80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design

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Every now and again designers stumble upon the very same problem: the choice of a unique and beautiful typeface which manages to fulfill three basic tasks. Support the corporate identity, enrich the visual appearance and is compatible with the overall design. However, usually there are simply too many options you can consider, which is why you need time to find the option you are most comfortable with. Although the choice usually depends on clients’ requirements, it is necessary to have some pretty starting points for your font decision.

So which typefaces are “bulletproof”? What fonts can be used effectively in almost every Corporate Design? And what are the options for unique, but still incredibly beautiful typefaces?

We have answers. Over the last few days we’ve browsed through dozens of type foundries, read dozens of designers’ articles about typography, analyzed font rankings and visited bookmarked font-related suggestions. So this post has ’em all. Well, OK, at least many of them.

Let’s take a look at over 80 gorgeous typefaces for professional design, based upon suggestions from designers and web-developers all over the world. Most screenshots are taken from the foundries and provided specimens – particularly on Veer.com1 and Fontshop.com2.

Classic Typefaces Link

Classics of typography in a brief overview. You will find even more traditional typefaces on the site 100 Best Fonts3, including history, development and related information.

1. Helvetica Link

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2. Helvetica Neue Link

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3. Univers Link

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4. Frutiger Link

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5. Avenir Link

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6. Myriad Pro Link

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7. Neuzeit Link

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8. Syntax Link

Screenshot

9. Proxima Nova Link

Screenshot

10. Proxima Sans Link

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11. Glasgow Link

Screenshot

12. Charlotte Sans Link

Screenshot

13. Precious Sans Link

Precious Sans
Precious Sans

14. Gill Sans Link

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15. Lisboa Link

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16. Franklin Gothic Link

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17. Futura Link

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18. EF TV Nord 1 Link

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19. FF Scala Link

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20. Rockwell Link

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21. Eurostile Link

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22. Warnock Link

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23. FF DIN Link

FF DIN

24. FF Meta Link

FF Meta
FF Meta

25. Officina Link

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26. FF Dax Link

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27. DF Dynasty Link

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28. Akzidenz-Grotesk Link

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29. AG Book Link

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30. Precious Serif Link

Precious Serif

Further Typefaces Link

The fonts listed below aren’t so well-known. Thus you can use them for unique corporate identity or user interfaces which are supposed to have a “fresh” look.

31. Locator Link

Locator

ProcessTypeFoundry54

32. Seravek Link

Seravek

ProcessTypeFoundry54

33. FF Kievit Link

FF Kievit
FF Kievit

Source6

34. Ronnia Link

Ronnia

Typetogether

35. Stella Link

Stella

Feliciano Type Foundry7

36. Le Monde Courrier Link

Screenshot8

Le Monde Courrier9, € 167.4 for 2 PCs

37. Parisine PTF Link

Screenshot10

Parisine PTF11, € 210 for 8 PCs

38. Freight Link

Freight Sans

Source

39. Guardian Link

Guardian

Christian Schwartzl12

40. Anomoly Link

Anomoly

41. PMN Caecilia Link

PMN Caecilia
PMN Caecilia

42. Leitura Link

Leitura

Source13 / DSType

43. The Mix Link

The Mix

Source14

44. Stalemate Link

Stalemate
Stalemate

45. Neo Sans Link

Neo Sans

Source15

46. Felbridge Link

Felbridge16

Felbridge17, £29.00 per font

47. Trade Gothic Link

Trade Gothic

48. Karmina Link

Karmina

Typetogether

49. FF Milo Link

FF Milo
FF Milo

Source: Typographica.org18

50. Auto Link

Auto

Source

51. Soho Link

Soho

Source19

52. Kepler Link

Kepler

Source20

53. Depot Link

Depot

Chris Dickinson282421

54. Relato Sans Link

Relato Sans

Source22

55. Priva Pro Link

Priva Pro

DSType

56. Relato Serif Link

Relato Serif

Source23

57. Alber Link

Alber

Chris Dickinson282421

58. Palatino Sans & Informal Link

Palatino Sans Informal

Source25

59. Fedra Sans Link

Fedra Sans

Source26

60. Olga Link

Olga

Source27

61. Depot Link

Depot

Chris Dickinson282421

62. Priva Pro Link

Priva Pro

DSType

63. Whitman Link

Whitman

Source29

64. Productus Link

Productus

Source30

65. Tempelhof Link

Tempelhof

Günter Schwarzmaier31

66. Amira Link

Amira

Source32

67. Krart Link

Krart

Source33

68. Tang Link

Tang

Source34

69. Dederon Sans Link

Dederon Sans

Source35

70. Samuels Family Link

Samuels Family

(Images: MyFonts Newsletter36)

71. Untitled Link

Untitled

Source37

72. Greta Text Link

Greta Text

Source38

73. FF Sanuk Link

FF Sanuk

74. Houschka Link

Houschka

75. Scene Link

Scene

Source39

76. Amplitude Link

Amplitude

Source40

77. Insider Link

Insider

Characters.nl41

78. Preface Link

Preface

79. Flex Link

Flex

Source42

80. Halvorsen Link

Halvorsen

Source43

81. Xtra Sans Link

Xtra Sans

Source44

Foretaste for one of our next posts:
The Future of Typography

82. Obliqua (in development) Link

Obliqua

Source45

83. Muestra Urbana (in development) Link

Muestra Urbana

Source46

83. Wingardium Link

Wingardium

Source47

84. Tauran Regular Link

Tauran Regular

Source48

85. Mello Sans Link

Mello Sans

Source49

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.veer.com
  2. 2 http://www.fontshop.com
  3. 3 http://www.100besteschriften.de/
  4. 4 http://www.processtypefoundry.com
  5. 5 http://www.processtypefoundry.com
  6. 6 http://www.daidala.com/kievit.html
  7. 7 http://www.felicianotypefoundry.com/main/?page_id=23
  8. 8 http://www.typofonderie.com/alphabets/view/LeMondeCourrier
  9. 9 http://www.typofonderie.com/alphabets/view/LeMondeCourrier
  10. 10 http://www.typofonderie.com/alphabets/view/ParisinePTF
  11. 11 http://www.typofonderie.com/alphabets/view/ParisinePTF
  12. 12 http://christianschwartz.com/gdnsans.shtml
  13. 13 http://www.spatium-magazin.de
  14. 14 http://www.daidala.com/themix.html
  15. 15 http://www.monotypefonts.com/
  16. 16 http://www.monotype.co.uk/felbridge/
  17. 17 http://www.monotype.co.uk/felbridge/
  18. 18 http://typographica.org/001103.php
  19. 19 http://www.monotype.co.uk/sohoMF/
  20. 20 http://www.daidala.com/17mar2004.html
  21. 21 http://www.moretype.co.uk
  22. 22 http://www.emtype.net/relatosans_1.html
  23. 23 http://www.emtype.net/relato_1.html
  24. 24 http://www.moretype.co.uk
  25. 25 http://www.kimeratype.com/
  26. 26 http://www.typotheque.com/fonts/fedra_sans/
  27. 27 http://www.tdc.org/news/2007Results/Olga.html
  28. 28 http://www.moretype.co.uk
  29. 29 http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/serif/Whitman
  30. 30 http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/sans/Productus
  31. 31 http://www.t26.com/fonts/showcase/2006/08
  32. 32 http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/Amira
  33. 33 http://www.t26.com/fonts/Krart
  34. 34 http://www.type.fi/SuomiHome.html
  35. 35 http://www.suitcasetype.com/page.php?lmut=en&section=font&font=dederon%20Sans
  36. 36 http://www.myfonts.com/newsletters/cc/200707.html
  37. 37 http://www.tdc.org/news/2007Results/Untitled.html
  38. 38 http://www.typotheque.com/fonts/greta_text/
  39. 39 http://www.fonts.com/findfonts/detail.asp?pid=400853
  40. 40 http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/Amplitude
  41. 41 http://www.characters.nl
  42. 42 http://www.type-invaders.com/flex/
  43. 43 http://www.t26.com/fonts/Halvorsen
  44. 44 http://www.jarnolukkarila.com/template.php?yksikko=format_design&sivu=font_library&alasivu=xtra_sans&lang=en&catID=1
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cpuertas/543915014/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cpuertas/569466696/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/macniaco/149614426/in/set-72057594139789886/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/macniaco/149615395/in/set-72057594139789886/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/macniaco/149614424/in/set-72057594139789886/

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  1. 1

    good one!!! – as usual :)

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  2. 2

    Juan Manuel Lemus

    August 8, 2007 2:20 am

    The fonts is one of the most important part of every web design. This collection is very precious. Good, very good. I was’nt watched some font styles.

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    • 3

      not really majority of these fonts are postscripts and open type. Not for use for the web.

      -8
  3. 4

    Wow, this is amazing. Absolutely Smashing!!!

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  4. 5

    cool, font always be major factor to achieve great webdesign

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  5. 6

    Great list guys. I think you covered most all of the great ones I know of.

    I have to say my favorite is Myriad Pro though.

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  6. 7

    nice overview. your list includes some very nice fonts which i havn’t seen before. but i’ll miss direct links ;)

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  7. 8

    Great list. You captured many of my favorites. The primary ones I missed were Transit, News Gothic and Minion although I wouldn’t necessarily expect them to be present anyway.

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  8. 9

    depot is so good….its on twice!

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  9. 10

    Well…there is not said in which order you have put this fonts together. There are no comments, no details…

    Sorry, but how is this helpfull?
    Thats the problem about such ranking lists…

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  10. 11

    Gorgeous and simple, they way to go.

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  11. 12

    is any of those free?

    torrent link? :))

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  12. 13

    Thank you for scrolling! :) I love this list!
    I’m sure it’ll speed up my next choice!

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  13. 14

    Awesome list! I love the way you guys have screenshots of the font in action, some designs look very classy. nice work. :D

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  14. 15

    Genius.

    I’ve come to love your blog more than any other.

    Keep up the brilliant work. I hesitated, and chose not to throw in the word smashing, ha ha. But I was going to.

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  15. 16

    Awesome post, I definitively would like some more post about typography. Good job guys.

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  16. 17

    You Guys ROCK!!!

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  17. 18

    Excellent list, another font that I use quite regularly is Audimat (free!)

    http://fontleech.com/09/26/2006/audimat-smeltery/

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  18. 19

    Excellent as usual. There are some fantastic typefaces here.

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  19. 20

    This is a completely arbitrary list. I’m a professional typographer. I would never use any of them with the possible exception of Warnock. Helvetica, Univers and their variations are hopelessly overused, tired and BORING. The other faces you show are mostly quirky at best, inept at worst. This is easily the most amateurish collection of “best” typefaces I’ve seen in a long time.

    -2
    • 21

      Really Jules, rock out with your cock out and show us what you got. You can’t leave a comment like that and not back it up with even one example from your private stash…

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    • 22

      The only reason a font would be ‘tired’ or ‘boring’ is the context that you are using it in. Helvetica is kicking by nicely and has remained a crowd favourite based on its ability to adapt to its surroundings. It is not an aging fad, like most ‘edgy’ or ‘cool’ fonts, it is as good as you use it. That goes for pretty much all fonts, except maybe Comic Sans.

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  20. 23

    Thank you, I’ve been needing this for awhile. Much appreciated.

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  21. 24

    frank tolentino

    August 8, 2007 9:45 am

    good posting! this well help others who are not “a professional typographer” to pick and use different styles in their next letter, project,web, logo, etc.

    choosing a good typseface is essential for corporate branding.

    chossing the right fonts for the project, always makes a big impact. Just make sure it is consistent.
    :)

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  22. 25

    Haha, actually, I just re-read post #21:
    “Helvetica, Univers and their variations are hopelessly overused, tired and BORING”
    Disregard the “I do agree with Jules … ” comment, those fonts, and the others in the list that I actually would consider classics (though most I would not) I think are very versatile, and “overuse” is irrelevant to achieving one’s goals in a layout. I at first thought those were included in his “oaky” fonts … must’ve been dizzy from looking through so many fonts … or perhaps the Depot double post through me off : )

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  23. 26

    no freebies?
    no fun

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  24. 27

    no trebuchet ms? surely you jest. trebuchet ms is my all time favorite font, the best of the bunch no doubt.

    1
  25. 29

    Good to see Univers made the list. Quite fond of that font. As well as the Corpid collection (sadly it didn’t make the list). I think I’ve used it a little too religiously at times.

    Either way, a great list. I’m going to go out and see if I can find Flex now. :D

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  26. 30

    I’m a publishing professional and have worked as a type director for a madison avenue ad agency. I never heard of 90 percent of these faces. My bad? Most of them look like like knock-offs of long-time standards.

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  27. 31

    Abhijit Nadgouda

    August 8, 2007 10:59 am

    A good list. However, I will add one more need for choosing a typeface – its readability across all platforms. It is a critical one for the web where the variety in client environments is maximum.

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  28. 32

    Man, they are all cool but i love “FF Sanuk”. Might have to purchase that one. Great list.

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  29. 33

    Very special list. So, does one of us posters win the whole collection? PLEASE?!

    3
  30. 34

    Wow – great resource! We chose our logo’s font from your list here.

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  31. 35

    Nie is and some really great fonts I’ve never heard of. But it’s kinda light on the Serif fonts.

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  32. 36

    Wow, nice job! I spend lots of time playing with fonts daily. This is a great resource!

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  33. 37

    Great stuff! This will be a handy resource when designing a new site.

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  34. 38

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 8, 2007 5:08 am

    2KarlH: there is no specific ranking order in this post. Instead we’ve just listed typefaces you might use in corporate design.

    1
  35. 39

    The only thing missing is the torrent address to download them all…

    2
  36. 40

    Hmm. I don’t see my favorite on here….Trajan Pro
    I have found a few new good ones however.

    2
  37. 41

    Shmick list, ta.

    Baar Sophia is a nice sans serif, I use it on business cards.

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  38. 42

    Great work! You guys are great. Now how about a list of free fonts (available) resembling the above ones…just a thought ;)
    Thanks a million anyway.

    1
  39. 43

    Torrents? Links to Free fonts? Come on if your a Designer, you SHOULD want to pay other Designers for their work. Leechers like you guys hurt the professional aspect of design – you should go drop shadow something instead.

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  40. 44

    I really love those font size/font face combos!!!
    Great!

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  41. 45

    Information Central

    August 8, 2007 8:37 am

    Um, why bother with this when the entries don’t link to downloadable font files?

    And, some of the so-called foundries are bunk. For example, the ones for Olga lead to essentially non-functional Web sites that don’t offer the font either.

    -1
  42. 46

    Wow. Brilliant article. Thats definitely a keeper. Loads of fonts their that will look amazing. Thank you.

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  43. 47

    This is definetely going into my Typeface bookmarks.

    Great reference typefaces for ideas and source. :)

    Thanks.

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  44. 48

    So link us to your blog, where your collection is tough guy.

    2
  45. 49

    Nice list for sure, but wait a minute, NO COMIC SANS, surely some mistake, how can the greatest fount in the typosphere be ommitted…….?

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  46. 51

    very good work :)

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  47. 52

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 8, 2007 4:38 pm

    You can find over 50 professional high-quality free fonts in our section “Free Fonts”.

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  48. 53

    Personally, I think this list is quite a bit (trying to avoid saying “waaay” … but, waaay) too long, and there really isn’t enough variation, in my very humble opinion. I do usually quite appreciate the lists smashing puts up, but this one falls a bit short for me for several reasons. I do agree with Jules on most of his points … though, there are a few more I might use if I were feeling “quirky” :) … perhaps he just got sick of sorting through so many fonts.

    Bottom line for me, 80 typefaces is alot, and I don’t feel I would have a full palette if I were limited to the selection here.

    Also, people looking for a torrent site or free downloads … really? Good design costs money … that’s what keeps us in business, right?

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  49. 54

    @WobblyCyril

    A font as versatile and fantastic as Comic Sans would outshine everything on the list :)

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  50. 55

    Thanks again for the list. I personally prefer the Glasgow font ;)

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