Edi Explains: Her Obsession with Free Fonts

Posted by Edi Parkinson

Jun 15, 2012 10:04:00 AM


Free FontsFinding the right font is sometimes like finding the right pair of shoes. You have to try on a lot of pairs and styles to find the right fit. Of course you want them to be stylish and compliment your outfit but for me the fit is just as important. You can spend hours searching to find the right look. When the sky is the limit for budget, it doesn't seem to take as long to make the final decision. But even when it's the best price it can take awhile to find the right one just because there can be so much to choose from.

The best deal out there in fonts are free fonts and luckily there are no shortages of free fonts sites. Everyone seems to have a favourite site – my current favourite is 1001FreeFonts.com

Font Testing

Just like shoes, it's best to try a font on and see how it feels, looks, and whether or not it works for the brand or message you are portraying. There are plenty of sites that let you try out your own words/phrases to see how it looks before downloading. I always try my name and the client’s name to see if it's worth the download. 

Free Fonts

Handwritten Fonts

A few weeks ago, it was time to get some new fonts and I wanted to find a new free site. I was specifically looking for handwritten fonts when I first started my search.

It didn't take long before I came across an incredible collection of handwritten fonts, all with the great story behind them on www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts. They are very crafty and to make it even more interesting the site included a blog about food, travel and tips about all kinds of things. 

So there I was in a shoe frenzy state over fonts! Over 500 of them! And what made it all even more unique was they were individually created by Amanda herself. Amanda has had a fascination with handwritten fonts since she was a kid. You can also send her samples of your own handwriting and she will turn it into a font (for free!) and then add it to her collection.

Free Fonts

Although I wasn't looking for fonts for a specific job this time, I did find and download a variety of different handwritten fonts that always come up for use in quotes, letters, signatures, call outs, titles, headers and tag lines.

What sites to do you use to find fonts? Share in the comments section!


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