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

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

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2. Helvetica Neue

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3. Univers

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4. Frutiger

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5. Avenir

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6. Myriad Pro

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7. Neuzeit

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8. Syntax

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9. Proxima Nova

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10. Proxima Sans

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11. Glasgow

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12. Charlotte Sans

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13. Precious Sans

Precious Sans
Precious Sans

14. Gill Sans

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15. Lisboa

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16. Franklin Gothic

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17. Futura

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18. EF TV Nord 1

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19. FF Scala

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20. Rockwell

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21. Eurostile

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22. Warnock

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23. FF DIN

FF DIN

24. FF Meta

FF Meta
FF Meta

25. Officina

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26. FF Dax

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27. DF Dynasty

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28. Akzidenz-Grotesk

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29. AG Book

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30. Precious Serif

Precious Serif

Further Typefaces

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

Locator

ProcessTypeFoundry54

32. Seravek

Seravek

ProcessTypeFoundry54

33. FF Kievit

FF Kievit
FF Kievit

Source6

34. Ronnia

Ronnia

Typetogether

35. Stella

Stella

Feliciano Type Foundry7

36. Le Monde Courrier

Screenshot8

Le Monde Courrier9, € 167.4 for 2 PCs

37. Parisine PTF

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Parisine PTF11, € 210 for 8 PCs

38. Freight

Freight Sans

Source

39. Guardian

Guardian

Christian Schwartzl12

40. Anomoly

Anomoly

41. PMN Caecilia

PMN Caecilia
PMN Caecilia

42. Leitura

Leitura

Source13 / DSType

43. The Mix

The Mix

Source14

44. Stalemate

Stalemate
Stalemate

45. Neo Sans

Neo Sans

Source15

46. Felbridge

Felbridge16

Felbridge17, £29.00 per font

47. Trade Gothic

Trade Gothic

48. Karmina

Karmina

Typetogether

49. FF Milo

FF Milo
FF Milo

Source: Typographica.org18

50. Auto

Auto

Source

51. Soho

Soho

Source19

52. Kepler

Kepler

Source20

53. Depot

Depot

Chris Dickinson282421

54. Relato Sans

Relato Sans

Source22

55. Priva Pro

Priva Pro

DSType

56. Relato Serif

Relato Serif

Source23

57. Alber

Alber

Chris Dickinson282421

58. Palatino Sans & Informal

Palatino Sans Informal

Source25

59. Fedra Sans

Fedra Sans

Source26

60. Olga

Olga

Source27

61. Depot

Depot

Chris Dickinson282421

62. Priva Pro

Priva Pro

DSType

63. Whitman

Whitman

Source29

64. Productus

Productus

Source30

65. Tempelhof

Tempelhof

Günter Schwarzmaier31

66. Amira

Amira

Source32

67. Krart

Krart

Source33

68. Tang

Tang

Source34

69. Dederon Sans

Dederon Sans

Source35

70. Samuels Family

Samuels Family

(Images: MyFonts Newsletter36)

71. Untitled

Untitled

Source37

72. Greta Text

Greta Text

Source38

73. FF Sanuk

FF Sanuk

74. Houschka

Houschka

75. Scene

Scene

Source39

76. Amplitude

Amplitude

Source40

77. Insider

Insider

Characters.nl41

78. Preface

Preface

79. Flex

Flex

Source42

80. Halvorsen

Halvorsen

Source43

81. Xtra Sans

Xtra Sans

Source44

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

82. Obliqua (in development)

Obliqua

Source45

83. Muestra Urbana (in development)

Muestra Urbana

Source46

83. Wingardium

Wingardium

Source47

84. Tauran Regular

Tauran Regular

Source48

85. Mello Sans

Mello Sans

Source49

Footnotes

  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

    this is a great collection of inspiration!!!
    stay creative and thanks a lot for sharing :-)

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  2. 202

    WOW…all of these typefaces are c00l…very c00l.

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  3. 403

    VERY NICE !!!!!!!!!!
    THX man ;)

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  4. 604

    Great Collection!!!

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    franceschi_rene

    June 27, 2012 1:40 pm

    Excellent inspiration ! only the best :)

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  6. 1006

    really awesome Fonts !

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  7. 1207

    Yahaya Abdullah

    July 19, 2012 4:50 am

    Thank you for this very useful and educational article. There are really a huge number of fonts out there and some are indeed very beautiful. But it’s far too many for laypeople to examine and so I’m glad you are showcasing them.

    BTW, I think the font Depot made 2 appearances as #53 & #61.

    Keep up the good work

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  8. 1408

    They’re just black and white…. if you want to see some really exotic type…. chrome type, look at the 2 minute cartoon on youtube.. Obamanator 360
    .

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  9. 1609

    You missed Optima, Eras, Garamond…

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  10. 1810

    Can I get all in one download link…please

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  11. 2011

    What is the font used on this website? The font this comment appears in?

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  12. 2212

    wow this is real nice.

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