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Want to try out some new fonts? Here’s where to look.

Distinct fonts give any creative project a fresh look, but finding rights-cleared fonts can be a challenge. Today Cool Websites and Tools rounds up five sites with unique fonts that just might be perfect for your next project.

We’ve shown you how to install fonts on any operating system How To Install Fonts on Windows, Mac & Linux How To Install Fonts on Windows, Mac & Linux Read More and even gotten into more depth with Windows How To Download Free Fonts & Manage Them In Windows How To Download Free Fonts & Manage Them In Windows Fonts are the building blocks of digital aesthetics. Since Windows doesn't come with a font manager, we've looked at third-party alternatives. Read More . Keep those guides bookmarked as you explore the sites below, which help you find fonts.

Font Fling: Try Out Free Fonts Quickly

When you’re looking for the perfect font, scrolling through endless websites can be tiresome. You just want to see how a given font will look in your preferred size, with your preferred text. And that’s what Font Fling is for.

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Type your text, pick a font family and then use the arrow keys to instantly browse fonts. Fonts switch over quickly, so you can rapidly skip over ones you dislike in your quest for something perfect. Note that fonts are sorted by classification, so click the box at the top-left before you start browsing to explore the different sorts of fonts before you dive in too deeply.

When you find something you like, the download button is ready for you. Everything is free for commercial usage. It simply doesn’t get easier than this.

Font Squirrel: Free Fonts You Can Use Commercially

Of course, easier isn’t always better: sometimes you want more options. All the fonts from FontFling, so far as I can tell, are coming from one site: Font Squirrel.

And there’s a good reason for this. Font Squirrel is one of the best sites on the web for anyone looking to use fonts because all fonts on that site are cleared for commercial usage.

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If you don’t have luck finding the kind of font you want on Font Fling, consider going straight to the source. There’s a decent search tool, and even a tool that lets you upload an image including text to find close matches. And remember: these fonts are all cleared for commercial use, meaning you don’t have to worry about potential legal problems later on if you plan to profit from your designs.

FontPark: Thousands More Free Fonts

If Font Squirrel doesn’t have quite what you’re looking for, FontPark is another site worth checking out. You’ll find a huge cache of fonts here, sorted in a variety of ways.

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One caveat: the fonts offered aren’t necessarily cleared for commercial use. This means they’re fine to use for personal projects, but shouldn’t be used for any work you’re getting paid for – there could be legal consequences for violating this.

Font Awesome: 500+ Useful Icons in a Font

Remember Webdings? It was this weird font Microsoft included in Windows that, instead of offering characters, showed off a bunch of images. The idea was that this would let you use these icons in your documents or websites, but mostly people just typed weird sentences.

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Font Awesome is like that, but actually good. It’s icon fonts for the modern web.

There are hundreds of completely scalable icons offered here, as well as instructions for using them on your website. You’ve probably seen these icons in use all over the web without realizing it, and there’s a reason for this: they’re useful. If you’re working on a website and want these icons, Font Awesome is well worth reading up on.

SprezzKeyboard (Web, iOS): Weird Fonts You Can Use on Facebook or Twitter

Have your friends ever used weird fonts on social networks, leaving you wonder how that’s even possible? They probably knew about SprezzKeyboard, which lets you type any bit of text and get a bunch of ASCII-compatible versions of the text back.

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It’s weird, it’s wonderful, it’s likely to get old fast – use it sparingly.

I realize this isn’t technically a way to download fonts, but I hope you like it anyway – if not, check out one of the above sites a second time.

Where to Find Even More Fonts

We’ve talked a lot about fonts over the years. We’ve shown you how to turn your handwriting into a font How To Turn Your Handwriting Into A Font How To Turn Your Handwriting Into A Font Add the ultimate personal touch to any document: turn your handwriting into a font and use that. There's a lot of creative potential here, and it's a lot easier to do than you'd think thanks... Read More , as well as other places you can find and download lots of free fonts FontPro: Find & Download Lots Of Free Fonts FontPro: Find & Download Lots Of Free Fonts Read More . For web developers, we’ve shown you how to use Google fonts in your web project How To Use Google Fonts In Your Next Web Project & Why You Should How To Use Google Fonts In Your Next Web Project & Why You Should Font choice is an integral design decision on any website, yet most of the time we're content with the same old serif and sans-serif family. While the main body of text should always be something... Read More .

I could go on, but I’d prefer if you did.

Where are your favorite online places to find fonts.

  1. Kasey Clark
    September 21, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I keep quite a fonts around for use with Rainmeter on my Windows machines just because I like to change things up now and again and really make my computers look like they are "mine".

    I try to do the same with my Android phone (GS5) and would like any help with how to find a font I like in the FlipFont format ( I believe it is .fft) Is there something out there in the webz that can convert to fft or some way I should be going about finding suitable fonts that are already available in fft? Any advise on this would be much appreciated.

  2. Stacy Owens
    September 20, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I collect fonts for graphic design work and love discovering new font sites, so this is helpful. I'd also recommend http://www.acidfonts.com and http://www.fontyo.com

    • Justin Pot
      September 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Stacy, these seem great! I might need to do a follow-up post.

  3. Robin GERVOT
    September 20, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for all those links !

    I usually use http://www.dafont.com which is a good one too.

    • Justin Pot
      September 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks, it's always good to have more to work with!

  4. fcd76218
    September 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks, Justin. Just what I was looking for.

    • Justin Pot
      September 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Glad I could be helpful!

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