The top 16 free symbol fonts

Designed by Hermann Zapf in 1978, the well-known symbol fontset Zapf Dingbats has provided us with a lot of fun over the years.

Most memorable is David Carson‘s story of how, when designing for Ray Gun in 1994, he set an entire interview with Bryan Ferry in Zapf Dingbats, as Carson found the interview “boring”.

But no matter how much love Zapf Dingbats, as designers we’re always looking for alternatives to add versatility to our typography. So whether you are looking to use a free font set of symbols in a conventional manner, or to push the boundaries of design like Carson, here is a selection of alternatives that might come in handy…

01. Stroke 7 font

35ed63a2d853e35ede500ca021cae67f - The top 16 free symbol fonts

A custom symbol font with scalable vector icons, Stroke 7’s thin stroke design was inspired by iOS 7. The icon font includes 202 characters, all of which sport a very modern style that will beautifully complement a variety of projects.

02. Symbols1

c557ab1e52408f8505a6a99a02102e7e - The top 16 free symbol fonts

Created by Rebecca Fonts, the Symbols1 font set has definitely got a technological twist to it. Made up of 25 characters that translate from a basic Latin alphabet, Symbols1 mainly focusses on computer icons like loading sandtimes and cursors. But with sun and cloud symbols, there’s a dash of nature to even things out.

03. Glyphyx One

9ac4367d77d4b22ca7e8e32147680084 - The top 16 free symbol fonts

Designed by font design veteran Nick Curtis, the symbols in the Glyphyx One set are all based around transportation. From cars to bikes, taxis to helicopters, this symbol font would be ideal for information graphics.

04. Dingbat Cobogó

b4c414919bb964a0a7dc6f72bbde75a4 - The top 16 free symbol fonts

The Cobogó is the inspiration for the digital font Dingbat Cobogó designed by the brazilian graphic designer Guilherme Luigi. The symbols were created from the synthesis of pierced elements found in photographs by Josivan Rodrigues for his book Cobogó of Pernambuco.

05. Cittadino

dd3ec42cc14870e6cb71a43478f9dad7 - The top 16 free symbol fonts

This free symbol font is a brilliant collection of pictograms, seemingly improving the diagrams already featured on the Milan Metro map. Designed by Moscow based designer Dmitry Goloub, there’s an upper case and lower case collection as well as a number series.

06. Rosette

ee16bee8ce57272a44d70e482818ce12 - The top 16 free symbol fonts

Designer Aga Silva is a converted font designer & calligrapher. Starting out as an architect and working full time in Architecture Business, she discovered the joys of using dip pen and some of this creativity has resulted in a number of symbol fonts – including this one.

07. Web Hosting Hub glyphs

14f2baa27c442ad7f6c4d2ec2c459581 - The top 16 free symbol fonts

Created by Web Hosting Hub, this set of over 1500 high quality icons are easy to use with Bootstrap, other CSS frameworks and in any web projects. They also work in desktop software such as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Word.

08. Symbol signs

35f2b3f87aebe8c0edb054af29f1945e - The top 16 free symbol fonts

In this free collection, Dutch creative designer Sander Baumann has included commonly used symbol signs for public services such as toilets, telephone, first aid, elevator, information, restaurant, cafe, smoking, baby, recycle icon, shower, reception desk, arrows collection and much, much more.

09. Rhomus Omnilots

2154384d6b926a2c5577533e3021405e - The top 16 free symbol fonts

This symbol set comes from the team at Typotheticals. With over 120 glyphs to choose from, the set is predominantly snowflake and arrow designs as well as a few geometric shapes thrown in for good measure.

10. PizzaDude Bullets

a39a965815167f562d4ad09e8a9a8f76 - The top 16 free symbol fonts

PizzaDude is a Danish designer living in Copenhagen whose name is taken from the Tom Hanks movie The ‘Burbs. Since 1998 he has been relentlessly producing typefaces, which now number more than 400. In late 2002 PizzaDude decided to do commercial fonts but still creates freeware fonts every now and then. He considers his style to be loose, laid-back and goofy. ‘PizzaDude Bullets’ includes smiley faces, arrows, eyes, stars and costs you nothing.

11. Kalocsai Flowers

3c299f9cc372ce5715a81c59859779ab - The top 16 free symbol fonts

In a similar vein to the Efon set, this fragrant collection of 63 free symbol fonts was designed by Levi Halmos. It’s incredible that he’s made such a beautifully produced collection of fonts free to download.

12. Heydings Common Icons

9bdd44cbbcadb72b759b1447a2f342eb - The top 16 free symbol fonts

Heydon Pickering is a web designer from Norwich, England who specialises in CSS, typography, semantic HTML and responsive design. He was one of the first early innovators to release a completely free, embeddable icon font for web UI designers. It’s still available to download for free, and it’s still well worth doing so.

13. Heydings Controls

96e7140c9cb8e1263da42184c4894481 - The top 16 free symbol fonts

In a blog post on Pickering’s website he addresses the many advantages of using a web font (in place of images) to render icons into your UI design. And to help you out further, he’s create this fantastic collection of 60 glyphs specifically intended for the accessorization and classification of textual cues such as hyperlinks, navigation elements and buttons.

14. Web symbols

70281c533c24da06e4dc352aabc9a74d - The top 16 free symbol fonts

Courtesy of Moscow based design agency Just Be Nice Studio there are some lovely renderings of oft-required symbols, including mail, wi-fi and and location icons in this set of 90 free symbol fonts.

15. Modern Pictograms

aef2ff1e3519ea31b82739ac5fd62397 - The top 16 free symbol fonts

Modern Pictograms is a typeface designed in early 2011 for interface designers and programmers. The pictograms are web-ready so you can install the OpenType file for Photoshop mockups and drop in the @font-face code into your CSS to embed them right in your web page.

Modern Pictograms is designed to work on websites at sizes down to 18 pixels but are best at higher than 24 pixels. This is a must-have for all designers, especially as it’s currently free.

16. Adhesive Nr. Seven

ca098ea39747df7ffad39f467dc65b5e - The top 16 free symbol fonts

Adhesive Nr. Seven is a set of textured banners as a free download. It was designed to support the blackletter typeface that has a fixed stroke thickness representing adhesive paper tape; offering similar characteristics to a broad pen.

Personally I think the banners are more adaptable than the blackletter typeface and can be used on various design styles. The font itself features substitute alternate glyphs for repeating characters. If you are interested in Adhesive Nr. Seven Blackletter as well, you can purchase the it separately on

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑