In design, the smallest details matter. While working on materials for your own brand or for your clients, you probably go above and beyond in taking the time to pay attention to everything; kerning, shading and placement can make or break a design.
Font selection plays a role that is just as important as other design options. Font families include serif fonts, non-serif fonts, calligraphy fonts and more. What makes the task even more difficult is that each font family contains hundreds of fonts that fit into that specific category. For your next project, where should you start?
First, it’s best to think about the purpose of your project. Will you be creating something for personal use or for a business? Many fonts are available for personal use but are limited past that. If you’re not sure, it’s better to err on the side of caution. From there, what budget do you have to work with? Far too often, designers think that solid designs require fonts that are purchased from packages; it doesn’t have to be that way. Many fonts are available for commercial use at no cost; it’s simply a matter of finding them.
If you’ve been searching for serif fonts – fonts that contain small decorative flourishes that make text easier to read while adding subtle style – for your next commercial design project, look no further. Check out these 10 must-have free commercial use serif fonts.
4. Theano Old-Style
6. Special Elite
8. Modern Antiqua
9. Otama E.P.
Each of the fonts above provides a unique style that’s different from traditional serif fonts. What are your thoughts? Feel free to share your favorite free serif fonts; sometimes a little collaboration can go a long way.
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About The Author
Eleanor Hecks is the Editor-in-Chief of Designerly Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing in-depth content from the design and marketing industries. When she's not designing or writing code, you can find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, burning calories at a local Zumba class, or hanging out with her dogs, Bear and Lucy.
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