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In certain contexts, a classic typeface isn’t going to cut it. Perhaps you’re designing a poster for a contemporary art gallery, or marketing a futuristic video game. Modern fonts give your project an edge, whether you need a sleek typeface for your small business or fresh display font for creative work.

Originating in 1784, the first modern font was created by French printer Firmin Didot. This was soon followed by Didone, an archetypal font from Italian designer Giambattista Bodoni. Almost every foundry in the world is influenced by Bodoni’s work, including his contrasting strokes, stylish serifs, and vertical symmetry.

Modern designers gradually moved away from Humanists’ handwritten lettering and embraced the precision of modern fonts. It’s still the dominant approach in today’s digital world, but typographers are having a lot more fun with the form. You can find hypnotic, otherworldly, and inspiring fonts for virtually any scenario. With so many options, it’s never been a better time to be a graphic designer, or a small business with a big idea.

Below, we’ve shared 25 free modern fonts that are suitable for personal or commercial projects. These fonts are inspired by geometry, science fiction, digital culture, and more. Use them as a launching point for your most imaginative and playful projects, and as a way to connect with modern consumers in an increasingly digital world.

1. Metria (Jake Lunde)

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First, this classy and unconventional font is built with stark geometric shapes. When placed on a busy background, the angular characters stay totally readable. It’s perfect for stylish headlines and logos.

You can download the font at Behance.

2. Achi (Shibu PG)

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This is logo designer Shibu PG’s first foray into the font world, and it’s a total success. Achi’s experimental approach uses multiple lines to reinforce the upper-case characters, so they have a flat 3D look.

Download the Regular and Bold versions here.

3. Rezland (Fraser Davidson)

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Next, this rounded typeface evokes cyberpunk novels and techno raves. Rezland’s curvy and futuristic design would look amazing on a DJ festival poster. The font’s capitals and lower-case characters are the same, which gives it an understated vibe.

Download the typeface at Dafont.

4. Alte Haas Grotesk (Yann Le Coroller)

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Josef Müller-Brockmann was a respected graphic designer from Switzerland, and he wrote several books about design in the ’60s and ’70s. Alte Haas Grotesk is inspired by his published work, with a soft sans-serif design. If you want a Helvetica-esque font with a bit more character, this free option looks spectacular in printed projects.

Download it here.

5. Koliko (Fontfirma)

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Next, this versatile typeface comes in three fonts: Thin, Regular, and Bold. It has a more geometric and Scandinavian style than your average sans-serif, with sharp edges that still feel friendly (especially in bold).

Download the full font family here.

6. GADO (Sergi Delgado)

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This “modular” typeface is constructed with stencil-like shapes, which gives it an eccentric style. GADO can be used for vintage projects or cutting-edge graphic designs, depending on the colors and context.

Download the 4 modules for free here, and donate a few dollars to Sergi Delgado if you like the typeface.

7. Summit (Luke Lisi)

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Built to support multiple layers, this revolutionary typeface can be endlessly customized in complex ways. Designer Luke Lisi has dubbed Summit a “typographic system”, and we think that’s a fitting definition for this remarkable font.

Download the entire font family here.

8. KOMODA (Asia Ang)

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Next, here’s a highly condensed sans-serif font for your design agency or retail boutique. KOMODA only contains capital letters, so it’s perfect for logos and headlines. You can use it to inject some European style into your project.

Download the typeface at Behance.

9. MOD (Fontfabric)

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If you’re looking for a highly stylized and blocky typeface, MOD is an excellent choice. The imposing characters are suitable for hip t-shirts and posters, and you can also use them in a stencil format to show a complex background image.

Download MOD at Fontfabric.

10. Perfograma (Asen Petrov, Fontfabric)

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Perforated fonts open a world of possibilities, especially when they convey depth and reveal what’s on the other side. Perfograma is an all-caps font made with small dots, inspired by IBM computer punch-outs. It’s perfect for web headlines, logos, and modern poster designs.

Download it here.

11. Hapna Mono (Mariya Vasiljevna Pigoulevskaya)

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If you’re searching for a more restrained typeface, Hapna Mono offers modern stylings while staying readable. The rational serif looks amazing at any size, especially with bright colors and contrasting backgrounds.

Download the typeface at Behance.

12. Lovelo (Hans Renzler, Fontfabric)

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Originally designed by Hans Renzler, Fontfabric’s expanded version of Lovelo comes with Line Light and Line Bold versions, which stand out on a blank page. This geometric sans-serif uses sharp lines and playful curves.

You can download the original font with the two new versions here.

13. POLYA (Adrien Coquet)

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Today’s technology makes detailed 3D fonts like POLYA possible. Constructed with wireframe triangles in the shape of letters, this one-of-a-kind typeface is perfect for artsy businesses and tech-focused designers.

You can download POLYA for free here, and there’s a link to support the designer with a donation as well.

14. Massief (My Free Fonts)

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Next, this bold and condensed typeface evokes futuristic video games from the ’90s. Use it for a stylish ad campaign or artist logo (i.e. DJs, musicians, and fine artists).

You can download the font here.

15. Sequi (Joao Andrade)

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This joyful and experimental font looks incredible on a huge poster, especially when it’s paired with captivating background. Whether you’re running an outdoor apparel line or a hip ad agency, Sequi will inspire you to push in new directions.

Download the full font family for free here.

16. ROUNDA (Ina Dimitrova)

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Font designer Ina Dimitrova says that ROUNDA is “inspired by the circle shape” (hence the name). ROUNDA is a modern throwback, evoking design styles from previous decades, while updating them for a digital context. The font’s thick and thin strokes look incredible when used at headline size.

You can download the file for use in Adobe Illustrator here.

17. Nagasaki (Sasha Iacob)

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Inspired by Wim Crouwel’s “Hiroshima” poster, Nagasaki looks like a timeless jazz album cover. The condensed typeface makes a strong first impression, especially when set on a contrasting background.

You’ll find the font file at Behance.

18. VETKA (Rus Khasanov)

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Russian font designer Rus Khasanov designed VETKA to look outstanding with Cyrillic or Latin characters, depending on your project. In truth, the rounded and open characters feel like they came from another planet.

Download VETKA here.

19. Gilbert (Gilbert Baker)

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LGBT activist Gilbert Baker created the original rainbow flag, and this font honors his contributions to gay rights. Designed for striking headlines and colorful posters, Gilbert is available as an OpenType-SVG color font or a standard black vector. There’s even a free animated version that works with Adobe After Effects.

Download all three fonts here.

20. Quarca (Insigne)

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Next, this flawless typeface evokes space travel and sci-fi movies. Quarca’s construction feels inspired by vintage computer text, but brought into a contemporary context. Modern fonts vary wildly in tone, and we think Quarca’s the perfect choice for tech startups and spacey design projects.

Download it at 1001 Free Fonts.

21. Jaapokki (Mikko Nuuttila)

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With alternate versions that “subtract” and “enhance” the original font, Jaapokki injects refreshing ideas into its versatile sans-serif. The main typeface has simple and inviting lines, and it’s ideal for large-sized headings, logos, and modern websites. Depending on your needs, you can mix between the alternative fonts for a complex, yet unified design.

Download the full Jaapokki family here.

22. Gizmo (Apostrophic Labs)

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Like Quarca, Gizmo offers a clean and futuristic design, but this one’s a bit more eccentric. With angular shapes and a digital motif, this typeface is ideal for tech business projects and sci-fi illustrations. If you’re starting a new blog that reviews technology products, or you’re designing an indie video game, Gizmo might be the perfect font to use.

You can download it here.

23. ROMBOMB (Gabrielius Mackevicius)

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Origami and typefaces aren’t usually in the same world, but ROMBOMB looks like folded paper turned into a dynamic font. A simple rectangle, isosceles triangle, and right triangle were used to create the ROMBOMB characters. They look incredible when stitched into clothing, or fabricated into fridge magnets that you can rearrange into new words.

Download the font at Behance.

24. Taurus Mono (Tyler Finck)

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Modern fonts like Taurus Mono are packed with emotion and undeniable style. You can feel the suspense emanating from the hollowed-out capital letters. It’s the perfect typeface for alien horror movies, video games, and cutting-edge ad campaigns.

Download Taurus Mono at Dafont.

25. Hadron Sans (James Lewis)

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Finally, this warped and shimmering typeface takes a modern sans-serif, and then alters it to look like it’s underwater. Designer James Lewis created the glyphs digitally, printed them out, and warped them by hand to achieve this mesmerizing effect. It’s perfect for contemporary posters, logos, and brief lines of text.

Download Hadron Sans at Lewis’ website.

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