FREE OR NEARLY FREE
The free font sites offer “public domain” fonts, available at nor charge if you don’t mind reviewing and downloading one font at a time. The sites make money by offering a zip file download of the entire set of fonts for as little as $20, supposedly to cover the bandwidth cost. A bit steep for a 20-megabyte download, but unimaginably low for the thousands of fonts you receive.
There are hundreds of font design studios creating new fonts, fonts made to order, or customized fonts to create a unique look based on an existing typeface. These foundries offer some free fonts, but most are for sale. Microsoft has a fantastic list at http://www.microsoft.com/typography. Here are a few of our favorite boutique type foundries.
These sites are great sources for high-quality, established typefaces, brands, and foundries. You’ll spend $20-$90 per typeface, $150 or more per family, and $4,000-$10,000 for their entire type poster, each licensed for 5-20 computers. Why buy here? You want the best, you know these typefaces will print, or you need to match typefaces used in a client’s prior art.