The Best Free Fonts of 2009

By / Nov 6, 2009 / Freebies

As this year comes to a close, we can look back and see that 2009 was a big year for typography. We saw more web designs with a focus on type, and there were some pretty amazing fonts released. Here are some of the best free fonts from this past year. A few of the fonts below were released at the end of 2008, but since they didn’t see much action until this year, I included them in the list.



Chunk is an ultra-bold slab serif typeface that is reminiscent of old American Western woodcuts, broadsides, and newspaper headlines. Used mainly for display, the fat block lettering is unreserved yet refined for contemporary use.


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Calluna supports a very wide range in languages and is a very complete OpenType typeface. Each font counts 723 glyphs.


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League Gothic


League Gothic is a revival of an old classic, and one of our favorite typefaces, Alternate Gothic No.1. It was originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton for the American Type Founders Company (ATF) in 1903. The company went bankrupt in 1993. And since the original typeface was created before 1923, the typeface is in the public domain.


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Mentone is a new general purpose typeface, an attempt at extending the line of the great sans-serifs of the previous century, Frutiger – Stone Sans – Myriad. The font has round corners and subtle chamfers, which are all but invisible at text sizes, but add an upbeat, irreverent expression at display sizes. The typeface is named after the beautiful bayside suburb of Melbourne, Australia, where the designer lives.

Serif Beta

Serif Beta

Goudy Bookletter 1911


Based on Frederic Goudy’s Kennerley Oldstyle.





Junction is where the best qualities of serif and sans serif typefaces come together. It has the hand drawn and human qualities of a serif, and still retains the clarity and efficiencies of a sans serif typeface. It combines the best of both worlds.



Sovba is an amiable rounded sans-serif inspired by handwriting. Sovba is useful for a look that is uniquely casual, fresh and smooth. Sovba simplifies character forms down to their basic characteristics, and has a strong, silky smooth forward motion.

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.

  • Michael Chanter

    Great post – some really nice fonts in this collection. Particularly like Vegur. Will be using it in a new project shortly.

  • Nokadota

    I have a few new favorites now, thanks for this list. League Gothic looks fantastic.

  • underpk

    thanks for the list :)

  • Cookie Labs

    League Gothic looks quite nice, I have not seen that font before.

  • Liam

    With future round up posts of downloadable resources, putting them all together into one zip file for easy downloading would be a fantastic feature.

  • designfollow

    thanks for the great fonts.

  • Content in a Cottage

    Thank you so much. I live for fonts! ♥Rosemary

  • seethemes

    thank’s for information about font..i like this..

  • yeah

    Sovba is not free I think, great list anyway.

  • The Pro Designer

    Great post, really like the chunk font, I have never seen it before… I guess now I will be able to test it out…

  • otomo

    this year has still 2 months. isnt it a bit early to start the best-of-2009 lists?

    Anyway, nice collection.

  • Tomas

    Great list, I like Chunk font the most, I think it’s great font for big headers, thanks.

  • sebastian

    nice list – an always useful topic! keep’em coming 😉

  • sonnydesign

    wow this is what im looking for. I like Chunk font the most.

  • Glenn Van Bogaert

    Nice collection. Bookmarked this page. You never know if it comes in handy :)

  • Web Development Kolkata

    This is a real help. Thanks for the post.

  • eb

    Sovba isn’t free.

  • eb

    Oops, never mind. Missed the free regular style. :0

    Great fonts.

  • Lee

    Excellent list of fonts, I’ve been looking for some of these styles for a little while now.

  • Degas

    Great post – some really nice fonts in this collection.

  • Stripper

    Thank you for this Excellent post and fonts. Many fonts are free this is very goog.

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  • Webpru

    amazing collections!

  • Xcellence IT

    awesome collection of fonts…

    thank you for sharing it with us…

  • monica

    excellent! and they’re free! awesome!

  • Robert Nicklin

    Thanks for this, I was unaware of nearly half of them. I’ll be sure to download at once!

  • Beto

    Love you much!!
    Thank you!

  • Mónica

    This will definitely help with my new portfolio! THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  • DanZac

    Are all these free fonts legal to use on commercially sold products?!

  • Lyons Solutions Web Design

    I am all ready to download them now 😉 Thanks for the list.

  • Chris Horton

    Cheers for the list – particulary like Sovba

  • Darragh

    Awesome stuff, thanks for sharing guys!

  • Carmen

    Great list of font! I love it!

  • designi1

    you can find some more on my website… i bet puritan font or resavska should be on the pack of the best 2009 free fonts!

  • Sophie!

    Did anyone else notice that the ‘the quick fox jumps over the lazy dog’ sentence has EVERY SINGLE BLOODY LETTER IN THE ALPHABET? a actual mazing.

  • Henning Nielsen

    I miss Museo on the list – other wise I really like the Sansation font. Thanks for this great list.

  • Abhilash Thekkel

    Great fonts.

  • olis

    Great article, thx :)
    Also some nice free fonts

  • Designmatic

    Thanks for a great article – there are some lovely free fonts

    Kind regards