As a graphic designer I love hoarding fonts. But while the thought of spending hundreds or thousands on a well-crafted typeface is tempting, as an emerging creative, it’s hard to justify spending that much so early on in my career. Which is why I often go in search of the next best thing: free fonts!
While many typefaces allow you to experiment by offering free trials for personal work, scrounging around the depths of the internet to find an open source or free type foundry can be like finding a needle in the haystack. But if you look hard enough, you’ll find some gems, which I’ve shared below.
🚨 A word of warning: when it comes to legalities, you should always double-check the terms and conditions. In most cases, if a typeface is open source or tagged as being “CC0” (Creative Commons license), you don’t have to worry about anything. However some conditions will vary, depending on whether you are using the font for personal or commercial use. For example, in some cases you might be required to attribute the creator of the typeface.