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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 Eddie Welker posted on September 18, 2007 at 6:33 pm
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    I always try to go for free fonts. I’ve used this for many different projects. Have to give credit.

    Geo Sans Light

  2. By Ron S posted on September 18, 2007 at 7:04 pm
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    Terrific list. The funny thing is, I’ve got just about all of these paid fonts, but none of the free ones. Thanks!

  3. By aj posted on September 18, 2007 at 7:44 pm
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    @Eddie – It’s always good to have a mix of premium and free fonts. Clients will feel better knowing they weren’t just getting the “same font” treatment. Btw, I have Geo Sans as well ;)

    @Ron – Thanks for the feedback!

  4. By Andy posted on September 18, 2007 at 8:54 pm
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    Yesss. Nice list, always great to get some help finding the quality free type out there.

  5. By Eddie Welker posted on September 18, 2007 at 10:45 pm
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    @aj – totally agree. but when you’re doing volunteer work for a group that can’t afford to buy fonts, it’s gotta be free! It also kinda makes for an interesting challenge when you can’t use exactly what you want.

    just for that, though, i’ll throw in two of my favorite non-free fonts:

    Ocean Sans, and Cooper BT

  6. By Ronald Huereca posted on September 18, 2007 at 11:10 pm
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    Eddie,

    When you mentioned Ocean Sans, I immediately thought of Comic Sans and shook my head. However, Ocean Sans makes Comic Sans look like the retarded cousin from Arkansas. Thanks for the suggestions.

  7. By Yong Hwee posted on September 19, 2007 at 8:49 am
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    A good mix of both free and paid fonts. Thanks!

  8. By Dennis Schipper posted on September 19, 2007 at 9:08 am
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    #7 Myriad, comes packaged with photoshop nowdays, it’s called Myriad Pro in the font list. It isn’t like having the whole font family, but close enough for the casual designer.

  9. By Paul in NYC posted on September 19, 2007 at 9:18 am
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    Great font list, but many of these look very similar to each other (Myriad and Arrival, Din and Apex). Plus, when you go with a font that’s been around for a while and is one you have to pay for you end up with a complete set of weights (light to Black condensed). Currently, Interstate is in 90% of my work.

  10. By Darren posted on September 19, 2007 at 10:25 am
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    I love typography. It’s a great source of inspiration.

  11. By Jim posted on September 19, 2007 at 10:44 am
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    Thanks. I really need a font like Fat Love (which I do not seem to be able to locate from the link). Can anybody point me to some similar fonts. Much obliged!

  12. By Tom Parker posted on September 19, 2007 at 11:07 am
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    Thanks for the fonts i’ll add them to ever increasing collection :)

  13. By mahendra singh posted on September 19, 2007 at 12:06 pm
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    Enjoying this font talk but I am curious at the relative lack of serif fonts, perhaps a generational bias? Both a good regular serif and a narrow serif might make a useful addition to your type case. Remember, legibility is very important, and in situations where budget/aesthetic constraints mean setting a lot of copy in a small space, the serif faces can maximize legibility with less leading…..

  14. By Bruno posted on September 19, 2007 at 1:13 pm
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    Nice list, 31.Adobe Caslon :D

  15. By aj posted on September 19, 2007 at 2:20 pm
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    @Jim – Link has been fixed

  16. By Jim posted on September 19, 2007 at 3:49 pm
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    aj,

    Tanks very much, (also for the site which was of my first into Google Reader!)

    Jim.

  17. By T posted on September 19, 2007 at 3:52 pm
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    Never know when you are going to need a spooky skull font!
    http://skulladay.blogspot.com/2007/09/free-skull-font.html

  18. By Steven Teskey posted on September 19, 2007 at 4:45 pm
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    I really am digging the boldface fonts as of late. Something that makes them seem so fun.

  19. By Jasper posted on September 19, 2007 at 6:05 pm
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    Truely great post. Thank you very much, added them to my collection.

  20. By Tracey posted on September 20, 2007 at 11:42 pm
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    Thanks. I’ve been looking for a reference like this for months now.

  21. By Matthew Babbs posted on September 21, 2007 at 1:11 pm
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    Calibri is actually available free – it comes with the MS Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007. (And you get the rest of the Vista fonts, too.)

  22. By Mihai posted on September 21, 2007 at 5:01 pm
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    Frutiger is my number one.

  23. By mcrilf posted on September 30, 2007 at 5:14 am
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    Great list – thanks! Some really cool ones there that I’ve not seen before.

  24. By Felix Valentin posted on October 2, 2007 at 2:30 am
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    Century Gothic, Fat Love, Decker & Bold Bold are top notch.

    But whats with Avant Garde? Bifurk? ;-)

  25. By Roberto Alcantara posted on October 5, 2007 at 5:29 pm
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    Great job ! Really nice.

  26. By Dennison Uy - Graphic Designer posted on October 7, 2007 at 1:09 pm
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    Myriad and Futura are my favorites. I just couldn’t help notice the lack of seriff fonts in the list. Georgia is a classic, and so is Trajan. What are your favorite seriff fonts?

  27. By lawton chiles posted on October 7, 2007 at 9:36 pm
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    I love Fat Love. I will tell my readers over at Photoshop Daily Tips. This took you a long time to write, thank you!

  28. By Ryan posted on October 9, 2007 at 9:23 am
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    God I love Rockwell. I use it so much I want to have its baby.

  29. By alanbernard posted on October 12, 2007 at 10:43 pm
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    This list rocks. Thank you.

  30. By MisterM posted on October 16, 2007 at 6:40 am
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    Great post! I remember that a while back i tried to come up with a sort of essential additional font-pack. Sites using one of those fonts could add some sort of badge and link to the download of the package.
    A way to have a richer typography experience for visitors as well as designers.

    I still think it might be worth a thought.

  31. By Agust Gudbjornsson posted on November 26, 2007 at 7:01 am
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    Brilliant list, I would though like to see the german font “Dax” in there.

    Commonly used today and could be nice into this list.

  32. 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

    =)

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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?

  36. 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!!

  37. 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.

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

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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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