Beautiful typeography make me giddy. I could spend hours browsing for new fonts, and oftentimes do.
There are a TON of websites where you can download both free and premium fonts. It can be overwhelming! Chances are, your needs for fonts will vary depending on your intended use for them. If you’re creating a simple graphic in Photoshop or some other design software, free fonts are definitely adequate. If you’re designing for high-res prints or other professional purposes – premium fonts are, well, premium.
I’ve consolidated a list of my three my favorite sources for both free and premium fonts. (Not sure what the difference is? Click here to read more about why fonts are so expensive…and why they may be worth the cost)
Web-safe | Google Web Fonts: Have you ever seen a strand of text displayed one way on your computer and found it looked totally different on someone else’s? Chances are the font that you were looking at wasn’t “web-safe”. That’s where Google Web Fonts comes in. Each of the fonts are web-safe and will display the same across all monitors. This is particularly important for fonts that are embedded throughout your website design. If you’re using fonts just for graphics that you’ll be creating in Photoshop then it’s not necessary for the font to be web safe.
Free | Dafont.com: This used to be my favorite source for fonts until I discovered how much a difference premium fonts make. Dafont has a really large selection of typefaces and you can filter your preferences based on what you’re looking for (i.e. handwritten, serif, san-serif, etc). The one hang-up about Dafont.com is that the quality of the fonts is subpar, as is to be expected. Again, it’s going to depend on what or who you’re designing for.
Premium Fonts | Fontspring: The cost of premium fonts can be a little overwhelming at first. Some run upwards of $100 (I know, right?). Often times the high cost is because premium fonts are sold as font families. This means that you’ll get a bundle that has all of the font styles (hairline, light, normal, bold, extra bold, black). The great thing about Fontspring is that you can purchase fonts “per-weight”. So if you just want the “normal” style of a font, then that’s all you’re paying for. As far as premium fonts go, this is definitely the best option for staying within a budget. The selection of fonts is really extensive and they also offer great licensing options.
And, my friends, we’ve only scratched the surface. Stay tuned for part 2: how to download and install fonts on to your computer.
What style of fonts do you gravitate towards? serif? san-serif? handwritten? Not sure the difference between all of these? Let me know and feel free to leave any other questions that you have!