The new year is just around the corner, and with the new year, new trends and standards will pop up. This applies to web design as well, and today, we are going to focus on one of the most important aspects of every website – typography.
Keeping up with the latest trends is crucial if you want to survive in the market. There are so many new free fonts that one should get familiar with it can be hard to know where to start.
That being said, let’s take a look at the best free fonts that you should use on your website in 2019.
We have divided the cool fonts that we are about to talk today into three major categories; serif fonts, sans serif fonts, and handwritten fonts. All fonts that are mentioned below are entirely free of charge.
Coldiac is a luxurious serif font that works well for all kinds of texts; from headlines and a small amount of body text to printed ads and other marketing materials. According to the Coldiac creators, what really makes this font special is "the relatively low contrast of strokes, the slightly squarish shapes of round characters and the emphasized businesslike nature.”
If you are looking for something a little bit more unique, Blacker is the right serif font for you. According to the Blacker designers’ page, this cool font is "take on the contemporary 'evil serif' genre: typefaces with high contrast, 1970s-evoking proportions, and sharp wedge serifs".
There are six weights available for Blacker. Currently, you can get Blacker Text Light and Blacker Display Medium Italic for free. If you are interested in some of the other styles of this font, you can get it for $25.
Designed by Denis Masharov and inspired by the classic Roman fonts, Forum is one of the best fonts for headings, but it can also be used on paragraphs.
Available through Argentinian type collaborative Huerta Tipográfica, Bitter is one of the free modern fonts that was specifically designed for reading the text on the screen. It combines generous x-heights with minimal variation in stroke weight which makes it perfect for the web use.
Initially designed for type foundry Cyreal in 2011, Lora is a free font that has its roots in calligraphy. The Cyrillic extension was added in 2013. Nowadays, you can get Lora in four styles: regular, bold, italic, and bold italic.
Lora is optimized for the web use, but it also looks beautiful in print projects and different marketing materials thanks to its well-balanced, contemporary feel.
Speaking of nice fonts, we have to mention Butler, a free font designed by Fabian De Smet and inspired by both Dala Floda and the Bodoni family. This is a serif font with a modern twist.
The Butler family contains 334 characters, seven regular weights, and seven stencil weights, and includes text figures, ligatures and fractions. With the added glyphs, it suits numerous languages as well as different text types.
Arvo is a geometric slab-serif font family. It works equally well for the print and screen use. It was created by Anton Koovit and published in the Google Font directory as a free open font (OFL). Once you complete the font download, you are all set to start using it and you can choose standard, italic, bold and bold italic style.
Crimson Text was explicitly designed for book production, but that does not mean that it does not look good on the web. It was inspired by old-time, Garamond-esque book typefaces and you can use it if you want to build a unique website that will immediately stand out.
With the semi-rounded details and a sleek structure, Aleo is not only stylish and beautiful but also very readable and practical. It comes in three weights with corresponding true italics. It was designed by Alessio Laiso, a designer at IBM Dublin, as the slab serif companion to Lato, and released under the SIL Open Font License.
Neuton is one of the pretty fonts that you can get by with a free download. Moreover, Neuton is worth considering if you are looking for something that looks great on screens.
Like all good fonts, it can be adapted to different kinds of text; from work documents to marketing materials. It is particularly good for italics.
Created by Denis Masharov, Ledger is a highly legible and versatile font popular among web designers.
Brela is a humanistic serif font designed exclusively for editorial design. It is highly readable even at tiny sizes thanks to the generous x-height. However, it looks equally as stunning in bold large headlines. It was designed by Spanish creative agency Makarska Studio and comes in regular and bold weights.
Serif sans fonts are often used to pass simplicity or minimalism. They are commonly used for headings rather than for body text, and they tend to have less line width variations than serif typefaces.
Let’s take a look at sans serif free fonts for designers.
Roboto is hands down one of the most popular sans serif typefaces used in web design. Its geometric forms and mechanical skeleton combined with the friendly and open curves make this font a perfect one for impactful headings. This sans serif font should be on your list of the fonts that are to be used in 2019.
Mina is another of the super popular trendy fonts, and it comes in two weights; regular and bold. It was designed by Nataneal Gama, and it began by extending the Latin font Exo. It was designed to perform at small to intermediate sizes which makes it a great typeface for the screens.
Open Sans is a humanist sans serif typeface designed by Steve Matteson, Type Director of Ascender Corp. It contains an 897 character set, which incorporates the standard ISO Latin 1, Latin CE, Greek and Cyrillic character sets. It is a friendly yet classy font that was optimized for web, mobile interfaces, and even print.
Lato was published in December 2010 under the Open Font License by his foundry tyPoland. Supported by Google, this modern font’s semi-rounded letters give it a sense of warmth, yet the strong structure creates the feeling of seriousness and stability.
Nano Sans, it is a Sans-Serif font designed by Google. It is a super versatile font that works great with all types of texts and with all kinds of languages. It covers over 30 scripts including the Sans Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic family. It comes in Regular, Bold, Italic, and Bold Italic styles.
Julieta Ulanovsky created Montserrat while drawing inspiration from the old posters and signs in the traditional Montserrat neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Today, we can say that it has become one of the most popular commercial use fonts out there and the web designers swear by it.
It is an urban typeface with excellent readability and versatility. It perfectly combines the classic and the modern elements, and there is no doubt that this typeface will stay trendy and relevant for a long while. Don’t forget to check it out in 2019 when creating your new website designs.
The Oswald font is an adjustment of the classic style historically represented by the ‘Alternate Gothic’ sans serif typefaces, and it was created by Vernon Adams. The whole idea behind designing this typeface was to reform some of the traditional fonts to optimize them for the screen use by making them more legible and adjusting them to better fit the pixel grid.
Oswald, as we know it today, is a versatile font great for web use. It looks great on all kinds of screens, from mobile phones to desktop computers.
We mentioned Roboto before as one of the most popular free typefaces. Now, we are going to take a closer look at Roboto Condensed.
Just like Roboto, this design font has the geometric forms and the mechanical skeleton combined with open and friendly curves. It has sort of a grotesque twist to it which makes it unique and great for headlines and text types that you want to attract the audience’s attention immediately. However, even though the font itself can be described as unique, it is still very legible and great for web design.
Source Sans Pro is one of the first Adobe fonts, and it was designed by Paul D. Hunt. The font turned out to be one of the designers’ favorite, and it is currently used by over 4.2 million websites across the globe. Its versatility and readability make it one of the best free script fonts.
If you are a fan of elegant fonts, you should take a closer look at Raleway. This sans serif typeface is excellent for heading and other large size text types. Back in the day, it was designed as a single thing weight, but it has evolved significantly since then. Designed by Matt McInerey, it was expanded into a nine weight family by Pablo Impallari and Rodrigo Fuenzalida in 2012 and iKerned by Igino Marini.
Just like the name implies, this impact font was inspired by Audrey Hepburn and designed by Cristina Pagnotta. It combines straight and curvy geometry with a hint of Art Nouveau and comes in three weights; regular, medium and bold. It is an aesthetic font for those who want to give their website a touch of elegance and class.
If clarity is the top of your requirements, then Signika is one of the top free fonts for you. Anna Giedryś created this typeface to have low contrast and tall x-height which result in improved readability even in the smallest sizes. With that in mind, this font is great for web design because it looks great on screens of all sizes.
All weights from light to bold have alternative negative versions, which means that the problem where text in negative tends to look thicker has been solved by the fonts designers.
Speaking of the best free fonts, we have to mention Moon – one of the sans serif free script fonts often used in web design. If was designed by Jack Harvatt and you can download it for free on his Behance page if you want to use it for personal purposes. If, however, you want to use it commercially, you will have to purchase a license.
Ion Lucin created Big John for his personal use. However, he decided to share it with the world on Behance page where you can download both Big John and its ultra-light sister font, Slim Joe.
Both typefaces are all-caps, and they are often used together because they contrast perfectly. You can download them both for free on Behance. Check out another free typeface that belongs in this family, Big John Pro.
Titillium Web was created at Italy’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino. Each academic year, a dozen students work on the project, developing it further and solving problems. They value the users’ feedback and ask graphic designers around the world for input in order to make this typeface even better in every way the users think would be valuable.
Comfortaa is a rounded geometric sans-serif type design made to work particularly well with the large sizes. Developed by Johan Aakerlund, a design engineer at the Technical University of Denmark, this is one of the favorite fonts that can look good on almost any website.
It is simple yet elegant and good-looking, and it includes a large number of symbols and characters which only improve on the typeface’s versatility. Part of the Google Font Improvements Project, the latest updates to the family include the addition of a Cyrillic character set and support for Vietnamese.
HK Grotesk, inspired by the classic grotesques, such as Akzidenz Grotesk, Univers, Trade Gothic, and Gill Sans, is one of the coolest fonts for creating a friendly vibe on your website. Developed by Hanken Design Co, this typeface is particularly useful for small text. As of recently, it has been expanded to support new languages including Serbian, Bulgarian, and Russian thanks to the addition of the Cyrillic characters.
Just like its name suggests, this free font was created by Dalton Maag to complement the tone of voice of Ubuntu, the Linux operating system for personal
computers, tablets and smartphones. It uses OpenType features and is manually hinted for clarity on desktop and mobile screens.
Hand lettering fonts have never been as popular in the web design as nowadays. They perfectly combine the traditional with the modern and work great both on screens and in print.
If you are looking for awesome free fonts of this sort, we might be able to help with our little collection bellow.
Speaking of aesthetic fonts, we have to mention Nickainley as one of our favorite fonts for free. This Monoline script with a classic, vintage feel offers a variety of possible use cases. It includes uppercase and lowercase characters, as well as numerics and punctuation marks and it was created by Indonesian agency Seniors Studio.
Shadows Into Light is one of the free calligraphy fonts that will help you add a more personal touch to your projects as well as a distinctive and creative design. It was created by Kimberly Geswein, and it features rounded edges and neat, clean characters. It is currently available in one style only but is still super popular among the graphic designers.
Inspired by 1950s American surf culture, Pacifico is an open source typeface that was one of the significant contributions to the free software community by the late designer Vernon Adams.
Inspired by the slanting letterforms found in typical Tamal handwriting, Kavivanar is one of the unique handwritten typefaces that you can get for free. It was created by Tharique Azeez, a type designer based in Sri Lanka.
Tomato Soup is not one of the free bold fonts that should be used for large blocks of text because it could get quite confusing to the audience. However, when used right and in smaller amounts, this typeface will add quirky personality to your website and make it stand out from the competition. Tomato Soup was created by Typed.one and it is unlike any other bold font you have seen.
If an old-school handwritten typeface is what you are looking for, you should consider using Yellowtail. It reminds us of the evokes classic 1930s typefaces like Gillies Gothic and Kaufmann. It was created by the typography institute Astigmatic, and it combines the elegant design and the excellent readability.
“This font always makes me smile,” says the designer of this sweetly named font, Kimberly Geswein. “Something about the style of the handwriting just makes me feel happy. It is slightly connected but not a true script by any means and will lend an upbeat feel to any project you use it on.”
If you know your typefaces, you probably know Missy Meyer – a young talent who has proven herself amazing in creating favorite handwritten fonts. Tragic Marker is one of her best creations that reminds us of a Sharpie scribble but in the best way possible. Fun fact: This cool typeface was created in one day yet we still love it.
Skinny is the most popular handwritten font online by the artist known as notfon1234. You can download it free of charge and use it commercially with no added costs.
Every year brings some new trends, and we are pretty excited to see what 2019 has in store for us. As far as typefaces go, we have a pretty good idea of which ones you should pay a closer look at. In this article, we presented you with the best free fonts divided into three major categories: free serif fonts, free sans serif fonts, and free handwritten fonts. Make your pick.
Free cheat sheets available
Subscribe to download a set of cheat sheets for CSS, JS, and HTML
You'll receive an email with the cheat sheets in an instant.