I’m not a font master. I wish I were.
When I went to art school, we made fun of the graphic designers on the floor below. Little did I know that I would be salivating over their font-awareness just a few years later. I use Avenir on a lot of sites because Zeldman did. I use Verdana because it is universal. I use Arial at work because that is the Yahoo! standard. When I try to make something look fancy, I scroll through a bunch of fonts on my machine until something looks purty.
While my font knowledge is minimal, my desire for human rights is great. There’s a new movement to free fonts from the shackles of purchase-itude. The Free Font Manifesto prods, persuades, and pontificates over the liberation of good fonts.
Join the manifesto. Download a few good fonts. Share the joy. Let the fonts live a free, happy life on your projects.