10 Marvelously Modern Free Fonts for Graphic Design

A guest post by Brian Morris who writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog.

Your choice of font can make or break your design. A great font helps the rest of your design set a mood, elicit emotion, and motivate action; while a poor font distracts from your message and can ruin your entire design. If you’re creating a design that has a decidedly modern tone, the following 10 fonts can usher your artwork into modernity marvelously. Best of all, each modern font listed here is free to download!

1. Sansation

This versatile font can be used for headlines, subheads, and even body copy on both print and digital media.
http://www.dafont.com/sansation.font

sansation

2. Magalopolis

Your poster can’t be ignored when you use this bold, heavy, and exciting font.
http://www.smeltery.net/fonts/megalopolis-extra

magalopolis

3. Quicksand

Quicksand is clean and modern, with evident rounding on heavier weights, which means it will work well in print and digital designs, either as a headline or body copy.
http://www.typophile.com/node/50437

quicksand

4. Carbon

Want to add a splash of elegance to big, bold headlines? Carbon is the solution. It’s perfect for large web sales headers!
http://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/Carbon.htm

carbon

5. Tondu Beta

If you’re seeking a bold, modern alternative to Helvetica, Tondu Beta is a great option that combines classic elements with modern touches.
http://www.fontspace.com/jonathan-hill/tondu-beta

tondu

6. FoglihtenNo04

Choose FoglihtenNo04 for style; it’s perfect for event announcements, greeting cards, and posters that must include a certain level of sophistication without sacrificing the fun factor.
http://www.fontspace.com/gluk/foglihtenno04

foglighten

7. Ice Cream Soda

Ice cream soda combines a retro feel with modern touches and is distinctive enough to be used as part of a brand logo.
http://www.fontm.com/ice-cream-soda-font/

ice-cream-soda

8. Wireframe

Any web designer will understand the basis for this font, but its use isn’t limited to designs that feature the web. Clean, modern, and bold, the Wireframe font would make a great headline typeface, but should be avoided for body copy.
http://www.fontm.com/wireframe-font/

wireframe

9. Joe Hand 2

Many designs incorporate handwritten fonts to convey a sense of a personal touch. Joe Hand 2 is a perfect font for adding those personal accents to your websites, brochures, and even business cards.
http://www.dafont.com/joehand-2.font

joehand

10. Pincoya Black

Pincoya Black is a fun, bold font that could be used for poster and web-based headlines. It’s attention-getting and energetic, memorable and entertaining.
http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Pincoya-Black-Typeface/496023

pincoya

Have you used these fonts in any of your designs? If so, share them with us in the comments below! We’d love to see how you applied styles to modern fonts in your own graphic designs.

Author’s Bio: Brian Morris writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog. PsPrint is an online commercial printing company. Follow PsPrint on Twitter @PsPrint and Facebook.

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29 Comments

  1. Posted February 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Quicksand is new to me that I think we should try their fonts on our next projects because of their clean designs that will blend well on our contemporary website concepts.

  2. Posted February 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow I have just fallen in love with Sansation! Thanks for sharing these fonts Tara

  3. Posted February 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Quick sand font is best out of all them!

  4. Posted February 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I love the Tondu font, thanks for sharing!

  5. Posted February 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Love some off these fonts, would go great on some of my work. I must say Quicksand looks to be the best in my eye’s, I like the edgy look :p

    Thanks for the great post

  6. Posted February 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I like Sansation and Carbon the most as they are quite elegant. They are simple and may be considered basic, but they have the curvy design that most people perceive as being modern. Another example of curvy modern design would be sports cars.

  7. Posted February 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Quite like the Joe Hand and the Pincoya Black, the wireframe one made my eyes go funny, I suspect you’d need to be very careful where it was used.

    Nice post though.

  8. Posted February 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Love the FoglihtenNo04 one, Ill be saving it for use soon. Many thabks, will be following.

  9. Posted March 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Really love all of these but especially the Quicksand font. There are so many things it could be used on.

  10. Posted March 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous collection of freebies thanks. I like Sansation and I’m going to use that tonight on a project I’ve just picked up. Wireframe does nothing for me at all and actually makes me feel dizzy.

  11. Posted March 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Quicksand really is lovely, so clean – as Libby said it can be used in so many different ways. Got a couple of uses for Pincoya Black as well – thanks very much.

  12. Posted March 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic fonts, thank you so much for sharing. I’m thinking of using Quicksand for my new infographic.

  13. Posted March 15, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Proxima Nova is one of the best fonts out right now.

  14. Posted March 18, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Nice collection. Thanks for sharing!

    I really like WireFrame.

    Some others are good too, like Magalopolis, FoglihtenNo04 and Joe Hand 2.
    Joe Hand 2 can be used to develop great design and artwork.

  15. Posted March 22, 2013 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Nice collection. I still think fonts and typography should be on more “2013 Web Design Trends” lists. See if I’m not right when 2014 rolls around.

  16. Posted March 23, 2013 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    I think am in love with sensation, I will give it a try.

  17. Posted March 23, 2013 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    all of these fonts look great, I am overwhelmed, i dont know which one to choos as a favorite.

  18. Posted March 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    thanks for sharing such a collection of fonts. i am a new to the graphic designer field so it was very useful for me..

  19. Posted March 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Sansation is a lovely font! Quicksand looks great too, going to try that out now.

  20. Posted April 1, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Quick sand looks quite cool but the spacement sucks.

  21. Posted April 2, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    THanks for sharing the fonts! I just feel in love with FoglihtenNo04

  22. Posted April 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Sansation gets my vote. Nice round up of typefaces Brian.

  23. Posted April 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Number 6 looks congested and overly done. I love quick sand. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Wow I have just fallen in love with Sansation! Thanks for sharing these fonts, Tara.

  25. Posted April 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Awesome fonts, I can’t even choose a favorite, though I’m leaning towards sensation. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Posted May 2, 2013 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I have had a chance to play around with some of these fonts now and Sansation is still my favorite. I cannot believe that these fonts are free! I would happily of paid money for these, especially Sansation. Thanks very much for helping me add some great typefaces to my collection!

  27. Posted May 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I love the ice cream soda font. It’s very retro cool. Thanks a million for the share.

  28. Posted May 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    very good font collection. Would surely be using them in my next web project some of them…

    and would like to share them as well to all who need good and selected fonts

  29. Posted May 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I used Carbon a few years ago on a logo design!

    Behold – http://www.trulyace.com/images/geniusretail.jpg I designed that in 2008.

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