Swipe File Friday: Font Squirrel

Bad artists copy, great artists steal - Picasso - slide designed by Michael Gowin, Renovate Communication Design, LCC

Welcome to Swipe File Friday. Let’s get some new fonts for your presentation this week.

Font Squirrel

Font Squirrel - free fonts

Fonts are a tricky thing in presentations for a few reasons:

  • We don’t want to use a lot of text on the slides
  • When we do have text, we want it to be readable
  • If we use something other than a default font, we have thousands of choices
  • We don’t want our slides to look like a gradeschool chalkboard

This is where Font Squirrel can help you.

While many other sites also offer free fonts, Font Squirrel claims to collect “only the best commercial-use free fonts.” Like the finest nuts one might squirrel away for a long, cold winter. And the choices, though somewhat limited, are good.

At Font Squirrel, you’ll find fonts that work well in presentations. In many cases, only one weight or style is offered for free but you can purchase additional weights from the designers or from other sites like MyFonts or FontShop.

If you want to avoid using the overly-seen default fonts on your computer (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, Cambria), here are a few free fonts we’ve used and recommend:

Give one of these a try in your next presentation–they’re free, they look good, and they’ll set your presentation apart from the others’ in your office.
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