The art of type design is for a special breed of designer. The insane attention to detail required to create typefaces is enough to drive the average person crazy, as every subtle curve and rule matters.
If you’re a novice to the world of typography, you’ll most likely be familiar with text type, or fonts created to be legible and readable at small sizes. Adobe Caslon, for example, is a great text typeface for large amounts of text.
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Display typefaces, on the other hand, are less about legibility, (though that’s still important), and more about personality, character and distinctiveness. They’re best for logos, signage and posters, all at larger sizes (around 30 points+). Back in January, we covered a list of 9 inspiring, free display typefaces for you to use in your projects. Now, we’re back with 7 more free display typefaces for any project imaginable:
Atipo, a multi-disciplinary studio from Spain, has recently released an entire typeface dedicated to the charming work of A.M. Cassandre, a French poster artist and typographer. The font is completely free, and only requires a tweet to download, though you also have the option to contribute a donation in support of the creators. Read our full review of the font here.
Metropolis comes from the the industrial movement of the 1920′s where skyscrapers were born. “Using a double line technique, I wanted to create my own Art Deco style font that represented this era. The result is a bold, bumptious typeface with a stolidly calm disposition.”
What distinguishes Intro is the strongly expressed geometric makeup and structure. The basic letters of the Alphabet like “A”, “O” and “H” are built on principles of simple geometric forms – triangles, circles and squares. In contrast to Futura, which possesses similar styling, Intro preserves the characteristic sharpened edges of the “А”, “V” and “W” letters even in its boldened form.
Faustina is a quirky, hand-drawn display face that has a strong indie/hipster appeal. It’s also reminiscent of Where The Wild Things Are.
St Transmission 200
St Transmission 200 is another peculiar face, but with has more precision than Faustina. The interestingly straight lines in the a, n, m and r really define this typeface.
Although Dafont’s renderings make the font look poor quality, the highly retro Pinstripe Limo typeface is as sleek as it is distinct.
Inspired by the proportions of the 16th President of the USA, and advertisements/playbills of the 1800s, Abraham Lincoln is a humanistic display face with moderate contrast and sturdy serifs.
These are just some of the best free display typefaces available on the Web. If I missed your favorite, let us know in the comments below!