On August 12, Smashing Magazine posted
hyperlinks leading to thirty free fonts and an overview of them.
But the reader of Habrakhabr every Western selection, starting with a round number, should cause a natural mistrust: have they not added something to it for one thing only? ... Looking closely at this thirty, it is hard not to notice that mistrust is justified and even twice
First, let's write out the font names in order in a column and enumerate:
2) St Ryde
4) Mr Jones Book
5) Pigiarniq Inuktitut
6) St Marie
8) VAL Stencil
11) Crimson Text
13) Real Origami
15) Balonez Fantasia
17) Geomancy Typeface
20) Neu Eichmass
23) Notice 1: Packaging Symbols
24) Notice 2: Navigation symbols
25) Notice 3: Cloth Symbols
27) Free Symbol Signs Collection
28) Rally Character Set
29) Oblik Serif Bold
As you can see, the score is
not so even. (It’s good that we miscalculated in our favor.)
Secondly, from the “thirty” presented fonts, six (“Notice 1: Packaging Symbols”, “Notice 2: Navigation symbols”, “Notice 3: Cloth Symbols”, “Glyphyx”, “Free Symbol Signs Collection”, “Rally Character Set ”)
are simply collections of monochrome icons, and not symbols of any
alphabet. Nine more fonts (“01.BASE”, “Paranoid”, “Oblik Serif Bold”, “Neu Eichmass”, “Geomancy Typeface”, “Balonez Fantasia”, “Quadranta”, “Real Origami”, “VAL Stencil”)
have such outstanding decorative features of the style that make them suitable only for the designation of headings, slogans and other large inscriptions - and even then not all.
Accordingly, the remaining half of the fonts, a good half of them, should be of interest; I will highlight their names in the list in bold, and transfer their screenshots to Habrahabr for the convenience of further gazing and admiring (the first is above the habrakat, and the rest are under it in order for someone to
is a beautiful antiqua (with the delicious outlines of the letter “a”, for example) that was designed by David Engelby. It comes in four styles (normal, italic, bold, bold italic). Free for all uses, but requires a mention of the author of the font.
The font lies on dafont.com - this, as I understand it, is not very useful, because the site does not support multi-threaded font download (and therefore, resume download after a break).Crimson Text
is a garamon-like font for imitating ancient books. The author (Sebastian Kosch, 20 years old) warns that the kerning may still be imperfect. The font is distributed freely ( Open Font License
) in six styles.akaDora
- handwritten italic. (Its author is James Daniel Milligan.) The font contains a lot of European characters of extended Latin, as well as the Greek “μ”.
Unfortunately, it is free for personal use only.Nobile
is a chopped-up font that is intended for use on digital screens and in handheld devices without losing its originality there (judging from the preview, everything is as it is), and not just in print. Can be used in small font sizes. It has four styles (regular, italic, bold, bold italic). Distributed under the free license SIL Open Font License
, available in the Google Font Directory
Four formats are available for each download style (TTF, EOT, WOFF and SVG). As usual, EOT and WOFF are small (25-30 kilobytes), and TTF and SVG are twice as heavy.Juice
is a modern (I would say “computer” in impression) sans serif font. It has three fat levels (light, normal and bold), and each has two styles (regular and italic), 161 characters each. The author (Dhany Arliyanti) spreads it on "Belka-font".Edelsans
- a noble and elegant font, built on the principles of rigorous geometry (the letters "O" and "Q"
are based on circles, other curves are also mathematically verified). Distributed under license CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
. Development is not completely complete.
The font Piron
Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova (typedepot, Sofia, Bulgaria), the main idea of the font is an arc-shaped notch in each letter, as well as uniformity and distinctiveness both in print and on the Web. The font has only two outlines (main and oblique). It is free for any use, including commercial. It is distributed in the OpenType format.
Personally, it’s exactly the notches that scare me in this font: because of them, “()” is too reminiscent of a zero, equipped with two notches.
- the result of the work of designer Stefan Baum. Differs underlined geometric shapes and truncated tails of the letters "y" and "g".
The font contains 103 characters in six outlines (regular, italic, bold, bold italic, bold, italic bold); its development is not fully completed. Distributed under license CC-BY-NC 3.0
, that is, for non-commercial use and with indication of authorship.Pigiarniq Inuktitut
is a multilingual font, not so new. It is brought to life by the existence of the Nunavut region in Canada - both sparsely populated (0.01 people per km²) and a multinational region in which both French and English are spoken, and two native Inuit dialects. The government had to create for the population of this region (28,000 people) a special chopped-up font in several styles (bold, bold, italic, light, normal) and distribute it for free.Ibarra
is a free font imitating a classic Spanish typographer named Joaquín Ibarra (1780), available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The lettering is simple and even very simple.
As far as I could understand the comments to the blog in Spanish , there is some confusion between the “Ibarra” and “Ibarra Real” fonts, and here we are talking about the “Ibarra” font, contrary to the understanding of “Smashing Magazine”. So the attached (in “Smashing Magazine”) screenshot (probably from “Ibarra Real”) is indirectly related to the lettering of the “Ibarra” font (I checked it with the fonts, for example).Prociono
is a font named by its creator (Barry Schwartz) after an Esperanto word meaning raccoon or Procyon star. It has a single (direct) outline with a significant difference in thickness of thin and thick elements. It is distributed in the archive (containing OTF and TTF), there are source codes - all this is transferred by the author to the public domain.
The fonts of St Marie Thin and St Marie Thin Web
are free (by CC-BY 3.0 ) the
outlined outlines of the future (more extensive) font family. Available in OTF, WOFF, EOT and SVG formats, for @ font-face.St Ryde
is a beautiful font family of five fat levels (thin, light, normal, medium and oily) and two styles (regular and italic). The author (Sascha Timplan) distributes the basic font for free, and for the other nine wishes for 29 bucks.
With the fonts Mr Jones Book and Mr Jones Book Italic
, in general, the same story: their author (Richard Miller, Miller Type Foundry, 2009) distributes two styles for free, and for the rest styles of the same family collects $ 26 without a cent . The family turned out quite extensive.
And with the Arcus and Arcus Italic
fonts, the same story: their author (Samuel Čarnoký, Carnoky Type, 2008–2010) distributes two styles for free, and for the rest styles of the same family collects $ 29. In total there are 12. The basis of the family is the geometric principle of the arch (circular arc), hence its name.Code
- a chopped font with underlined geometric outlines. It is light and bold, contains 192 characters, produced by Fontfabric Type Foundry.