current obsession: my favorite fonts!

It wouldn’t be a font-themed day if we didn’t start with a few of my favorites. I use a wide variety of fonts at Design*Sponge for roundups, city guide headers and all types of posts. I tend to prefer contrasting feminine and modern styles, but I have a soft spot for fonts that catch me by surprise and make me look for an excuse to use them. To kick things off this morning, I’m rounding up 35 of my favorite fonts on the market, free and for purchase. I’ve tried to keep as many of these low priced (or no-priced) as possible so that those of you looking to test out new fonts on your blogs or websites don’t have to break the bank. Also, if you’re as much of a font nut as I am, check out this quiz at Pentagram that tells you what font you would be. Have fun! xo, grace

*Please note: is the sponsor of today’s upcoming contest but did not receive special consideration for this roundup, nor were we paid for any listings in this post.

Image above: “Strangelove” by Umbrella Type, $12-18

Image above, top to bottom: “Bead Chain,” free for personal use; “Sailor Larry Font” by Tioem, free for personal use; “Craig” by Jasper, free for personal use; “P22 Bifur Font” by Richard Kegler, $19.95; “Twigglee” by Robert Schenk, $14.95; “Coney Island,” free for personal use; “Marquee,” free for personal use; “Romantiques” by Dieter Steffman, free for personal use; “Beamie,” free for personal use; “Mexcellent,” free for personal use

Image above: All fonts from “Wild West Press” by Walden Fonts. Collection of fonts for $49.95

Image above, top to bottom: “Lowvetica” by Mario Arturo, donation required; “Gemini Italic,” $19.95; “Messner” by Juraj Chrastina, $29; “Arwen,” free for personal use; “Seattle Sans,” free for personal use; “Farouk,” free for personal use; “Market Deco,” free for personal use

CLICK HERE for more fonts after the jump!

Image above: “Penabico” by Intellecta Design, $8.93

Image above: “Breathe” by Maximiliano Sproviero, $20

Image above, clockwise from top left: “Darjeeling Complete” by Facetype, $30; “Strong Leaf” by Lisna Lee, free for personal use (love this font!); “Lullaby” by Sander Legrand, free for personal use; “English Essay” by Brittney Murphy, free for personal use

Image above: “Numbers” by Hoefler & Frere-Jones, $169

Image above: “Lavina 4F” by Sergiy Tkachenko, $25

Image above: “Archer” by Hoefler & Frere-Jones, $149 and up

  1. I’m a huge fan of Market Deco. I’ve had it for some time now. A great sans serif that has really classic nouveau qualities.

  2. kathleen says:

    i love font day! x

  3. alison says:

    Awesome round up! :)

  4. Emma says:

    “English Essay” is lovely! I kind of want to design a new look for my blog completely around it. I won’t, though… my time could probably be better spent doing other things. :)

  5. Tim says:

    One of my favorite free fonts, Cacavia:

    Also, Arsenale White

  6. Anna says:

    I hate to be a stickler but these are typefaces, not fonts. Sure, the files you download and use are fonts but the Pentagram quiz tells you what typeface you should be, not what font.

    This might help:

    Great round up though, Archer is one of my all time favorites!

    1. grace says:


      if you like archer, stay tuned for an interview with jesse ragan, who was part of the design team who created archer :)


  7. quintessence says:

    Clearly we have similar taste!! Recently used the Walden Wild West fonts in a project and I also posted about the Pentagram quiz – what type were you?!

  8. Merry says:

    Nice selection… funny how you can look through these sites time and again and not notice a nice font until someone else uses it!

  9. Allison says:

    fontgasm! as soon as I get my new laptop with scads and scads of memory for new fonts, I’m going to wreak some downloading havoc on this post…

  10. Liz says:

    These are great. So strange — (speaking as a native) the Seattle Sans looks like Seattle to me! It’s perfect.

  11. oooo twigglee and lullaby are so cute!! And Anna, thanks for the article, that was really interesting.

  12. Ooooh…..I love!! What a fantastic collection! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Meredith says:

    How fun are strong leaf and twigglee!! I love those fonts

  14. Paulina J! says:

    I’m obsessed with fonts or typefaces, whatever you want to call them. I’ve downloaded a few from Great post!

  15. Lauren says:

    I fell in love with archer shortly after MSN started using it… I found a similar font through (FREE) : Alexandria. Happy font/typeface day!

  16. Claudia says:

    I have been a huge Archer fan since it was first released and that Pentagram quiz nailed it! Apparently, I am Archer Hairline. Great round up, Grace! A lot of these are in my typeface collection as well.

  17. Kate says:

    i love that you’ve selected some nicely crafted, affordable typefaces! that takes a good eye and a lot of digging. i like to see that there are some great options for those of us find it hard to shell out the dough for a hoefler frere jones font.

  18. jenn says:

    thanks for the lovely fonts! i have dipped in my pocket to invest! (*wink*)

  19. Katy says:

    Topped up the fonts. Merci!

  20. LeeLee says:

    i heart the cappuccino and grace font. thanks for sharing.

  21. Jenny says:

    I am a stickler, like Anna, sorry. I also love anything Hoefler & Frere-Jones. I’m generally against the freebie fonts and one-offs because they lack the versatility most designers need. However, sometimes you find that diamond in the rough. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Sharon says:

    Home sick today but Font Day is saving me from thinking about my misery! I’ve spent the last half-hour on

  23. oh, how i love archer! i just wish it wasn’t so pricey to get the full collection… le sigh.

    1. grace says:


      after talking with archer’s designer i can guarantee you it’s worth the price. the amount of work that went into that font is mind-boggling ;)


  24. Maria Valdivieso-Pakozdi says:

    These are soo beautiful Thanks so much Grace!

    Also are you planning to come to Toronto for your Book Tour. I am so excited for the release and would love love love to meet you!

    1. grace says:


      yep! we should be there :)


  25. Thanks for sharing, there surely is some good fonts in this list :-)

  26. love love love “Breathe” !!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing, and loving the font theme today!

  27. annawithlove says:

    They are all so fabulous!!!!!

  28. abby says:

    Thanks for sharing these! I’m always looking for more font inspiration. And yeah, Archer is pretty fantastic.

  29. Jess says:

    Dreamy!!! I had a giggle when I saw the pack from Walden Fonts – I just purchased them a few weeks ago & am designing a set around the typefaces. Gorgeous!!!

    Lately I’ve been obsessed with 58 Rodeo ( and Fenway Park (

    And yes, Archer… I swoon & am saving my pennies… HFJ rocks.

  30. DesignBreak says:

    I’m a typography addict, there I said it! I decided to share with you all my Identity.
    Identity is a font I created as part of my graduation project. Each character can be read in Hebrew and Arabic simultaneously.

  31. melody says:

    LOVE this round up!!! i just downloaded like 15 new fonts! i’m excited to put some to use with our christmas cards… :)

  32. Is there a link for Lost Buttons? I see it in the pictures but I didn’t see a link for it!

  33. So fun! I LOVE this Type of Day! :)

  34. Bobbi says:

    I could sit and look at fonts for ages. I often wonder about what goes into creating a font; it would take a lot of patience and focus, neither of which I have very much of!

  35. Kristin says:

    This may be a silly question, but when I try to use the English Essay font in my word processor, it cuts off the bottoms of letters (like g and y) which extend below the baseline. It does this to the tops too, but not as much. Is there a way to fix this? And thanks for all the recommendations!

    1. grace says:


      i’m afraid i don’t know- but dafont usually provides a website for the designer so you could email them to ask about that.


  36. great collection. yay for fonts!

  37. dk says:

    thanks for sharing. beautiful collection.

  38. Bonnie! says:

    Kristin, you might try adjusting your line spacing (the amount of space between the lines). It sounds like it is less than your font size. Usually for a 12 font size, for example, the line spacing will be at least 12. If it is less, the tops and bottoms of letters will get cut off.

  39. Stacey H says:

    Archer. I have had a crush on Archer for a long time now. ;)

  40. Peter says:

    Typeface is the nomenclature which should be exalted. I set type not font.

  41. Debra says:

    Love it all. No doubt this is all right up my alley. Now to take some more time and leisurely stroll through this post. Thanks so much!!

  42. Megan says:

    Thank you for this! I just adore finding new fonts.

  43. Thanks for showing what I do in your site!
    Your comments are really encouraging to me.

  44. Ann says:

    oooh what a great roundup! gorgeous fonts, am off to download some of them! thanks for sharing!

  45. Cate Holst says:

    Fabulous collection! I love the Wild West Press, actually they’re all great. I’ll definitely want to download some of these

  46. Tanya says:

    this is so so good! love archer and now i really need to buy strangelove. this is another place to find good fonts:

  47. strange love is one of my absolute favorites! i’m using the font for my business cards to Alt Summit. That and “Champagne and Limousines.” I guess if you put the two together you could say “There’s STRANGELOVE when you have too much CHAMPAGNE AND LIMOSINES!”

  48. can’t believe all the great FREE fonts!!! thanks…

  49. XIronman says:

    It’s very funny. Thanks for sharing, I LOVE it. I want to download all of them.


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