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Raleway made by Matt McInerney

Raleway, by Matt McInerney (@mattmc), is another open source font made available from The League of Movable Type, one of my favourite font web sites for quality fonts. It is available for free download below.

Raleway is an elegant sans-serif typeface, designed in a single thin weight. It is a display face that features both old style and lining numerals, as well as a stylistic alternate inspired by more geometric sans-serif typefaces than it’s neo-grotesque inspired default character set.

Matt is also responsible for another open source font called Orbitron

Download Raleway direct from The League of Movable Type.

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. So head on over to Free Fonts for a looksie.




Orbitron made by Matt McInerney

Orbitron, by Matt McInerney (@mattmc), is another open source font from The League of Movable Type, one of my favourite font web sites for quality fonts. It is available for download below.

A few words from the designer : Orbitron is a geometric sans-serif typeface intended for display purposes. It features four weights (light, medium, bold, and black), a stylistic alternative, small caps, and a ton of alternate glyphs.

Matt is also responsible for another open source font called Raleway.


Orbitron was designed so that graphic designers in the future will have some alternative to typefaces like Eurostile or Bank Gothic. If you’ve ever seen a futuristic sci-fi movie, you have may noticed that all other fonts have been lost or destroyed in the apocalypse that led humans to flee earth.

Only those very few geometric typefaces have survived to be used on spaceship exteriors, spacestation signage, monopolistic corporate branding, uniforms featuring aerodynamic shoulder pads, etc. Of course Orbitron could also be used on the posters for the movies portraying this inevitable future.

Download

Download Orbitron direct from The League of Movable Type.


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. So head on over to Free Fonts for a looksie.





If you are an existing reader of ImJustCreative , then you will no doubt be aware that I like to source the 'finer' OpenSource and Free Fonts and help spread the love via this site. And by 'finer', I mean fonts that are generally conceived with love and pride and more importantly, attention to detail.

Exclusive free font downloads available via ImJustCreative: http://imjustcreative.com/category/free-fonts/font-exclusives/

Open Source fonts such as Titillium, Neighbourhood and CP Mono Beta as well as more unusual fonts that often don't find the limelight, like the brilliant Logarde Thin, these fonts show quite brilliantly that some 'free' fonts can be used reliably for commercial work, and that you don't have to take out a risk assessment when downloading that latest freebie from '100000blahfreefonts.com' etc.

Open Source fonts are paving the way for high easily accessible and customizable, quality typefaces, no longer do we have to feel guilty about using free fonts. Well, we do, but at least there is light on the horizon.

Being a freelancer logo designer, finances can mean having to be rather creative with sourcing supplies. I for one am really up for doing all I can to provide more and more motivation and support for the talented peep's who create fonts for us to use.

For sure, some of these are geared towards the display styles, suitable for use at higher point sizes. Examples of this maybe short copy text like logo designs, or posters. The 'Days' typeface is a recent example of a display font that has attention to details in abundance. As well as the chunky/phat and popular modular font styles.

If you are a serious typographer?

Do you design fonts? Have you created your first ever font and need to 'get it out there'? Do you create usable and quality fonts like the ones listed above? Do you include reasonable glyphs like standard punctuation, Cyrillic characters, bold, italic? Do you care about the sanity of the end user with details like kerning? Or do you like crafting modular, phat display fonts? Then read on.

Beta, not yet complete? Need some motivation?

Logarde Thin, when I found it on Behance, was one weight and minus punctuation and numbers. But the font in general looked superb and from my eyes, had serious potential. Since I added it to ImJustCreative, it has become the most commented and downloaded font. Kudos to Sebastian for sticking with it.

This whole Beta thing is something I am really hyped up over. There are even semi complete typefaces out there that if you ask nicely, the designer will email you a vector file of the work so far. A great example of this is the Matey Typeface. You may be struggling for motivation, possibly thinking it's going nowhere, but until you do the 'trial by fire', how will you know? If  you have a promising new font like Matey, but it's only available as a vector file, then I definitely want to hear from you.

 

Exclusive Font Downloads

Fortunately, I have been granted 'exclusive' download rights to some fonts found on Behance, these include : Expanded Font, Vilhelmia Font, Clipper Font, Teodoria Font

This comes about because sometimes the designer does not have the reader base or reach on their own website to warrant making the font available, or they just have not even thought that far down the line.

Smashing Magazine

With the support of Smashing Magazine, I am also now planning to post some of these 'exclusive' font downloads via Smashing Magazine, opposed to IJC. This ultimately depends on the style of quality of font and the final say of Smashing Magazine, but if you consider making your font exclusively available for us, you can be assured of epic promotion and reach with 1000's of regular readers.

So, yes to some of the above?

If so, and you are looking for more platforms to promote your work, rather than just have it sitting in your portfolio, then give me a shout. I'll pimp it till my fingers are raw, and have it available in my little archive. Would love to hear from you. All I can promise is that I will help ensure that your hard work is seen by more people.

I can't guarantee I will add every suggested font, so please try not to be offended if this is the case. Some of it is down to my own personal preference, which is subjective, just like design.




Goudy Blackletter Font

Goudy Bookletter by Barry Schwartz

Goudy Bookletter 1922 is another open source font from The League of Movable Type, one of my favourite font web sites. It is available for download below. This font is based on Frederic Goudy’s Kennerley Oldstyle.

A few words from the designer : Why I think Kennerley Oldstyle is beautiful: In making this font, I discovered that Kennerley fits together tightly and evenly with almost no kerning. Thus the following words from Monotype specimen books are just: “[W]hen composed into words the characters appear to lock into one another with a closeness common in early types, but not so often seen in later-day creations.” These are letters that take command of the space around them; notice, for instance, the bowed shapes of the v and w.

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Download

Download Goudy Bookletter direct from The League of Movable Type.

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. So head on over to Free Fonts for a looksie.




League Gothic by The League of Moveable Type

League Gothic is a revival of an old classic, Alternate Gothic No.1. It was originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton for the American Type Founders Company (ATF) in 1903. The company went bankrupt in 1993. And since the original typeface was created before 1923, the typeface is in the public domain.

The League of Movable Type, one of my favourite font web sites thus decided to re design it for the open-source community. Nice.

Download

Download League Gothic Font direct from The League of Movable Type.

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. So head on over to Free Fonts for a looksie.

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Sorts Mill Goudy Typeface

Sorts Mill Goudy by Barry Schwart

A ‘revival’ of Goudy Oldstyle and Italic font, with features among which are small capitals (in the roman only), oldstyle and lining figures, superscripts and subscripts, fractions, ligatures, class-based kerning, case-sensitive forms, capital spacing. There is support for many languages that use latin script.

Currently there is no bold, but artificial emboldening by a web browser isn’t especially offensive with these fonts.

 

Download

Download Sorts Mill Goudy direct from The League of Movable Type.

Designed by Mr. Barry Schwartz http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/members/18-barry-schwartz




M plus fonts

M+ Outline TypeFace

M+ Outline TypeFace from MPlus Fonts, is an astonishing free typographic collection of 42 weights and styles of sans-serif gorgeousness. Thanks to 1stWebDesigner for the initial heads-up for this font.

It features proportional and fixed-halfwidth Latin, fixed-fullwidth Japanese character set.

M+ P is aimed as sophisticated and relaxed design, while M+ C is optimized to be proportioned well in typesetting. Each have 2 variations: Type-1 (M+ P Type-1, M+ C Type-1) are intended to use with M+ 1 Japanese glyphs; Type-2 (M+ P Type-2, M+ C Type-2) has several altenative glyphs different from Type-1 to match with the design of M+ 2 Japanese glyphs.

Licence

M+ FONTS are a font family under the Free license. You can use, copy, and distribute it, with or without modification, either commercially and non commercially.

You can download it for Free using the link below.

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Available Styles

Visit MPlus Fonts for a complete visual list of available styles.

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Download

Download M+ Typeface via Sourceforge. This is fair size file, it has been compressed, but still a good few megabytes.




Days Font

Days Typeface - Ideal for Logo Designs

Days is another neat and free typeface, again found on Behance, a real treasure trove of delights. This is so clean, modern and stylish. Love the curves, the rounded edges, the compact 'squared' feel. I can see this being perfect for certain styles of logo designs.

There is only one weight which is a shame, as I feel it would really benefit from a slightly thinner version, but only minor gripe given it's a complete typeface in every other regard.

It's free for use and available for Mac and PC as a OpenType format. Includes all basic latin and cyrillic letters, numbers and symbols.

The Designers of Days

Aleksey Maslov, Ivan Gladkikh, Alexandr Kalachë

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Download Days Below

The original link for this download has since vanished. This is an alternative link below.

Download CP Days Typeface




CP Mono Free Beta Font Screenshot

CP Mono Beta Free Typeface

CP Mono, another neat OpenSource typeface, fell into my sights a few months back whilst purposefully looking for a reasonably stylish mono spaced font for a new project. I try to avoid the many free font websites due to the sheer volume of dodgy and overused quantities of free fonts.

Being a freelance logo designer, finding quality and unique 'free' fonts for that next logo project can be a struggle. Whilst there are 1000's available, many are poor in quality and feel. Finding those 'special' free and open-source fonts is something of a past-time for me.

CP Mono Beta Font

At the time, the font was not available for download, just a teaser website. God I hate teaser websites, it's too much of a anxiety issue for me. :) Thankfully, Tino, the genius from Berlin, had  a comment system on his website, so I set about leaving a message from him, asking when it would be available for download.

Thankfully, we didn't have to wait long and Tino has now made it available as a Beta Download.

About CP Mono

The Font is a mono spaced and caps-only (as the original) with weights from thin to black. As a typographic experiment, every character should fit in the same square, vertically too. Diacritics and ascenders had to come down and later, when I decided to add lower case letters, descenders up. A variant with shortened descenders became a stylistic set and another set straightens angles in letters like A, K or V.

Some of the raw, mechanical charme of the original got lost in the process to keep formal consistancy throughout the family and to support legibility. As a soild headline font it does a pretty good job, in short copy text too.

So far, I finished the set of upper and lower case letters, small caps, small figures and alternate forms in five weights.

CP Mono TestDrive

Tino has created a nice MicroSite for CP Mono and has several options for you to play with, as well as a downloadable PDF, there is also a place you can test drive the different weights and sizes.

CP Mono Test Drive

Download CP Mono Below

Visit the CP Mono website for the full briefing on this monospaced font and give Tino some props whilst you are at it.

Download CP Mono Mono spaced font.