Find your fonts - my top 5 places for free and paid fonts

Choosing a font is sometimes as anxiety-inducing to DIY entrepreneurs as having a baby is.

Well, maybe not that bad, but it can still create a lot of stress.

To alleviate your anxiety, or if you just want to look at cool typefaces, here’s my top 5 places to get fonts for clients (free and paid).

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1. Google Fonts is the first place I look for fonts. The library is full of awesome fonts and Google allows users to test the fonts in over a hundred languages. Everything is free and open source, there’s more than 600 fonts (as of my last check) and you can preview your text before downloading or installing on a site.

That last point is great for designers since our font files are already bursting and we prefer to download only the typefaces we’ll actually use. Definitely the best font resource so far.

2. Font Squirrel is a great resource for fonts that have a free commercial use license. I haven’t had any issues with the fonts, the library is organized by style and it’s definitely one of the first places I look for client projects.

3. DaFont is typically the third place I check for fonts. It’s rare that I didn’t find something in the first two but this is still a great source. DaFont has thousands of fonts in different styles. With this resource, you need to be careful though. Not all fonts are for commercial use and make sure to read the fine print!

4. Creative Market is perfect for photos, graphics, templates, and… fonts! There’s thousands of quality and unique fonts – from hand-drawn to calligraphy. This place is perfect if you’re looking for your main headline or logo font.

5. Adobe Typekit, although I haven’t used it yet, I’ve heard positive things from other designers. They work with the leading type foundries and your purchase comes free of restrictions (make sure to always read the fine print though because things can change). This place is perfect for designers and they have a free account – although friends have mentioned it’s very limited in choices.

Feeling a bit confused? Click here for the biz owner’s basics on fonts >

Pretty much, if you’re on a budget, I suggest Google Fonts because it’s easy to use and you can add the snippet of code onto your website to install the font. If you’re a designer, you might want to think about getting into Creative Market or trying Adobe typekit (let me know how you like the latter).

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