Quality fonts

The other day on Digg I saw a link for 30 high-quality free fonts for professional designs. Many of the samples seem decent, but I guess it sparked the question in my mind of just what constitutes a "high-quality font".

I suppose when I think of a a quality font, I tend to expect a consistent design along with some of the following:

  • composing characters or glyphs for most diacritical marks, ideally Greek and Cyrillic glyphs as well
  • proper kerning
  • appropriate ligatures
  • old-style numbers
  • optical sizes

Given these criterion, offhand I have to say that perhaps the best high-quality free fonts that I can think of off the top of my head are probably the TeX Gyre fonts and the Latin Modern family.  I would be curious to hear about other recommendations.

2 Comments »

  1. Leon said,

    May 16, 2009 @ 6:32 am

    Absolutely the best free (and open source) font I’ve found is Peter Baker’s Junicode.

    http://junicode.sourceforge.net/

  2. mbana said,

    May 18, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

    although slightly dated you might enjoy reading Opinions about TeX Gyre fonts: http://typophile.com/node/41012.

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