50 free headline fonts built for impact and audience engagement

Caitlin Jordan

Are you willing to risk a headline that doesn’t automatically grab the attention of your audience?

Headlines that don’t grab attention really hurt the chances of your work being noticed by anyone. It doesn’t matter how good the design work or content is, if the headline doesn’t draw in the crowd, you’ll always struggle to build an audience.

A big factor that contributes to whether your headlines ‘work’ is whether you’ve chosen the right headline font. Choose the wrong font — one that doesn’t attract a crowd and make an impact — and you’re in trouble. Choose the right font — one that is robust, unique and impactful — and you can consistently create standout headlines that engage the masses.

But finding the right headline font is difficult. Where do you look? What do you look for?

In this article we’ve curated a list of the 50 most impactful headline fonts currently available for download online. The good part? They’re all free to download. The best part? You can now upload your own fonts in Canva, which means you can download any of these free and use them in your Canva designs.

So, without further adieu, let’s have a look at our showcase of the 50 most impactful headline fonts available for free download:

01. Adam.CG Pro


Adam is a sans serif typeface inspired by Futura, perfectly suited for eye-catching headlines. Its clean appearance and mid-weight makes it a wonderful candidate for being paired with more decorative, elaborate subheading fonts.

Find it on Behance.

02. Zebrazil


Zebrazil is a beautiful, delicate font. The high lines, thin accents, and subtle serifs give it an elegant, yet modern appearance. It truly grabs attention, and is great for more high class, extravagant messages.

Find it on Behance.

03. Mohave

Absolut Foundry

Mohave is an all caps typeface, and has a smooth appearance. It has three weights, regular, semibold, and bold – along with italics. The multiple weights give you the flexibility to stick with one font in your designs, and create distinction with the different variations of the typeface.

Find it on Absolut Foundry.

04. Anson

Mikko Nuuttila

Anson, inspired by the British twin-engine Avro Anson, is a sans serif typeface great for attention grabbing headlines. It is clean, yet has a subtle softness in the roundness of some of the letters, and the cut outs the lowercase letters replicate a subtle serif. This allows Anson to serve as a sans serif font, but with a bit more personality.

Download it from Mikko Nuuttila.

05. Komoda


Komoda is a unique, sans serif display font. The narrowness of the typeface adds a lovely height, and really sets it apart from regular sans serif display fonts. Try pairing it with a more squat, bold subhead font and you’ll create something that stands out.

Find it on Fontm.

06. Promesh


Promesh is a bold, serif, athletic looking font. The distressed, jersey inspired mesh texture inside the letters gives it a unique touch, and really drives the athleticism home. It would be great for sports promotions, and it even has a second version free from the mesh, in case the texture gets too overwhelming.

Find it on Behance.

07. Calendas Plus

Calendas Plus

Calendas Plus is a beautiful, elegant headline font. It comes with a variety of ligatures, adding in wonderful detailing and a calligraphic flair, but is still legible and not overdone.

Find it on Calendas Plus.

08. Summit

Luke Lisi

Summit is a sans serif typeface with 10 styles and five weights. The options to layer up the different styles gives off a nostalgic feel, yet still manages to be modern. It can be used for subtle headlines, as well as more bold, attention grabbing ones.

Download it from Luke Lisi.

09. Building


Building is a sans serif typeface created by Leonardo Gubbioni. It was created in the style of the Art Deco movement, and draws from the use of metals in the architecture of the time. It feels strong and bold, and captures attention in a quiet, stoic way.

Find it on Behance.

10. Peyo


Peyo is a sans serif font that is fun and playful. It is geometric, yet still rounded, which only contributes to the lightheartedness. It’s a bit off kilter, and that’s what makes it so special and attention grabbing.

Find it on Behance.

11. Glamor


Glamor is a modern, elegant, and chic font family. It truly oozes class, and has a wide variety of options for use, including 24 different fonts from light to bold. These fonts would be perfect for something in the fashion or beauty industry, as they really radiate elegance.

Find them on Dribbble.

12. Franchise


Franchise is a bold, clean, and easily read font. It grabs attention with its subtle details, and gives off a sense of power and strength – which makes it great for headlines. Its height adds to the power, and the thin, delicate spaces between letters keeps the message compact and all together, where it should be.

13. Gabo

Deviant Art

Gabo is a thick sans serif font perfect for bold headlines. The subtle tilts and shifts within the letters, particularly the ‘G’, gives this font a unique touch. That paired with the thin slits in the lowercase letters truly makes this font something special.

Find it on Deviant Art.

14. League Gothic

The League of Movable Type

League Gothic is a revamp of Alternate Gothic #1, and is a sans serif typeface. It’s slim, yet still weighty features help to make it stand out from other sans serif fonts that are similar. It has expanded, italicized, and condensed variations to help create dimension in your designs.

Find it on The League of Movable Type.

15. Ostrich Sans

The League of Movable Type

Ostrich Sans is a lovely sans serif typeface with a lot to offer. It has a number of styles and weights including dashed, rounded, ultra light, normal, bold, black, inline, and heavy – which allows you to use the same typeface in a variety of different ways to draw attention to your headlines.

Find it on The League of Movable Type.

16. Junction

The League of Movable Type

Junction is a humanist sans serif typeface available in light and bold versions. The interesting curve in the lowercase ‘u’ and ‘n’ adds a unique contrast to the overall roundness of the letters, and serves to set it apart from other sans serif typefaces.

Find it on The League of Movable Type.

17. Blackout

The League of Movable Type

Blackout is an interesting sans serif typeface based on newspaper headlines. The holes you would normally find, such as inside the ‘B’, have been filled in. This gives the font a somewhat unsettling, confrontational feel which really grabs attention and gives off a message.

Find it on The League of Movable Type.

18. Knewave

The League of Movable Type

Knewave is a fun, bold, and painted typeface. You can even see brush like texture in the ends of each letter, which sets this rounded font apart. It is thick and delicious, and really gives off a carefree vibe.

Find it on The League of Movable Type.

19. Raleway

The League of Movable Type

Raleway is a classic, sans serif typeface most known for the interesting crossing in the ‘w’. It is thin and elegant, and makes a real statement with its simplicity.

Find it on The League of Movable Type.

20. Orbitron

The League of Movable Type

Orbitron is a geometric sans serif typeface. It is futuristic, and was created keeping sci-fi movies in mind – think Eurostile. It is easy to read, yet still interesting to look at, and definitely looks like something of the future.

Find it on The League of Movable Type.

21. Chunk

The League of Movable Type

Chunk is an ultra bold slab serif typeface perfect for capturing attention. It is similar to American Western woodcuts and old newspaper headlines, so it has a slightly old school feel. The boldness isn’t too overpowering, and it pairs well with slimmer fonts.

Find it on The League of Movable Type.

22. Sniglet

The League of Movable Type

Sniglet is a rounded typeface. It is soft and playful, yet still attention grabbing due to its thickness. It’s playfulness is perfect for more carefree headlines that shouldn’t be taken quite so seriously.

Find it on The League of Movable Type.

23. Big Noodle Titling


Big Noodle Titling is a sans serif, all caps font that captures attention. It is relatively simple, but the interesting points at the bases of the letters gives it a sharp, unique look. It is also available in italics, which allows for you to provide emphasis in your headlines.

Find it on DaFont.

24. Megalopolis Extra


Megalopolis Extra is a bold, thick typeface. The interesting curvatures in the letters, look to the lowercase ‘l’ and ‘j’, gives unique personality to the typeface and helps break up any rigidity. It’s structured without being too harsh, yet soft without being too round.

Find it on Fontsquirrel.

25. Academic M54


Academic M54 is a bold, serif font. It is reminiscent of sports t-shirts and logos, and makes an athletic statement. The small cut outs in some of the letters (‘c’ and ‘s’ for example) help to break up the boldness and let the font breathe without being too open.

Find it on Fontspace.

26. Matiz


Matiz is a sans serif font with an interesting twist. It has a subtle edge texture that makes it look somewhat hand done, but still structured. The texture allows for a nice break to the normal, blocky sans serif headline typeface, and adds some grit.

Find it on Fontsquirrel.

27. Coolvetica


Coolvetica is a sans serif typeface inspired by the modification of Helvetica that was so prevalent in the 1970s. It is simple and easy to read like Helvetica, but not as plain and with more personality due to the interesting curls on some of the letters. It’s just simple enough to work for a headline, but not so simple to be boring.

Find it on DaFont.

28. Telegrafico

Deviant Art

Telegrafico is a lovely sans serif typeface. It is easy to read and has elements of visual interest, like the interesting curves of the ‘B’. It works well as a headline, and would pair nicely with something more elaborate as a subhead for balance.

Find it on Deviant Art.

29. Speakeasy


Speakeasy is an Art Deco inspired sans serif typeface. The sharp points adds interesting contrast to the incredibly rounded ‘c’, and the ‘s’ is unmistakably 20s inspired. It’s a font with attitude, and will work perfectly to capture an audience.

Find it on Fontsquirrel.

30. Kilogram


Kilogram is a typeface by KalleGraphics based on Nick Curtis’ font Anagram. It is sans serif and has some very interesting details It is sharp, yet still has curve to it, and the idea of replacing the ‘a’ with a triangle gives it a unique and unexpected appearance. There is a ton of variation from letter to letter, but it all works together to create something very visually appealing.

Find it on Behance.

31. Minstrel Poster WHG


Minstrel Poster is a sans serif typeface with unique curvatures to some of the letters. The curvatures are severe, and contrast the rigidity of the other letters. There are a number of aspects of this font that make it unique, from the pointed ‘m’ to the broken up ‘e’, and it really is a showstopper.

Find it on Fontsquirrel.

32. Age

Font Fabric

Age is a unique, futuristic, sans serif typeface. It is rounded, yet still has some linear structure, which gives it a futuristic feel. The interesting cut off in the letter ‘g’ gives the font an abruptness, and the overall thickness really makes it stand out.

Find it on Font Fabric.

33. Great Lakes NF


Great Lakes is a bold, captivating typeface. The angular cuts of the letters gives it an edge, and the height adds strength – making it perfect for headlines. It grabs attention without being too loud, and has just enough uniqueness to set it apart.

Find it on Fontsquirrel.

34. Gipsiero


Gipsiero is a serif font inspired by old horror movies. It has a bit of a western feel, and the option to have a cracked version only adds to the old, creepy feeling. Its boldness makes it work well for a headline, and it’s interesting origins are sure to grab attention.

Find it on DaFont.

35. Qhytsdakx

1001 Fonts

Qhytsdakx is a nice sans serif typeface with a mid-century modern charm. Its clean, even strokes gives it an understated presence that makes it perfect for minimalist designs.

Find it on 1001 Fonts.

36. Nevis

Ten by Twenty

Nevis is a strong, sans serif typeface. It is bold and sends a message, but isn’t too confrontational. It works great for headlines because it looks great in all caps and can really make an impression.

Find it on Ten by Twenty.

37. Code


Code is a beautiful and simple sans serif font available in light and bold versions. Its simplicity makes it effective as a headline font, and pairing the bold and light versions together can make a very visually interesting design.

Find it on Fontfabric.

38. Nexa


Nexa is another simple sans serif font available in light and bold, but it a bit more impactful than Code. It has its own unique points, such as the dynamic curve of the ‘g’, and its bold and light versions pair great together along with other typefaces.

Find it on Fontfabric.

39. Langdon


Langdon is a bold, sans serif typeface. It is serious and has a dependable quality, and the shadowing really sets it apart from other sans serif fonts. It is just bold enough to stand out, but not so bold that it can’t work well with other subhead fonts.

Find it on XLNTelecom.

40. Aleo


Aleo is a slab serif typeface that has a delicate nature. It has a soft roundness, but still has strong personality and high readability. It is available in three weights along with italics. It’s clean and concise with just the right amount of personality.

Find it on Behance.

41. Lovelo


Lovelo is a geometric sans serif typeface. It is available in three styles, black and two lined versions. The lined versions are a unique solution to a headline, as they are bold but open and airy. The lined typefaces are a lighter solution to a bold, typical headline font.

Find it on Fontfabric.

42. Airbag

Simon Stratford

Airbag is a modern, slab serif typeface. It has a very interesting shadow full of texture, and it really stands out against a colored background. The free version only include all caps, but that is perfect for a bold, attention capturing headline.

Download it from Simon Stratford.

43. Intro


Intro is a geometric sans serif typeface. It was created based on the principles of simple geometric shapes like triangles, circles, and squares. The interesting tracing of the letters on its interior sets it apart from regular thick, sans serif typefaces, and lets background colors and textures shine through.

Find it on Fontfabric.

44. Archive


Archive is a contemporary sans serif font. While it is geometric in style, it has a nice, subtle roundness and softness to it. It is powerful, yet understated, and would make for a lovely headline.

Find it on Fontfabric.

45. Muchacho


Muchacho is a western inspired, serif font. It has very interesting details in the legs of the font, and has a ton of personality. Its boldness and uniqueness makes for an interesting headline font.

Find it on Behance.

46. Musket


Musket is an interesting typeface, somewhere between serif and sans serif. It has a nice weight to it, and interesting curves on the legs of the font. It has just enough personality to stand out amongst other headline fonts, and will work well with both serif and sans serif subheads.

47. Bariol


Bariol is a lovely, sans serif font. It is soft and feminine, but still has a serious and informative appearance. It makes for an impactful headline, but not something abrupt and overly in your face.

Find it at Bariol.

48. Mecca


Mecca is an interesting serif font. It has a wonderfully playful sharpness to it, and the geometrical angles gives the typeface a unique grit. It can be used in a number of contexts, but would suit music and event posters especially well.

Find it on Dribbble.

49. Mission Script

Lost Type

Mission script is a nice scripted headline font. It is sweet and casual, and has a lovely thickness to it. It’s the perfect headline font for something fun and carefree with an elegant twist.

Find it on Lost Type.

50. Governor

Lost Type

Governor is a sans serif typeface inspired by the apartment signage of Miami Beach during the Art Deco period. It is simple, yet has a fun personality. The thickness of the letters makes it great for a headline, and its simplicity allows it to pair well with a variety of other fonts.

Find it on Lost Type.

Get started with one of these headline fonts…

Selecting any one of these fonts for your headlines will be sure to make them stand out. And remember, you can now upload these fonts directly into Canva to create your designs. These awesome fonts paired with the already existing fonts in Canva will make sure your designs are truly amazing!