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Download this Free Font: The Hand-Drawn Set


Finding the best free #fonts isn’t easy (except when we post them here), but it’s always good for business to have some extra out-of-the-box typefaces within arm’s reach. That’s why we’re always searching the Web for its best-kept-secret fonts.


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By Fausto Mendez

    Your advertising materials, event supplies and promotional giveaways are only as good as your typefaces (and perhaps the graphic designer on your payroll). With or without a stellar graphic designer, the right fonts can make a huge difference, and these hand-drawn fonts should fit into any project that aims for a rough-ish, not-so-polished feel. Get the fonts at the links below (list courtesy of Uber Chic for Cheap).

Fonts:

Dingbats (symbols):

    Our goal is to help our customers find the right fonts for their advertising materials, promotional giveaways and event supplies, so if you’re in the mood to go font hunting, search for the #fonts tag on this blog. If you’re in the mood to add a logo, some custom artwork, or a fontified message to apparel or other promotional giveaways, check out the massive selection of over 40,000 products at AnyPromo.com.


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Download this Free Font: 20 Harmonious Font Pairings


Finding the best free #fonts isn’t easy (except when we post them here), but it’s always good for business to have some extra out-of-the-box typefaces within arm’s reach. That’s why we’re always searching the Web for its best-kept-secret fonts.


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By Fausto Mendez

    This week’s featured free-font set takes a different approach than the standard weekly list. Instead of supplying a list of gorgeous fonts, Tutvid did something really interesting, pairing free fonts together that really complement each other.

    In the above photo, you’ll notice a quote by the legendary Star Wars character Yoda. The fonts in use are Alfa Slab One and Lora. This quote is one of my favorite lines in all of the Star Wars movies, tv shows, stories, etc. It’s very inspirational. 

    Check out the rest of the list at Tutvid. There’s 20 graphics like this, each featuring two fonts. Print them out, or use them as your computer’s wallpaper for your daily dose of inspiration. But don’t forget to download the fonts! Have fun!


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Download this Free Font: Langdon


Finding the best free #fonts isn’t easy (except when we post them here), but it’s always good for business to have some extra out-of-the-box typefaces within arm’s reach. That’s why we’re always searching the Web for its best-kept-secret fonts.


By Fausto Mendez

    This week, we bring you Langdon, a free typeface by XLN Telecom in the UK. The company describes the typeface as “solid, serious, dependable.”

    It’s easy to see why. The typeface stands out above all other language on the page, offering evenly spaced letters that are ripe for manipulation in your favorite graphics software. This one’s only for uppercase letters.

    The font is free to use for both commercial and private purposes, so it’s unnecessary to contact the copyright holder for permission to use these fonts in your consumer-facing marketing materials, such as promotional giveaways, branded items for retail, event supplies, ads and more. Download the font for free at XLN’s website.


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When Big Marketing Budgets Don’t Matter So Much: Social-Media Marketing & Trade Show Marketing


Jeremy Waite shares priceless truth & wisdom on social-media marketing, but it’s not exclusive to social media.


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By Fausto Mendez

    Waite’s graphic above (and quote below) explains why social-media marketing is not so reliant on massive budgets. The same principal can also apply to trade-show marketing too.

jeremywaite:

"Too many brands running around trying to join the dots between all their different properties and hoping that one day they may be able to compete with the top brand in their industry.

Social business doesn’t work like that. It’s a level playing field. It’s like moneyball economics. Social “media” or whatever we chose to call it these days is still one of the only areas of business where you don’t need to outspend your competitors in order to beat them.”

    The big disconnect between trade-show marketing  and social is that having a big budget can make a pretty big difference at trade shows. Fortunately, trade show marketing is not all about big budgets, massive booths and extravagant displays.

    A little creativity can go a long way, and the fact that your smaller company shares the same space and traffic as much bigger companies really helps to even out the playing field despite budget differences. You don’t get that kind of “equality” on TV, paper ads, billboards or any other marketing space except for social media. Of course, it’s not an easy feat to outshow a showy brand like Sony or Samsung, but you can attract massive amounts of attention anyway. 

    There are lots of ways to do this, and you’re only limited by your creativity. One relatively easy way is to flood the trade show with attendees that are wearing your company shirts, hats or other apparel. But how can you coerce masses of people to wear your promotional apparel?

    One way is to launch a contest that requires participants to wear your shirt during the trade show to win prizes. I put together a detailed plan on that strategy at a previous blog post titled, "How to Get Everyone to Wear Your Promotional Shirt at the Next Trade Show.”

    The basic idea is to bring along some extra employees to walk and search the show floor, randomly handing out prizes - such as free products, gift cards, money or coupons - to attendees wearing your shirt. In order to attract the most attention from each prize giveaway, the key is to use bold extroverts with a showman’s attitude as your prize patrol. They should be loud, attractive, attention-grabbing people that you can’t ignore - perhaps accompanied by music, a short siren and/or light effects. Like I said, you’re only limited by your creativity.


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WTF, Google? What Does the Search Engine’s Massive “Hummingbird” Update Mean for Me?

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By Fausto Mendez

    Has Google felt a little bit different lately? On the surface, Google may look like the same, reliable search engine, but under the hood, the company just launched a major overhaul of its search algorithm. And it’s already affecting the way you search.

    Google is constantly updating its search algorithms to better serve the public; most updates barely tweak the search engine’s behavior. However, Google’s latest update - dubbed “Hummingbird” - is a major overhaul, and if you’ve used Google.com this week, you’ve already experienced features of the new change. We summarize the update below, the meatier details courtesy of TechCrunch

Presenting a New Focus on Questions & Answers

    Perhaps the most noticeable change is a new focus on questions and answers. Previously, Google Search focused on keywords, but now, Search takes a more intelligent approach to questions. Asking a question results in Google trying to answer it with the most relevant and reliable answers. 

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    Furthermore, an update to Google’s Knowledge Graph, which is a database that attempts to store and relate (connect) all kinds of data from various sources, has made the search engine much more effective at comparing and “understanding” data. For example, you could ask Google to compare the nutritional characteristics of broccoli and asparagus, and it should bring up relevant comparison charts, diagrams, Google+ pages/posts and, of course, good-ol’-fashioned links.

    In my test of this feature, I didn’t get any fancy charts or diagrams next to my search results, which is what is supposed to happen (sometimes) if Google understood your question. Fortunately, the first link on the search results did feature a fancy chart. So it looks like the update made the search results more relevant and useful at the very least, but if you’re hoping for fancy charts by your search results, Knowledge Graph may need to grow and “learn” a little more about veggies.

Over 90% Of Searches Affected by the Update

    During Google’s presentation of the Hummingbird update, the company remained quiet on how it all works, but they did mention that about 90% of global searches would be affected by the change. That’s a big percentage for an algorithm update, and that number is absolutely frightening to search-engine marketers as they may have to make big changes to the way they operate, the clients they work with, and the employees they hire. I’m search-engine marketers will ponder it over one too many drinks this weekend.


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Download this Free Font: Beautiful Title Fonts for Commercial Use, Vol. 3

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By Fausto Mendez

    Finding the best free #fonts isn’t easy (except when we post them here), but it’s always good for business to have some extra out-of-the-box fonts within arm’s reach. That’s why we’re always searching the Web for its best-kept-secret fonts.

    We continue our free-font series “Beautiful Title Fonts for Commercial Use” with another round of five gorgeous title fonts that are pre-cleared for commercial use, so you don’t need to seek the copyright holder’s permission to use these in your marketing materials, ads, promotional giveaways, retail items, event supplies, websites, business cards and any other commercial purpose. 

    Of course, it’s good etiquette to credit the font creator with a link to their profile or website. After all, the designers behind these fonts deserve at least a mention, and they always love to hear about how their fonts are used. So shoot them a friendly message with some photos if you’re feeling nice.

    Actually, we love it when people send us photos of their creations that use the fonts we post here, so don’t be shy. Show off your creations on our Google+ page. Download the fonts at the links below.

Dan by Font Fabric

Donovan by Nathan Brown

Kilogram by KalleGraphics

Illegal Curves by WESLO GFx

Hyped by Med Ness


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Finished Work: Customized (Embroidered) Hats for Project Eve

By Fausto Mendez

    AnyPromo’s design and production teams love to show off their #finished work. This is just another project of the many, many projects they finalize on a daily basis. 

    The embroidery machines in the back are powering through a big order of customizable hats for Project Eve, an organization/website that empowers women to reinvent their careers. Check the finished product below in full color.

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Download this Free Font: Vintage Title Fonts

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By Fausto Mendez

    Finding the best free #fonts isn’t easy (except when we post them here), but it’s always good for business to have some extra out-of-the-box fonts within arm’s reach. That’s why we’re always searching the Web for its best-kept-secret fonts. 

    Our “Download this Free” Font series usually offers fonts with a more modern attitude, fit for the digital realm. But fonts have a lot of uses, and it helps to keep an open mind when designing consumer-facing marketing materials, such as ads, marketing emails, promotional giveaways, event supplies and others.

    That vintage feel is exactly what you need in the right circumstances, so this font pack should help you achieve the effect. Download the fonts at the links below. Thanks to Over the Big Moon for putting together this collection.

Honey Script

Governor

Blessed Day

Carnevalee Freakshow

Nutshell Library

Beauty School Dropout

Blue Highway

Brannboll

Matchbook

Seaside Resort


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Download this Free Font: Beautiful Title Fonts for Commercial Use, Volume 2

By Fausto Mendez

    Finding the best free #fonts isn’t easy (except when we post them here), but it’s always good for business to have some extra out-of-the-box fonts within arm’s reach. That’s why we’re always searching the Web for its best-kept-secret fonts.

    This week, we present a tasty new round of fonts for the next installment of “Beautiful Title Fonts for Commercial Use”. In Volume Two, we feature a variety of FREE title fonts that are pre-cleared for your consumer-facing marketing materials, including logos, promotional giveaways, event supplies, brochures, ads, posters and anything else you can think of.

    That means you don’t have to seek the copyright holder’s permission to use any of these fonts for commercial purposes, but the graphic designers that invented these typefaces do appreciate an occasional mention as it helps to boost their careers. And if you ever feel like reaching out to pay them, I’m sure they’d appreciate it. Get the fonts at links below.

Dubtronic by Astro Studios

Betlog Square by Quikijiki

Canter by Font Fabric

Intro by Font Fabric

Phorion by Elkins Design

Serious Man by Iordanis Passas

LOT by Font Fabric

Cube 02 (Vector Graphics) by Font Fabric


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Download this Free Font: Beautiful Title Fonts for Commercial Use, Volume 1

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By Fausto Mendez

    Finding the best free #fonts isn’t easy (except when we post them here), but it’s always good for business to have some extra out-of-the-box fonts within arm’s reach. That’s why we’re always searching the Web for its best-kept-secret fonts.

    This week, we’re launching a new take on our weekly blog series “Download this Free Font.” Presenting Volume 1 of “Creative Title Fonts for Commercial Use”, this collection of free fonts features a handful of outstanding and gorgeous title fonts that are pre-cleared for commercial use by the fonts’ creators. 

    That means you can use these fonts in any of your marketing materials without asking the fonts’ creators for permission. Of course, any font that you find on the Web is already cleared for personal use, but it is a pain to find outstanding gems, like these, that need no license for commercial use, whether it’s used on a small-business website, a custom promotional giveaway or a massive billboard. Download the fonts at the links below:

Baron by Frank Hemmekam

London by Antonio Rodrigues Jr.

Sahara by Upper Type

Infinity by Tarin Yuangtrakul

Quadranta by About Letters

    We highly recommend that our customers check out these free commercial fonts since the production of marketing materials is what we do. By the way, if you make anything with these fonts, please, don’t hesitate to share your creation on our Google+ page

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Download this Free Font: Beautiful Title Fonts, Volume 1

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By Fausto Mendez

    Finding the best free #fonts isn’t easy (except when we post them here), but it’s always good for business to have some extra out-of-the-box fonts on hand. That’s why we’re always searching the Web for its best-kept-secret fonts. 

    This week, we found a number of fascinating title fonts that are sure to call attention to your marketing materials, including your websites, promotional giveaways, corporate apparel and more.

    Keep in mind that the creators of these fonts maintain copyright. You’ll have to directly contact them in order to use them in consumer-facing marketing materials; however, each one of these fonts are cleared for personal use. For private events, such as weddings or parties, you don’t have to seek permission.

    Also, any font hosted at Font Squirrel is 100% free and already cleared for commercial use, so Bellota is ready for use in your marketing materials and websites. 

    Download the fonts (and contact the creators for commercial use) by clicking on the below links. Have fun! By the way, if you create anything amazing with these fonts, please, share them with us on our Google+ page.

Vetka by Ruslan Khasanov

Bamq by Gulay Inceoglu

AirBag by Simon Stratford

KanKin by Alex Frukta

Sequi by João Andrade

Bellota by Pixilate

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