Despite the large number of fonts that come with operating systems, sometimes there’s a need for something different or out of the ordinary. One of the best sites I’ve come across for those times is called Urban Fonts.
One of my favorite things about Urban Fonts is that all of their free fonts are categorized into one section. Some of the font sites I’ve come across previously throw some really cool fonts in the mix with the free ones, and when you go to download it, you find out that you have to pay for it. Not the case here.
Some of the features that make it easy to use:
- Select to show from 12 up to 48 fonts at one time per page (they have a lot of different fonts available to sort through— the more on the page, the better).
- Change the font and text color to get a preview of what it would look like.
- Option to change between ABC mode, “Names,” or custom text where you can type anything and get a preview.
- Uses Ajax to update if you choose to enter custom text.
- If you hover your mouse over a font, it will show you both upper and lower case examples of the entire alphabet so that you can see what each letter looks like.
By selecting a specific font to view, you’ll see examples of what the font looks like in different sizes from size 8 to 160. This gives you a good idea of how the font changes with the increase in size — some fonts tend to get distorted with the larger sizes.
At the top of Urban Fonts, you’ll notice a navigation bar which will help you around the site. They have a list of top 100 fonts, as well as their list of favorites which is accessible from the navigation bar. If by chance you don’t find a free font that will suit your needs, they have a separate section for commercial fonts that are categorized as well.
Some of the ‘famous’ fonts that you’ll find for free:
They also have a vast amount of “unique” fonts that would give you the custom look you’re wanting for a website or any other need you could think, of divided into categories like 3D, Calligraphy, Holidays, Outline, Graffiti, Greek, Futuristic, Funky, and the list goes on…
So, if you’re searching for the perfect font, I’d definitely check out Urban Fonts and take a look around – you’re bound to find something that will suit your needs.