OK, again I am hooked on these open source typefaces – they have been of great quality and consistency and of course, they are free to use, share, modfy, etc. Linux Libertine, from the .org of the same name is one such beautiful face – “Letters and fonts have two characteristics: On the one hand they are basic elements of communication and fundamental to our culture, on the other hand they are cultural goods and an artistic work. You are able to see just the first aspect, but when it comes to software you’ll see copyrights and patents even on the most elementary fonts. Therefore we want to give you a free alternative: This is why we founded the Libertine Open Fonts Project.” (also of note, Libertine is the face used on the Wikipedia logo). The package includes a very diverse 20 variants, including Regular, Italic, Bold Italic, Small Capitals, Biolinum (an organic sans-serif and could be also described as organogrotesque) and a few “keyboard” versions ideal for computer documentation. Download massive Linux Libertine package here.
From designer Roger S. Nelsson from Norway at CheapProFonts comes Gemoetry Soft Pro. The “Geometry Pro” family has been designed to be the final word in purely geometric fonts, and this rounded “Soft” sub-family is the ultimate web 2.0 style font collection. Even though it is strictly geometric (as drawn with a compass and a ruler fixed to 90 and 45 degree angles) it is not slavishly modular: letters have differing widths, and the sidebearings, spacing and kerning has been finely adjusted to create smooth text. Download Geometry Soft Pro Bold N OTF. Geometry is a great face all-around multi purpose face from a great designer, with a lot of different versions available commercially from myfonts.
A creative commons typeface called Acid (personal edition), supplied in Regular, Bold, Italic, Bold Italic, Medium and Medium Italic! Thanks to designer Stephan Baum, of Trier, Germany. Acid reminds me of a less chunky version of a nice face from t26 called Dubius, with maybe a little bit of Franklin Gothic Light in the mix. Modern, legible, maybe a little grotesk, a nice all around face that has a lot of uses – and the six version really help! (two fonts in a row from designers based in Trier, and it was totally unplanned.. Trier is font central these days, it seems!) Download the Acid family of six OTF faces.
Rollergirls is a fun shareware font from Claes at FuelFonts “a small swedish typefoundry” – Fuel is a pretty well established name amongst typeface designers, having been putting together great shareware faces since 1997! Rollergirls is an ideal choice if you are looking for something that’s easy on the eyes and fun to use, and to make it a little more enjoyable – Claes has made the dots on the lowercase i and j from little hearts (for the most, upper and lower case letters are very similar in this face). The rollergirl letterforms are a little out of the ordinary, geometric and mix the angular with nice oblong roundess. Download Rollergirls TTF font from FuelFonts.
The Takraf font family is based on the old logotype from the VEB Schwermaschienenbaukombinat (DDR) and comes to us from Jan Sonntag at Sonntag Fonts in Laroque, France. This face is pretty unique in that it is supplied in four style that are very distinct – Takraf 3d (letterforms on 3d cubes), Takraf-Block (letterforms with dark shadows), Takraf-Linie (letterforms with shadow that is not filled in), anmd Takraf-VEB (letters are knocked out of solid, flat boxes). A solid choice for headlines, drop-caps, logo designs and anything that needs a firm blocky base. WIth its unique hard angular style this could fall into a more modern “dutch” type design category. Download Takraf OTFs.
Lacuna is a clean sans/semi-sans serif freeware font from Cologne based Peter Hoffman of Glashaus Design. A bit like Akagi Medium perhaps, Lacuna is a nice, simple face with endless possibilities. The font is supplied in two versions (regular and italic) with full character sets. Download Lacuna TTF.