Using strong typography will increase the quality and visual appearance of your work, after all strong typographic skills are one of the many keys to great design! This round-up presents 40 beautiful fonts suitable for typographic illustrations, headlines and sub-headers.

Don't get me wrong, typography isn't easy. Having a good font and a keen eye for design doesn't make you a typography expert. It does however improve your chances! Mastering typography takes a lot of reading, a lot of viewing inspiration, and even more time to put these skills and ideas into practice.

You also need good typefaces, and unfortunately these can set you back thousands of bucks. Although spending your hard-earned cash on a new library of typefaces is well worth it and helps to support the design community, if you're just starting out it isn't recommended. Thankfully, there are a bunch of great typographers in the world who brainstorm, design and then create some superb typefaces and fonts purposely to release on the internet free of charge.

### Tenby Five

Tenby is a series of modular geometric display san serif typefaces with a hint of Art Deco combined with a 1980's finish. The family consists of 10 different typefaces, setting you back $12 each or$81.60 USD for the whole family. Tenby Five Light and Tenby Five however are freebies!

### Sintesi Bold Italic

Sintesi stands for synthesis: the unification of serif and sans serif into a contemporary font. This whopping typeface has 20 different fonts in the family, costing $199 USD for the whole bunch. You can download a small handful of the fonts for free, such as regular, italic, bold and bold italic, however they may only be used for personal use and not commercial use. If you only want one or two fonts, they can be purchased separately for a small$29 USD each.

Mekon is a lovely modern heavy-weight typeface ideal to use for print and on-screen. The seven individual fonts the family contains will cost you $119 for the lot or$32 USD each. You can download the gradient version for free, which although doesn't serve quite as many purposes, is great for headers and digital artwork.

### Dezen Pro Regular

Dezen Pro is a contemporary, mechanical grotesque typeface. Its letters were first constructed from individual modules and then optically refined to enhance it's rhythm. The tight letter spacing and narrow proportions make this typeface great for headlines. The family consists of 8 fonts and will cost you $419.95 USD, or you can buy them separately for$69.95 USD each. The regular version of Dezen Pro is free.

### Sketchetik Light

Sketchetik is a lovely hand-drawn font available in four different styles: light, regular, bold and black. All of them are well suited for headlines and sub-headers. Each font will cost you \$19 USD, or you can download the light version for free.

### Val Font

Val Font is a lovely bubble font. Each letter is reversed when using capital letters, allowing you to have much more control over how you use it (click through to see a tutorial on how to use the font). It is suitable for headers and artwork such as t-shirts, motion graphics, or logos.

### Deibi v1.0

Deibi v1.0 is a gorgeous typeface suitable for just about anything. Although it has a lot of curves and curls, it can just about be used for small areas of body copy, but is best used in headings, quotes and experimental artwork.

### Days

Days is a display typeface meant for use in large sizes and works in an effective way in capitalized headlines. The font (unlike a lot of other free fonts) includes basic latin and cyrillic letters, including all numbers and main symbols. It is completely free for use, both personal and commercial.

### Kilogram

Kilogram is a strong and bold typeface suitable for headlines and not much else. It can be downloaded for free and is available to use in both personal and commercial projects.

### Groteska

Groteska is an extreme experimental typeface, suitable for some headlines and even more likely to be used in digital artwork and photo-manipulations.

### Age

Age is a free font by FontFabric, and is applicable for any type of graphic design: web, print, motion and graphics. It is suitable for headlines due to its strong structure and thick lettering. Although more suitable for large text, it can also work on a much smaller scale.

### Dekar

Dekar is a wonderful typeface available in two styles: regular and light, both of which are free. The font is an all-rounder, suitable for headers and body copy.

### Code

Code is yet another available from FontFabric, and is available in two styles: light and bold. It works perfect when used as headers and sub-headers.

### Dan

Dan is a superb rounded font, making use of flat edges combined with smooth shapes to produce a unique typeface suitable for headers and artwork.

### Lot

Lot is an incredible geometric typeface that has had shapes cut from squares to produce some great individual letters, including a "C" that looks just like Pacman! The free typeface is excellent for headers and digital artwork such as posters and postcards.