The visual culture that surrounds you relies strongly on typography: movies, magazines, posters, packaging designs and websites. Designers treat this idea as a solid base for their whole work and are aware that typographic experience is as emotional as any pictorial masterpiece.
A group of curious design explorers make up høly and are the team behind today’s font of choice Futuracha. They comment on Behance: “The name is the combination of words futura and cucaracha (cockroach in Spanish). “The design is based on the basis of the pf futura book. The letters edges radically extend in a forceful way trying to remind the art deco’s style.
Developed by New York-based graphic designer Jean M Wojciechowski, AXIS is a sans serif font, inspired by the geometry of the urban environment. The free download includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
03. Elegant Lux
Elegant Lux was created by designer Florian Paizs. “This is my interpretation and sketching of Hans Möhring’s sketches of Elegant Grotesk from 1929,” he comments. A work-in-progress, Paizs is currently still working on Elegant Lux, correcting kerning issues and developing more weights. But, in the meantime, he’s offering a demo version of his font as free download.
Building was created by Italian design student Leonardo Gubbioni. He comments on Behance: “With a strong visual impact, Building’s primary purpose is to capture the attention, in a world where you are constantly assualted by sensory stimuli.”
Geometric design Anders was an experimental project by creative advertising student Tom Anders Watkins. “Using influences from modern font design, I wanted something very minimal and a little unique, here’s the result,” Watkins comments on Behance.
Dense is a versatile, elegant, geometric and compact sans-serif typeface. Three weights have been created thus far: thin, regular and bold. Created by Canadian artist Charles Daoud, Regular is currently the only weight available, but Daoud has said that he’ll update his Behance page with news on how to get the other weights in the near future.
Reckoner was created by Sydney-based graphic designer Alex Dale. “Drawing inspiration from popular industrial sans serif typefaces such as Bebas Neue, Alegre Sans & Dharma Gothic, I set out to design a typeface with a modern twist whilst keeping the fundamentals of a traditional font,” Dale comments on Behance.
Created by Portugal-based graphic designer Marissa Passos, free font Higher was made as a student project during her time at the University of Porto. The typeface contains a full set of uppercase characters and numbers 0-9. It’s free for both personal and commercial use, and available in OTF and TTF formats.
Vincent was developed by graphic and product designer for NBC Universal Ben Suarez. Created at the end of last year, this vintage-inspired design was Suarez’s first fully functioning typeface, and is a great addition to our list of 100 free fonts.
Inspired by the playful asethics of illustration, Burma-based typographer Zarni has created this cool and characterful font. This kind of typography is perfect for experimentation and will work wonders on posters and headlines.
Biko is a design by graphic designer and visual artist Marco Ugolini: “a geometric sans serif with a strong and yet friendly character”. The name is a tribute to South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. Perfect for display, copy text and logos, it’s available in regular, and black versions. It’s also one of our typefaces that’s only free for use in personal projects, and as you can purchase the font for a mere 20 Euros for commercial use we felt that it must be included.
This, one of our cutest fonts on our list, was designed by Mayaaka Linny. It’s based on Maya’s own handwriting and comes in upper and lower case, as well as numbers and punctuation.
This is one of the most elegant typefaces, and was created by type designer George Williams; it has the feel of old Paris about it. One of 57 fonts created by the designer, this is one of his most popular, having received over 200,000 downloads. It’s free for both personal and commercial uses.
Created by graphic design student Frank Hemmekam, this font family is designed for display with Hemmekam describing it as “a free uppercase display typeface inspired by the classic sans serif font families. This typeface is, because of its many alternative options and weights, perfect for usage in posters, logotypes and headlines.” Baron is free for both personal and commerical use.
15. True Love
Davide Cariani is a UX designer and web developer with a passion for typography, which led to him creating this entry in our list. True Love was created in his spare time and his first type experiment. Inspired by old-school tattoo fonts, glyphs available include letters, numbers, dash and dot.