There is, possibly, no bigger hurdle to cross as a designer in any of the fields that I work than the font hurdle. Just one font, a single typeface, and such a huge difference is made in the overall look of the design.
During the 30+ hours I spend each week on the Internet research and doing actual work (forgetting nerdy entertainment), the number of absolutely too-cool finds I run across for designers could easily fill a series of books.
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Graphic Designer Freebie: Titillium Sans-Serif Font
Seriously, having a font that perfectly complements the ‘feel’ of the design you’re creating is so important it can’t be stressed enough. Entire books are written on the subject of typography, and as graphic designers we take entire courses dedicated to the way fonts affect design.
Titillium is an absolutely stunning, super-clean, perfectly legible academic font that just happens to be free for all uses. Originally created as an experiment of ‘collective design process’, this font was created with the intention that users could modify and republish their version of the typeface … but designers are finding it perfect as-is.
Extremely well-suited to corporate identity and branding design, Titillium also makes for beautifully readable magazines and looks super sharp as headlines in corporate websites as well as body text in how-to books. The typeface itself is available in a variety of text weights including text (normal) version, title (semi-bold) version, extra-black (bold) version, and a very heavy but super-legible full version. Each version downloads separately, and extra-black and italic versions are coming soon.
• Freebie Type: Font / Typeface (sans-serif)
• The Numbers: 4 Separate .otf and .vfb font files in varying sizes
• Usage Limitations: None
• Creator: Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino
To download the font, just stop by the dedicated Titillium page for more information and the free download links.