I love fonts. As a Marketing Director, I work with my graphic designers all day long to determine which fonts are best for our brand and look best on our ads. And it secretly kills me. I am SO envious of our designers. I love what they do and the creativity they get to have. I sit over their shoulders and live vicariously though them, imagining how I want our ads to look and using their Photoshop & Illustrator skills to get there. I so wish I knew how to use those systems like they do! However, I would probably go crazy with my nit-picky, perfectionist tendencies. I swear, the only reason we get anything done is because I don’t want to ask them to do that last tiny edit when the only person who will notice is me. Anyway, I digress.
There are countless fonts out there to choose from. In my wanna-be-designer phase without the luxury of Adobe Suite, I have to make due with Mac Pages and the occasional PowerPoint ghetto design (if anyone has any better ideas for free Photoshop-like design tools I am more than open to hearing them). Unfortunately, these programs don’t have the best fonts. I have however, been able to find several free fonts online that I have been able to download to my computer.
Follow these 3 steps to add your own free fonts to your marketing/blogging/design arsenal.
1.) Research free online fonts. I found a blog (elli.com) that features free fonts that are very much my style in neat little infographics. Definitely check out the blog for other fonts and the best printable DIYs around. For more free fonts visit font download websites like fontsquirrel.com and dafont.com.
(Click on the font name below and the link will take you to the download.)
2.) Download them to your computer and install the fonts. On a Mac, you can follow these easy steps:
– In the Finder, open the folder that contains the fonts you want to install (most likely “Downloads” if you just downloaded them).
– Open the zip drive containing the fonts and select the font types you want to install.
– Drag and drop the fonts into the Applications folder “Font Book.”
-You will now see your fonts installed.
*For more details on different systems or Macs, visit here.
3. Enjoy fonting!
– Exibit A: My birthday invitation from a few months ago. 🙂