30 Free Fonts Perfect For Typographical Introductions

A short clever phrase or introduction can be much more effective than a long drawn out paragraph for grabbing the readers attention. Other than the wording, the key to these introductions lies in the font choice, color and placement of the intro. In this article, we will look at 30 fonts perfect for these introductions and some examples of where these fonts could come in handy in your designs. All of the fonts are free of charge and the source can be found by clicking on the title link or accompanying image.

Let’s first take a look at the fonts…

Bergamo Std

Available in the open type format and comes in 4 styles.

Nilland Black

Available in the true type format and comes in 6 different styles.

CartoGothic Std

Comes in the open type format with 4 styles and is Windows and Mac compatible.

Apparatus SIL

The Apparatus SIL fonts are the Unicode version of their predecessor, SIL Apparatus. The design is the same, only the encoding is different. The Apparatus SIL fonts were designed to provide most of the symbols needed to reproduce the textual apparatus found in major editions of Greek & Hebrew biblical texts.

Chunk

Chunk is an ultra-bold slab serif typeface that is reminiscent of old American Western woodcuts, broadsides, and newspaper headlines. Used mainly for display, the fat block lettering is unreserved yet refined for contemporary use.

Titillium

FF Celeste Sans Offc Black Set

Available in the open type format.

Gnuolane

Gnuolane is a serious headline font in five weights. While it borrows from 19th Century grotesque models, it possesses a super-elliptical sixties sneer. The OpenType format includes old-style numerals, ordinals, superiors, inferiors, f-ligatures and class-based kerning.

Kenyan Coffee

Four different styles in the true type format.

Engebrechtre

Eight different styles in the true type format.

Imperator

A serif font available in the true type format.

Sling

Comes in three styles in the true type format.

Coolvetica

Almost like a bold Helvetica but with a few surprises such as the uppercase G and Q.

Hit The Road

One style available in the true type format.

Boris Black Box

A sans-serif available in the true type format.

Phrixus

Phrixus may appear a little light, but it’s stylish lettering would work great in a large size.

Arial Black

There are a lot of Arial haters out there, but the black version works great for headlines and introductions.

Walkway Black

An endless supply of styles available in the true type format.

Romeral

Romeral is designed to produce a noticeable visual impact that invites the audience to the reading due to its sizable thickness.

Bebas

One strong style and no lowercase.

Fontin Sans

Fontin was re-released in open type format as Fontin Semi (with a Bold Italic) to match new metrics an kerning.

Chùcara

Qlassik

Comes in two styles in the open type format.

Diavlo Bold

Diavlo is a free font that contains 5 weights.

Delicious Bold

Every character has a unique shape. Consistency in spacing, not in the character shape.

Contra

Available in normal and italic.

Alte Haas Grotesk

Two styles available in true type format.

Headline

Designed for use in headlines, it comes in two styles in the true type format.

Old Sans Black

Available in the format below and in an underlined version.

River Avenue

A serif font available in the true type format.

Now, some examples of use…

Big Cartel

Solid Shops

Christine Galvin Design

Basecamp

Digital Mash

Level9 Design

Vimeo

Donor Tools

Elysium Burns

Giant Creative

Written by Shawn Ramsey

When I’m not brewing my own beer or hiking through the local National Forest, I’m busy building a more beautiful web.

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23 Comments

  1. Stacy Roche January 27, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    Nice collection of fonts, several of these I wasn’t aware of. Showing the examples was helpful too.

    • Shawn Ramsey January 27, 2010 at 8:12 am #

      I’m glad that you found it to be helpful :)

  2. Benjy Eder January 27, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    I love the look of the Sling font! Thanks for putting this together. Bookmarked it.

    • Shawn Ramsey January 27, 2010 at 8:13 am #

      The Sling font is very attractive and one of my favorites of the list as well. Thanks Benjy!

  3. designi1 January 27, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Really nice round up m8… imperator, colvetica and some more are pretty new for me! thanks! going to try it…

    • Shawn Ramsey January 27, 2010 at 10:15 am #

      I’m happy to introduce you to a couple of new fonts. Imperator is pretty sharp and Coolvetica has come in handy on several occasions. Thanks for the feedback!

  4. Design Informer January 27, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Lots of fonts I’ve never heard before. Will definitely be downloading. Thanks Shawn!

    • Shawn Ramsey January 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

      You’ve got to love free fonts. Glad you found something you like. Thanks Jad!

  5. Kimcool January 28, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    I love all the fonts!:)

  6. apsorks! January 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Thanks for this post! I have, since reading it, adopted Nilland for use in my up-coming website. Which, coincidentally, uses a typographical introduction, as per the examples above. I had spent about a week searching for a font I liked, and Nilland fits perfectly!

    I do fully support typographical introductions, for the following reasons..
    1. It gives the author of the site a method of getting stuck straight in with a a sweet, short, sharp sentence that gets straight to the point.
    2. It adds semanticity (is that a word?)… In other words.. a search engine can read type, as opposed to an image.
    3. Its clean.. simple.. fast to load…

    I’m sure I could come up with many more good reasons, but those will do for now!

    Good post!

    • Shawn Ramsey January 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback apsorks! You make some strong points for supporting typographical intros, all of which i agree with.

      The Nilland font is a nice looking one and I can’t wait to see it on your new blog. Be sure and let me know when you get it up and going.

  7. ugur January 29, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    thanks for sharing mate! more helpfull.

  8. Silvia January 30, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    I love delicious font type.. often use it for my corporate design, it’s very simple, clean yet smart.
    Especially for the numbers
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. trgy January 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    oldukça güzeller design yaparken kullanırız artık.

  10. neville February 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    nice fonts

  11. Okan Can BOLAYIR June 2, 2010 at 5:32 am #

    Thanks for this artical.

  12. aile hekimim kim September 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    Thank you for good fonts.They are very good.

  13. Brad Maver October 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    This is awesome. I actually really like alot of the fonts posted. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Elektronikotin October 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    veri gut dizayn fonts :) thanks

  15. Brett Widmann October 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Great fonts. I love Phrixus.

  16. Brinn April 14, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    Thanks for the fonts. I love Phrixus too – I’ve been looking for a font just like this for a new site we’re working on!

    Ryan @ Brinn

  17. SuperCan 2 June 14, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    Very good font types, thank you for this free fonts.

  18. mauritius web design August 31, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Great fonts thanks for sharing

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