My 10 favorite typefaces
2008 at 01.58 pm posted by Veerle Pieters
As someone who has a soft spot for typography in general, it is a rather difficult taks to choose my top 10 favorite typefaces. It feels a bit like shifting through all those nice (600 and more) entries I received for the ‘What is Graphic Design’ poster competition from a while ago. What a tough job that was selecting the winners. So here we go…
I have to admit, as you'll see my general preference goes towards sans serif typefaces as they include 6 out of 10. The reason why is probably because of their fixed clean shape and lines. Although the opposite is true, when I choose a serif or script, because then I will look specifically for those extra's. In certain serifs, elegancy is what make them look so absolutely perfect, not to mention their ligatures. Pure beauty and perfection. As for scripts, these are the typefaces with an extra personality as if they live their own life.
The Sans Serifs
Chalet (by House Industries)
Neutraface (by house Industries)
Tarzana Narrow (by Emigre)
Verlag by Hoefler & Frere-Jones
Bryant by Process Type Foundry
Bree by TypeTogether via FontShop
Mrs Eaves (by Emigre)
Requiem by Hoefler & Frere-Jones
Soda Script (by Emigre)
August by Alias via Veer
What to choose?
The trend in typefaces aren't like fashion, they don't change that quickly. This list is how I feel now, but within a year I might have a bit of different idea and opt for a different selection. Choosing the appropriate typeface for a project is as important as the design and layout itself. Not only choosing them carefully but also how you apply them is such an important part that it can make or break your design. Some typefaces can be directly associated with packaging or a product, or with a newspaper or magazine. A perfect example of what I mean is the script typeface Soda, I associate this typeface immediately with a bottle of soda. The shape, its style, elegance and its name, it's so perfect. Hopefully the resources below will give you some insight and inspiration to improve your designs.
- Unzipped by FontShop Belgium
- The FontFeed
- Typography For Headlines
- I love typography
- Typography Flickr set