Trade Secret 52: Great fonts on-the-house


In the market for a few great typefaces for sign work--for free? 


Ken Tamashiro, Ken's Custom Signs, Los Alamitos, California, often sends SignCraft tips on typefaces he's found that work great on signs, and even has a few you can get without spending a dime.


"I wanted to let SignCraft readers know about a font they can get for free from House Industries," says Ken, "called House Slant. It's a very useful workhorse style for sign work. While you're on the House Industries site, take a look through the typefaces that they have available-like Smidgen and the Sign Painter Collection.


"You'll also find some great free fonts on They also have some other great type for sign work like Sreda, a serif font with that sign painter look."


Click here for links to these free fonts as well as more of Ken's favorites for sign work.


Since most type is designed for use on the printed page rather than the large sizes necessary for signs, it often lacks legibility when used on a sign. Choosing 

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a typeface that is more legible ramps up a sign's effectiveness. And using more interesting and appealing type will also help set your work apart from the sea of signs out there that are done with generic type.


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