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Clare Brandt writes about fonts and other obsessions. Her personal blog, which sometimes mentions technology, but mostly not, can be found at clarerobinsonbrandt.wordpresss.com.

Killing Comic Sans: 5 alternative fonts that protect your dignity

Comic Sans grabbed the collective imagination of millions of Windows users, and it's maintained that stranglehold for nearly a decade. It's time to help this chirpy standby go the way of the Macarena.

Review: DK Au Revoir font will make you bid frumpy fonts "adieu"

DK Au Revoir is a handwritten font that has style and flair, with subliminal don't-mess-with-me undertones.

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Review: Architect's Daughter font works with playful precision

Precise yet lighthearted, Architect's Daughter is a font that plays well at larger sizes.

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Review: HVD Comic Serif is a wholesome hero of a font

Tough but charming, HVD Comic Serif makes Comic Sans look like a wimpy Silver Age bad guy. It's well-designed, and will work in any context for which it's appropriate.

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Review: Lexia Readable is for readers of graphic novels, not funny books

Sans serif typeface Lexia is friendly, legible, and playful without being a kids' menu item. This strong typeface is suitable for older readers, if not for business reports.

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Review: Laconic typeface is legible, lovely, and not to be taken lightly

Crisp and futuristic, Laconic is a quietly arresting typeface.

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Brand your business on a budget with fantastic free fonts

A consistent typeface on all your communications makes your business look organized—but that font had better match your business's image. We look at five fonts to help you build your brand without breaking the bank.

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Review: Tiresias fonts are clearly easy on the eye

Originally distributed to allow blind and partially sighted people better access to information, Tiresias is easy for humans and even machines to read.

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Review: Gentium font speaks many languages

The idea behind the Gentium font is to provide diverse ethnic groups around the world with a digital resource to present their complex languages. Even without that lofty goal, the typeface itself is refined and modern, yet classically elegant.

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Review: Aller Standard is a quirky, charming sans serif font

Originally created for the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aller Standard Edition is free in three weights for small businesses. This sans serif font looks professional without being boring.

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Review: Museo Slab font conveys modernity without flightiness

Slab serif typeface Museo Slab looks up-to-date and rock-solid at the same time. The regular and Italic 500 versions are free, and many other weight are available for purchase.

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Review: Jura font looks great big, but reads well small

Interesting enough for posters but legible enough for small print, Ed Merritt's donationware font Jura is great go-to font.

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Review: KR Harvest Dings add Thanksgiving icons to your docs

Season your Thanksgiving decorations and communications with these distinctive dingbats. Leaves, pilgrim hats, turkeys, and all the trimmings come together in this font.

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Review: Twilight NewMoon font is a timeless beauty

Watching the hours until the next Twilight movie's debut? Hiding in bright sunlight to avoid it? Either way, this beautiful and elegant homage font deserves a long life.

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Review: Autumn Gifts font evokes a bountiful harvest

Display font Autumn Gifts uses acorns, corn, and leaves to make letters for a seasonal display.

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