Way back in the day, back when the Mac was an infant and laser printer prices touched the $7,000 mark, fonts were in either short supply, or enormously expensive. Those of us in the graphic design business had little choice but to fire up Fontographer and create our own high quality fonts from inexpensive bit-mapped fonts (of which many existed for the Mac in pre-Windows days). Creating your own font was and remains a laborious process.
Today, fonts are a dime a dozen and sometimes less. Good quality fonts for the Mac still have healthy price tags but it doesn’t take much effort or money to increase your collection, including a stash of free fonts for commercial use.
My latest find is 350 free fonts, quickly and easily downloaded from Apple’s Mac App Store.
You won’t be wowed by the overall quality of these OpenType fonts, but, hey, free is free, and as every graphic designer who’s been around since PageMaker was alive already knows, you can never have too many fonts.
The fonts in this package are OpenType, naturally, and that makes them cross platform, but they’re also licensed for commercial use.
The package contains a variety of classic, display, handwritten, gothic, block, and cursive fonts that work well when dropped into any graphic design which does not require fonts of the highest quality (where Adobe’s font collections excel).
Unlike most apps from the Mac App Store, Free Fonts won’t automatically install the fonts into your Mac’s fonts folder. You’ll have to open the Free Fonts app and click to copy the fonts you want.
There’s also a font preview app so you can view the fonts before installation.
If you’re on a budget and prefer bulk over quality, the Mac App Store has an extensive collection of very affordable font packages for the Mac; plenty of handwriting and calligraphic fonts, plus designer collections, and nearly 1,500 free fonts with commercial licensing.
Remember, you can never have too many fonts.