Not sure where to purchase fonts? Looking for tips on creating the perfect font combinations? Web fonts have you confused? Look no further. I’ve put together this font resource list so you have a go to place for all your font needs. Be sure to bookmark this post, as I’ll be updating it when I come across new resources.
Free Font Resources
Gotta give it to Google. They make using fonts on your website a breeze. There are almost 700 fonts in their directory, all of which are open source and can be used in any of your commercial projects. But perhaps the best part, thanks to their API service, is that you can quickly and easily use any Google Font on your website.
If you’re in need of free fonts that can be used commercially, you’ll definitely want to check out Font Squirrel. There is some overlap with Google Fonts’ directory, but don’t let that stop you. And while every font is licensed for commercial use, be sure to check the license icons at the top of each font page. That’ll tell you if a font is desktop use only or if it can be embedded in websites, ebooks, or apps.
DaFont is a huge resource for free fonts. There are tons of fonts in every category imaginable. However, you will definitely have to do some weeding as some fonts aren’t quite up to par when it comes to quality. Make sure to read the license for each font, as some fonts might not be licensed for commercial use.
Canva put together one amazing blog post listing 100 of the best fonts out there. Regardless of whether or not you’re on a budget, this post is a must-read as they’ve rounded up some gorgeous fonts perfect for your next project.
Paid Font Resources
Although Creative Market isn’t dedicated solely to fonts, it is still one of my go to sources when I’m looking for gorgeous fonts. If you’re looking for hand drawn, brush script, or calligraphy fonts, odds are Creative Market will have what you’re looking for.
MyFonts boasts the world’s largest collection of fonts.
Fontspring offers a great selection of fonts with easy to understand licensing.
Fonts.com offers 150,000 fonts that can be used for desktop or web.
FontShop is another great source for desktop and web fonts.
YouWorkForThem‘s font library consists of over 35,000 fonts from over 200 foundries that are hand picked, so you know you’re getting quality fonts.
Web Font Resources
FontDeck is a web font embedding service. Once you create an account, you can preview any of their fonts on your site for free. When you decide to go live, you simply pay a monthly fee to use that font. Their library contains thousands of fonts and with a few lines of CSS, you can easily get typefaces up and running on your site.
Typekit is a font subscription service owned by Adobe. It syncs fonts to your applications, such as Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and more. Typekit also allows you to sync fonts to your website by adding a short code snippet to your site’s template.
“Webtype provides fonts for the highest quality online typography, including typefaces which were designed from scratch specifically for onscreen reading.” They offer free trials on fonts and you pay for fonts on a yearly basis so you don’t have to pay for fonts you’ve stopped using. One of my favorite features of the site is that a target size is listed with each font, so you’ll know if a particular font is best suited for paragraphs, subheadings, or headings.
Icon Font Resources
If you’re in need of icon fonts, IcoMoon is your go-to source. It boasts 4000+ icons, which you can pick and choose from to create a custom icon font.
Fontello is an icon font generator. It allows you to choose individual icons from various icon fonts to create your own, custom icon font.
Font Identification Resources
Ever come across a site and wonder what font is being used? Well, thanks to the WhatFont Chrome extension, you don’t have to wonder any longer. Simply install the extension. Whenever you come across a font you want to identify, click the button in your browser and hover over the text in question. The font used will be displayed. Problem solved.
Ever come across an image and wondered what font it was? WhatTheFont! lets you upload an image, which it then analyzes. It then provides you with a list of fonts that it thinks could be a match. If you’re not happy with the results, you can head to the WhatTheFont! forum where actual people can help you identify the font in question.
Font Matcherator is an alternative to WhatTheFont! and works the same way in that it allows you to upload an image for font identification.
Identifont helps you identify a font by asking you a series of questions about different characters. As you answer more and more questions, the possible matches are reduced until hopefully you’re left with a match.
Other Font Resources
Rather than opening Photoshop and testing out a bunch of different fonts, Wordmark.it allows you to enter text, which it then displays in every font installed on your computer. You can adjust the font size, capitalization, and even filter by selected so you can narrow down the perfect font.
Webfonts are great, but it can be a hassle putting together the perfect fontstack that looks great on a variety of screens. Awesome Fontstacks allows you to choose headline, text, decoration, and monospaced fonts, which it then matches and optimizes so that you can ensure your site’s text looks great.
Type is a typography lover’s dream. Although the site doesn’t appear to be currently updated, there is a ton of inspiration to be found in their archive. Also check out their Tumblr, Great, for even more typography inspiration.
Ever wonder what the difference is between Georgia and Times New Roman? Or maybe you’d love to compare two Google fonts? Tiff is a great tool that overlays the characters of 2 fonts of your choosing so that you can compare them. You can also view characters side by side for further comparison.
Fontstand is an interesting alternative to the standard font ownership system. They allow you to try any font for free for one hour. You can then choose to rent the font on a per month basis. Once you’ve rented the font for 12 months, you can then use the font like you would any other licensed font.This system could really pay off if you only need to use a font for a small project, as you’d only be paying a fraction of the full cost of the font.
The purpose of Type Genius is to “find the perfect font combo for your next project.” After you select a font, matches are displayed with examples of each pairing in use on actual projects. It’s a great way to see different font pairings in action.
Have a favorite font resource that isn’t listed? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list!