20 Amazing Web Sites to Find New and Unique Fonts

24 Aug, 2011  |  Written by  |  under Typography

If you think it’s easy to create a font, then you might learn — through some of the sites offered below and their font-creating tools — that typography is a skill that takes time to learn. That said, the following 20 amazing Web sites offer new and unique fonts that you can use on the Web and in print. Some sites also include community forums or blogs, where you can chime in on your observations about typography. Other sites let you upload your inventions and even more sites offer free fonts or ways to create your own fonts.

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  1. Abstract Fonts: Currently there are 13,388 free fonts on this site. You can view the fonts in many ways: latest, by category, by designer, by recent popularity, popularity climbers and sliders, similarity, best and worst rated, and more. Each of the fonts has a customizable string preview, character map, member comments, similar fonts as well as a font info tab with all kinds of helpful information about the font.
  2. AinsiFont: From block slab serifs to quirky digital imprints, the range and style of the fonts available on this site are fashion-conscious and contemporary, but all are excellent and highly useable.
  3. CHANK! This site offers cool new fonts, made fresh daily at an indie font studio in Minnesota. Chank’s popular “How to Make a Font” tutorial (recently updated for new operating systems) has inspired a new generation of font designers since the early days of the Web.
  4. dafont.com: The fonts presented on this website are their authors’ property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain. You can submit your own fonts as well. Please look at the readme-files in the zips or check the indicated author’s website for details, and contact him/her if in doubt.
  5. Fontfabric: Every week, a new and totally unique font is rolled out of production, which you can easily buy or download free of charge. Fontfabric is an independent type foundry, which was launched at the close of 2008 by designer Svetoslav Simov, who is based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  6. FontFont: FSI FontShop International and its FontFont label was founded by Neville Brody and Erik Spiekermann in 1990 in Berlin and is now one of the largest manufacturers of digital typefaces in the world. The library includes the work of some of the world’s foremost typographers and graphic designers, and nearly 750 type families of various styles are available for licensing on this site.
  7. Font Squirrel: You can grab plenty of free, hand-picked high-quality fonts at this site. Try out the Font-Face Generator, a tool that users can access to download fonts. Take advantage of the forum and the blog while you’re visiting.
  8. Fonts 101: This is a free font site, but it also is a community, where you can create fonts, manage fonts and communicate with other typographers and font fans through forums. There are over 1,100 handwriting styles alone at this site.
  9. Eat Your Veggies

  10. Fonts for Peas: This crazy couple (Kevin and Amanda) acquire handwriting samples and turn them into fonts. Then, they uploads all the fonts so users can download them for free.
  11. Fonts.com: This store from Monotype Imaging offers more than 150,000 font products for you to preview, purchase and download. You can also learn about new typeface releases and discover typographic tips and techniques.
  12. FontShop: This site contains fonts by category, foundry, designer and by gallery. You also can take advantage of free font education and utilize a font glossary. Staff picks provides a way to learn more about the best fonts around. Fontshop is the original independent retailer of digital type. They offer more than 100,000 fonts from dozens of expert-selected foundries.
  13. FontSpace: Browse through a collection of 15,266 fonts (7,357 licensed for commercial-use) that have been shared by designers around the world. All the fonts are checked periodically to ensure they are freeware, shareware, or under an open source license.
  14. Fontstruct: FontShop provides this program, where you can build and share fonts with a free Web app. FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks. You also can download fonts created by other designers. The best, of course, are not free, but you can find some creative options. The tool can help you appreciate the skill involved in creating a font.
  15. Hype for Type: HypeForType is a growing hotbed of top typographic talent. Born out of an obsessive quest for fontal perfection and more respect for the art of beautifully crafted type of one Alex Haigh. “You could think of him as the Hugh Heffner of the type world, but in a less seedy way and without the mansion.” If you’re a talented type genius wanting a platform to get your work out there, or you’re looking for some freestyle fonts to add to your creative toolkit, HypeForType is the friend you’ll soon feel like you’ve known your whole life.
  16. I Love Typography: This blog serves as an entrance to a Font Wall as well as to news, ideas and inspiration for anything typography. This site aims to make the subject more accessible, to bring the study of typography to the masses. John Boardley, the author, also has another blog at I Love Typography Marginal Notes.
  17. Linotype: In 1890 Ottmar Mergenthaler founded the Mergenthaler Linotype Company. Today, Linotype has one of the world’s largest font libraries, offering more than 4000 high-quality classic and creative typefaces.
  18. MyFonts: Use the world’s largest collection of fonts to find fonts for your project, try fonts before buying and to organize fonts you like. You even can submit an image to the page, “WhatTheFont,” to find the closest matches in their database.
  19. Edge of the Web

  20. TypeDNA: Based in Stockholm Sweden and part of Anakron AB, TypeDNA develops font technologies and software for the graphic art industries. TypeDNA consists of a team of highly skilled developers. Each team member has experience developing Mac, Windows and web applications. The team thrives on pushing the boundaries of cutting edge technology.
  21. Urban Fonts: Soak up this amazing collection of free fonts and free dingbats. This site carries over 8,000 freeware fonts, and you also have the ability to purchase fonts. Check out the free Photoshop brushes through a link to Brush Lovers.
  22. Virus Fonts: Virus is the font foundry of Jonathan Barnbrook and Barnbrook design. Founded in 1997 and run in collaboration with Marcus Leis Allion it seeks to produce experimental, innovative and usable fonts.