15 Fresh (and Free) Fonts for 2012

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The most compelling Web designs rely on creative uses of typography, which requires both smart and original thinking when it comes to font selections.

With the inventories of free online font libraries such as Google Web Fonts and Typekit being added to regularly, and even more custom fonts being created daily, there are virtually thousands of open-source font families to choose from for your next design project.

Poring through thousands of fonts can be time consuming, however, and time is a commodity that few designers have in excess. So, WM has compiled a list of 15 fresh, free fonts to help get you started. If you would like to add something to the list, please do so in the comments section below:

Aovel Sans: A classy font that is best used for headlines of 16 points or larger.

Archive: A contemporary, versatile typeface with strong geometric forms.

Carton: A strong and sensitive slab-serif font inspired by letterpress.

FV Almelo: When a character has an alternative to all caps, you will find it by using lower-case.

Hagin: Constructed with strong geometric forms in old-school style, this serif font is applicable for just about any type of design.

Homestead: This is an elegant slab-serif typeface that achieves an avant-garde look and feel.

Jura: An elegant serif typeface of narrow proportions with distinguishing details, this font will maintain legibility even at small sizes.

Lavanderia: Featuring numerous open-type features and three weights, this font was inspired by the lettering seen on laundromat windows in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Molesk: A vintage-looking typeface that works well for headlines and logos.

Novecento: This font face is designed to be used mostly for headlines, visual identities or short sentences, both in big and small sizes.

Otama e.p.: A quiet but confident typeface created for selling expensive and fashionable things.

Parisienne: A casual, connecting script that has a slight bounce and intentional irregularity, making it a typeface for a variety of uses.

Poly: The initial design plan aimed to define an alternative system of diacritical marks to be used in parallel with standard punctuation marks.

Scruffy: Inspired by writing with a black marker, this rough-edged, uppercase-only font comes in regular and light weights.

Weston: A rounded slab-serif that is suitable for modification in logos and headlines to spice up any design.


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RickG 02-24-2012 1:25 PM

Website magazine - reliably and consistently the most useful web-centric publication on the market.  I've been a member/subscriber since "Day 1" of this publication, and think that Pete's "Web360" is probably the best of breed for website and net-based marketing overview.  It's actionable and written in such a way that it actually ENCOURAGES reading.

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Jon Design 02-26-2012 8:11 AM

Fantastic collection! I just now downloaded about half of these as my font database was looking a little out of date. You know how it is when your favorite niche font starts showing up in advertisements and album covers (I looking at you Bleeding Cowboys!) and then you know it's time to go hunt up so fresh fonts. This list was a huge help, saves me from hours of clicking through catalogs. Cheers!

JosephR 02-27-2012 9:46 AM

Superb as always from Website Magazine.

One request...where can all 15 be downloaded as one compressed file?  Would save a LOT of downloading.

RyanW 02-29-2012 4:18 PM

Could not agree more with RickG...great work & great publication!

ThatsGravy Designs 04-08-2012 1:33 PM

Thank you very much, awesome collection! Always looking to better my typographic skills and keeping up with fresh fonts of the time, I appreciate it!

DeniseB 12-28-2012 9:59 PM

Thanks for a great publication.  We're looking forward to 2013.  I can always count on you guys for great ideas...like the fonts I just downloaded!

Keep up the great work and best wishes for a successful New Year!

IrmaS 12-29-2012 10:16 AM

Lavanderia: This is not a free font

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