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30 Fonts You Want to Have

Everyone has their own personal preferences when it comes to deciding what fonts to you one their designs. Depending on the project type and what the design is for, certain fonts make more sense in certain situations than in others. There are millions of fonts out there – not one list could ever list them all. Some are available for free, and others will cost you a little bit of dinero, but in the end, the larger font collection you have the better off you’ll be in ensuring you have the perfect font to meet your clients needs.

We’ve compiled our own list of 30 fonts we think you should have if you don’t already have them. The list is a mix of some popular ones as listed in a “Favorite Font” thread over at Mintpages, and some of them I have added myself because I happen to be a big fan on them. Each font also has a url listed where you can grab it from (damn we make it convenient for you huh?) Enjoy!

The Font List

The List

1. Rockwell [Paid]
Font: Rockwell

2. Segoe UI [Free]
Font: Segoe UI

3. Helvetica [Paid]
Font: Helvetica

4. Calibri [Paid]
Font: Calibri

5. TW Cen MT [Paid]
Font: TW Cen MT

6. Bello [Paid]
Font: Bello

7. Myriad [Paid]
Font: Myriad

8. Century Gothic [Paid]
Font: Century Gothic

9. Fat Love [Free]
Font: Fat Love

10. Decker [Free]
Font: Decker

11. Non Serif [Free]
Font: Non Serif

12. Interstate [Paid]
Font: Interstate

13. Lane Narrow [Free]
Font: Lane Narrow

14. News Gothic MT [Paid]
Font: News Gothic MT

15. SF Arbocrest [Free]
Font: SF Arbocrest

16. SoopaFresh [Free]
Font: Soopafresh

17. Ubahn [Free]
Font: Ubahn

18. Vrinda [Paid]
Font: Vrinda

19. Babel Sans [Free]
Font: Babel Sans

20. Bitstream Vera Serif [Free]
Font: Bitstream Vera Serif

21. Bold Bold [Free]
Font: BoldBold

22. Franklin Gothic Demi [Paid]
Font: Franklin Gothic Demi

23. GoodOT [Paid]
Font: Good OT

24. Din Regular [Paid]
Font: Din Regular

25. Sansa 2 [Paid]
Font: Sansa 2

26. Marcelle [Free]
Font: Marcelle

27. Avant Que [Free]
Font: Avant Que

28. Stag [Paid]
Font: Stag

29. Apex New [Paid]
Font: Apex New

30. Arrival [Paid]
Font: Arrival

Your Thoughts?

What fonts would you like to see on the list? Obviously like I said, we can’t list them all. I’m sure I missed plenty of great ones. These are just a few that come to my mind. Feel free to use the comments to let us know what you thought of this list – what shouldn’t have been on it and what should have.


  1. By Dian3 posted on February 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm
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    Hi!
    nice list but…

    “Decker” look suspiciously like “Avant Garde”…
    “SoopaFresh” Looks like Arial Black or similar but with rotations.

    there my suggestions:
    >AUdimat. (free) http://www.smeltery.net/
    >Bodoni.
    >Century Schoolbook. http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/new-century-schoolbook/
    >Chúcara Text.(post in the blog or send a mail to author) http://letritas.blogspot.com/2006/05/chcara-una-tipografa-econmica.html

    =)

  2. By Fryderyk posted on February 7, 2008 at 7:20 pm
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    Dax, Frutiger, Corpid, Meta, Warnock, Garamond(italic!)

  3. By Heidi Lundie posted on December 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm
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    I had Andy MT Bold on my PC lost it when i had to format it. It is a great font. Would like to have it again.

  4. By enim posted on January 20, 2009 at 11:25 pm
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    hiii i need to get this font i guess its called Sansa Condensed normal or light anybody knows how to get it for free?

  5. By Paloma posted on May 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm
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    I missed Univers!! It must have been on the list!!

  6. By Andrew posted on June 17, 2009 at 1:27 am
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    How about Museo? It’s my absolute favorite free font.

  7. By Jazzy posted on June 27, 2009 at 6:45 am
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    Good mix, I have most of these already :)

  8. By Midnight Oil posted on July 24, 2009 at 4:25 pm
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    Great list! I have many of these, but not all of them so I’m going to start digging.

    I just compiled a list of great script fonts here:

    http://www.midnightoilproductions.com/2009/07/20-awesome-script-fonts/

    Thanks for the great suggestions

    Jason Moore
    Midnight Oil

  9. By excel help posted on September 2, 2009 at 7:08 am
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    Just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks for this great list of fonts. I’m always looking for new sites to find free fonts and I will have to bookmark this because I will come back to visit each site.

  10. By Harry posted on November 2, 2009 at 10:40 am
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    Dear AJ,

    You should get an educated native to help you with your English.

    Harry

  11. By kalyko posted on January 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm
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    Not a fan of “Avant Que”… that shoot’s got livetrace all over it! ):

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