Subscripts: Smashing Free Fonts

Smashing Magazine has just posted 40+ Excellent Free Fonts For Professional Design. I don’t like them all, but it’s certainly worth heading over there. Some of my favourite freebies are in there, including the gorgeous Fertigo from Jos Buivenga of exljbris.

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Fertigo is my favourite in the list. How about you?


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  1. I really love anivers !

  2. I think Scriptina is gorgeous. Gentium is really nice, and the fact that it’s open source is really cool. And, of course, Jos’ fonts are all works of art—I especially like Delicious and Anivers.

  3. Nice! Fertigo is pretty sexy, and I really like Moderna as well. I recently used it in one of my school projects. A great helvetica alternative. :) Good stuff looks like I have to check out smashing Magazine again.

  4. nick

    I wouldn’t call Moderna so much an alternative to Helvetica… more like a dubious clone. Cosmetica also has a suspicious similarity to Optima. There are a few good legit fonts on that list, but the questionable ones would make me reluctant to refer anyone there.

  5. Thanks for the tip! Those are really nice fonts…

  6. FF Mt, didn’t smashing magazine get the joke?

  7. Robert
    Let me know if you get the opportunity to use any of them.

    Nick
    “dubious”, “suspicious”, “questionable”—sounds like a Police report ;)
    All such lists are indeed “flawed”; however, I’m happy to refer people there. That way they can reach their own conclusions. Thanks for dropping by.

    Esben
    Not sure that I get the joke either. You mean FF Mt’s lack of lowercase vowels? Or is their something more subtle? :)

  8. i enjoy day roman and also like the pixel fonts :)

  9. Sexy is definitely the way to describe Fertigo! (John, please fish my comment out of the spam bucket for saying that…) Oh!!! And congrats to Jos for Delicious! Yay! And Anivers, and Tallys… and Fontin… wow! Nice! I think they listed all his fonts :) Cardo is a beautiful Humanist face ;) I learn quick from you Johno! But it’s ‘e’ is not slanted. Hmm, interesting.

    The joke about FF Mt I get is the lack of vowels to take up to 50% less space… it was funny until I had to write it down. Is that what you’re talking about Esben?

    I don’t think I can pick just one favorite. Those are all high quality freeware fonts.

  10. Certainly some of the better free fonts to be had out there, but I really don’t see a need to include Moderna on the list. Haven’t we had enough of Helvetica and its evil clones? It’s almost 2008; can’t we stop using these cold, heartless typefaces from our grandparents generation?

    BTW, FF Mt = FF Meta - vowels. Meta is a must have for any type collection.

  11. Alex

    Fertigo is lovely indeed. I’ve been using Gentium for years for regular text work and it hasn’t let me down yet. Surprised that none of the GFS offerings were on that list.

  12. Marius Brustuen

    Fontin anyone? :(

  13. Ivo

    Delicious is the one I used a lot last time. Really nice font.

  14. Romeral and Qlassik for me please. Thanks John for the info!

  15. Geo Sans all the way! I think I might use that for my new logo.

  16. FT Mt is just FF Meta without vowels.. because of scientice discovered that humans could understand a hole word without vowels.

    notice the release date of the font

  17. Esben
    I totally forgot about that this year and it didn’t even occur to me when I looking at the smashing magazine article. Haha, awesome.

    I will have to choose Chucara, Lacuna, and Anivers for my top 3.

  18. Ah, I love quality free fonts. Jos has some very unique ones, definitely worth looking into.

    Romeral also has a nice thick slab-serif feel to it.

  19. Wow… I had a very busy weekend including the friday. Looking at all this it almost seems that I’ve lived under a rock the past three days :-) I never had to serve so many pages (more than 25,000) on one day.

    Thanks everyone for liking and mentioning my fonts!

  20. Unnikrishna Menon Damodaran

    mmm…what a face! arousing indeed!!

  21. diogo

    i like Romeral and Cuchara

  22. I would say preatty much of all this fonts are nice. If I had have to name 3 or 4 favorites in this list they would be:
    1. place - Steiner
    2. place - Kontrapunkt
    3. place - Fontin Sans
    4. place - Scriptina

  23. “it’s simply slanted

    Moderna is an example of what happens when an amateur cuts corners. It’s easy to make a distinction between professional and a hobbiest type, but sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact differences. In Moderna, the italic is not really italic but obliqued. Mark Simonson explains the difference.

  24. Stephen
    As far as I’m aware there is no italic in Moderna. It’s called an oblique. Personally, I don’t have any problem with obliques, so long as they are labelled as such. When they masquerade as italics, then I have a problem.

    Perhaps you have a different version of Moderna? Mine has nothing claiming to be an italic.

    Jos
    I’m pleased to hear that. Great news, and well deserved.

  25. Chitti Babu

    fertigo- is too cool, brilliant!!!

  26. Gia

    I preffer Fontin but all Jos’s fonts are pretty awesome.

  27. Hi
    Thanx for the font. Fertigo is now a part of my corporate ID. Fits like a glove and simply was what I was looking for.
    Jens Ole

  28. Hi
    Thanx for the font. Fertigo is now a part of my corporate ID. Fits like a glove and simply was what I was looking for.
    Jens Ole

  29. Looking great Jens Ole! Looking at your site … you could consider Museo for the rest of your corp id ;-)

  30. Hi Jos
    Museo is sort of a semi slab serif with a modern touch - and its great! Thank you for the tip. As you can see on my site, I have chosen a slab serif - ROCKWELL - for now as my company font. I like the cool retro look an I think it’s a very legible font with a lot of graphic potential.

    Keep up your very fine work on type :-)

    Jens Ole

  31. Hi Jens Ole,

    The Fertigo - Rockwell connection is indeed very nice. The slabs do really work well with Fertigo. Couldn’t help thinking of Museo, but I guess you would lose most of your retro look.

    Please keep igniting your creative potential ;-)
    Jos.

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