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The best free typefaces of 2016: Luc's selection

This is my own selection of the best free typefaces published in 2016, grouped by category. The list will grow until December 31, 2016.
Text typefaces:
  • HK Venetian (Alfredo Marco Pradil). A revival of Venetian (+Italic) by Morris Fuller Benton, 1911.
  • Avila (Cesar Doreste). A forceful text typeface with some didone features and lots of personality.
Sans typefaces:
  • LSTK Dayfly (Constantin Demner, Studio Elastik).
  • Fuji Sans (Mathieu Desjardins).
  • Gilroy (Radomir Tikov). A free weight of a geometric commercial family.
  • Libre Franklin (Pablo Impallari and Rodrigo Fuenzalida). A revival of Morris Fuller Benton's 1912 classic, Franklin Gothic. Created in 2015, it was only published in 2016 at Google Fonts.
  • Pupa (Gabrielius Mackevicius).
  • Mosk (Iulian Maftei).
  • Pangram (Mathieu Desjardins). A phenomenal geometric sans family---free for personal use.
Type systems:
  • Libertinus (Khaled Hosny). A large font family for the math world now maintained by Khaled Hosny.
Art deco typefaces:
Hipster typefaces:
    Script typefaces:
    Sketched, Layered or Poster typefaces:
    Blackletter typefaces:
    • Missaali (Tommi Syrjänen). A textura based on the Missale Aboense from 1488. Complete with all abbreviations and alternate forms for historical accuracy.
    • Rakkas (Zeynep Akay, Google Fonts). It also covers Arabic in a style inspired by Ruq'ah lettering on Egyptian movie posters from the 50s and 60s.
    Dingbats and ornaments:
    • Open Commons Linz (or OCL) (Manuel Radde and Igor Labudovic). A set of multiline icons and corresponding fonts developed for the city of Linz in Austria.
    Garalde typefaces:
      Display typefaces:
      Slab serif typefaces:
      • Napo (Isabella Ahmadzadeh, Zetafonts). Well, this is only partly free.
      Copperplate:
        Programming Fonts:
        • Go and Go Mono (Kris Holmes and Charles Bigelow).
        Wood type revivals:
        Letterpress emulation:
          Didone typefaces:
            Fashion mag typefaces:
            Stencil typefaces:
            Multilingual typefaces:
            • Ossem (Kiril Semkov and Typedepot).
            • Lalezar (Borna Izadpanah). A Farsi / Latin typeface modeled after the lettering of old Farsi / Hollywood movies.
            • Kawkab Mono (Abdullah Arif).
            • Phenomena (Plamen Motev, Fontfabric). Covering Latin and Cyrillic.
            • Diab Orient (Diab Jaser). For Arabic and 31 other languages, in 8 weights, and 24,000+ glyphs in all.
            Wonderful, adorable, refreshing typefaces:

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              Luc Devroye ⦿ School of Computer Science ⦿ McGill University Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6 ⦿ lucdevroye@gmail.com ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org/fonts.html