Best Places to Get Free Fonts for Graphic Design
Who Doesn't Love Free?!
If you are just starting out in the Graphic Design field, it can be difficult to find the resources you need to get the job done. I suspect you have a new design program you are itching to use, but where do people get all those beautiful fonts they use?
Well, you have come to the right place, because I have compiled a list of places you can receive freebie fonts, and most come with commercial licenses to allow you to use on projects for profit.
As a general heads up, you can save the websites in your bookmarks or you can sign up for each website's e-newsletter. I will be honest, the amount of emails is a bit of a shock at first, because they don't just send it once a week or just for freebies. They send emails for other deals and discounts as well, so if you are in the market to purchase fonts, you can use them, if not, simply delete the email as needed and move on.
I have personally found it easiest to sign up for the e-newsletters for each site. Most of them will send you a compilation of freebies you can click on and download from the site. Most of these sites are "round-up sites" which means they compile a list of multiple sources and email you the information. This can cause some of the freebies to duplicate within the different e-newsletters, but you won't miss out if there are some not overlapping.
If you choose to bookmark them, instead of subscribe, you do run the risk of running out of time for the freebie downloads. Most of these freebie sites are limited time only, so they may offer the fonts for a couple days, most up to a week before they go back to being upwards to $12 for the font and the licenses.
Create Your Own Freebie Network Directory
It doesn't take long to create your own directory and set up a system how you feel most comfortable. I started by signing up for one newsletter, they had linked multiple resource webpages. I then went to each website, checked out their freebie tabs and decided if I wanted to receive information from that site specifically for future freebie deals. Within just a few minutes, I had branched out from ONE site to over TEN.
My Freebie Font Website Directory
- Creative Market - This is a site where creative minds sell their work. You can also sign up to be a seller, but I use it for the fonts. Graphic Designers will offer their work for free, usually for 1 week before it goes back to paid content. All you have to do is sign up for the site, and download the font. Creative Market houses a plethora of options from fonts, mockups, templates, and illustrations.
- Behance - Most Graphic Designers use Behance as their go-to place to build an online portfolio. However, they do have many typography designers who will offer their projects for free. There isn't a freebie tab like most of the other sites I will list, but you can use the search function to browse "Free Font" or "Freebie" and come up with all sorts of free content to download. Just be sure to appreciate the work and leave a comment or feedback, it helps boost the graphic designer's work and give them a little smile.
- FontBundles - This site has a sister site for illustrations and clipart, which makes them a two for one. The freebie fonts are beautiful and the fonts for sale are affordable and usually come in a convenient bundle of similar fonts.
- The Hungry JPEG - This site also offers illustrations and clipart which can come in handy, but they have a beautiful collection of free fonts each week as well. With freebies offered, they also have a whole slew of wonderful $1 Deals and that can come in handy when you want to grab up some cheap and fun clipart and fonts that may not be free, but it is pretty darn close! The Hungry JPEG also has a FB group you can follow and they give out coupon codes and a network of other designers to communicate with.
- Pixel Surplus - Just as with all the rest, they compile a weekly list of freebies they have on the site. Most are similar or overlap the others, but you can find some unique to the site.
- Creative Fabrica - While most of these fonts are similar to the rest as well, I have found my most unique and interesting fonts on this site. They also cater to scrapbookers and have a lot of illustrations and textures. You do have to pay a monthly subscription for the licenses if you need them, so take a look at their plans to see what fits your needs and your budget.
- PixelBuddha - This site has a ton of fun fonts to download. They also have the option to be a Plus member for more access to the cooler fonts. I personally don't pay for any of the sites I have listed here, but you can if you need or want the access to a font that requires Plus membership.