the back of your closet, there are fonts that haven’t been worn a lot recently but it’s good to know they’re still around.  You can win $500 in credit toward FontFonts at FontShop.com by putting some of them to use in our design contest this week. Read on to find out how.

With the update of all FontFont products to OpenType this April, 24 families are now free for use. Since you’ll already be on FontShop.com to procure them, try experimenting by combining these free fonts with more modern typefaces and see what happens.

To celebrate this occasion, we at FontShop are having a little contest for our design customers. Your challenge is this:

Embodying the somewhat nostalgic spirit of these font families, try your hand at redesigning an album cover using at least one of the free FontFonts. Although many of these fonts conjure up the heyday of the grunge-era, your album can be from any time period — pick from the range of Bieber to Bach — or create an album you wish existed.

Submissions should be uploaded to FontShop’s Flickr Group “Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts,” by 11:59 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 1. If you do not have a Flickr account you may email your submissions to contest@fontshop.com. Only three submissions per designer please (if you submit more than three, only the first three chronologically will be entered). On Tuesday, May 3, voting will be opened to the public via a survey link on the FontShop.com blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Voting will close at 11:59 PM (PST) on Sunday, May 8.

The winner will be announced on Monday, May 9 and will receive a $500 credit toward FontFonts on FontShop.com.

And who knows? Just as fashion cycles have seen the resurgence of leggings, fluorescent colors, and ’80s typefaces in the last few years, FontShop.com has designers covered when the ’90s come back with the availability. Perhaps your design will move the trend forward!

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UPDATE: Information on voting for designs can be found here.

50% Off: OurType’s Meran, Eva, and Fayon

Last month, FontShop introduced two new families from OurType: the all-in-one sans serif Fakt by Thomas Thiemich, and Valentin Brustaux’s discreet, yet strong, serif Tiina. For a limited time, both families were offered with a generous 40% discount.

This month OurType has upped the ante. From now until May 31, OurType’s Meran, Eva, and Fayon are being offered for an astounding 50% off. Use the promotional code OURTYPE50 during checkout for any font product from these three families.

And just to sweeten the pot, OurType is also offering select styles from each family entirely free of charge. You can give the complimentary fonts a test run, then come back for the family when you realize how great they are.

And as if this deal isn’t big enough, here’s something else to keep in mind: OurType’s standard End User License Agreement allows for editable embedding. This includes:

  • Web embedding, using @font-face, Cufón, and sIFR
  • Editable PDF embedding
  • Flash embedding

Meran


Maurice Göldner’s Meran grew out of an exercise to construct capital letters from strips of black paper. Its origins make Meran difficult to characterize. A sans? Undoubtedly, but its angular forms might also qualify it as a “contemporary rotunda”. A 3-width, 6-weight text face that works equally well in headlines as it does in small print.

Meran is available in Standard or Pro which adds small caps; lining, old style and small cap figures (each in tabular and proportional widths); fractions; comprehensive superiors, inferiors, nominators and denominators; case sensitive punctuation sets; mathematical and monetary symbols; arrows; standard and discretionary ligatures; and support for all (Latin script based) Western, Central and East European languages.

Free until May 31:

Download the Meran specimen PDF (418 KB).

Eva


Named after the warm, organic work of ceramicist Eva Zeisel, Eva defies the popular image of a sans, thanks to the contrast in its strokes and the freedom with which they have been drawn. This friendly personality provides added interest at larger sizes, yet Eva also has a notable clarity, and it works well for setting continuous text. Indeed, it was Zeisel’s “playful search for beauty” that is the crucial connection between her and her audience. Designers Merel Matzinger and Fred Smeijers hope their typeface achieves a similar feeling.

Free until May 31:

Download the Eva specimen PDF (291 KB).

Fayon


A fresh take on the Didot style, OurType Fayon is a contemporary, high performance family for text. Designed by Peter Mohr.

Free until May 31:

Download the Fayon specimen PDF (3.6 MB).

The 50% discount and free font offer expires May 31. I’m not sure why you’re still here and not over at FontShop.com downloading like crazy.

New (free) Web FontFont: FF World Wide Web

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Web FontFonts debut, we’re offering this exclusive new typeface, based on FF World by British graphic design icon Neville Brody, for free.

Download FF World Wide Web at our Free Fonts page, and read more about the history of the original FF World at the FontFeed.

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