26 Free Progressive and Experimental Fonts

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Design is constantly changing and moving forward. However, typography is one aspect of design that seems to resist progression. When it comes to typography, there are standards and traditions that have been around for many years. These rules are there for a reason – to make sure that letters and words are legible. But to move forward, sometimes rules have to be broken. So for this post we’ve rounded up 26 free progressive and experimental fonts. These fonts might be pushing the limits of traditional type design, but the results are stunning.

Rounded

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Cube 02

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Paranoid

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Mod Gothic

modern_fonts

Ultras

modern_fonts

Tozuna

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Nano

modern_fonts

Slukoni

modern_fonts

VAL

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Gordala

modern_fonts

Quadranta

modern_fonts

Metal

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Playtime

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Sylar Stencil

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Sans Serious

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Kain Block

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LOT

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Clutchee

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Tribbon

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KnucklePuck

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Etcetera

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Amputa Bangiz

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Betlog Square

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Slimbo

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Days

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FILE

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About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

36 Comments

  1. Chris Mower
    April 29, 2010

    I like the Slimbo font. Most of the other ones are a little too retro for my taste. It’s not easy making a font, kudos to those who do it.

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  2. Ann Thomas
    April 29, 2010

    Ooo these are lovely! I love the retro appeal in these fonts, downloaded a handful of them. Thanks for sharing =)

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  3. футболка
    April 29, 2010

    Although retro is good, but not in every text

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  4. Tom Dringer
    April 29, 2010

    Love these fonts. Look really cool. Thanks!

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  5. Agence web
    April 29, 2010

    Thanks, some of them are very interesting !

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  6. Geoffrey Gordon
    April 29, 2010

    Super Awesome I really like this unusual list of fonts. Will try a few of these in my next designs.

    Latest Blog post: 12 Ways To Market Your Brand Better

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  7. Digital Pizza
    April 29, 2010

    Thx for sharing!
    I like Quadranta very much! Thx god these fonts are free!!!

    Digital Pizza latest post: http://www.digital-pza.com/blog/inspiration/showcase-of-iron-man-artworks/

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  8. Lisa
    April 29, 2010

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your article. I really enjoy your site I’m currently 22, a college student, and quickly looking to develop myself on the web. I currently work at my university as the web designer and developer. I’m impressed with these resources and hope to discover more here in the future.

    I just want to add another point of reference for typography is http://www.pilo.me – it is a quite remarkable typography forum where you can find free and exclusive typefaces. It is usually invite only, so if memberships are open, join while you can and be sure to contribute as the rules are a bit strict.

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  9. CSSReX
    April 29, 2010

    Nice! I am loving it ::)

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  10. Alexander Sperl
    April 29, 2010

    It’s amazing how many of these typefaces are so obviously inspired by (if not partly contructed in) FontStruct. Modularity is an approach that is quite dominant in typeface design it seems.

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  11. Chosenoneknuckles
    April 29, 2010

    I’m lovin’ a whole bunch of these – thanks for the headsup!

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  12. Ron
    April 29, 2010

    Most of them are variation of the others. Seen so many of this style, nothing is original anymore. The last 4 ones are my favourites.

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  13. Damian Smith
    April 29, 2010

    nice list, I especially like quadranta, probably just the way it has been used in that design anyway. The one that I would probably use quite often is days and val. I think they could work really well in a few of the websites I have designed, especially val with starburst, it is kind of bit like cooperblack.

    Using a web embed font tool, web designs are becoming so much nicer too look at now so many fonts can used and still be “SEO” friendly. Just can’t wait for CSS3 and HTML5 to become more usable (basically meaning getting everyone to stop using old browsers, mainly IE)!

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  14. yellowpulp
    April 29, 2010

    solid! :D

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  15. Photoshop Tutorials
    April 29, 2010

    Thanks for the share. some of the fonts are exceptionally looking good will be going to check it out

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  16. Jordan Walker
    April 29, 2010

    Very nice and progressive, thanks for the round up.

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  17. Paavel
    April 29, 2010

    Nice list of fonts!

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  18. Rachel
    April 29, 2010

    Nice list of fonts..exceptionally good..i like the Tribbon font very much..thanks for sharing

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  19. Ahmed Amanatullah
    April 29, 2010

    Great post. Love Quadranta, Clutchee, Tribbon, Etcetera, and Days.

    Thank you.

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  20. Xcellence IT
    April 30, 2010

    nice fonts…. thanks for sharing…

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  21. EricE
    April 30, 2010

    Great article

    Something new:
    http://www.behance.net/Gallery/QUB-font/487834

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  22. silvia K
    April 30, 2010

    Very nice fonts…
    I love it.
    Thank’s a lot.

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  23. Web Design Soul
    April 30, 2010

    great collection. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  24. Jonathan Hager
    May 1, 2010

    I literally just downloaded this font, you should add it to the list:

    http://useallfive.com/blog/sly-fox/

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  25. Alice
    May 1, 2010

    Nice :D
    Quite a few of these are a more retro look, am I right? Reminds me of Milton Glaser….

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  26. Kevin Adams
    May 1, 2010

    love it… I look forward to playing around with them

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  27. hydrangea1
    May 3, 2010

    Thanks so much for these fonts, I really like paranoid and Ultras and downloaded the latter!

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  28. Russell Poulter
    May 5, 2010

    Great round up. Bookmarked!

    Thanks.

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  29. Toyin
    May 6, 2010

    Great selection of fonts. I just downloaded the Quadranta. Great work you’re doing on this site altogether. Keep it up.

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  30. ZenemiG
    May 10, 2010

    Pincoya Black would have been a great addition to this article http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_hernandez/4502775191/

    I’m using it on my site.

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  31. Bill Hill
    June 1, 2010

    Nice fonts – silly article. There have never been limits on font design if you want to create fonts for headings or artistic purposes like posters, etc.
    The so-called “rules” apply to typography for body text people read for sustained periods. And they’re not “rules”, rather constraints that are driven by the mechanics of human vision. Typefaces have been evolving since Gutenberg. Body text has changed little in the past couple of hundred years because what worked for human vision survived, and what didn’t work failed. Human vision hasn’t changed in the past few million years…

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  32. wordpress design
    June 18, 2010

    these fonts are all great! I love the “LOT” font. thanks for sharing

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  33. Blink Web Design UK
    August 13, 2010

    Quadranta is lovely

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  34. Wartin
    September 7, 2010

    The link for days.otf is broken. This one works though. Enjoy. Thanks for all this, brillliant stuff altogether.

    http://www.dafont.com/days.font

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  35. Fernando Veloso
    December 5, 2010

    Great round up it is. Will test LOT Font nest project for a Dj Academy. Pretty neat font if you ask me.

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  36. Sebastien
    November 16, 2011

    Love it. Thanks for sharing!

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