12 free typefaces for your graphic presentations

A roundup of a dozen typographical styles, along with how they might be used privately or commercially.

Finding the right font for your website or blog may not seem easy—but with a slew of gorgeous typefaces at your disposal, that task becomes simpler. Below, take a look at 12 different free, attractive, inspiring styles taken from around the Web, along with applications of them in use.

1. Nevis: This strong and angular sans serif look is popular among designers. Here’s an example of Nevis in a space-themed poster:

2. Century Gothic: Century Gothic is a clean, rounded typeface with a modern feel. What’s more, it’s praised for using 30 percent less ink than [the] default font Arial in printing. Below, it’s used in bold weight for a book design:

3. Ostrich Sans: Available in six styles, Ostrich Sans offers contemporary, crisp, clean style. Check out how a Vimeo user implemented it here.

4. Oswald: This clean sans serif style is not only free to download, but it’s also part of the Google Fonts collection, making it supremely accessible. Here’s how Web designer Mihai Balea used it in his portfolio:


5. Langdon: This thick, blocky typeface that Fontspace.com calls “solid, serious, and dependable” works well in logos and various print designs, as demonstrated by the Langdon font’s designer.

6. Code Light: Clean, thin Code Light works well in prints like the one posted here.

7. St. Marie: Skinny and light, St. Marie is a serif typeface perfect for creating an elegant feel. Here’s how a blogger used it in a photo collage.

8. Abraham Lincoln: With a tagline like “Tall. Skinny. Honest,” it’s not hard to see the appeal of Abraham Lincoln. According to LostType.com, advertisements and playbills from the 1800s inspired this classy serif face, which is used in these book covers.

9. Birmingham: Featuring the look of handwriting and available in seven different styles, Birmingham works in everything from websites to wedding invitations, as shown here:

10. Foglihten No. 01: A decorative font of all caps, Foglihten No. 01 features pretty embellishments on the script. Here, it’s used in an online image quote:

11. Hagin: Hagin is a classic serif typeface from Font Fabric with “strong geometric forms in ‘old school'” style. Here’s an example of its being used as text on an image:

12. Octin Vintage: A fun vintage headliner typeface, Octin Vintage comes in two styles and three weights. Here’s a look at how it could be used in a sample clothing label.


Shanna Mallon is a writer for Straight North, a Chicago Web design firm providing specialized SEO, Web development, and other online marketing services. Follow Straight North on Twitter and Facebook.

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