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OK today we’re talking fonts. It’s been a while since I ventured out into the font world to have a look at what’s available out there. I’ve done a couple of things that I hope will save you some time. I’ve picked through most of the free sites and I can fill you in on their individual strengths and weaknesses. If you don’t want to look through a bunch of fonts, and you trust my taste, I’ve linked directly to the fonts that I’ve installed on my system. One more thing before I turn you loose: the term ‘breedlink’ refers to something that links directly to a file and it will start downloading. So whenever you see that term, you’ll know that when you click on it a download will start. Below, I’ve given you a link to the sites and a ‘breedlink’ to the fonts on that site that I found to be something I could read and may use.
At Font Freak you can download an endless supply of free fonts. The site layout is very basic. They just list the name of the font in the font’s ‘type’ and that’s all the information you get before you download. This makes for fast downloads but you don’t know what you are getting… The one thing that I really didn’t like about this site is that they mixed in shareware fonts with the free fonts. About 1 of every 10 fonts on the site is a shareware font. I don’t know how they hope to sell anything because you have every size and shape of font imaginable on the site for free.
Visit the fontfreak site at this link:
These are breedlinks to the fonts I installed on my PC from this site.
Breedlink – http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts/a/AntiKwa.zip
Breedlink – http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts/a/Aramis.zip
Breedlink – http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts/a/Arcitectura.zip
Breedlink – http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts/m/maize.zip
Breedlink – http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts/m/mechanihan.zip
Breedlink – http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts/s/sanity.zip
Breedlink – http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts/s/shrewsbury.zip
Breedlink – http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts/w/wesley.zip
Breedlink – http://www.fontfreak.com/fonts/z/zrnic.zip
Fonts 500 advertises themselves as “The Webs Top 500 Free Fonts”.
This site has quickest and easiest layout for downloading fonts. They list several on a page but you don’t get to see much of the font before you download. Same as above only in smaller type but at least you know they are all free so you can download away! I did notice some overlap between this site and Font Freak.
This is a link to the site itself:
Here are the ‘breedlinks’ to the fonts I installed on my PC from this site.
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/altea.zip
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/devroye.zip
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/ghostwriter.zip
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/adventuresubtitles.zip
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/queensland.zip
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/calligraphicav2.zip
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/rackham.zip
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/calligula.zip
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/oktoberfest.zip
Breedlink – http://fonts500.com/zip/nonpoint.zip
Urban fonts was a laid out a little differently. When you ‘mouse over’ a font type it shows you the alphabet in that font and that helps with the selection process but it also slows down your ability to grab a bunch of fonts quickly. So the tradeoff is better knowledge for time put in. Their site is well worth a look. At this point, I was getting tired of downloading fonts and I was getting there seemed to be a lot of overlap with the other 2 sites but it is still a good site and I was happy I found it.
This is the link to Urban Fonts:
These are the ‘breedlinks’ to the fonts I thought were best at this site:
Exljbris, is a totally different site. This is a guy that makes his own fonts and has created a website to distribute them. He has 8 different high quality and original fonts that are all readable and will be nice additions to your font library. I’d recommend you go to their site and download each of them. One bit of advice, if you look at the list of fonts on the left of their web page, you’ll notice that the first is named delicious, I was confused and thought it was a hot link to bookmark their site but it isn’t… Just click on deliscious and it will download the font…
Those are the sites I’ve collected over the last couple of years. Please let me know if you know of a better site and I’ll try it out and probably put it in. This is a post that will be updated frequently so come back often to see if I’ve changed anything. Any new posts will be at the top and they will be marked as ‘new’.