Type Showcase: Free Fonts Which I Love to Use in my Designs

Over the past few months I’ve become an avid fan of dedicated server web hosting and fonts I can use on my websites and on other designs. I’ve always wondered how websites managed to get such good looking fonts and then I found @font-face. It has proved to be one of my favourite parts of CSS!

But having exciting fonts isn’t just for @font-face work either. Whether your creating a logo for your business or creating a poster for a massive gig fonts come in really handy and having the right font for the job is essential. I’ve found that the more projects I get involved in; whether it be my Church’s website: http://christchurchhitchin.org.uk/ or my own site: http://dspickett.com/ fonts have played a large part in the designs I’ve created.

After quite a few months of gathering quite a large collection of different fonts from all over the place I decided it was time to show off some of the best fonts I’ve found. It is by no means a complete collection of all my favorites.

Are you tired of using the same fonts over and over again? Need some new fonts to freshen up your designs and create new ideas?

Here is a list of 7 of my favourite fonts which I’ve used!

All of these fonts are free to use but not all may be embedded by @font-face

Coolvetica http://www.dafont.com/coolvetica.font

I love Coolvetica. I use it on dspickett.com as it’s perfect for logos, headlines and for writing titles that catch the users attention. It’s probably best used in lowercase as it has some brilliant decoration on “t” and

League Gothic http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/7-league-gothic

League Gothic is another really good headlining font. The font is one of The League of Moveable Type’s brilliant collection and is licensed under the Open Font License which is really open, hence the name. It’s a font I’ve used for navigation menus; for which it works really well.

ChunkFive http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/4-chunk

Chunk looks just as it sounds. It’s a strong font that’s perfect for big fonts and navigation menus. It’s a well created font that will add something extra to your designs.

Raleway http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/14-raleway

I like Raleway because it’s simple and think yet looks really good on clean sites that require a font that just has that something a little extra.

Walk around the Block http://www.dafont.com/walk-around-the-block.font

A really exciting font! Walk around the block is an extremely useful font when you require something that is completely different and out of the ordinary. It’s perfect for images but doesn’t work with @font-face very well though so bear that in mind when you use it. Distinctive and different is how I would describe this font.

SoulMission http://www.dafont.com/soulmission.font

SoulMission is an awesome grunge font really suited to big attractive titles and logos. It certainly makes an impact and is useful for posters and anywhere else where you require a good solid grunge font.

Diavolo http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl/diavlo.html

Diavolo is another brilliant font. It looks clean and professional and can liven up those designs where a different font is needed from the generic ones so often used.

Do you have any fonts you love using? Let us know below!

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