On the lookout for impressive freebies? This roundup includes free modern fonts to take your designs out of this world. For fonts you can use right away, check out the five available in Shutterstock Editor.
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Futurism and space continue to reign as top trends in pop culture and in arts and design. When a design calls for an innovative and contemporary touch, futuristic fonts are the cherry on top.
Here’s a roundup of free fonts to help you stay current with ever-changing trends; simply click on the links and download the .ttf or .otf files for use in your next project. If you don’t have access to sophisticated design software, there are five fonts available in Shutterstock Editor included here that can be used right away, directly in our easy-to-use design application.
The first on our list is Abel, a condensed geometric sans serif that is perfect for both headlines and body text. Its angular terminals and oblong counters give this type a truly modern feel, ideal for messaging you want to be eye-catching. Let this typeface shine through by layering it over a clean or dark background.
Abel is available in Shutterstock Editor, where you can quickly add it to your own image uploads or any design you’re creating with Shutterstock images. Simply navigate to the Text (A) tool and select Abel from the Font dropdown to use this typeface in your future projects.
Download Abel on Google Fonts here.
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Inspired by aircraft in the 1940s, Ailerons is a cutting-edge typeface that juxtaposes sharp and rounded terminals with elongated type forms. This typeface, designed by Adilson Gonzales, will elevate your designs with a “retro space” twist. Use this as a headline to capture your audience, paired with contrasting fonts like Montserrat or Raleway.
Download Ailerons on Behance here. Free for personal use only.
03. Alexana Neue
Alexana Neue is a display typeface consisting of simplistic lines and circles to construct letter forms, letting the viewer connect the dots. This active approach gives Alexana a minimal cosmic touch, ideal for large headings. Avoid using this typeface as body text, as Alexana will be difficult to read at smaller sizes. To bring a modern edge, combine Alexana Neue with futuristic waves.
Download Alexana Neue on Graphic Pear here.
Anurati, designed by Emmeran Richard, consists of angled letterforms that utilize the gestalt theory of closure. While portions of the letters are missing, they are still easily legible. Contrast this display type with a condensed serif or sans serif font for added emphasis, and layer over hazy forests or galactic cosmos for an ultramodern feel.
Download Anurati on Behance here.
05. Aqua Grotesque
Aqua Grotesque, designed by Laura Pol, is a sans serif typeface consisting of shapes and linear angles. The polygonal nature of this typeface illustrates a retro take on futurism, as the designer was influenced by 1940s typography. Aqua Grotesque comes with lowercase letters and numbers, making it ideal for display and medium-sized body text. Couple this type with dark mountaintops to give viewers a mysterious experience.
Download Aqua Grotesque on Behance here.
Download Arciform on Behance here.
This geometric minimal sans serif typeface, designed by Manh Nguyen, is inspired by contrasting sources: the Atlantic ocean and chemicals. Included in the free download is two versions of Atlantico: Femme, with rounded terminals, and Homme, with square terminals. Both versions of the typeface have a distinctly electronic feel, making them optimal picks for music-related designs.
Download Atlantico on Behance here. Free for personal use only.
Beyno, designed by Fabian Korn, features unexpected letterforms and glyphs with a stylistic spin. When designing, let this typeface stand in the spotlight by using it only for headings or small chunks of text. Layer the text over a dark minimalist background and let this quirky typeface captivate viewers.
Download Beyno on Behance here.
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This display typeface, designed by Emmeran Richard, features ultramodern cutout letterforms. Blanka is ideal for headings, as its special letters and glyphs are best read at large sizes. Pair this typeface with the dark sea for a combination of geometric and organic visuals.
Download Blanka on Behance here.
Blern, an irregular typeface designed by Mohammed Qaniwi, presents condensed letterforms with unexpected counters. This unique typeface is best coupled with a rounded sans serif or a slab font, like Nunito or Sanchez.
Download Blern on Behance here.
Dosis, a rounded sans serif font, exemplifies a truly modern and fresh feel with its elongated letterforms and various weights. Its lighter weight is airy and fun, while its bolder weight shows more personality. Juxtapose this clean futuristic font with a chaotic nebula background.
Find Dosis in Shutterstock Editor, where you can quickly add it to your modern designs. Customize your design even further with shapes, filters, and images from the Shutterstock collection or your own uploads.
Download Dosis on Google Fonts here.
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Exan-3 is a display typeface reminiscent of digital displays and computer processing (note the zero-like O’s). This sans serif is ideal for title treatments, as it is best read in smaller chunks. Contrast the mathematical nature of Exan-3 with organic imagery, like ice and snow.
Download Exan-3 on Behance here.
Elixia, a mathematical typeface designed by Kimmy Lee, features restrained hexagonal letterforms that give off an archaic yet utopian aura. This typeface is best suitable for displays and headings, as the nature of the letters renders them difficult to read at smaller sizes. Set Elixia with a simple sans serif font like Josefin Sans for added emphasis.
Download Elixia on Behance here.
Futures is an extended modular typeface designed by Alexander Sheliketo. The nature of this typeface makes it classic for headlines or text-oriented designs. Pair Futures with a lengthier sans serif like Quicksand for elevated contrast.
Download Futures on Behance here.
Jura is a sans serif font inspired by Kayah Li glyphs, known for their square-based shapes. This historic font includes Greek and Cyrillic alphabet letterforms along with various weights. Jura’s retrofuturistic nature makes it perfect for those who want to intertwine the past and future.
You can easily use Jura by going to Shutterstock Editor and adding text on top of your design with the Text (A) tool and selecting Jura from the Font tab.
Download Jura on Google Fonts here.
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Download Kontakt on Behance here.
This rounded typeface designed by Jack Harvatt resembles crater-like forms with its circular appearance. Match its letterforms with a dark moon background for a piece that is seemingly out of this world.
Download Moon on Behance here.
Download Mylodon on Behance here.
Neuron resembles a softened approach to geometric styles with its rounded corners and circular orientation. This free download includes extended character sets along with italics and ligatures. Layer Neuron over a planet background to achieve a celestial effect.
Download Neuron on Behance here.
20. Nova Mono
Nova Mono, a monospaced font, features proportionately spaced letterforms. Its rounded shape is juxtaposed with sharp edges for an eerie inscribed effect. Combine Nova Mono with mysterious caves for a dark approach to futurism.
Download Nova Mono on Google Fonts here.
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Outage is a bold sans serif typeface that features two distinct styles: Regular, with rounded corners, and Cut, with cut corners. Electrify your designs with this digital typeface over lightning storms or abstract lines.
Download Outage on Lost Type here.
22. Russo One
You can start using this display type right away with Shutterstock Editor. Add text to your design with the Text (A) tool and scroll through the Font tab to Russo One.
Download Russo One on Google Fonts here.
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Skyer, designed by Adilson Gonzales, visually represents futuristic and architectural elements. Its clean and airy lines deviate from bold and bulky letterforms. Try this typeface as a headline or in your next logo project for a contemporary approach. Skyer’s sophisticated characteristics tie in with architecture that’s ahead of its time.
Download Skyer on Behance here. Free for personal use only.
Voltaire draws from the sharp elements found in traditional 20th century Swedish posters. Its semi-geometric letterforms make it ideal for titles on posters or at medium sizes. Pair the pointed style of Voltaire with Oswald in your next poster project.
Use Voltaire in your designs right away with Shutterstock Editor. Simply find an image in the Shutterstock library, upload your own, or choose from hundreds of templates, then use the Text (A) tool to add this futuristic font.
Download Voltaire on Google Fonts here.
Background image via Tragoolchitr Jittasaiyapan.
Ykar, another typeface designed by Emmeran Richard, features bold sans serif letterforms with a geometric touch. Intended to grab the viewer’s attention, this unique typeface is perfect for headlines and titles. Let Ykar shine over a dark moonlit background.
Download Ykar on Behance here. Free for personal use only.
The world of futuristic and geometric fonts is ever expanding and on the rise due to recent trends. Their versatility is astonishing; these fonts can be used anywhere from space background videos to your next futuristic project.
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