It’s time for another issue, packed with fresh fonts that you can start using in your projects today. As usual, make sure to scroll down to the bottom, that’s where we keep the free typefaces. Enjoy the issue!
If you are interested in learning the secrets of hand lettering but don’t know where to start, here’s what you’ve been waiting for: Better Letters is running fun, practical and creative hand lettering and sign writing workshops in different locations across Europe and America. All of them are hosted by talented and very experienced artists in the field, and require no prior experience. Here is what you can expect.
One year in the making, Type By is now live, bringing back more than 35 retail typefaces signed by Fred Smeijers, Corina Cotorobai and other former OurType designers. The catalog also includes 14 new releases, such as the mono and stencil versions of their bestselling Fakt, and the four styles of Gustella (Solid, Stripes, Inline and Boxed) which were recently awarded a Certificate of Typographic Excellence by the TDC.
Archetype Foundry released a brand new version of Parse Grotesk (previously known as Dita Grotesk) a quirky and playful monospace family. Perfect for use in programming, body text and long form reading, given its great legibility at small sizes, the typeface is now available in five weights, from Thin to Black. Other suggested uses include UI and data visualization.
I was impatiently waiting for the release of Quinn after seeing a picture of its work in progress on Twitter over a year ago. Designed by Diana Ovezea, the typeface consists of two subfamilies: Quinn Text in 10 styles for sizes between 6-24 points, and Quinn Display in 14 styles for use above 24 points. In addition, it comes with symbols, small caps, ligatures, bullets, arrows and boxes, making it a wonderful pick for publication design.
Designed by Jean Francois Porchez, the newest release of Typofonderie is a sans serif inspired by geometry but also by nature. This is most visible in characters like ‘A’, 'w’ and 'y’, whose shapes are asymmetrical, helping to distinguish them from one another. Audace comes in four weights, with only one italic (for the Regular weight) which is a bit audacious, isn’t it?
Originally developed for the MSK (Museum of Fine Arts) in Ghent, Belgium, Nib is a typeface that blends different influences, from calligraphy to stone-carving, making it both original and elegant at the same time. Now available for licensing, Nib comes in five weights, with corresponding italics. You can also see a slightly modified version of Nib in use on the Museum’s website.
Published by Rosetta Type, Adapter packs a wide range of weights, italics, and text and display variants into a single lightweight font file that supports Cyrillic, Greek and Latin – with Arabic and Hebrew coming later this year. Also, to illustrate its potential, David Březina created a poster – automating its drawing using Adapter’s variable font and Python/Drawbot script.
In collaboration with Paula Scher’s team at Pentagram, MCKL created a new custom typeface for Red Hat, the North Carolina-based provider of open source software. The result is a geometric sans inspired by other American typefaces, such as Highway Gothic. Named after the company, Red Hat is available in Text and Display versions, in a range of weights with italics. Open source, free for personal and commercial use.
Spanish foundry Atipo released Bould, a modern sans serif in seven weights (from Thin to Bold) with their italics. Bould also comes with stylistic alternates, tabular figures, fractions, superiors and ordinals. You can download the two styles of its Regular weight for free, or pay what you want for the complete family. Pay what you want for personal and commercial use.
Technique is a free font created by Minsk-based design student Artur Avtuhov. As you would expect from a grotesque, Technique has a low contrast and a few quirky notes, giving it a lot of visual character. Although its glyph set is a bit limited, Technique comes with uppercase and lowercase letters, numerals and a few symbols. Free for personal and commercial use.