Vitaly Friedman is collecting license-free fonts. That’s right, free as in beer; you’re able to use these for commercial work, and unlike most free font collections, there are some in here you may actually want to use. Consider plugging a few of these into your new, free copy of Font Explorer.
- One of the more original faces in the set, the large x-height makes it more appropriate for headlines than body copy. Four weights are available, for a good variety of choice.
- Reminiscient of Gill Sans, and probably notable more for its origins than its aesthetics. Piqiarniq was commissioned by the government of Nunavut, a territory in the Canadian arctic to provide characters for the Inuktitut language.
- A baroque face with more than a passing resemblance to Garamond — compare them side by side below the fold on this page. Plenty of ligatures to keep typofetishists happy.
- …and 17 more.
Caveat emptor though. Babelfish seems to indicate that the updated note on the Day Roman page casts doubt on the origins of the font, with the word ‘plagiarisms’ jumping out in particular. As is the case with any resource available for free on the internet, it can’t be a bad idea to research the origins yourself before committing to using them in your commercial work.
And hey, nothing’s wrong with paying for your type. Even if you’re not looking to shell out a few hundred for an OpenType family with a dozen variants from a major foundry, there are plenty of independent font designers out there.
Mark Simonson’s new Proxima Nova is off to a great start, but his back catalogue is not to be missed either. P-Type Publications has released a couple of Indie Fonts collections, which feature samplings from your favourite independent foundaries like Test Pilot Collective and P22. And for the whimsical, don’t miss Robot Johnny and Larabie. (I’ve had Robot Johnny’s ‘Girls Are Weird’ installed for, like, years and years.)
Caveat indeed. Day Roman aside, other fonts in the ‘license-free’ collection actually impose non-commercial licenses, meaning you can not use them without paying for them, so use the list with discretion. Again, make darn sure you know the origin of the ‘free’ resource you found online before using it in your own work.