June 20, 2024

Find Free Open Source Fonts with Use & Modify

Although this site’s design is a little rough around the edges, Use & Modify is a brand new tool that’s more than just a homepage layout.

At first glance you might not know where to begin. But with a little scrutiny you should realize that Use & Modify is a great tool with a lot of potential for designers. It uses a high-contrast black & white layout for text organization.

Use & Modify webapp

Each typeface has its own list where content is linked out to download links and licenses. Take note that all fonts here are completely free and open source for all purposes.

Some of the menu options at the top allow for dramatic changes to the interface. You can increase the font size using the little slider and switch from a list-style layout to a grid-style layout by clicking the multi-bar icon.

There’s also a half-moon icon for changing the stylesheet from dark to light. Some people would prefer a lighter view while sifting through potential font choices.

The other 3-bar menu icon displays a series of filter criteria. With these options you can sort by font license, author, or keywords.

I still feel the site is a little hectic to use but it does offer a powerful resource on-par with Google’s Webfonts library. Take a peek at Use & Modify to judge for yourself. Over time I think we can expect a lot of great things to come out of this webapp, with potential for even more resources in the near future.


Jake is a creative writer and UI designer by trade. You can follow him on twitter @jakerocheleau or learn more at his personal website JakeRocheleau.com.

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