Fonts for All Occasions
What about other fonts? As you can see with the party invitations above, you can add a lot of weight to your words with the right font. The wonderful assortment of free fonts makes it difficult to prefer one over the other. Your favorites are likely to depend upon your hobbies and style.
I asked a family member recently, a budding musician, if she could design a font, what she would choose. Without hesitation she stated she would want something that looks like musical notes. I found it out there for her and downloaded it from Fonts101.com. You can see it in the example to the left.
I enjoy exploring Fonts101.com (where I got Lilith and Melody Maker) as well as Font Monkey, a website owned by a font fan who seems to love nothing so much as designing fonts and making them available free of charge, for commercial or personal use. To the left, just above Melody Maker, you can see Web Monkey’s refreshingly named Refreshing Beverage.
In addition to those sites, many of Bright Hub’s most proficient font fanatics have searched free font sites and brought us examples of other serif (and sans serif) fonts that you can use for all kinds of occasions. Below are a few of my favorites.
Four Free Serif Fonts
It’s easy to find and download fonts that will make a great impact. Here the writer has chosen Bodoni XT and remarks upon its old-time look, with thick-width glyphs and light, airy serifs. Centabel’s serifs are minimized, so that the writer sees a whimsical, decorative font that still supplies the eye with the guidance it needs as it reads the page. Slab Tall X is heavy and bold; it reminds me of someone like Dashiell Hammett pounding out a Sam Spade mystery. Bistecca—a solid, strong font—works perfectly for banners and headlines.
Finding Free Fonts: Fan of the Serpentine Look?
In this article, the last of the four choices is Zenith, a style that’s very close to Serpentine Bold—which is not a free font. It is bold and heavy, tilted slightly to the left. You can see it just down and to the right.
Four Free Celtic Fonts
Three out of four of these fonts are serif, and they are all unique and reminiscent of the ancient documents lettered by the Celts. Aon Cari Celtic looks a bit like script; Spiral Initials reminds you of the artwork monks created with each new page of work; and Perigord wields that days-of-yore feeling but it’s quite legible.
Four Free Christmas Fonts
If you’re among those who like to type out a family newsletter to tuck into your holiday card, or if you want to use something unusual to print address labels, try one of these. If you’re adventurous, you can even design and print your own cards. Your serif font choices include Christmas Card and Kingthings Christmas.
Examples of Bad Font Use: Avoid These Common Mistakes
Just a word to the wise here to wrap things up: I’m afraid after all the fun I have perusing font sites, even I may occasionally be guilty of overdoing it. Yes, it is possible to misuse font styles or choose the wrong color, size, and design. Take a look at this slide show of what not to do so you won’t end up in Serif Font Abuse Prison.