Is there a DIN font free alternative?
I need a websafe alternative to DIN font. It needs to be free for commercial use. Anyone know of a good one?
The situation has changed since this question was first asked in 2012.
There is now an OFL-licensed, completely version of DIN called Alte DIN.
This is legal because DIN 1451 is a product of the German government and is so in the public domain, only the individual interpretations of it by various font foundries are protected and copyrighted. Thankfully Peter Weigel traced it for us! :)
I don't know how close you need to come to the DIN typeface, but I found a couple possibles on Google Web Fonts. Using the letters
aGgQqlJ to narrow down the letter shape matches, I found:
Wire One - https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Wire+One
The lowercase letter shapes are quite similar. The overall font is a bit more more condensed than DIN and some of the capital letter shapes are different.
Also, not an exact match but the feel is quite similar.