26+ Best Display Fonts for 2017 (with Free Download)

Display List by: Rade   ·  Updated:

What are Display Fonts?

Within several official typography classifications and styles, one of them is the display style. Display fonts are made to bring attention to one portion of the writing or design, making it a bad use for body of an article or long text. Attention is brought upon a certain part of the design either to create an emotion or a feeling, or how something should be read. It can also be used in order to draw attention to an important announcement in a form of a heading or an article title.

When to use a Display Font?

Generally display typography looks better at a larger size. When we say a larger size we mean something larger than 14 points, as it helps to set the tone of what you are reading. Display typefaces are distinctive and what I would also call decorative in nature. These are not typical reading fonts in which a book would be printed in, because once you take it to a smaller size, it has the tendency to become illegible and at that point something that no one wants to read.

There are thousands of display typefaces currently available making finding the perfect one for your design project easily achievable, although it can get a bit overwhelming. This is why we have gathered a list of the best display typography with fresh typefaces you can use in both your personal or commercial projects in 2017. These typefaces have more expressive shapes and types as opposed to body text typography which is made for easy readability at smaller sizes. Text typography is meant to be more uniform while the display typefaces are made to be more customized. This can help designers make a bold point in their design.

Knowing what you are using a display font for, how large it needs to be, and what feeling you are trying to evoke before you choose one will make the process that much easier.

The Best Display Fonts List for 2017

If you’re in a hurry and can’t cover the whole list of hand-picked Display typefaces we've prepared for you, here's a list of our top 5 picks:

Best Free Display fonts in 2017
FONT DESIGNER TYPE RATING
Trebuchet Ascender TrueType 4.9
Yellow Magician Erico Lebedenco TrueType 4.8
Ostrich Sans Tyler Finck TrueType 4.8
Chalkboard Apple TrueType 4.8
Quicksand Andrew Paglinawan OpenType 4.8



Futura Example

1. Futura Font by Bitstream

What I liked about Futura is how it's lines intervene to form a unique proportion. Making it look like Bitstream was trying to establish a synergy between it's lines while designing ligatures for this font. Futura is available as a premium download and can be used privately and commercially.

4.7  ·  990,407  ·  2,051  · 


Chalkboard Typeface

2. Chalkboard Font by Apple

A talented artist is the great type designer behind the Chalkboard typeface. This display font is a great use in restaurant menus and e-mail marketing assets. It should be noted that it comes in a truetype file format.

4.8  ·  969,411  ·  2,007  · 


Impact Letters

3. Impact Font by URW

This is one of the most gorgeous typeface, and is designed a well known designer. I personally think it's solid and highly adaptable, but retains a friendly look and feel, and looks especially good when used in print, such as in catalogs, newspapers or in vinyl wraps. If you're into Display fonts, you should definitely check it out.

4.5  ·  964,111  ·  1,996  · 


Oswald Characters

4. Oswald Font by Vernon Adams

Oswald has been developed by Vernon Adams and, according to the designer, 'tries to create a free alternative to the most popular typefaces from the Display fonts category'. You can use it for both personal and commercial projects.

4.5  ·  880,332  ·  1,823  · 


Quicksand Display

5. Quicksand Font by Andrew Paglinawan

What we like about Quicksand is how it's glyphs create a mix of lines to form a unique shape. Making it look like Andrew Paglinawan was trying to maintain a synergy between it's lines while developing ligatures for this typeface. Feel free to use it in commercial projects, or as a webfont via CSS.

4.8  ·  886,009  ·  1,834  · 


Display League Gothic

6. League Gothic Font by The League of Moveable Type

League Gothic is another free font from a well known designer. This display typeface is a great use in corporate design and banner ads. Thinking of using it in commercial client work? No worries, it's allowed.

4.2  ·  151,182  ·  313  · 


Trebuchet Download

7. Trebuchet Font by Ascender

Trebuchet's digital professional should be proud of this display font he built, as it is really popular and incredible. Versatile ligatures makes it perfect for leaflets, letterheads, posters and greeting cards. You can use it for both personal and commercial projects.

4.9  ·  958,031  ·  1,984  · 


Hill House free

8. Hill House Font by Jon Hicks

A talented artist is the incredible graphic designer behind the Hill House font. This display font is a great use in editorial design and social media assets. This free Display comes in a opentype format.

4.0  ·  397,102  ·  822  · 


Display typography Ostrich Sans

9. Ostrich Sans Font by Tyler Finck

Cool feature about Ostrich Sans is how it's lines come together to form a unique width. Making it look like Tyler Finck was trying to create a synergy among it's lines while designing ligatures for this font. This free truetype font can be used online.

4.8  ·  353,036  ·  731  · 


Blackout Font

10. Blackout Font by The League of Moveable Type

Blackout's graphic designer should be proud of this display typeface he built, as it is really incredible and beautiful. We find it is visually appealing, solid and dependable. Blackout is available as a free download and can be used privately and commercially.

4.3  ·  169,337  ·  351  · 


Metro Example

11. Metro Font by Jovanny Lemonad

A elegant and elegant Display font, Metro has been developed by graphic designer and type designer Jovanny Lemonad. Jovanny lemonad placed a 'free' price tag on this opentype typeface.

4.5  ·  300,191  ·  622  · 


Helsinki Typeface

12. Helsinki Font by Vic Fieger

Helsinki's typographer should be proud of this display typeface he built, as it is really elegant and beautiful. It looks great in both print and on-screen designs. It's free and comes in a truetype format.

4.3  ·  195,797  ·  405  · 


Spicy Rice Letters

13. Spicy Rice Font by Astigmatic

A friendly and breathtaking Display font, Spicy Rice is built by creative expert and font designer Astigmatic. This free opentype font can be used online.

4.1  ·  358,659  ·  743  · 


Rough Draft Characters

14. Rough Draft Font by Harold's Fonts

A display font with a modern twist, Rough Draft was created by typographer, graphic designer and font designer Harold's Fonts. This free Display comes in a truetype format.

4.1  ·  110,022  ·  228  · 


Carousel Display

15. Carousel Font by Bright Ideas

Amazing feature about Carousel is how it's lines intervene to form a unique shape. Almost like Bright Ideas was trying to maintain a synergy among it's lines while designing ligatures for this font. It can be used in commercial designs or included in your CSS as a webfont.

4.3  ·  230,260  ·  477  · 


Display Sniglet

16. Sniglet Font by The League of Moveable Type

A display font with a modern twist, Sniglet was designed by creative expert, typographer and designer The League of Moveable Type. It's free and comes in a truetype format.

4.6  ·  216,866  ·  449  · 


Sansita One Download

17. Sansita One Font by Omnibus Type

Announced as 'the next classic within the Display style', Sansita One is a highly adaptable typeface that was designed by Omnibus Type. You can use it for both personal and commercial projects.

4.1  ·  221,700  ·  459  · 


Vanilla free

18. Vanilla Font by Cutie Explosion

Vanilla is a free typeface from a well known designer. Unlike some of the previous Display typeface this one is ideal for posters. This free Display comes in a truetype format.

4.5  ·  153,252  ·  317  · 


Display typography Yellow Magician

19. Yellow Magician Font by Erico Lebedenco

A display typeface with a modern twist, Yellow Magician was created by digital professional, designer and font designer Erico Lebedenco. The font can be used for both personal and commercial purposes but it cannot be redistributed or sold.

4.8  ·  326,639  ·  676  · 


Ubuntu Title Font

20. Ubuntu Title Font by Andrew Fitzsimon

A breathtaking and astonishing Display font, Ubuntu Title was developed by designer and font developer Andrew Fitzsimon. The font can be used for both personal and commercial purposes but it cannot be redistributed or sold.

4.5  ·  245,598  ·  508  · 


Giant Head Example

21. Giant Head Font by Blue Vinyl Fonts

Giant Head is a free typeface from a well known designer. A great choice for newspapers, product packaging. This free Display comes in a opentype format.

4.5  ·  303,874  ·  629  · 


Amerika Typeface

22. Amerika Font by Apostrophic Labs

Cool feature of Amerika is how it's lines come together to form a unique space, so it looks like as if Apostrophic Labs was trying to create a synergy between it's lines while creating ligatures for this font. Apostrophic labs placed a 'free' price tag on this truetype typeface.

4.7  ·  344,817  ·  714  · 


Laconic Letters

23. Laconic Font by Robby Woodard

Laconic is a free font that has been built by the well-known Robby Woodard. It looks great in both print and on-screen designs. Thinking of using it in commercial client work? No worries, it's allowed.

4.0  ·  319,525  ·  662  · 


Octin College Free Characters

24. Octin College Free Font by Typodermic

A talented artist is the great digital professional behind the Octin College Free typeface. Unlike some of the previous Display typeface this one is ideal for newspapers. Feel free to use it in commercial projects, or as a webfont via CSS.

4.6  ·  314,622  ·  651  · 


Veggieburger Display

25. Veggieburger Font by Robby Woodard

Thing I love about Veggieburger is how it's glyphs create a mix of lines to form a unique dimension. Almost like Robby Woodard was trying to design a synergy between it's lines while designing ligatures for this typeface. This free Display comes in a opentype format.

4.7  ·  266,744  ·  552  · 


Display Grutch Shaded

26. Grutch Shaded Font by Steeve Gruson

Grutch Shaded is a free typeface from a well known designer. Versatile ligatures makes it perfect for editorial design, book covers, t-shirts and book covers. This free truetype font can be used online.

4.3  ·  306,638  ·  635  · 


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