The A-Z List of Free Serif Fonts for Design

by Callum Chapman

October 6, 2009 in Resources

It’s almost impossible to have too many fonts installed on your system, especially when it comes to Serif fonts. So to help you add a few fonts to your font collection, I’ve made an A-Z List of some of the very best free serif fonts out there on the web. You can download all the fonts for free and use most of them in your personal and commercial design work. This is my first post for DesignM.ag – if all goes well hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me in the future!

A is for Apple Garamond

Apple Garamond

B is for Bambi

Bambi

C is for Centabel

Centabel

D is for Divona

Divona

E is for Euphorigenic

Euphorigenic

F is for Flatform

Flatform

G is for Goudy Bookletter 1911

Goudy Bookletter 1911

H is for Happy Phantom

Happy Phantom

I is for Imprimerie

Imprimerie

J is for Just Old Fashion

Just Old Fashion

K is for Kleins Forgotten Roman

Kleins Forgotten Roman

L is for Leftist Mono Serif

Leftist Mono Serif

M is for Mary Jane

Mary Jane

N is for Napoleodoni

Napoleodoni

O is for Old Typefaces

Old Typefaces

P is for Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Q is for Queer Theory

Queer Theory

R is for River Avenue

River Avenue

S is for Serif

Serif

T is for Timeless

Timeless

U is for Ursa Serif

Ursa Serif

V is for Vibrocentric

Vibrocentric

W is for Waschkueche

Waschkueche

X is for Xipital

Xipital

Y is open for suggestions!

Z is for Zenith 2000

Zenith 2000

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About the Author:

Callum Chapman is a freelance graphic designer & illustrator based in Cambridge (UK) trading under the name Circlebox Creative. He also runs a design blog offering articles, tutorials and high-res textures at Circlebox Blog.

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About Callum Chapman

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  • Dzinepress

    Oct 7th

    really beautiful list for my web needs. thanks

  • CookieofDoom

    Oct 7th

    Thanks! I don’t use serif fonts a lot because I don’t like the look of most of the ones I have. These are great!

    It’s posts like these, though, that are going to make my computer crash every time I open the “font” combobox in Illustrator.

  • hotmac

    Oct 8th

    …waste and ugly. Did you post it just to fill your blog? Come on, you can do it better.

  • xaby

    Oct 9th

    serif fonts always have this authoritative feel to it.

  • Callum Chapman

    Oct 13th

    My favourite is ‘Serif’ :)

    @hotmac: These are really nice fonts that are quite widely used – you’re quite welcome to brag when you show us your multi-thousand dollar collection of premium fonts, though! :)

  • Mark Carter

    Oct 14th

    I must admit I agree with a poster above … I’m not sure this is the best that’s out there by any means … some of them the kerning is really poor, to my eyes at least. Don’t really want to get into criticizing other people’s work, especially when I couldn’t do what they do …. sorry

  • Callum Chapman

    Oct 14th

    However any good designer will manually adjust the kerning of each individual letter to fit in with their page layouts and designs… These are definitely some of the best fonts that you can download for free, most of which you can use commercially. Sure, ones your pay $100′s for are better as expected, but for low budget projects and students these are superb! :)

  • CookieofDoom

    Oct 14th

    Yeah, they probably aren’t great fonts to use without tweaking (I haven’t tried yet). I would never use them for body font or anything like that. I think they’ll look great for headers, graphics, and such…. when properly adjusted.

  • Lauren

    Nov 19th

    Hi, great list, I love how you made this fun with your alphabetical listing of them. I am compelled to add my 2 cents on this:
    *More fonts on this list are of decent to excellent quality than those that are not.
    *I do agree a handful of them (that I wont name because I know from first hand experience what it’s like to just begin designing digital type) for lack of a better word, suck.

    Don’t get me wrong, a lot of free fonts suck and a lot of font designers are more accuratly described as “font makers,” as they really have no ambition to advance themselves in their abilities or understaning in digital type design. I have no respect for these types of designers, as a matter of fact I downright dislike them.

    Some really great designers however, many of whom designed fonts on this list, make free fonts that are of as good or better quality than your typical $100 font.

    And yes, fonts that you purchase for high dollar amounts are usually of good quality, as well they should be.

    But don’t write off free fonts completely, there are enough diamonds in the rough that a free font could be used in lieu of a commercial font in most cases. If you look.

    I have plenty of free fonts on my hardrive that I am oh so stoked their creators were cool enough to make free.

    Thanks for this post, I do hope to see more posts by you. A font post is a brave one, as you see people are very opinionated regarding type. Amoungst designer’s I’d liken it to talking about politics or religion. Seriously.

    Phew! Okay, sorry for the super long comment!

    ~Lauren
    PS: Thanks for including my font HappyPhantom on this list. As always, DesignM.ag rocks

  • vuitton

    Aug 15th

    Really nice collection!

  • Automated Home Profits

    Feb 11th

    I like this post, enjoyed this one regards for putting up.

  • Fume Hood

    May 24th

    thanks for sharing the greatest professional designs i will use these on my upcoming design
    thanks alot

  • Graphic Design Singapore

    Jun 8th

    Thanks for the post but there are certainly better free fonts than these.

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