Fonts are fun, for they can help give your boring work reports a personal touch, or they can make your website look a lot better than it would otherwise. As a kid, I loved trying out all the defaults font in Windows Me (yes, I was one of those dorks who had Windows Me) and Office 2000. While in the eyes of ten-year-old-me those were amazing and nothing like I had ever seen before, my current self can’t help but feel restrained by the limited choice Windows and Office offer in their own right. Find out the best free font websites by reading on!
Dafont.com is one of the most well-known font website, and for good reason. It lists almost 31,000 different fonts, many of which also feature accents, both free and paid, and its staff manually vets fonts for publication, meaning that only those deemed fit for publication are made available. Unfortunately, there is no way to filter fonts out based on their licensing terms, meaning you’ll have to read the readme file in order to find out if that particular character can be used for commercial purposes.
However, thanks to its large selection, high quality offerings, and robust category topology, Dafont.com is probably the go-to online resource for free fonts.
Most of the website’s offering, however, is free for commercial use and hand-picked. Their fonts are very high quality and hand-picked. It also allows to refine your research based on classifications, tags, languages, and number of styles.
Font Squirrel also offers a Font Generator that allows you to create your personalised font using pictures, and a Font Identifier that, while not 100% accurate and requiring quite a bit of thinkering in order to work properly, it’s good enough for most users.
1001 Free Fonts
This is a website that lists more than 17,000 fonts, many of which are free for commercial use. Despite containing material that it’s also found on Dafont, it also has a few interesting fonts unique to it. Unfortunately, 1001 Free Fonts doesn’t allow to filter fonts out by language.
This isn’t a font website per se, but rather the official website of the Quivira font, one of the most complete fonts available. Not only does it include all characters from the Latin script, but it also supports Greek characters, Cyrillic extensions, runes, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean characters, and many more. If you’re looking for an elegant font that is capable of displaying most scripts, Quivira is definitely the right choice for you.
Similarly to Quivira, Unifont is a very complete font type. Actually, it’s even more complete than Quivira, but at the expense of not being very good-looking. However, being monospace, it’s useful for those who work a lot with the command line or with plain text files.