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More than any other of his releases, Museo put Jos Buivenga’s exljbris label on the map. A linear mixture of sans and serif, Museo went on to expand its reach, with Sans and Slab variants of its own. Be sure to check out other exljbris releases, each containing a free style.
Hannes von Döhren’s Comic Serif is obviously a gimmick, its name given in acknowledgement of Vincent Connare’s much more popular (and with many, much less popular) Comic Sans. But it works. It’s casual and only a little clumsy. Available in both the desktop and web versions.
Dieter Hofrichter’s Civita is a pointed brush in a steady hand. Its warm calligraphic forms follow the models of rationalized Romance types of the late eighteenth century, while its fit and gait show a sophisticated systematization of harmonized character widths and spaces.
The Abril family is of two minds; Its forms follow both the models of 18th century Didones, and the Clarendons and Scotch Romans of the 19th, cutting back and forth to suit the needs of the composition. It’s from this latter bunch that Abril Display’s heaviest gets its pluck.
A slab serif poised at the edge between geometric and grotesque, Newslab adds additional Latin flavor subtly, but effectively. In text its regular weight reads like Pierpont’s Rockwell, but when used in combination with its extreme weights, the full warmth of personality shows.
Continue on to our complete list of free fonts from FontShop’s carefully selected foundries. You’ll find plenty of free font lists out there; many that are bigger, but try finding one that’s better.
Just like the free model above, some of our foundries keep single styles of their typefaces on permanent offer, selling them for as little as $1 or €1. Here’s a tight selection of almost free fonts.
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