Do a lot of freelance designers buy fonts?
A lot of the fonts I see are pretty darn expensive. Of course you can find some awesome ones for free, but do freelance designers usually buy fonts? Or is buying fonts a practice reserved mostly for studios?
Professional freelance designers buy high quality commercial fonts. It's possible that you may find cheaper alternatives in free fonts. However, a lot of free fonts don't offer full glyphs and other intricacies that high quality commercial fonts offer.
You don't have to buy a bunch of fonts up front, or even the entire family, that'd be costly. But as you create your designs, think of which fonts are appropriate for the design and buy individual variants accordingly. It's cheaper that way.
It is always a good thing to buy fonts for several reasons:
- They are not that expensive. They look expensive, but they are not since you will use them multiple times.
- You encourage the maker to make more good fonts by buying
- You use a font that you are sure of that it has no bugs and is spaced correctly in big and small sizes.
There are ofcourse free fonts on the web, but most of them are made by people who started them as a hobby. There are some good free fonts, but the problem is that the majority of freelance designers use them quite often so you are not that unique.
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