Creating a good-looking design requires a lot of resources. That’s why designers should have secret lists with tools that will help them impress their clients, especially in case of limited budgets.

Typography is essential for design. Using the right font at the right place gives the opportunity to show different moods, to express feelings, to make the design eye-catching.

On this occasion, I made personal research and created a short list of 10 awesome free font tools that might be helpful during the design process.

So, if you recognize yourself in this picture:

then it’s time to try something new.

Let’s get started with the suggestions.

Free Awesome Font Tools

Google Fonts

The tool is offering “intuitive and robust directory of open source designer web fonts” that designers can use all over the world for their projects. There are more than 915 font families that can be used in more than 135 languages.

FontSpark

A useful tool that allows designers to find the best fonts for their personal and professional projects by randomly generating fonts from the array of Google Fonts or Adobe Fonts. The other option is to directly open the directory with all available fonts (more than 145) and choose the one you want faster. The tool is created by Luke Johnson – a Digital Information Design student at Winthrop University.

Adobe Fonts

You can choose from more than 1000 fonts and find the best fit for your project in no time. All of them are included in the Creative Cloud subscription and are ready for personal and commercial needs. All you have to do is to browse the font, activate it and then just use it.

Fontfabric

Founded in 2008 by Svet Simov in Sofia, Bulgaria. Check out their portfolio here. Although they are working with interesting clients such as Nike, Nestle, Hyundai, Lipton and many more, they have Free fonts to offer in the menu. Just go to Browse Fonts – Free Fonts and you can find awesome suggestions for your awesome design projects. I, personally, was very happy to discover their Cyrillic fonts suggestions.

DaFont

The tool offers freely downloadable fonts that you can browse by alphabetical listing, style, author or popularity.

Archetype

A super cool digital typographical tool that you can use to combine fonts in the way you want. You are able to pick the fonts, define the sizes and adjust spacing. After that, you can preview and download the fonts or export them to Sketch or as CSS.

The League of Movable Font

It’s an open source font foundry. All of the fonts on the site are completely free to use. The GitHub project started in February 2009 and it’s the very first open source font project.

Lost Type

It’s a collaborative digital pay-what-you-want type foundry operated by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin. The tool offers to download any of its fonts and pay the price you want for it – and yes, including $0.

Neogrey

Is the personal website of the graphic, logo and web designer Ivan Filipov from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His awesome fonts can be downloaded freely and can be used for any relevant design projects.

Font Squirrel

Offers thousands of free hand-picked high-quality web fonts which are completely legal for downloading. All you have to do is to search for the font you need from the font list and start creating your awesome projects.

Did you find your next favorite free tool yet? That’s what I thought 😊

Font Combinations for 2019

Sometimes downloading or buying fonts is not enough. You should have a clear plan of how to combine the font types so that to have a clear and good looking design at the end. I mean, you can’t use Comic Sans everywhere.

If you are not quite sure how to combine fonts, you can try some of the online tools such as Google Type, FontPair, Just My Type, Bold Font Combinations, etc.

You can also make small research and find out which are the 2019 web font combinations trends and start following them. Here are 12 suggestions:

Pro tip: with larger font sizes it’s also a good practice to reduce the letter spacing.

  • Playfair Display with Source Sans Pro
  • Montserrat with Merriweather
  • Raleway with Lato
  • Elsie with Roboto
  • Corben with Nobile
  • Amaranth with Open Sans
  • Merriweather with Oswald
  • Dancing Script with Josefin Sans
  • Sansita with Open Sans
  • Baloo with Montserrat
  • Open Sans Condensed with Open Sans
  • Alegreya with Lato

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