Everyone, even non-designers, can agree that the smallest typographical change can make a world of difference. Elevating designs through typography is a skill every designer should have in their back pocket.
Do you want to become a typography wiz—and, ultimately, an even better designer? We want that for you too! That’s why we’ve gathered a list of the best free typography resources—handpicked, just for you.
- Typedia – Like Wikipedia for fonts!
- Kerntype – Test your skills by distributing space between letters, also known as “kerning”
- Butterick’s Practical Typography – Created by Matthew Butterick, creator of original fonts for Apple and Microsoft
- Hack Design: Dive Into Typography – Courses to guide you to design and typography literacy
- Fontology – Learn typography in 4 awesome levels
Free downloadable fonts
From well-known sites to independent curated collections, downloadable fonts are right at your fingertips.
- Google Fonts
- Graphic design junction
- Font Squirrel
- Free Fonts Download
Get your creative juices flowing with these stimulating type resources.
- Designspiration – Just search for some good ol’ design inspiration
- Typeinspire – Typography inspiration and gallery
- Type Hunting – Hunt for loads of type inspiration
- We Love Typography – A collection of typography inspiration by people who love typography
- Behance – Search for great design and type inspiration
- Palettab – Use this Chrome extension to get new font inspiration every time you open a new tab!
- Typegoodness – Tons of resources, free fonts, and inspiration
- Type everything – Browse fonts and submit your own work
- Friends of Type – Features original typographic design and lettering
- Fridayfonts – Browse typeface experiments by design students, developed in classes and workshops
- Fonts In Use – An independent archive of typography
- TypeWorship – Official blog of 8 Faces Magazine, featuring inspirational typography and lettering
- Incredible Types – Curated collection of incredible design and typography by designers from around the world
Don’t know that font? These tools will help you figure it out!
- Identifont – A massive database for searching fonts using metrics
- WhatFont – Use a browser extension to hover over text and discover more info about that particular font
- What the Font – This program will output results based on images of fonts you submit!
- Bowfin Printworks Serif Font Identification Guide – Use this tool to identify serif fonts
- The Font Matcherator – Detects fonts from an uploaded screenshot
- Type Sample – Download this Google Chrome extension for identifying fonts
Visual font calculators
Use these tools to get exact font measurements.
- Typecast – Style type within your browser
- Typetester – Get started with a free trial to make and edit your own fonts
- Modular scale – Determine bases and ratios with this scale calculator
- Px to Em – Use this tool to convert pixels to ems
- Size Calculator – Calculates font size and visibility
- Type Scale – A great visual type scale calculator
- Prototypo – Customize and create your own original typeface in just a few clicks
Font pairing resources
A font match made in Heaven—and you get to be cupid!
- Font Pair – Pair google fonts together
- Font Combinator – Preview fonts in browser-based way
- Typewolf – Combine various fonts and check out what’s trending in typography
- Typespiration – Browse tons of web font combinations
- Font Flame – Choose whether you love a font or hate it! They refer to themselves as “Tinder for font pairing”
- Font Combination Tool – A new font combination tool that provides over 400 Google font combinations, and renders the page as a clean website typography layout.
- Canva font combinations – Select the right combinations for your design needs
Pssstttt… Check out the guide to pairing fonts.
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