List of Modern Fonts: 13+ to Rock 2017 (Free Download)

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What are Modern Fonts?

The Modern Typefaces also known as Didone are built upon geometric lines and symbols that contain a clean and bold design. There are easy to read and have a cool look to it that conveys creativity and a layer of assertiveness.

The general traits of the modern fonts are that they are high and abrupt in contrast between thick and thin strokes. Individual letters are also abrupt and un bracketed with a thin hairline in the serifs. Some of the letters have a vertical axis and horizontal stress with a small aperture.

Modern styled characters are most recognizable by the thin, stretched horizontal serifs that are clear cut and thick in the strokes. The emphasize is vertical as there is no slant on the letters individually. They look structured and still, which gives it a cold and stern look. These fonts look attractive and interesting regardless of its still look and conveys a elegant look with all the different shapes and sizes within each word and letter.

When to use a Modern Font?

Modern fonts are however not recommended for a large amount of body text, whether the text be on web based or on print, it is not suitable and causes the thick lines to become noticeable and the other thin lines disappear or fade away; the effect of this is called ‘Dazzling’. The best use for modern fonts are generally for headings and sub headings as these are generally required to stand out and look good. As there are so many different fonts within Modern fonts, each presents its own unique patterned design and features.

The initial modern typeface was assigned to Frenchman Firmin Didot who was the son of François-Ambroise Didot. The first typeface printed page was enhanced and honored in 1784. Firmin’s types where followed soon after by the archetypal, Didone from Bodoni. Giambattista Bodoni who was a Italian type designer, punch cutter and printer rooted his influence from the popular fonts with flat un bracketed serifs and the high contrast fonts that he showed appreciation for. Giambattista will always have associations with the many people involved in digital definitions from every type of factory or business in the world.

In the font book, Bodoni’s essential pieces are included within 14 pages, with a mixture of digital renderings, creative interpretations and other parodies that could be used for poster headings and a typographic scrap heap. Bodoni created and completed hundreds of typefaces and was a very specific kind of type designer. In Parma, The Museo Bodoniano holds more than 25,000 of his designs that showcase his work.

One of Bodoni’s fonts created in 1818 contains 142 roman typefaces and italics that Is part of volume one. In volume two there are a number of ornaments including Arabic, Greek, Russian, Tibetan and many more types.

Summary: Definition of Modern Typography

Moderns are considered to be formal and stern, specifically in the roman capitals where their vertical axis is attached with a strong horizontal stress line. They look elegant, assertive and eye catching. People find the letters are read in an up and down way rather than across.

The Best Modern Fonts List for 2017

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

Best Free Modern fonts in 2017
FONT DESIGNER TYPE RATING
Pinewood Dieter Steffmann TrueType 4.8
Quicksand Andrew Paglinawan OpenType 4.8
Sansation Bernd Montag TrueType 4.8
Wasabi Shy Fonts TrueType 4.6
Bloody James Fordyce TrueType 4.6



Quicksand Example

1. 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  · 


Bloody Typeface

2. Bloody Font by James Fordyce

A talented artist is the established font developer behind the Bloody typeface. A great choice for magazines, restaurant menus. Bloody is available as a free download and can be used privately and commercially.

4.6  ·  274,225  ·  568  · 


Sansation Letters

3. Sansation Font by Bernd Montag

A elegant and breathtaking Stencil font, Sansation was developed by creative expert and creative professional Bernd Montag. Sansation is available as a free download and can be used privately and commercially.

4.8  ·  354,649  ·  734  · 


Impact Label Characters

4. Impact Label Font by Tension Type

Impact Label is a free typeface that is designed by the well-known Tension Type. It looks great in both print and on-screen designs. You can use it for both personal and commercial projects.

4.5  ·  107,324  ·  222  · 


Distant Galaxy Modern

5. Distant Galaxy Font by Shy Fonts

Distant Galaxy is created by Shy Fonts and, says Wikipedia, 'is looking to create a free alternative to the established fonts from the Modern fonts category'. It's free and comes in a truetype format.

4.3  ·  369,487  ·  765  · 


Modern Shlop

6. Shlop Font by Larabie Fonts

Shlop is a free font that is built by the famous Larabie Fonts. It has friendly design that can be used for infographics, social media assets and much more. You can use it for both personal and commercial projects.

4.1  ·  301,997  ·  625  · 


Neo Retro Draw Download

7. Neo Retro Draw Font by Font Boutique

This is one of the most amazing typeface, and was designed a well known designer. Unlike some of the previous Modern font this one is ideal for editorial design. If you're into Modern fonts, you should definitely check it out.

4.0  ·  176,247  ·  365  · 


Wasabi free

8. Wasabi Font by Shy Fonts

A friendly and elegant Modern font, Wasabi was built by digital professional and digital professional Shy Fonts. This free Modern comes in a truetype format.

4.6  ·  255,868  ·  530  · 


Modern typography Flavors

9. Flavors Font by Sideshow

Flavors was created by Sideshow and, says the community, 'is trying to create a free alternative to the established fonts from the Modern fonts category'. The font can be used for both personal and commercial purposes but it cannot be redistributed or sold.

4.3  ·  235,107  ·  487  · 


Pinewood Font

10. Pinewood Font by Dieter Steffmann

Pinewood is built by Dieter Steffmann and, based on the designer, 'is looking to create a free alternative to the most popular fonts from the Modern fonts category'. Feel free to use it in commercial projects, or as a webfont via CSS.

4.8  ·  102,466  ·  212  · 


Sjonarbok Classic Example

11. Sjonarbok Classic Font by bigirms

A talented artist is the famous digital professional behind the Sjonarbok Classic typeface. This modern font is a great use in flyers and banner ads. Feel free to use it in commercial projects, or as a webfont via CSS.

4.2  ·  256,710  ·  531  · 


Kulminoituva Typeface

12. Kulminoituva Font by jonkohanhero

Kulminoituva is a free typeface from a well known designer. We find it is visually appealing, whimsical and aesthetically appealing. Thinking of using it in commercial client work? No worries, it's allowed.

4.3  ·  270,594  ·  560  · 


Leafy Glade Letters

13. Leafy Glade Font by West Wind Fonts

Leafy Glade is a free font from a well known designer. It looks great in both print and on-screen designs. You can use it for both personal and commercial projects.

4.3  ·  326,608  ·  676  · 


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