Many of us are on a limited budget. So when there’s an opportunity to get something for free I’m all for taking advantage of it. So today, we’ll look at how to get 174 free fonts from Google.
In the past when you wanted to display text on a web page you had some limitations. Your choices were to use a generic font or you make an image of the text in a special font (if you wanted more than the basics).
Today, many of those limitations are gone because you can use web fonts. Essentially, the font can be accessed from a server and then used to display the text….blah blah blah (already getting bored, read more here).
Google Web Fonts
Google has been actively promoting web fonts through an open source initiative. You can learn more about this from the Google Web Fonts blog. In addition to promoting the use of web fonts, they’ve been putting together a nice collection of open source fonts.
From the site you can preview and download the fonts. The only problem with that is you have to download them one by one. What if you want access to all of them at once?
Joe Maller to the rescue! The other day I ran across this blog post that detailed how Joe Maller had individually downloaded all of the current fonts and put them in a single folder for download. You’ll need an application like 7zip (which is free and the one I use) to decompress the files. Once they’re decompressed, you can easily install the fonts on your computer.
- Access fonts from Google
- Preview fonts from site
- Download Joe’s fonts
- Download 7zip
- How to install fonts
- Google’s FAQ
- Read more about the Open Font License
Are these really free?
Anytime I do a post about free resources, I get questions about the licensing. The fonts that Google makes available have been submitted by the creators and each one has a link to the licensing agreement. You can learn more by reading about the Open Font License.
When you download the fonts you have the option to pay the developers. Paying someone for their work isn’t a bad idea and probably motivates them to create some more fonts and make those available, as well.
If you want some more free fonts, you can download the ones I featured in this blog post, Over 100 Free Handwritten Fonts. In addition, there are some hand-written fonts that were submitted by members of the elearning community. Feel free to use them as you wish.
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- April 13: UMBC – Four Steps to Becoming a Rapid E-Learning Pro (free webinar)
- April 21: Nashville, TN ASTD: Rapid E-Learning 101 and Building Shared Practice Communities.
- May 22-25: Orlando, FL—ASTD International Conference & Expo. Swing by the Articulate booth to check out what’s new and say hello.
- June 8: Philadelphia, PA (ASTD)—How to Cultivate Communities of Practice
- June 9: Langhorne, PA (ASTD)—Tips to Becoming an E-Learning Pro.
- June 21: San Jose, CA—mLearnCon: I’ll Take My Rapid E-Learning to Go and Going from “Immobile” to “I’m Mobile” Learning.
- June 27: Austin, TX—SITE Annual Conference: Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro: Articulate Style.