10 FREE Variable Fonts

Like every designer, I’m always stashing links and font bookmarks away for a rainy day. Here’s a solid round-up of free fonts that are all variable width. Yep, that means you can go with anything from extra thin to black and everything in between, with just one font. Also, every font on this page is either open source and free for commercial use or free for personal use with a commercial license available. Let’s jump in…

 

Fraunces Variable Width Open Source Font

Fraunces

First up, we have Fraunces. An old style display typeface that can serves as Cooper Black alternative or Souvenir alternative. Let’s celebrates this under-appreciated genre and put this typeface to good use.

 

Monument Extended Variable Width Font

Monument Extended

I haven’t figured out what I am going to use this font for yet, but I know it is going to be something something cool. This could be used as a suitable Trae Gothic Extended alternative, which I have found plenty of used for in the past. Monument Extended has some nice old-school 70’s modern qualities to it.

 

Inter Variable Width Open Source Font

Inter

Whelp, clearly I’m into this typeface since it is the typeface used for this website. Inter was crafted and designed specifically for computer screens and features a moderately insane 2,500 glyphs.

 

Crimson Pro Variable Width Open Source Font

Crimson Pro

Sometimes you just need a solid serif typeface. Contemporary and yet classic. Crimson pro is a solid Garamond alternative with an editorial feel and perfect for long texts.

 

IBM Plex Sans Variable Width Open Source Font

IBM Plex Sans

This is a neutral, yet friendly Grotesque style typeface. Sure, its the new corporate typeface for IBM, but its also open source. The family includes a Sans, Sans Condensed, Mono, and Serif and has excellent legibility in print, web and mobile interfaces. Thank you IBM for this gift to the world. The serif version is a nice Bodoni alternative too.

 

Manrope Variable Width Open Source Font

Manrope

I dig this clean font. Digits in Manrope font are perfect for interface design and numeric data, such as phone numbers, card numbers, infographics, etc. This typeface could be passed of as a Helvetica alternative to the untrained eye.

 

Neue World

Neue World is inspired by vintage display types and features all the widths required to accommodate pretty much any format. Go with a thinner weights for a sense of elegance or a heavier weight to create a bold statement.

 

Barlow Variable Width Open Source Font

Barlow

Barlow is a slightly rounded, low-contrast, grotesk font family. The typeface draws inspiration from California public, sharing qualities with the state’s car plates, highway signs, busses, and trains. I’m drawn more to the condensed widths of Barlow which I find to be the most attractive variations.

 

Graduate Variable Width Open Source Font

Graduate

Graduate is a top-notch take on the classic collegiate block style popular across America’s college campuses. Most will likely opt for the heavier weights for varsity sports style design needs, but I’m more fond of the lighter weights, personally.

 

Blinker Variable Width Open Source Font

Blinker

Blinker is a sans serif typeface with a squircle as its foundational shape. Yes, that’s a real word, which dictionary.com defines as “a shape that is somewhat circular but also squarish; a square with rounded corners”. Its most appropriate application would likely be medium to large text, rather than a long copy.

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