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Whether you’re designing for the web or for print, you want your efforts to stand out. As any great graphic designer knows, the typography you use is much more than just a few letters on a page or screen – the fonts you use can tell a story.
Custom font faces are present in designs all over the web and in print. So if you’re looking for fonts with that ‘wow’ factor; you’re in luck.
We have scoured the web to find 35 super cool and free fonts and examples of clever typography that you really don’t want to miss:
Astonished is a grungy serif font that is super cool and great for all sorts of designs. The smudge-effect on the letters makes this type more than just a basic heading. You could use this for a whole host of printed or online designs, and for a whole host of industries.
Stiff Staff is a highly decorative font that packs a punch. The combination of sharp lines and corners and an edgy hint of italicism makes this perfect for an eye-catching and memorable logo. Again, this typography lends itself better to smaller blocks of text, but is the perfect modern type.
Cool and quirky, Ribbon is an eye-catching and alternative font. Each character ends with a ribbon detail, really adding an extra dimension to your letters and designs. Ribbon pairs harsh lines with deep curves for a juxtaposed font face, perfect for headings and bold statements.
Diamonds is an experimental, geometric font that is easy to read but still commands attention. The unique shaping of the characters, combined with the spacing and slanting, makes this the king of super cool fonts. If you’re looking to make a statement, this is the font for you.
Show your patriotism with this ‘stars and stripes’ inspired font, American Donuts. With an appearance as quirky as its name, this is the perfect font for any retro Americana design. Reminiscent of Elvis’ heyday, this would look great on a poster, flyer, or brochure.
If you’ve ever wanted to see your name up in lights, Showtime is the perfect font to make these dreams a reality. Each character is surrounded by dots, and when included in brackets, gives the illusion of a Broadway sign. What better way to make your headlines stand out?
With clever kerning, curved attributes and a unique thickness to the characters, Spicy Rice is a must-download free font. The perfect juxtaposition of retro and modern; this type would make a bold statement on any website or piece of printed marketing.
Continuing the retro, ‘60’s feel, Blomster is a nod to the days of ‘flower power’. The cute flower detailing would perhaps be too much for large blocks of text. But it would look great on a poster or headline. You can target women, and retro lovers with this font; the possibilities are endless.
Fresh, funky, and youthful; GOTA is a great font for contemporary designs. If you’re looking to reach out to a younger audience, this is the font that will get their attention. GOTA will work well in almost any kind of graphic design, but we think it will look best on posters, t-shirts and logos.
Add a touch of class and glamour to your designs with the Champagne & Limousines typography. The curvature of the letters, the kerning and tracking of the font, and the whole ‘feel’ make this the perfect font for an up-market product.
Amadeus is a font with a real musical feel. There is nothing ‘normal’ about this type which makes it super cool. Create a statement and use it as a headline, or add the ‘wow factor’ to your designs and use it all over.
Weston is another beautifully designed, rounded slab-serif font. The subtle curvature and modification of the font makes it the perfect choice for a headline or a logo. It is simple enough to be easily read – both on screen and in print – but is different enough to make your designs ‘pop’.
Everything about Cheri is super girlie. The kerning sees the letters overlap, and the 3D effect of the characters only adds to the feminine touch. But what makes it ideal for female-friendly designs is the cute hearts above the ‘i’ and ‘j’, and the heart shaped period. Perfect for a romance-themed design project.
Bring the Wild Wild West to your website with this free font, Alexis. The carved wood effect of the letters, and the variation in thickness gives this a real DIY appearance.
Simple, but effective, if you’re creating designs for food retailers; Fat Frank is the font to whet your appetite. The chubby characters are cute and quirky and give you loads of room to let your creativity run away with you.
With an air of mystery and a hint of spooky surrounding it, Little Trouble Girl is a distressed looking font to enhance your designs. Don’t be fooled by the sweet floral detailing on the lowercase ‘i’; this is one grungy font .
BellBottom – as the name would suggest – has a real 70’s feel to it. With each character really shaped like the flared trousers of the era, this font is perfect for ‘old school’ designs. After all, what says ‘cool’ more than the ‘70’s?
Broken 15 is a highly creative and original font. In the style of a ransom note, this font uses variation in the kerning, leading, and tracking of each character in a really imaginative way. You can add a real DIY element to your web and print designs with this font.
DAN is certainly one super cool font. The unique shaping and kerning of the letters will make your designs stand out from the ordinary. We love the juxtaposition of the curves with sharp points in the letters. This is a great design choice. DAN is a font best suited to offline materials though, as it may be tricky to read on a screen.
Deco Neue is an art deco inspired font that would be perfect for any of vintage and retro themed designs. The creative and classy font would look great either in print or on the web. The nature of the font lends itself best to smaller amounts of text, rather than reams of copy.
Not for the faint of heart, Spotted Fever is certainly a stand out font. The rounded letters, made of dots of varied sizes, certainly pack a punch. Much like these other heavy design based fonts though, Spotted Fever is best kept for smaller blocks of text. Too much of this and your audiences’ eyes will begin to hurt!
Hand drawn fonts are hugely popular right now, and Sketchetik is one of the best around. The shading of the letters only enhances the handwritten element, making it the perfect font for a print design.
Kingthings Gothique is a really ornamental, almost Egyptian inspired font. The curved letters and close kerning make this best for printed headlines. It is perhaps too decorative for the web.
Like its 1990’s DJ namesake, Fatboy Slim is a fresh and funky font. Featuring elements of both handwritten and graffiti style fonts. This modern font would work great on a poster, billboard or as a graffiti inspired piece of advertising.
Youthful, quirky and refreshingly different, Awesome is just that. The white space in each letter is coloured in, giving this font a really interesting look. We think this font would look great on a poster, or website for a really quirky new product.
Slapstick is one of those fonts that wouldn’t look out of place in a cartoon. The chunky letters, close kerning, and slight italic effect adds a real youthful look and feel to the font. Cool and casual, this font would look great in print or on the web.
As the name suggests, Painted is a brushed font that looks like it has been drawn by hand. The flicks, letter shaping, and faded effect all add to the DIY element. This typeface would work really well on a poster, flyer, or other printed marketing material. It is a fresh and quirky font that can add a real personal touch to your designs.
Rounded, sans-serif font IceCream Soda is just that – very, very round. The elongated letters are polished off with deep, rounded shapes. Very 1950’s in its appearance, this would be a great font for retro inspired printed marketing materials, and vintage websites.
With the perfect mix of rounded squares and clever shapes, Vanilla is a great font to add depth to your designs. This creative font would really appeal to a younger audience or a youthful product.
Rounded serif font GOCA LOGO capitalizes on semi-circular shapes and deep swirls to create a memorable typeface. Each shape looks like it is made out of one part of a circle, giving a really warm and open feel. This would be the ideal font for a flyer, brochure, or headline.
SeasideResort is a gorgeous, vintage style font. Reminiscent of the 1950’s, this would make a great headline font for a retro themed design. This is one super cool font that will speak volumes about your designs.
A Gothic style font, Bridgenorth is perfect for designs conveying a vintage and high brow field. It combines traditional Gothic font elements, with rounded edges and an almost squashed feel to produce a really interesting design. Great for ‘old style’ mail shots and marketing campaigns.
Facet is a strong and bold typeface, which would certainly make a statement on any website or piece of printed business literature. The almost square shaping of each letter, the harsh lines, and spiky corners would make this perfect as an attention grabbing headline.
Burnstown Dam is a great novelty font, which is perfect for themed designs. The wooden plank effect is perfect for a Wild West themed design, or something along those lines. The casual style makes it stand out as a great headline font.
BudHand is our final super cool font, and is another handwritten gem. The overlapping lines in the letters and the differing loops and lines make this really stand out. This font would work great on a mail shot. It adds a personal touch, but is clear enough to read on paper or on screen.
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