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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, as well as other places you can find and download lots of free fonts. For web developers, we’ve shown you how to use Google fonts in your web project.
I could go on, but I’d prefer if you did.
Where are your favorite online places to find fonts.