Choosing fonts is an important part of the design process. Fonts can help you emphasize mood and emotions of the message you want to convey to your audience. The bad news is that the selection of standard fonts that are available on your computer is limited. The good news is that you can add new fonts to your computer easily and free of charge. There is really a wide variety of free fonts available in different resources.
1. Google Fonts – search by numerous font categories and choose exactly what you like.
2. Dafont – browse fonts by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity.
3. 1001 Free Fonts – Graffiti, Helloween, Gothic, Fantasy – these are just a few of fancy fonts categories you can choose from. Check them out!
4. Font Space – a collection of over 31,000 free fonts shared by designers around the world.
5. Fontsquirrel – hand-selected typefaces that are presented in an easy-to-use format.
6. Urban Fonts – nearly 8,000 free fonts for commercial use to choose from.
7. Font Zone – thousands of free fonts to enhance your own websites, documents, greeting cards, and more. You can browse popular fonts by themes, name or style.
8. Font Bundles – beautiful and stylish fonts that you can get for free.
9. Behance – huge selection of stylish fonts for commercial use. Pay with a Tweet and get any of them.
10. Ffonts – choose from 14 000 fonts and use them for your design projects.
Do you know how to add your new font to your computer?
Actually, it is very easy. You don’t need to be a tech geek or a designer to do that. Just go to any website that I listed before, choose the font you like and download it. Watch this video tutorial.
New and amazing fonts are invented every single day, and the number of them keeps growing and growing. There are thousands of different fonts with new ones being constantly created. Therefore it’s easy to get distracted and select fonts randomly just by making an assumption that “they look good together.” But are you sure? Actually, there are some basic guidelines that will show you what to look for when trying to find fonts that complement each other. Learn more about the principles of pairing fonts in my book Design for Non-Designers.