When I think of typography, the first thing that crosses my mind is probably not the wide array of symbol fonts that exist. Even more exciting, a good number of these fonts are also free to download and use to your hearts content!
Below I have included a few symbol fonts that I have found interesting and that could be useful in many different graphic design projects.
- Glyphyx One
The symbols in the Glyphyx One set are all related to transportation in one way or another. Containing symbols from cars and bikes to taxis and helicopters, this font would probably be a great option for an information graphic. (The “leisure” themed items seen above come from the Glyphyx Two set).
This free symbol font is an eye-catching collection of pictograms, which apparently are already featured on the Milan Metro map. Designed by a Moscow based desire, this set includes both upper and lower case letters as well as numbers. Talk about real-life design solutions!
This eye-catching and beautiful set of rosettes was created by a font designer and calligrapher that was formerly an architect. I love hearing of great “conversion” stories of designers using their already honed skills and directing that into design careers. This designer certainly made the right choice and I would love to use one of these in a project soon.
- Kalocsai Flowers
This set of flower symbols is very attractive and I think that has to do with the simplicity of the flowers. There is beauty in simplicity, and I really like this set. What makes it even better is that these are free to use!
- Adhesive Nr. Seven
Yet another set of symbols that are free to download and use, these textured banners are widely versatile and I think they can be used with a wide variety of design styles.
- Vintage Wedding
Unfortunately this set is not free (costs between $20 and $108), , but it has symbols that are able to be used for design solutions other than just weddings. This is a very large collection of symbols at 432 icons that can be used for many different celebratory occasions including baby showers, Valentine’s Day, birthdays…