Display fonts are most suitable for use as headlines, subheadings or possibly pull quotes, but not so great for body text.  Display fonts are often considered to be “fun” fonts and can certainly add personality and flair to your design work. The main thing to remember is that moderation is the key. Display fonts are often less legible than serif or sans-serif fonts so you may need to use large font sizes to make them readable.  They are all free to download and use for personal use (on your own web site for example) but may not be free for commercial use. As always check the licensing for each of these fonts. Enough chit chat, let’s get onto the free typefaces.

Oh Mai Mai by Jorge Artola is an experimental typography and character design project; the result of which you can download.



Designer and typographer Alexey Frolov has produced Perforama, which you can download here.


Adec typeface by Serge Shi can be downloaded here.



Dan is an open type font available in many languages.



Folk by Marcelo Magalhaes consists of four folk character sets, Solid, Shadow, and Outline Sketches. The idea is to combine the main assembly, Solid, with others experiencing the different contours.


Monkey Love by I luv color is “a very chunky title font (decorative) based on yin-yang sign. Made to help me spread the love”. Download here.


Palm of Buddha also by  I luv color “is a flowery type, decorative made to look like a bouquet of flowers. Organic, natural and full of love”. Download here.


If you don’t want to draw your own, you could always use the handmade font by Rashid Akrim. Download here.



File is another great typeface from Font Fabric, for personal use only.


Enjoy the fonts.

Tags: fonts, typography, Web Design Tutorials & Articles
Jennifer Farley is a designer, illustrator and design instructor based in Ireland. She writes about design and illustration on her blog at Laughing Lion Design.

  • rmaenza

    Cool fonts, will have to try some out. My company mainstreethost.com is always looking for new and interesting fonts.

  • Fran

    Great selection of fonts. Like Oh Mai Mai. It might suit an idea I’m working on.

  • Steve

    Thanks for these! Some great fonts for design. http://www.hotmetaldesign.com.au

  • danielv503

    Different fonts and style in every different designs for various clients is really a big deal. Each clients has its own taste when it comes to website presentation. One thing that must be given emphasis are the fonts and colors that can be attractive to all visitors. And so, these fonts selection is a big help for people who are into web designs and for people who have dealing online. Thanks for sharing the ideas.

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