Looking for budget-friendly typography options for your next design? Check out these sites to find the perfect free font for your project.

Things that are “free” aren’t always great, as the huge but often disappointing range of free fonts available on the internet demonstrates. But, this isn’t always the case. There are plenty of beautifully designed free fonts out there if you know where to look.

So step away from Google search. Let this be your ultimate guide to sourcing the best high-quality free fonts. Bookmark these ten essential sites and start creating beautiful typography on your designs.

1. Font Squirrel

Best for: Hidden gems and future classics

Font Squirrel is my number one free font site. Why? All the fonts are commercially licensed, which means you can start downloading and using them without worrying or spending ages looking into the small print.

The fonts on here are also generally of an exceptional quality. Many type designers use the site to trial their newest designs, or offer certain weights for free. Some fonts launched on Font Squirrel have gone on to become indispensable essentials in every designer’s toolbox, making it a great place to catch new type trends. Keep heading back to their Recent edit to spot the next big thing.

If you’re designing for a commercial project and want to add wow factor without a hefty price tag, this is the site to come to.

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Calluna Sans
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Bellefair

2. Typekit

Best for: Web-friendly fonts

Adobe’s Typekit site offers a wide selection of fonts which are designed to sync with Adobe applications. You can also use the fonts on offer for web design.

While the site offers paid plans, there’s also a free plan which gives you access to a limited number of fonts.

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Lato
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Adobe Caslon

3. Behance

Best for: Cutting-edge and novelty fonts

As well as being a solid source of design inspiration, Behance is also an under-the-radar place to find incredible new fonts. Designers often share free fonts or font trials for limited periods on here, and the vibe tends to be cutting edge and design-forward.

If you’re looking for a novelty or display font with a bit of edge, this is the place to find it.

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Jabin
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Yikes

4. Creative Market

Best for: Free demos and bonuses

Type designers use Creative Market to generate buzz around their creations, and offer free weights, free trials, or bonus styles as part and parcel of enticing fickle browsers.

While it can be tricky to find fonts on here that are completely free (though there are some), you’ll often find deals on fonts through bundles and bonuses.

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Formia Script
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Aisha Script

5. FontSpace

Best for: Hand-lettered fonts

FontSpace might not have the best interface, but its hand-lettered offerings are worth browsing for. Pretty brush fonts are the stand out picks in a sea of otherwise run-of-the-mill typefaces.

When browsing, make sure to read the small print about licensing, as not all of the fonts on here are commercially licensed.

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Billy Ohio
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Mellony Dry Brush

6. Abstract Fonts

Best for: Pop culture tribute fonts

Cast in the same mold as FontSpace, Abstract Fonts has a crowded interface which can deter high quality font seekers. However, there are some fun gems to be found on here, with pop culture tribute fonts allowing you to recreate movie posters and nostalgic brands with an authentic touch.

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Justice League
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Pretendo

7. The League of Moveable Type

Best for: Design-forward, simply beautiful fonts

This reputable foundry creates consistently gorgeous open-source fonts. On The League of Moveable Type you’ll find fonts designed with online viewing in mind, but most will look equally beautiful on print designs.

It really is a case of quality not quantity with the offerings on this site, but who needs a thousand mediocre fonts when you can have seventeen awesome ones?

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — League Mono
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Linden Hill

8. Google Fonts

Best for: The freshest web fonts

With web typography evolving at breakneck speed, Google Fonts is at the forefront of web font innovation. This is the place to find the newest fonts for your website designs, and the interface is a joy to use.

It’s also the best place to find contemporary serifs that work beautifully for web design.

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Playfair Display
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Josefin Sans

9. Free Fonts Project

Best for: Quirky fonts

Established by designer Ivan Gladkikh in 2008, the Free Fonts Project aims to make great typography more achievable and accessible. Since its inception, 50 free fonts and families have been created through its support.

On here you’ll find some of the quirkiest, loveliest fonts around, from digital-inspired sans-serifs to serifs with a twist.

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Imperial One
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Dita Sweet

10. Typedepot

Best for: Perfect sans serifs

This type foundry, led by Bulgarian designers Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova, has a small but perfectly formed collection of fonts, some of which are available for free.

If you’re always on the hunt for that elusive perfect sans-serif, the fonts on Typedepot make for strong contenders, taking their cues from Swiss Style typography.

My top picks:

The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Ossem
The Best Sites to Source Free High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs — Centrale Sans Pro

Looking for more fonts?

If you still can’t find “the one” on the sites listed here, it’s well worth checking out paid sites like Fontspring or Fonts.com.

You can also find a wide range of vector typefaces on the Shutterstock library here.