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Get great fonts on-the-house

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In the market for a few great fonts for sign work--for free?

Most typefaces don’t work well on signs. There are tens of thousands to choose from, but since most were designed to use on the printed page or on a computer display, they often lose legibility at the large sizes needed for sign work.

Searching for typefaces for sign work that are highly legible and interesting can be addicting. Ken Tamashiro, Ken's Custom Signs, Los Alamitos, California, is always looking for great fonts for sign work and has a few free ones he’d like to share.

House Slant from House Industries,” says Ken, “is available for free when you request their catalog, 

and it’s a real workhorse style for sign work. Take a look at the other typefaces House Industries has, too—like Smidgen and the Sign Painter Collection.”

House Industries is a great resource because of their use of hand-painted styles like Smidgen. Type 

styles inspired by hand lettering usually work great on signs. Other favorites of Ken’s from House Industries are the Sign Painter Collection and the Movements Collection.

“You’ll also find some great free fonts on,” says Ken. “They have some other great typefaces for sign work like Sreda, a serif font with that sign painter look.

"You’ll also find several free demo fonts in these collections. Scroll down to the individual fonts to see the ones with a price of $0.00:

Free Demo Fonts 1-4 of RB No 2.1 

Free Demo Font of Reclaim Script 

“Another favorite of mine is Frido Narro, a great serif font for signage,” Ken says. “and Duvall, a cool 1950s script style, which is on sale now for just $9.95. Take a look and see what you think.”

Ken’s list of must-have fonts from includes these scripts: Style Script, Signalist and Comalle.

Don’t forget to check out these sites for powerful typefaces designed for sign work: (click on Fonts in the left column)

Knowing how to choose and use type on your signs can really set your work apart from the competition.


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