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Collator Free Typeface by Vince Lo

Utterly intrigued by these specialised typefaces being developed to help bridge cross-culture typography. Collator, designed by Vince Lo, is a bilingual typeface designed to achieve greater harmony between Chinese and Latin type forms.

Find our more, and download Collator on CreativeRoots


Ostrich Sans by Tyler Finck is a versatile new open source font from The League of Movable Type.

Dubbed as the variety pack the family contains:

  • Dashed (thin),
  • Rounded (Medium),
  • Ultra Light,
  • Normal,
  • Bold (race track style double lines)
  • Black.

Free download via The League of Movable Type

From the talented hands that brought you The Lobster Font; Pablo Impallari brings us some free fonts to download. This post lists four of them.

Terminal Dosis Light is a really really light, almost hairline, sans-serif rounded font. In fact, it's so light she only wants to be used at 36pt or up. Designed by Edgar Tolentino, refined by Pablo Impallari, spaced and kerned by Igino Marini iKern.

Terminal Dosis Light has just been made free–I purchased this a while back, but nice to see the generosity now shown by Pablo–so I would head over to his website for a quick download in case they change their minds.

Other Free Fonts By Impallari

As well as Terminal Dosis Light, they have released a few other free fonts that are definitely worth looking at.

Cabin Font

Dancing Script

Quattro Cento

The Lobster Font

Lost Type Co-op Presents Muncie - Free Condensed Font

Lost Type Co-op Found on QuipsologiesLost Type Co-op is a typeface collaboration between Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin.

They have created an all-caps, condensed font called Muncie in an impressive 24 hours,  and even more impressive is that it's available as a free download.

Super handy for all use freelance graphic and logo designers, looking to grow our font library.

From what I can tell, other fonts will be released on a 'pay what you want' basis. Visit the site to download your version of Muncie.

Lost Type is a Collaborative Digital Type Foundry.

Operated and Managed by Riley Cran (and originally co-founded with Tyler Galpin), Lost Type is the first of its kind, a Pay-What-You-Want type foundry.

Since 2011 it has been a source for unique typefaces, with a collection of over 50 different faces from contributors all over the world. 100% of the funds from sales of these fonts go directly to their respective designers.

Our fonts have been used across the world, and recently have been featured in projects for Nike, Starbucks, Disney and the President of the United States.

We continue to be dedicated to to the idea that quality fonts should be made available to anyone who wants to create an individual piece of characterful design.

One thing I struggle trying to understand is why some free fonts have a non-commerical licence applied. I just can't get my head around it. As I said on Twitter...

I have spent a fortune on buying fonts that I feel will add value to my work, I have no problem with investing good money in this way. After all, fonts are generally the foundations of a logo, makes sense that you place value on an aspect of your job that without, would be all but impossible to do.

This is why I have the utmost respect for typedesigners, this is a skill beyond just being creative. When I am working on a new logo project and see a new commercial font that would be perfect, I will buy it, no questions asked. And yes, a medal would be nice.

Commercial fonts have licences of course, they are not without limitations, but they are for the most part, more than reasonable.

I guess a reasonable comparison would be musicians and royalties.

There are a scenarios where 'non-comercial use' is valid, like a beta font for a possible new commercial font. I can understand the reasoning here, and usually there is a detailed description of 'why' accompanying the font.

The other one is where there is family of weights for example, one weight (with limited character set) might be made free for the purposes of testing, allowing the user to try before they buy. This expands on the limited type testers usually now found on type foundry websites etc.

Great, so that tackles commercial fonts.

The main point of this post is to try and understand the non-logic behind the restrictions that some free fonts have time to time. I'm not talking about the awful variety usually associated with free font sites, I'm talking about fonts like the stunning Franchise Font by Derek Weathersbee or the equally stunning The Lobster Font.

Fonts where the designer has clearly put their heart and soul into the design and creation of something that will be of value to other designers. Derek makes no demands, other than presenting a few marketing ploys to bolster the distribution of his work, like making a small donation or buying a t-shirt, all VERY reasonable under the circumstances. In fact he goes the other way, he makes it very clear that if you do use his free font for commercial or non commercial use, that you send him examples of it… this is what makes it all worthwhile.

Seeing your work being used by someone else for someone else.

I'm a little confused Sir

What confuses me is when I come across what looks like a lovely free font. First impressions are really positive, the accompanying gallery images make the font look like a real winner, but then you see the 'No-Commerical Use' line.

So you have spent all this time and energy, crafting a wonderful new font, going to the trouble of creating supporting imagery to presumably help promote the font, but then specify that we can't use it for commercial use.

What is the logic behind this move?

If you don't want people, other designers, profiting from your work then why make it free in the first place. If you are that sure/presumptuous other designers would want to use the font for commercial use, then charge for it, but don't presume people would want to use it for commercial use, but take away that option. It really makes no sense and makes you look a little odd to be honest.

Or do you forever want your creative creation always assciated with Church flyers and birthday parties?

Either make it free with no restrictions like Derek, or make it a commercial purchase or even a trial (limited character set) font.

I do understand the logic of not wanting other's to profit from your work if you have not got anything from it yourself, especially if these other people have copied your work or other less honest means. People like Derek are clearly proud of their achievements, without having some control type issue over it and want to literally, spread the love.

This has a greater accumulative affect on the marketing of that font and consequently your own image and profile. This is what you should be focusing on.

What goes round generally comes round.

I guess some people say we should be appreciative that someone has created something for free in the first place, regardless of the conditions tied in with it, I disagree with that logic when it is associated with design work. If I see a font that is free but that I can't use for commercial use, it really isn't much use to me, unless I am designing party invites or playing with concept work, which I avoid like the plague.

So ok, the latter point, concept work is important for a designer, so yeah sure, downloading a cool free font that helps you here is awesome. However, this is also flawed logic. By helping people with their concept work, which by itself is non-commerical, you are actually helping them create a reputation that will surely make rich and famous. So regardless, you are helping someone financially, it's not just as quick. It's just short sightedness on your part.

By imposing restrictions you are reducing the potential impact and reach of your work. Not so many people will download it, not so many people will see it, not so many people will hear of you or see the work you can do.

By imposing restrictions you are missing out on helping designers with their paid work, the work that pays their bills. So we go back to the point that you have a grump about people profiting from something you have previously made available for free, or you have control issues. Neither are helpful and wise to really promote or have associated with your name, people like me get grumpy about things like this. Its like one big tease, just not useful in the greater scheme of things.

Hooking people in to your website with the promise of a free font should extend to making it totally free to use.

If you are giving something away for free, then make it totally free and without condition.

If you really can't bear the thought of 100's of other designers profiting from your work, then don't make it free, charge for it. If it's that good, people will pay the money. You will receive respect and plaudits for your skill and business prowess.

Seems Maniakers Design has been quite busy since releasing the original FREE 232 MKSD Font. It has now been updated with a huge range of extra glyphs.

Important to note that this covers both Round Light, Round Medium and Round Bold and that the family is still a free download.

Font Licence - There are some limitations for it's use, so please read the Font License provided.

Download 232 MKSD Round direct from

Download More Free Fonts via IJC

Over the last few months I have been amassing a neat collection of quality free and open source fonts for download. Some are even exclusive to ImJustCreative. Head on over to Free Fonts for a looksie.

Franchise Bold - A Free Stout Display Font by Derek Weathersbee

Once in while a project of such beauty and generosity shows up. Like the stunning Lobster font, Derek Weathersbee has lavished the utmost attention to the presentation of his typeface, Franchise Bold.

The fact that it is a free download just mystifies me and hugely inspires me. This is an essential addition to your font library if you're looking for a solid font for your next logo design and/or graphic design project.

Franchise is the first weight available but Derek is working on three other weights, Regular, Light and Hairline. So when complete, this will prove to be a formidable type family just right for some of those retro designs you have planned.

And to put some commercial font foundries to shame, Derek has an impressive 'Test Drive' for Franchise.

Of course donations are accepted and who wouldn't?

And should you feel in the mood, some lovely looking shirts can be purchased. As Derek says 'Heck, the Typeface was free. Go!'

Font Licensing

Derek even has made Franchise Bold licensing for this as open and free as it can possibly be.

It is FREE to use for both personal and commercial. You can embed the font and/or link to it via @font-face. Just don't alter/modify it and pass it off as your own.

View official Font Licence .

Download Franchise via Dereks website.

From the mouth of Atelier Carvalho Bernau

We were always in love with the title sequence lettering to Godard's movies “Made in U.S.A.” and “2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle”. On the ocasion of Godard’s 80th birthday (3 December 2010), we are releasing this typeface as a free download.

It is our hommage to Jean-Luc, to the Nouvelle Vague, to Seberg, Karina, Faithfull & Cie., and a birthday gift for all “enfants de Marx et de Coca-Cola.”

Font Description

Jean-Luc is free downloadable font. It is an uppercase-only display grotesque in two styles: One with normal bold accents and punctuation, and one with hairline accents and punctuation, as seen in the title cards for “2 ou 3 choses”.

Atelier's Website :

Jean-Luc Microsite (download here) :

Found via Rajesh from R27 Creative Lab : Website & Posterous