It is beautiful, elegant, legible and simple. It has been used extensively in numerous design for around ninety years and initiated a long range of followers inspired by its style. Futura by any measure is one of the best typefaces ever created. It is a commercial typeface and cannot be downloaded free of charge. You can buy the whole font family or each typeface from here or here. Despite the fact that Futura is a commercial font, there are good font families which are either Futura’s clone, or very close to it and you can download them in this page. The download links can be found at the bottom of this page. On your way to the bottom of the page, take a look on the image which has each of the fonts side by side. But, if you want to know a little bit more about Futura, read on.
Futura is a sans serif font which means basically it does not have the small strokes at the end of letters. Sans serif fonts have a modest and simple look. Futura is from a family of sans serifs, known as geometric sans. They are, as the name suggests, based on geometric shapes such as squares or circles. The letters are simple, an “O” which is almost a perfect circle, a very simple “a”, and a “j” which consists of a straight line and a point on top of it! Despite all these, Futura is full of character. When it was created it was considered to be a modern font because of its look, and it is to this date considered to have a modern look! And the neat thing is, it has a form which is borrowed from ancient Greek and Roman calligraphy.
Futura was created by a German designer, Paul Renner. Although he was not officially a member of Bauhaus school of design (their basic tenet was ‘form follows function’), Renner vividly shared their principle in typography. Futura typeface was first commercially released in 1927 and went through some changes in lower cases in the first years but was embraced by the designer throughout the century.
It has been used everywhere. Many companies, such as Volkswagen and Ikea, has used Futura on their advertisements exclusively. The typeface has been used in logos of many other companies like Domino pizza, Vodka Absolute, Best Buy, Costco, Red Bull … It looked like the perfect choice for the 1968 movie of Stanley Kubrick: “2001: A Space Odyssey”. It not only went to the space in movies, but also in reality. The plaque left by astronauts of Apollo 11 on the moon, had a message written with Futura on it!
Now, if you want to download a typeface very close to majestic Futura, do not look any further. Actually just look at the following image (!!):
The six font families available for download are: Universalis-std, Fujiyama, Geo Sans Light, Muli, and Questrial.
Please read the license files of these fonts (if included in the download package). To the best of the knowledge of the writer, these fonts are either in the public domain and can be used freely without any charge, or are free for personal use. But make sure that you earn the proper license in case you want to use these fonts in a situation not covered by their license. Universalis-std is a typeface family by Arkandis Digital Foundry. The family has eight fonts including regular, bold, and their italics and condensed versions. Fujiyama is very close to Futura and contains ten fonts, including light, regular, bold and extra bold versions with their variations. Geo Sans Light is designed by Manfred Klein and is very close to Futura Light. The package has light and light oblique version. Geo Sans Light is a free font. Muli is a font by Vernon Adams. It is under open font license and includes regular, light, light italic and italic versions. Questrial typeface is a product of Admix Designs. It is also under open font license and includes just the regular font.
If you want to download fonts similar to other famous fonts such as Arial, Helvetica or Avenir fonts, visit the links.