If you do any kind of design work, from web to print, you will know that finding the right font for a project is key. By default Windows comes with a pretty woeful selection of fonts and it can be quite a chore to trawl the internet to find quality fonts.
It is helpful therefore, to know the right places to start looking. Thankfully, font libraries have come a long way in the last few years and there are some fantastic resources from some great font designers.
The League of Moveable Type has a simple mantra “No More Bullshit.” With an aim to provide quality, free & open-source, @font-face ready fonts to the masses, The League have already built up an impressive collection of open source fonts with more added on a regular basis. It is a great place to start.
If you appreciate the hard work font designers put into their libraries, then the Lost Type Co Op might be for you. The Lost Type Co-Op is a Pay-What-You-Want Type foundry, allowing you to choose a fair price for the font you wish to use. 100% of funds from the font sales go directly to the designers of the fonts so it is a great way to give a little back if you can. The Lost Type have a quality collection and their website looks great too!
Font squirrel aim to provide the best commercial- use free fonts. They recognise that it is hard work to find quality freeware that is licensed for commercial work, so provide hand-selected typefaces for you to browse.
Google web fonts has risen in prominence recently providing hundreds of free, open-source fonts optimized for the web. You can use the code Google provides to embed them on your website, or you can even download the fonts to use in your website mockups.
Open Font Library feature fonts with the freedom to use, study, share and remix. This is great if you want to use a font as a starting point and tweak it slightly for your project needs.
These sites give you a great place to start looking and with more added on a regular basis its well worth your while checking back regularly. Otherwise, is there any I may have missed? Let me know in the comments.
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