Day 11: The Twelve Days of Author Goodies
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Dafont is a huge repository of fonts with many licenses. Use the advanced search to search for fonts with commercial licenses.
Font Squirrel is a site for free fonts with commercial licenses, some very good for long copy layout.
The typography section of Creative Bloq features fonts (some are free) as well as typography related articles. A great resource!
Behance is one of those places where asset creative showcase their work. Here’s a Behance search for free commercial license fonts.
1001 fonts has a special category for commercial use fonts.
FontSpring offers some free fonts and some paid. A desktop license covers using the free fonts in covers and print books (embedded in a pdf) but not in e-books. Special licenses for e-book use can be purchased.
If you are technically savvy, you can convert/download Google Fonts for desktop use. NOte: all these fonts are optimized for web use, so you should test your font before using in print.
Various Blog posts with links to free fonts
Design your way – A Collection Of 41 Fonts With Free For Commercial Use License
Creative Bloq – The Best Free Cursive Fonts
Confused about font licenses? Here’s a great article from DesignShack.
Some free font licenses are offered for a limited time only and may have changed. Verify the license before downloading and using the font. If you fall in love with a font with a personal use only license, contact the creator and negotiate usage terms. Most creators are open to this. Creating a good font is an art form and takes hundreds of hours. Please respect the hard work of these creators and confirm and follow the licensing terms.