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25 Awesome Free Fonts That Anyone Can Use

25 Awesome Free Fonts That Anyone Can Use

Fonts are indispensable tools for artists, graphic designers, and even programmers. Originating as typefaces during the use of printing presses, fonts come in all shapes, weights, slants, and ornamentations. Greatly influencing the feel and role of a piece or website, the first fonts involving various widths and designs of a base font evolved in the 1900’s. Today, digital graphic programs allow us to add to traditional fonts and design new ones incredibly quickly, greatly expanding design possibilities. Fonts with roots in all corners of art and design history are currently found online, including calligraphy, square pixel, handwritten, and street art fonts. The following 25 fonts are all free for personal and commercial use, and are sure to spice up your font library.

1. Sweetly Broken

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    Sweetly Broken is an elegantly simple handwriting font that doesn’t sacrifice legibility, or authentic look.

    2. Urban Jungle

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      Urban Jungle is a thick sans-serif, graphic font. Where some graphic fonts look repetitive, the texture on this one keeps the letters looking fresh.

      3. Clutchee

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        Clutchee is another graphic font with a smooth look. Whimsical, yet simple, this font can create a variety of looks.

        4. Sybil Green

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          A playful font, Sybil Green is a good mix of childish and polished.

          5. Slim Extreme

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            Slim Extreme is a great sans-serif option for a minimalist look.

            6. Sick Capital Vice

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              Sick Capital Vice is a phenomenal urban font, complete with paint splatters.

              7. Propaganda

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                A bold sans-serif font, Propaganda is particularly useful in graphic design projects.

                8. Brushed

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                  Brushed is another remarkable hand-written font that doesn’t sacrifice legibility.

                  9. Orange Juice

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                    Orange Juice is another graphic font, this one mimics hand-drawn 3D letters. Another excellent font for graphic design settings.

                    10. Black Casper

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                      Black Casper is designed to look like letters cut out of a magazine. A great font for many different applications.

                      11. Barcode

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                        Doing just what the name says, Barcode effectively recreates the look of a UPC.

                        12. Wedgie

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                          Wedgie is a playful 3D font, looking just like letters sitting on your paper.

                          13. Prisma

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                            Prisma is a widely versatile, fun, retro font.

                            14. VTKS Animal 2

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                              VTKS Animal is an impressive sans-serif font that recreates permanent marker strokes very nicely.

                              15. Jellyka Saint-Andrews Queen

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                                Jellyka Saint-Andrews Queen is a detailed handwritten font, with nice, realistic strokes. Some cursive fonts don’t connect the letters together well enough, but this one succeeds admirably.

                                16. Scratch My Back

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                                  Scratch My Back is another nice handwritten font, this one recreating scribbled letters.

                                  17. Friday Night Lights

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                                    Friday Night Lights is an impressive collegiate font, available in a variety of weights and textures.

                                    18. Cinzel

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                                      Cinzel is an elegant serif font, also available in a variety of weights.

                                      19. Toy Soldiers

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                                        This graphic font is a great option for industrial or army themed works.

                                        20. Karmatic Arcade

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                                          When looking for a technological themed font, Karmatic Arcade is a good mix between pixellated and modern. This font also has a nice character width, something that can be rare with pixellated fonts.

                                          21. Znikomit

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                                            Znikomit is another excellent minimalistic serif font with a clean, streamlined look.

                                            22. Yellow Magician

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                                              Another fun font is Yellow Magician, which takes on graphic style from a few hundred years ago. This font also includes some graphic characters.

                                              23. Chinese Takeaway

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                                                Another great themed font is Chinese Takeaway, which reproduces ink strokes quite well.

                                                24. Transformers Movie Font

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                                                  Based on the font used in the Transformer’s movies, Transformers is a crisp, futuristic font.

                                                  25. Gatsby

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                                                    Gatsby is a classy sans-serif font, reminiscent of the 1920’s and 30’s. Another streamlined font that could be very useful in a wide variety of projects.

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                                                    20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                    20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                    Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                                    There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                                    This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                                                    What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                                                    Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                                                    • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                                                    • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                                                    • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                                                    1. Todoist

                                                      Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                                      Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                                      If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                                      Download: Todoist

                                                      2. 1Password

                                                        You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                                        1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                                        You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                                        Download: 1Password

                                                        3. Bear

                                                          Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                          It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                                                          Download: Bear

                                                          4. Hazel

                                                            Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                            For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                            Download: noodlesoft

                                                            5. Alfred

                                                              Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                              For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                              It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                              Download: Alfred

                                                              6. TextExpander

                                                                TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                                For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                                An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                                Download: TextExpander

                                                                7. Backblaze

                                                                  If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                                  Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                                  Download: Backblaze

                                                                  8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                                    Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                                    Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                                    9. Snagit

                                                                      There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                                      Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                                      10. Bartender

                                                                        Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                                        If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                                        Download: Bartender

                                                                        11. Otter

                                                                        Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                                        Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                                        Download: Otter

                                                                        12. Flux

                                                                          Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                          Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                                                          Download: Flux

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                                                                          13. PDFpen

                                                                          If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                          PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                          Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                          14. OmniFocus

                                                                            OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                            It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                            A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                            Download: OmniFocus

                                                                            15. Franz

                                                                              It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                              Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                              Download: Franz

                                                                              16. MindNode

                                                                                If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                                The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                                Download: MindNode

                                                                                17. Focus

                                                                                  The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                                                  This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                                  Download: Focus

                                                                                  18. CleanMyMac

                                                                                    Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                                    Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                                    19. Grammarly

                                                                                      A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                                      This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                                      A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                                      Download: Grammarly

                                                                                      Focus To Do

                                                                                        Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                                                        There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                                                        Download: Focus To Do

                                                                                        The Bottom Line

                                                                                        These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                                        Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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