Usually minimal web designs tend to have clean, light fonts, but not always it’s the best solution. You can, instead, pick a nice bold font to give your design a niche. That’s not true that you have to pay for the good-looking fonts.
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There are plenty of free, great looking minimal fonts around the web. In this article you’re going to find 40 clean, crisp and, of course, free fonts for your minimal web design.
Table of Contents:
- Minimal Fonts
- Font Bundle Featuring 17 Incredible Typefaces
- The Secret Of Successful Minimal Font Usage
- Create Your Own Font and Kill Comic Sans
Minimal web design has become a big trend nowadays. You won’t find large pictures or glossy buttons in minimal designs, but fonts are some of those rare accents they can have. Carefully chosen fonts can really enhance your design.
16. PT Sans
19. Josefin Sans STD
22. Hattori Hanzo
24. Dezen Pro
27. District Thin
38. Jalane Light
40. Dejavu Sans
41. District Thin
45. Hattori Hanzo
47. Print Clearly
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Font Bundle Featuring 17 Incredible Typefaces
Fonts make up ninety-five percent of design making it a very essential and crucial element. Fonts, like action, speak louder than the content you put. Therefore, it is very important to choose the right kind of typeface. We want to give you all the resources, that’s why we couldn’t resist. Take a look at these incredible typefaces.
While there are many types of fonts to choose from, there are those who really stand out. And here is our list of outstanding modern fonts which you can use in various projects. The best part of this is they are all free for you to use.
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Designed by Oliver James, this all caps, geometric sans serif has an unusual style which reminds you of those skeletal architectural frameworks of buildings and bridges. Perfect for any design that requires a typeface which emphasizes creature structure.
Nickainley is a Monoline Script font reminiscent of the classic, vintage handwriting of long ago. This typeface is the perfect choice for wedding invitations as well as logos, labels, and badges that need a classic touch.
Oranienbaum is a high contrast Antiqua, based on the architecture of classic Antiqua fonts, like Bodoni. Like most 20th century typefaces of this kind, Oranienbaum has distinct features like its cousins – pronounced serifs, contrasting geometry, and an interplay of right angles and flowing lines perfect for headlines and body text.
This is a beautiful round type font with lots of symbols and sections with 169 glyphs each. It’s one huge beautiful collection which Christian Pannicke designed for their own use.
Designed by Ono Creates, Grafter is a playful typeface inspired by the creator’s love for gardening. The font looks fun and modern with all the flowery embellishments.
Neythal is a free font that emulates handwritten letters. Its simplicity reflects a certain innocence making it ideal for designs that emphasize simplicity and minimalism.
Created by Hungry JPEG, the Waterlily reflects the gracefulness, beauty, and serenity of its namesake. The letters look like brushstrokes and work perfectly even in smaller display sizes. Use it for quotes, instructions, or projects that emphasize grace and beauty.
Fun, cheerful, and simple. These are the words that best describe this sans serif font. The rectangular letterforms and rounded terminals make it a good choice for brochures and business websites.
This geometric shaded typeface was designed by Andreas Leonidou and looks like the shapes used in the popular 80s video games. It’s the perfect font flyers, posters, music events, or clubs.
This cursive font has a feminine feel to it yet it doesn’t lost its formal touch making it an ideal font to convey your heartfelt messages to family and friends. Try using it for your invitation and card design projects.
11. High Tide
High Tide is an all-caps geometric sans serif typeface created by Filipe Rolim out of his need for alternative fonts. It features a nordic style experimental font combined with standard shapes which will look good on wine labels and t-shirt designs.
Designed by Ferdie Balderas, L’Engineer is a handwriting font with uneven and compact characters which slant slightly to the left. This is a good choice when you’re looking for an alternative non-cursive, handwritten script.
13. Monastic Pro
Monastic Pro is an angular, all-caps font with an unpredictable width giving it a rebellious and vintage feel perfect for magazine and newspaper -theme websites. The strokes and shapes are also perfect for logos and male grooming products.
This all caps rounded sans serif typeface is inspired by chunky woodblock that gives it a semi-formal feel. The interesting swashes and condensed counters make it a versatile font which can be used from wine labels to sports headlines.
Created by Sean Coady, Firefly is a grungy serif typeface with strong calligraphic influences. Its characters have swashes and alternates that look fun and quirky making it a good contender for fashion labels to band names.
Growl is a typeface created by Adrian Croasdell and characterized by aggressive brushstrokes. It has jagged terminals and bold shapes giving it a casual and hurried feel. Good for 50s-themed or slasher movies, or when you want something loud and eye-catching.
Designed by Leonardo Gubbioni, Building takes after its namesake with condensed and highly structural characters. The all-caps sans serif typeface embodies strength and air of conservativeness making it perfect for insurance, real estate, and financial companies.
Get All 17 Incredible Typefaces
Whether you are making beautiful cards and newsletters or designing a new website, these new typefaces can add more edge or provide some breath of fresh air to your project. Have fun trying one or all of them in a variety of projects you have.
The Secret Of Successful Minimal Font Usage
Now that you have selected your font, here are some tips on how to use minimal fonts in your designs. Minimal fonts can awesomely enhance any artwork if used properly. You can see more and more websites using minimal fonts in their designs. Personally I love the neat look of bold minimal font in a minimal design. In this article you’re going to find some tips together with stunning examples to learn more about minimal font usage in web design. While minimalism seems easy – it really isn’t, it takes great skill to come up with something clean, professional and unique at the same time! Let’s jump into art of minimal fonts?
Bigger Is Better
Since minimal fonts are rather slight you’ll have to use bigger font sizes in order to make your text visible and easy to read. Try to avoid using a font size lower than 14 points. Big and bold minimal serif fonts usually look awesome in headers and plain backgrounds. Large minimal headlines add an interactive look and accent to minimal designs.
Fajne Chlopaki uses huge headlines in his website’s header. The site has a clean and minimal style and these large fonts add a creative look to, and complete, the design.
If you’re using minimal fonts be sure not to lose contrast. Try to implement light fonts on a dark background or vice versa. Stronger contrast will make your text easier to read since minimal fonts tend to blend into the background if the contrast is to low. Strong contrast will also enhance the whole look and make the fonts really stand out.
The Visualbox site has a dark background and they’re using white fonts for titles. They’re also using a large font size so the text is very noticeable. These minimal style titles also add a little accent to the design.
Keep It Minimal
Minimal fonts are for minimal usage. They’re neat when used sparingly and in the right situation, though they can look unrefined and clash if you clutter them and use inappropriately. Minimal fonts won’t look good in visually heavy designs. Less is more – they will look great in minimal designs with a lot of white space and few details.
Oliver James Cosling’s portfolio has a clean and minimal look. He’s using a large minimal font for the title and a smaller one for navigation. These fonts look strong and neat and they complement the design excellently.
Limit Your Fonts
Different type of fonts tend to conflict with each other and create a mess within your design. It’s especially true when talking about minimal fonts. Accurate use of fonts can add the right flair and character to your design. Using a select few however will help maintain a consistent look. Two to three fonts is usually good, of course, you can use more however you’ll have to be careful that they don’t cause visual noise.
Adoreyou is an excellent example of effective use of minimal fonts. The site itself is a consistent, well-designed minimal style website. They’re using one minimal font for navigation and another one for the titles. The fonts are perfectly implemented into the design, they’re suitable and engaging at the same time.
Below you’ll find some stunning examples of minimal font use in web design. Each example is unique so you can see how a wide range of minimal fonts can be used. Check out these examples to learn how to implement minimal fonts effectively.
3. Josh Sender
5. Studio Luma
9. Giles Revell
Create Your Own Font and Kill Comic Sans
Font! The word has a whole lot of science involved with it. Fonts are everywhere and those who don’t understand fonts use Comic Sans! Don’t worry, I am not diving into the never-ending debate of “Comic Sans in not a font” and related stuff. We are here to learn how we can create our own personal font. A point comes in everyone’s life when we want to see our own handwriting in the form of font. Also, one may just want to experiment with fonts and want to see something different in the fonts list in their personal computers. This is when you feel the need to create your own font. Here we will try to dig into two different perspectives of this issue and find a solution in both cases.
Note – My initial way will be more or less generic and will depend on how much you practice the same. You will have to scan your typeface multiple times and experiment with the steps that I will list. The second way will help you understand a hidden Windows tool that can be used to create characters that can be used over and over using your Character Map.
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This method is going to be a bit boring and might just force you to give up on it while half way through. But, I will suggest you stick around as the end results will be amazing. I don’t promise that after your first try itself you will be the Fontographer that you want to be, but sooner or later you will be swimming in the river of your own fonts. Who knows someday 1WD might just list your font in its showcase. #Dreaming!
So, lets start with the usual steps that will teach you how to create your own font. But, remember that you will have to inspire yourself to create your own thing.
- Start Consuming Information – You might have been a designer all your life or may be a writer by birth, but creating your own font is a different theory altogether. Issues like spacing, bends in letters, curves, angles etc. become so important that overlooking any one of them might just kills the whole experience. I won’t be jotting down all those concerns as understanding the science behind fonts is a different story and one can write multiple articles on that itself. Let me jot down some articles and books that will help you gain insight into the mechanics of fonts:
- A Short Course On How To Improve Your Site’s Typography on 1WD.
- Fonts and Encodings by Yannis Haralambous.
- The Complete Manual of Typography by Jim Felici.
- Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton.
- Learn To Sketch – This is very important. I have this cousin of mine who loves logo designing. I saw that he was designing logos directly in Photoshop. I helped him understand the importance of sketching before moving on to Photoshop. Today, he thanks me for the push that I gave him. It is important for designers to understand how sketching on paper is a lot different from what they do directly on computer. You will never be able to get the real feel of curves and angles unless you have a pencil in your hand. Later on, the pencil sketch will act as the much wanted skeleton that will be the backbone of your digital font. Keep it clean and see the magic. Remember that sketching on paper will give you the liberty to understand the quality of lines and their exact geometry. Spacing will be taken care of by your software later on once you go digital.
- Scan Your Sketch and Convert to Vector Art – This is it. Time to go digital! Once you are done with your sketch and you are sure that the end result is exactly what you want your font to look like then it is time to scan your sketch and clean it up a bit. Use Photoshop (or any other image editing tool for that matter) and clean up your sketch. Let go the smudges and stray lines. Covert the sketch to vector art before you proceed.
- Time to Pick Your Font Software – This is the point where most of the readers might just give up. The reason being that most of the good font software out there will cost you some cash. Buy one and start learning them. One of the best in the business in Fontographer. I will suggest that you go ahead with Fontographer as it has a lot of resources on the web that will help you understand the software and create your very first font. Stick with the adrenaline rush and don’t stop until you have your own typeface!
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- Lastly, let us know once you have your own font up and ready for use.
Create Characters Using Secret (and Free) Windows Software
Private Character Editor! Heard of it before? Well, PCE is Windows-based software which is already installed on your machine. You just don’t know it yet. Those looking to create their own fonts or characters real quick can use this tool and start rolling in no time.
PCE can help you create around 6400 characters which can be used on your documents using “Character Map”. Now, let us quickly understand how PCE works:
- Click on Start button and then click Run (or Windows key + R). Now in the dialog box type C:\WINDOWS\system32\eudcedit.exe (considering that your Windows is installed in C: drive) and hit enter.
- You will be greeted with PCE’s “Select Code Window”. Basically, this window will be your map using which you will use to map the characters that you create in the Windows character library. You can use any of the boxes that are blank. Choose any one of these and click Ok.
- A grid measuring 50×50 pixels will open. You can use the tools on the left to create your own character. Take your time and edit your character as much as you want. The drawing area is overly simply for anyone to understand what is happening. Though, you will have to be a calligraphy expert to come up with a really attractive design. As you can observe in the image below, I ain’t one!
- You can even copy and paste the bitmap selection between PCE and paint.
- Also, you can use an existing character as a base for your new design. Copy the existing character to the grid by using Edit > Copy Character. Change it with the available tools and have fun.
- Once you are done with your design then either you can map your character to all the fonts in Windows or to selected ones as per your choice. Go to File > Font links .. to understand what I mean.
- Lastly, save your character before closing from Edit > Save Character As.
- Now, it is time to use your character. Again, open the Run dialog box and type charmap.exe and hit enter.
- From the Font drop down menu opt for All Fonts (Private Characters) and voila!
- Select your character and click the Copy button. You can paste your selection anywhere including the notepad.
As you can see, creating your own font isn’t an easy task but there are options available. Creating your font will require a lot of concentration and commitment. Remember that you won’t be able to create your font if you give up on yourself. Also, for those who don’t want to go through the process of scanning or for those who don’t own a scanner, PCE is always there for help! Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.