Free Sans Serif Font Recommendations for Software Application

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admptn's picture
Joined: 12 Sep 2005 - 1:42pm
Free Sans Serif Font Recommendations for Software Application

Hello everyone,

My name is Adam, and I am representing a non-profit educational organization. We are looking to include a sans serif font in our software application and we were wondering if anyone on these forums might have some free font recommendations.

Our requirements are:

- Sans Serif font.
- the letter "a" must look similar to the letter "a" in Twentieth Century (TW Cent MT) font or Century Gothic font.
- FREE license to include the font in our software application, or extremely low cost.

Thank you very much,


Raph Levien's picture
Joined: 8 Aug 2004 - 11:00am

You might want to find out if Geo Sans Light from Manfred Klein has licensing compatible with your needs. Based on his "simple terms of use," it seems to me that you have to ask for permission, but it is very likely he will grant it considering that he makes his fonts free for charity use.

Simon Daniels's picture
Joined: 11 Apr 2002 - 6:37pm

It doesn't have the 'a' you need but how about Bitstream's Vera?

Apart from that Raph's suggestion sounds good. You could check out the so called "free fonts" on the Web, find something that works for you then track down the designer and ask for formal written permission to redist. Tricky part will be finding a font that isn't a renamed or in some other way derived from a commercial font. The Typophiles here should be able to help you identify a low-risk font from a list of alternates and named designers.

Finally have you tried talking to Monotype and other commerical foundries with fonts along the lines of what you need? You never know they may be able to cut you a deal.

Cheers, Si