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A Collection of Free, Creative Display Fonts

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There is often a call, in design, to create something that stands out and grabs attention. From printed posters and billboard ads to product packaging and even blog headings – there are many cases where you’ll need to design something with the purpose of making the viewer stop and take notice. In cases like that, a display font that uses big, bold and unconventional imagery can work wonders. Everyone is used to seeing the same fonts that come with their computer – and if you want to draw attention to your design, you run the risk of looking the same as everyone else by using Helvetica.

Creative display fonts often make use of unconventional shapes to draw your attention. They can use unexpected shading to stand out, or use filler patterns that aren’t seen in most typefaces. Because they’re designed to be seen at scale, they can have a completely different aesthetic to regular fonts and don’t need to be readable at a variety of sizes. The key feature here is that display fonts are allowed to break all the rules – and sometimes it’s the surprising, strange and unusual typefaces that make the best headings.

I’ve brought together a collection of some of my favourite unusual display typefaces. All of these are (at the time of writing) available to download for free, but please do check the licence before using them for any commercial or personal project. If you know of any other typefaces that belong in the collection, let us know in the comments!

Hipstelvetica

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Hipstelvetica-Free-Font/11827531

TENRE

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/TENRE-Font-Free-Modern/8313635

Claire Hand

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Claire-Hand-the-new-team-scope-free-font/1945173

Cyberia

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Cyberia-A-free-cyber-font/4229247

Navia

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Navia-Type-free/3953709

Sahara

Source: http://uppertype.net/fonts/sahara.htm

Accent

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Accent-(Free)-Display-Typeface/2624657

Color Lines

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Color-Lines-Free-Font/741548

Chomp

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Chomp-Typeface/8979307

Pilaca

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Pilaca-Free-Font/3743257

Valkyrie

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Valkyrie-Free-Type-Family/8574721

Broken Records

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Broken-Records-(Font)/1044195

Facunda

Source: http://bybu.es/portfolio/facunda-free-font/

Mun

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Mun-typeface-Free-experimental-font/3574587

Nougatine

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/NOUGATINE-free-font/3481787

Drop Type

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Drop-Type-Free-Font/3285586

Stitching

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Stitching-Font-Free-Font-available-for-download/3666427

Panibo

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/PANIBO-Free-Font/6028741

Mosaic

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Mosaic-Leaf-Free-Font/2473533

Mopster

Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/MOPSTER-free-font/10059089

Which of these display typefaces do you like best? Do you know of any that deserve a mention? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!

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  • max

    Great list, Dan.