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What is the Balboa font?

Balboa is a display design combining elements of early sans serif and grotesque types with contemporary types. It evolved from ATF Headline Gothic, Banner (a headline typeface I drew for the San Francisco Chronicle), and Newsweek No.9, a Stephenson Blake-like grotesque I designed for Roger Black’s 1980 redesign of Newsweek Magazine.
There are nine styles, including the three new styles that have been added in 2014: Medium, Light and Ultra Light.

Balboa Font families

The Balboa includes the following font families:

  • Balboa Ultra Light
  • Balboa Light
  • Balboa Medium
  • Balboa Bold
  • Balboa ExtraBold
  • Balboa Black
  • Balboa ExtraBlack
  • Balboa Condensed
  • Balboa Extra Condensed

Balboa Preview

Here is a preview of how Balboa will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

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You're probably thinking - Is Balboa available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Balboa is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Balboa, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Balboa and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Balboa is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Balboa and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Balboa. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Balboa for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Balboa Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Balboa remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Balboa and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)