Have you ever noticed that there are about 1.5 million font choices in the market? That’s okay. There is really something for every need. And there are a lot of great font producers creating beautiful fonts.
But, let’s face it, for the average video producer out there, it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. You may find times that you really need to hunt down just the right font for a certain style of graphic, but more often than not, you just need a solid workhorse that will look good and get the job done without having to think too hard about it.
At the same time, you don’t want to just use the same font for every single video project either. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 great free (some personal only) fonts that will work great in any video project.
As we said, all of these fonts are free to download and try. They are all free for personal use, but some do require a license for commercial use, so be sure to pay the creators if you do decide to put them in commercial projects. After all, we all appreciate the hard work that goes into being a designer.
Bebas Neue is a nice condensed font with clear lettering. Created by Dharma Type in 2010 as an update to the original Bebas font from 2005, Bebas Neue has been used in countless print and video pieces.
It’s free for commercial use and works in a variety of settings. The letterforms are clean and bold, making them easy to read and understand quickly.
Note that Bebas Neue is a caps only font though. While this is perfect for titling and short statements, it’s not ideal for more lengthy text uses.
Looking for something nice and round with perfect circle “O’s”? Look no further than Code. Code was created by the talented folks at Fontfabric and is a combination of super straight lines and super rounded edges, making it super easy on the eyes.
Code comes in a wide range of weights that can be purchased, but the Light and Bold variants are free. Code is also an all caps font, so it’s great for many uses, but maybe not all.
How about a little retro appeal for your next video? Caviar Dreams adds a little bit of Art Deco pizazz to a lovely rounded font.
Nymphont created this very easy to read font with a slight feminine edge back in 2009, and made it free for both personal and commercial use. Some of the unique letterforms like the tilted lowercase “e” add a bit of fun without taking away from the overall legibility.
Caviar Dreams will work well in loads of video settings and it is a full font set with uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and several special characters.
Big Noodle Titling
Big Noodle is another great font for titling and short-form text. It’s a condensed font with bold forms and a slightly futuristic edge. The sharp corners give this one a little attitude.
Sentinel Type put out this all uppercase set originally in 2005. And it is available for free for personal use. But if you want to put it in a commercial project, head on over to MyFonts and purchase the $15 license.
I say slab, you say serif…..slab…..serif…..slab…..serif. Chunk Five is one thick font with some serious slabs. This font carries weight and is perfect for really getting noticed.
Chunk Five was created by The League Of Moveable Type who have a number of really great fonts for free use. With this set, they aimed to recreate the feel of woodcuts and old newspaper headlines.
The font comes with a full range of uppercase and lowercase letters and is free for both personal and commercial uses.
Where Code gave us perfectly rounded “O’s”, Comfortaa gives us rounded everything. Comfortaa is the epitome of a rounded font. Smooth on all sides.
This font set created by Johan Aakerlund will fit perfectly into any modern look or even futuristic designs. The generous letter spacing and balanced round shapes also make it super easy to read. Comfortaa will work in just about any setting that you want to try it, and it’s free for both personal and commercial uses.
Couture is another really well-balanced uppercase font set based around the iconic “C” letterform used in the CoCo Channel logo.
The font is bold without getting too heavy. The letters carry a masculine edge, but with some round touches and personality given to letters like Q and K.
This set is another really solid choice for titles, lower thirds, and anything that calls for attention. Creator Charles Babb has put Couture out for free for personal use.
Want something a little out of the ordinary, but still useful for many settings? Take a look at Sansumi.
Sansumi is a thin font with some really interesting letterforms. It’s got a slightly retro tilt, and almost a hand-drawn quality while maintaining perfect balance and edges. The font created by Manfred Klein, comes in 4 weights from ultralight to bold, although even the bold is fairly thin.
It will work for longer type and for titling alike. Klein states on his site that the font is free for both personal and commercial projects. But he suggests if you make money using the font that you donate to a charity like Doctors Without Borders.
Gobold by Situjuh Nazara is a diverse font family with a whopping 24 variations. The bold uppercase font not only works great in its standard regular weight, but it also looks super in its hollow forms, as italics, and in the unique “high” versions with just the right amount of stretch.
There’s no doubt that you’ll find many, many places where Gobold is a perfect choice for your videos. It’s free for personal use, and commercial use licenses are available with a donation to the font author.
Typeface designer Vernon Adams created Oswald and a well-balanced font that works equally well in long-form type settings and for titles and announcements.
There are round touches with oblong shapes and just the right amount of edges to make a font that is unisex in nature and well suited for a variety of purposes.
And if that weren’t enough, Adams created 15 variants of the font from extra light to heavy, with italics, and even a stencil version. All for free use in personal and commercial projects.
No doubt, you could build a library of hundreds of font options for your video needs, but starting with a set like the 10 above will cover a lot of ground for just about any video you create. A great font will be useful for almost any situation, and it turns out you don’t even have to pay an arm and a leg to get a hold of some really great options.