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Free Font Friday: Butler

by Taylor Slattery | June 7, 2019

Free Font Friday - Butler letters - Sessions College

Inspired by a healthy mix of modern and traditional sources, Butler has an interesting stylistic lineage. Butler’s creator, Fabian De Smet, cites Dala Floda and the Bodoni Font Family as his biggest inspirations for this project. Bodoni, which was inspired by Baskerville, feels refined and upscale in contrast with the markedly more modern Dala Floda’s playful take on a stencil letterform. Taking design cues from both, Butler feels like a traditional typeface that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Butler Font All Caps - Sessions College for Professional Design

In addition to the standard family, Butler is also available in a stencil family, both of which are available in 7 weights. The stencil forms harken back to shipping crates, though its modern curves have a much friendlier, less industrial feel. Similar to both Dala Floda and Bodoni, Butler’s distinguished character makes it a great choice for adding flavor to headlines or logotypes. It also pairs nicely with a light weight sans serif.

Butler regular stencil - Sessions College for Professional Design

Butler is free to use in both person and commercial work, and can be found here.


Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.


If you are interested in learning to use typography, Sessions College offers Basic Typography and Advanced Typography courses as well as a course in Web Typography.  Contact Admissions for more information.

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