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80 Beautiful Professional Fonts

Every now and again designers stumble upon the very same problem: the choice of a unique and beautiful typefaces 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. [Content Care Oct/07/2016]

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?

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

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.com5 and Fontshop.com6.

Classic Typefaces Link

Classics of typography in a brief overview. You will find even more traditional typefaces on the site 100 Best Fonts7, including history, development and related information.

1. Helvetica Link

80 Beautiful Professional Fonts

2. Helvetica Neue Link

Typefaces

3. Univers Link

Typefaces

4. Frutiger Link

Type

5. Avenir Link

Fonts
Fonts

6. Myriad Pro Link

Typeface

7. Neuzeit Link

Screenshot

8. Syntax Link

Screenshot

9. Proxima Nova Link

Screenshot

10. Proxima Sans Link

Screenshot

11. Glasgow Link

Screenshot

12. Charlotte Sans Link

Screenshot

13. Precious Sans Link

Precious Sans
Precious Sans

14. Gill Sans Link

Screenshot

15. Lisboa Link

Screenshot

16. Franklin Gothic Link

Screenshot

17. Futura Link

Screenshot

18. EF TV Nord 1 Link

Screenshot

19. FF Scala Link

Screenshot

20. Rockwell Link

Screenshot

21. Eurostile Link

Screenshot

22. Warnock Link

Screenshot

23. FF DIN Link

FF DIN

24. FF Meta Link

FF Meta
FF Meta

25. Officina Link

Screenshot

26. FF Dax Link

Screenshot

27. DF Dynasty Link

Screenshot

28. Akzidenz-Grotesk Link

Screenshot
Screenshot

29. AG Book Link

Screenshot
Screenshot

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

ProcessTypeFoundry98

32. Seravek Link

Seravek

ProcessTypeFoundry98

33. FF Kievit Link

FF Kievit
FF Kievit

Source10

34. Ronnia Link

Ronnia

Typetogether

35. Stella Link

Stella

Feliciano Type Foundry

36. Le Monde Courrier Link

ScreenshotLe Monde Courrier, € 167.4 for 2 PCs

37. Parisine PTF Link

Screenshot11Parisine PTF12, € 210 for 8 PCs

38. Freight Link

Freight Sans

Source

39. Guardian Link

Guardian

Christian Schwartzl13

40. Anomoly Link

Anomoly

41. PMN Caecilia Link

PMN Caecilia
PMN Caecilia

42. Leitura Link

Leitura

DSType – Spatium Magazin

43. The Mix Link

The Mix

Source14

44. Stalemate Link

Stalemate
Stalemate

45. Neo Sans Link

Neo Sans

Source15

46. Felbridge Link

FelbridgeFelbridge, £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.org16

50. Auto Link

Auto

Source

51. Soho Link

Soho

Source

52. Kepler Link

Kepler

Source17

53. Depot Link

Depot

Chris Dickinson232118

54. Relato Sans Link

Relato Sans

Source19

55. Priva Pro Link

Priva Pro

DSType

56. Relato Serif Link

Relato Serif

Source20

57. Alber Link

Alber

Chris Dickinson232118

58. Palatino Sans & Informal Link

Palatino Sans Informal

Source Kimeratype

59. Fedra Sans Link

Fedra Sans

Source22

60. Olga Link

Olga

Source

61. Depot Link

Depot

Chris Dickinson232118

62. Priva Pro Link

Priva Pro

DSType

63. Whitman Link

Whitman

Source24

64. Productus Link

Productus

Source25

65. Tempelhof Link

Tempelhof

Günter Schwarzmaier26

66. Amira Link

Amira

Source27

67. Krart Link

Krart

Source28

68. Tang Link

Tang

Source29

69. Dederon Sans Link

Dederon Sans

Source

70. Samuels Family Link

Samuels Family

(Images: MyFonts Newsletter30)

71. Untitled Link

Untitled

Source

72. Greta Text Link

Greta Text

Source31

73. FF Sanuk Link

FF Sanuk

74. Houschka Link

Houschka

75. Scene Link

Scene

Source32

76. Amplitude Link

Amplitude

Source33

77. Insider Link

Insider

Characters.nl34

78. Preface Link

Preface

79. Flex Link

Flex

Source35

80. Halvorsen Link

Halvorsen

Source36

81. Xtra Sans Link

Xtra Sans

Source

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

82. Obliqua (in development) Link

Obliqua

Source

83. Muestra Urbana (in development) Link

Muestra Urbana

Source

83. Wingardium Link

Wingardium

Source37

84. Tauran Regular Link

Tauran Regular

Source38

85. Mello Sans Link

Mello Sans

Source39

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/the-roadmap-to-becoming-a-professional-freelance-web-designer/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/12/become-top-wordpress-professional/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/04/web-designers-guide-to-professional-networking/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/60-brilliant-typefaces-for-corporate-design/
  5. 5 http://www.veer.com
  6. 6 http://www.fontshop.com
  7. 7 http://www.100besteschriften.de/
  8. 8 http://www.processtypefoundry.com
  9. 9 http://www.processtypefoundry.com
  10. 10 http://www.daidala.com/kievit.html
  11. 11 http://www.typofonderie.com/alphabets/view/ParisinePTF
  12. 12 http://www.typofonderie.com/alphabets/view/ParisinePTF
  13. 13 http://christianschwartz.com/gdnsans.shtml
  14. 14 http://www.daidala.com/themix.html
  15. 15 http://www.monotypefonts.com/
  16. 16 http://typographica.org/001103.php
  17. 17 http://www.daidala.com/17mar2004.html
  18. 18 http://www.moretype.co.uk
  19. 19 http://www.emtype.net/relatosans_1.html
  20. 20 http://www.emtype.net/relato_1.html
  21. 21 http://www.moretype.co.uk
  22. 22 http://www.typotheque.com/fonts/fedra_sans/
  23. 23 http://www.moretype.co.uk
  24. 24 http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/serif/Whitman
  25. 25 http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/sans/Productus
  26. 26 http://www.t26.com/fonts/showcase/2006/08
  27. 27 http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/Amira
  28. 28 http://www.t26.com/fonts/Krart
  29. 29 http://www.type.fi/SuomiHome.html
  30. 30 http://www.myfonts.com/newsletters/cc/200707.html
  31. 31 http://www.typotheque.com/fonts/greta_text/
  32. 32 http://www.fonts.com/findfonts/detail.asp?pid=400853
  33. 33 http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/Amplitude
  34. 34 http://www.characters.nl
  35. 35 http://www.type-invaders.com/flex/
  36. 36 http://www.t26.com/fonts/Halvorsen
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/macniaco/149614426/in/set-72057594139789886/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/macniaco/149615395/in/set-72057594139789886/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/macniaco/149614424/in/set-72057594139789886/

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs front-end/UX workshops, webinars and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  1. 1

    good one!!! – as usual :)

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  2. 2

    Wow, this is amazing. Absolutely Smashing!!!

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  3. 3

    cool, font always be major factor to achieve great webdesign

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  4. 4

    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.

    3
  5. 5

    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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  6. 6

    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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  7. 7

    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…

    2
  8. 8

    Gorgeous and simple, they way to go.

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  9. 9

    is any of those free?

    torrent link? :))

    0
  10. 10

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

    0
  11. 11

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

    0
  12. 12

    Jeremy David

    August 8, 2007 6:23 am

    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.

    0
  13. 13

    Dumitru Tira

    August 8, 2007 7:09 am

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

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  14. 14

    Myo Kyaw Htun

    August 8, 2007 7:39 am

    You Guys ROCK!!!

    0
  15. 15

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

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

    1
  16. 16

    Excellent as usual. There are some fantastic typefaces here.

    0
  17. 17

    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.

    4
    • 18

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

      -9
  18. 19

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

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  19. 20

    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.
    :)

    0
  20. 21

    no freebies?
    no fun

    0
  21. 22

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

    1
  22. 24

    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

    0
  23. 25

    phoneonvibrate

    August 8, 2007 10:20 am

    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.

    0
  24. 26

    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.

    0
  25. 27

    depot is so good….its on twice!

    1
  26. 28

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

    0
  27. 29

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

    3
  28. 30

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

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  29. 31

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

    0
  30. 32

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

    0
  31. 33

    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
  32. 34

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

    2
  33. 35

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

    2
  34. 36

    Shmick list, ta.

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

    0
  35. 37

    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
  36. 38

    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.

    6
  37. 39

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

    0
  38. 40

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

    0
  39. 41

    This is definetely going into my Typeface bookmarks.

    Great reference typefaces for ideas and source. :)

    Thanks.

    0
  40. 42

    Jules Siegel

    August 8, 2007 9:09 am

    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.

    -1
    • 43

      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…

      10
    • 44

      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.

      1
  41. 45

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

    2
  42. 46

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

    1
  43. 48

    stefano picco

    August 8, 2007 4:31 pm

    very good work :)

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  44. 49

    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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  45. 50

    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?

    2
  46. 51

    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 : )

    -1
  47. 52

    @WobblyCyril

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

    1
  48. 53

    Ramil Alcibar

    August 8, 2007 5:15 pm

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

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  49. 54

    thanks for this – love it!

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  50. 55

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

    1
  51. 56

    What’s the point in providing such a massive list?!
    Does it just mean that you couldn’t be bothered narrowing it down?

    -3
  52. 57

    What use is this for?!

    These fonts cost anywhere between $200-$1500 … you have to have to be either a huge design company or simply mentally retarded to spend that money on a font.

    …when there are so many great ones that are absolutely free. Make a list of FREE good typefaces for professional design.

    -1
  53. 58

    To whoever compiled this list, thank you!

    And in case you were wondering, the font used by Cingular Wireless (now at&t) was Avenir. Since the rebranding, Avenir hasn’t been used quite as heavily.

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  54. 59

    Delicious List! I must caution . . . a font does not a logo make.
    I work with a logo made with Futura. A lovely font.
    Yet our logo …. in all lowers…. is…. weak. (shhhh.) I didn’t say it!
    The list you have provided is, however, a wonderful starting point! Just don’t finish there.

    1
  55. 60

    typo3fanatic

    August 8, 2007 8:33 pm

    A really good font-collection. Thank You!

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  56. 61

    Amazing!
    Amazing!

    Congratulations.

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  57. 62

    thank u very much

    excellent!!!!!

    0
  58. 63

    Nice list, but where the heck is Goudy?!

    0
  59. 64

    is there an english version of this?

    http://www.100besteschriften.de/

    0
  60. 65

    Great list. :) Priva Pro & depot are both in the list twice.

    0
  61. 66

    Just off the top of my head I’d add Gotham, Interstate, Klavika, anything Bodoni-based (I prefer Italian Didot)…

    0
  62. 67

    Gotham didn’t make the cut? neither did benton?
    How is that even possible?

    2
  63. 68

    Great job! I love a lot of these and have for years.

    0
  64. 69

    Amarjeet Singh Rai

    August 9, 2007 3:50 am

    Can you please publish this as a PDF.

    Thanks.

    1
  65. 70

    @Ramzi – if you value your time you will gladly pay for a high-quality, well designed font rather than use some free “professional” font you downloaded off the web, since you will more than likely spend 2-3x as long manually adjusting the kerning in your type. I’m frequently shocked at how often I see bad typography marring otherwise good designs, even on projects with the kind of financial backing that would justify a higher attention to detail. It may seem trivial to some, but it is one small detail that separates the amateurs from the professionals.

    1
  66. 71

    Priva Pro is listed twice #55 and #62…

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  67. 72

    Well who was asking for the torrent link?

    you may ONLY download this as a backup.

    -3
  68. 73

    Fernando Mello

    August 9, 2007 11:10 am

    The first one, in my opinion, should be Scala.

    And the second one… MelloSans!

    Fernando

    0
  69. 74

    Simon Cooper

    August 9, 2007 3:46 pm

    Ref. post #23 Jules Siegel

    Jules can you offer some of your own fonts to back up your opinion.

    0
  70. 75

    Himanshu Kapoor

    August 9, 2007 6:46 pm

    I can call myself super rich if I get hold of all of them?

    Super Collection

    0
  71. 76

    Web design UK

    August 9, 2007 7:01 pm

    Great list. If only I had the cash or the knowledge to get all these wonderful fonts.

    0
  72. 77

    Awesome list! Thanks so much!

    0
  73. 78

    Wow! Great list. Now I don’t have to look through hundreds of useless fonts when I design something. thank you.

    0
  74. 79

    Pedro Assumpção

    August 10, 2007 1:06 am

    Fantastic.

    0
  75. 80

    all the fonts look like arial and verdana, what good are the fancy fonts when the user dont have them, u will have to make everything image which will take forever to load. and this page is once again broken in IE6

    -9
  76. 81

    Joshua Clanton

    August 10, 2007 2:24 am

    That’s a very good list, though I think tilted a bit toward sans-serif fonts. I love a well design serif.

    0
  77. 82

    Digitalrebellion

    August 10, 2007 2:29 am

    amazing and beautiful collection of fonts. i’m in love

    0
  78. 83

    A list of old standards and newer variations. A good list for new designers.

    0
  79. 84

    Whoops – I meant sIFR. Anyway, check it out.

    0
  80. 85

    thanks for posting but I think that SERIF FONTS are a bit missing.
    for instance, Goudy, Caslon, Garamond, etc.

    0
  81. 86

    Eduardo Barrantes

    August 10, 2007 4:08 pm

    Excelente página……………imprescindible.

    EDU

    0
  82. 87

    barbaros pakar

    August 10, 2007 4:43 pm

    ….So, great WORK!!!!

    0
  83. 88

    I’m suprised that we don’t find in this list “Optima” – best font for professional typography excluding Frutiger – but I don’t suppose that author of this article didn’t heard this name as yet…

    0
  84. 89

    It’s nice to see this postom SM. The posts are starting to get better again.

    0
  85. 90

    This is my first time commenting on Smashing Magazine. I admit I was a bit wary whether to subscribe to this blog in the beginning, but this post was fantastic. Keep them coming, please.

    0
  86. 91

    I don’t want to be pesky, but no. 83 isn’t called Wingardium. It’s called Prima Sans and was designed by latinamerican designers Ariel Katena and Alejandro Lazos. It says so in the Flickr page that you’re linking

    If you google it you’ll get Bitstream’s Prima Sans, which isn’t the same…

    Just a thought…

    )O(

    0
  87. 92

    good list, but how can i download all those fonts

    0
  88. 93

    Post a torrent??

    Designers made these fonts. Designers need to be payed in order to keep making things like this. When everyone downloads torrents of fonts, nobody is being payed to make them.

    See the problem there? It’s disrespect.

    3
  89. 94

    perfect!
    but how to implement it as a normal text (not as an image) on the web?

    0
  90. 95

    Stewart Marshall

    August 31, 2007 4:24 am

    I meant to ask this when I saw the Documentary film, Helvetica but given the room was full of intimidating designers, I declined. So I’ll ask it here. I love all the examples you’ve given in this post, but as a numbers guy I wondered whether a list of the top 80 fonts for numbers would be the same the list?

    0
  91. 96

    Very nice list. Only ‘Priva Pro’ is in the list twice, on 55 and 62.

    0
  92. 97

    great, now your designs can look just like everyone elses…

    0
  93. 98

    I find incredible how can it be possible for GEORGIA no to be listed here….
    Anyway, most of these are really fantastic fonts, such as the new ones made for the new Windows Vista – “Cambria” and “Calibri”

    All the best!

    0
  94. 99

    Eren Emre KANAL

    September 6, 2007 3:51 pm

    I think DIN font family is the most trendy typeface nowadays.

    1
  95. 100

    Holy crap, I can’t believe how many people there are asking for torrents. Come on, even if you’re into stealing typefaces at least have the decency to not beg for torrents. What the hell is happening to this profession?

    0
  96. 101

    Hey great list you got there. Thank God you named the title Typefaces and not font list. It annoys me when designers don’t know the difference between a typeface and a font.

    1
  97. 102

    Man I love this site.

    0
  98. 103

    wow – not sure about that list. Some I’d agrees with HelveticaNeue, Futura, etc – but others are kinda reaching. Myriad, for instance? It’s the default. What happened to the classic serif fonts? Garamond, Goudy, Giovanni. Or what Lubalin Graph – you listed Rockwell in lieu of Lubalin Graph? It’s easily the more superior slab serif.

    Not impressed.

    1
  99. 104

    Superb list. BUt i dont see any script fonts :D

    0
  100. 105

    Very nice list… 2 that are new to me and I like are Glasgow and Priva Pro (this one you liste 2 times… see 55 and 62 :) I also liked the french one… Le Monde Courrier and Officina

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  101. 106

    Agust Gudbjornsson

    October 12, 2007 2:09 am

    Nice list, FF Dax (Dax) is used in the TV series Californication btw. Surprised me allot, since it´s used often in the Corporated world

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    Tiago Oliveira

    October 31, 2007 11:53 pm

    Not that i’m complaining about your list (nor the choices from the different designers involved in choosing these fonts) but i in my modest opinion this list is too strongly biased to san serif typefaces (more then 80% os this list are san serifs). San serifs are so profusely used nowadays that they are becoming boring, specially when there’s a huge niche of beautifull serif’s and slab fonts around. I also must point that i would never , ever , use a font like Helvetica (or its numerous variants), Futura, Avenir, Din, FF Meta, FF Dax, The Sans (and i find extremely strange the this Lucas de Groot typeface didnt make it to the list since it was probably the most “instant classic” typeface designed in the last 2 decades) and the likes in any of my designs unless the client pointed a gun to my head… they where overused and abused to the point of extreme boringness! Also not so interesting is including on the list unavailable typefaces (like guardian that wont be available for some years since its a exclusive typeface) and unfinished typefaces, specially when the font scene is saturated with well designed san serif typefaces (its a world of choices out there). Unless your client is a huge corporation the is looking for a neutral image stay away from most of these san serifs (specially the classic ones) because you would be falling into the boring world of the typefaces everyone else is using. Apart from this there’s some unusual san serifs in the list that are quite interesting (not many tho since most are the usual classics) and unless you only design headlines and posters the lack of serifs in the list makes it kinda incomplete. Overall its interesting list but a very unbalanced one since theres no script fonts, very little choices of serifs (for text bodies), almost no slab serifs and nothing of any other type categories that can give you designs that original look.

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    • 108

      Tinhas de ser tuga!
      É só tipos com a mania que são designers….:)
      Gostos não se discutem…e quando aprenderes isso talvez olhes para o design sem essa visão elitista!

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  103. 109

    Great fonts. The best is 21 and 65

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  104. 110

    A very good list and no mistake. With a few exceptions all of them can be purchased from http://www.type.co.uk which also has a great list of script fonts to help flesh out the list.

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  105. 111

    I think it’s funny how Microsoft uses Helvetica as their logo font (post number 33), but include the “knockoff” Arial in their operating system.

    Guess they should practice what they preach… huh!? Why not use Arial…?

    But, great list though!

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  106. 112

    “I find incredible how can it be possible for GEORGIA no to be listed here….”

    Uh…dude…Georgia was designed for viewing on screen, not print design.

    Are you a designer, by the way?

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  107. 113

    Fantastic list! I’ve already got some of them oO

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  108. 114

    Good list. I actually use most of them myself..

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  109. 115

    Does anyone else think that there could be a much better (i.e. affordable) font pricing system? It seems to me that if more professional fonts were priced so that individuals could more reasonably afford them, foundries and designers might stand to profit a bit more than they currently do when it is a rare individual (or even design house) that buys its fonts…

    Thoughts?

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  110. 116

    I don’t think some thing better collection than it!

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  111. 117

    Olga isn’t published yet.

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  112. 118

    and where is Thesis?? ;)

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  113. 119

    César Puertas

    January 10, 2008 2:33 pm

    Urbana is now available for purchase at http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/cepuertas/urbana

    New weights have been added and now I’m working on the italic versions.

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  114. 120

    I agree that there need to be more serif fonts, but if you want a selection of “bulletproof” fonts then sans is usually a better way to go. A bulletproof font must IMHO be legible in body copy, mousetype & headlines both in print and on the web. Serif fonts can cause some legibility issues on the web. These are not vanity fonts.

    And people are complaining about too many choices??? If you are too lazy to examine an list of eighty, try digging through the thousands of great fonts available. This is nice set of SUGGESTIONS, but by no means can replace an experienced eye.

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  115. 121

    I’ve been designing for awhile now (~20 years) — including some (iffy) font design (you can look me up). As many have said, I’m not sure what this list is for: Professionals should already have some go-to fonts in each category (sans/serif, display/fancy, Egyptienne/slab, script, etc); non-professionals need FEWER choices to avoid the kidnap note-pastiche that is often created by newbies. As for the sans/serif debate, the ‘need’ for design synergy & the ‘requirements’ of the web have forced a transition from the more readable serif to the more legible sans serif in body copy — something I don’t think will go away too soon. In fact, I’m seeing a trend that is just the opposite of what I was taught for print: Sans copy & serif headlines.

    As for the users of this list: Many of these fonts are either dupes of more expensive (and very old) typefaces or are themselves one of the originals and has a freebie clone somewhere. Just pick one or two (or three as backups for variation) & stick with them. Make your copy design changes using size, color or callouts (pull quotes). Choose your fonts based on what you want to convey (formal or informal, etc).

    And those of you who thought Comic Sans should be on the list: Huh?! Not even as a comic book font is Comic Sans a decent font. Check Blambot or Comicraft for REAL comic fonts.

    Also, MS Arial was a dodge to escape paying Adobe fees for using Helvetica….

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  116. 122

    Marta - Logotipos

    January 31, 2008 2:37 pm

    Very good!! tanks !!!

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    anna maria lopez

    February 6, 2008 5:23 am

    Amazing compilation! a great selection of all time readable and stylish fonts, a must have for professional graphic designers and a font guide for newbie designers.
    Thanks for this useful post!

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  118. 124

    I would like to know what other nuggets of typographracal wizardry Mr. Jules Siegel has to offer this forum.

    Information like this is priceless…..please comment more Mr Siegel!!! Dont just leave a comment like that and vanish, give us some examples from your years of experience.

    Its like someone offering you a werthers original, and then they snatch it from your digits…….

    J

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  119. 125

    I am a media studies lecturer and would disagree with this comment. The typfaces are most interesting and of great use.

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  120. 126

    I agree that we should pay for these fonts, but making a nice package (paid!) for these fonts would certainly be a nice thing! :)

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  121. 127

    Very nice fonts but peoples browsers only show fonts they have on there pc so for web design use very limited.

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  122. 128

    Useful no doubt! The fonts are all beautiful but they should sell them as a bundle pack :) I would buy them if they were in a affordable package. Cheers! Portugal

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  123. 129

    Scala is a beautiful serif font. You show Scala Sans in your samples for Scala.

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  124. 130

    Marvin Goldstein

    May 19, 2008 6:06 pm

    I’m 72, unemployed, teaching myself Flash and other graphic software …
    So, where am I suppose to look for quality, downloadable, free fonts ????
    Or, is this simply a gimmick to keep me on your web site ???

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  125. 131

    Samantha Green

    May 25, 2008 5:05 pm

    @juzta:

    I think Mr Siegel has ‘left the building’ and will never return out of pure disgust for this post :P

    Oh well…

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  126. 132

    My favourites ar Myriad and FF DIN!

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  127. 133

    The work is good but it is a pity that you have not included Knuth’s Computer Modern and Adobe’s New Century Schoolbook.

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  128. 134

    Very good!!! please publish this as a PDF. Thanks

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  129. 135

    Can anyone say which of the sans serif fonts have a capital “I” with serifs, such as in OfficinaSans and BellGothic? I am the documentation manager for a hi-tech company and we are redesigning our manuals. Frequently part numbers and specification numbers use Roman numerals so it’s important to have an uppercase “I” that can’t be confused with a lower case “L.”

    I am quite open to suggestions for fonts that cork well for technical documentation in print on the screen. My tendency is towards fonts that are somewhat condensed so I can fit a maximum of information on a page thereby minimizing pagination issues. The flip side is to avoid having pages looking too crowed.

    All recommendations gratefully accepted.

    TIA

    YossiD

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  130. 136

    please full type links…

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  131. 137

    so fitting that helvetica is number one.

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  133. 139

    Excellent list.

    I appreciate the effort put into making this list i will have this bookmarked and the list will most definitely help with my future endeavors.

    Keep it up!

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  134. 140

    “I find incredible how can it be possible for GEORGIA no to be listed here….
    Anyway, most of these are really fantastic fonts, such as the new ones made for the new Windows Vista – “Cambria” and “Calibri”

    All the best!”

    Yes, I agree.
    Let’s look at the professional design of Georgia

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  135. 141

    Please, i want the font family FF DIN free.
    Thank you!!

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  136. 142

    Excellent fonts thanks for the info

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  137. 143

    Thank you for the nice collection

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  138. 144

    this list is awsome, great article at the begenning, thank you so much for shearing

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  139. 145

    I like this long list of fonts

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  140. 146

    As a poor designer, I have to rely on free fonts. These all look so sexy. It’s like looking at some kind of font-porn!

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  141. 147

    Want a link to download these fonts. whats the point of of us seeing it? We NEED them lol

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  142. 148

    Thanks for listing! Pretty typefaces;)

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  143. 149

    tariqdesign

    April 6, 2009 1:27 pm

    i feels (utopia) is missing

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  144. 150

    Hi this selection it’s great, but however i have one font for yuo:

    Archer font, By Hoefler & There Jones, this a amazing fonts, they have many serius font.
    I recomend you, visit they website…

    http://www.typography.com/

    Thanks again…

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  145. 151

    Someone should really package these together and sell them as a unit. Who wants to spend a week tracking down and buying these?

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  146. 152

    what a crappy list, you forgot all the Hoefler’s and Emigre’s fonts…

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  147. 153

    nice overview… but having a small set of additional NUMBERS would be even cooler. That would make an easier decision (in my case)

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  148. 154

    I wish someone here were bored enough to go and price these out. Wonder what the total purchase cost would be!

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  149. 155

    Anonymous Coward

    July 31, 2009 4:10 pm

    I’ll cost them out if you pay me for my time.

    By the way, welcome to the internet – where everybody pirates everything.

    PS: Ashley Adams looks hot!

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  150. 156

    dylan john western

    August 6, 2009 4:23 pm

    way too many. you should at least cut this list in half.

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  151. 157

    hi. I need font 1983. Please help me. thank you.

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  152. 158

    Great list!!!

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  153. 159

    I love that you placed Helvetica at the top. I know it tends to elicit strong responses from designers, both good and bad, but I think that’s a symptom of its power in design. As part of my personal design growth, I have crossed over from the “can’t stand it” to “love it deeply.” (This happened about the same time I stopped having favorite colors and started having favorite color combinations. There is no ugly color, only a color in the wrong context.)

    There are many other amazing fonts on this list – thanks for the reference!

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  154. 160

    Helvetica as number one… what a surprise. *yawn*

    Helvetica is about as beautiful as a tax return.

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  155. 161

    Chris Burbridge

    August 29, 2009 10:15 am

    Just, THANKS!!! A LOT OF HARD WORK HERE!

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  156. 162

    Does anyone have a link to download them all together? :)

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  157. 163

    What!
    No COMIC SANS?
    hahahaha

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  158. 164

    absolutly fabulous

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  159. 165

    About mr. Jules Siegel opinion: Yes, lads, he IS professional typographer -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Siegel

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  160. 166

    Sweet collection :) Thank you.

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  161. 167

    Muy bien.

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  162. 168

    Awesome man! Really what a helping article!

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  163. 169

    Nice list! but i think it should have more serif fonts. Garamond, dtl fleichmann, Didots, Archer and lot of the stuff from hoeefler & Fere jones!
    When it comes to the standart fonts like Helvetica and Futura, it is a reason that there are overused. Its because there are very good typefaces! I think they have to be on list of the best typography. no doubt! Its not the fonts thats bad its the designers job to be creative and use different styles and try out new idees!
    I have worked as a grafic designer for about four years now and experienced that those fonts are banned. That is stupid!
    They will always be there and think they look very god in combination with new fonts.
    Sorry for my bad english! Im from norway!

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  164. 170

    Strony internetowe

    November 1, 2009 9:28 am

    Is it possible to download them all together?

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  165. 171

    great post, thx :)
    also some nice free fonts fonts2u.com

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  166. 172

    Great.. but a good deal of them don’t have a download link? I don’t know about you but I don’t plan on paying for 50 fonts separately… torrents here I come <3

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  167. 173

    Interstate is a really ugly font IMO. Gotham works much better, it could have been on the list! And Bodoni is definitely deserving too!

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  168. 174

    michael harrison

    March 27, 2010 9:27 am

    very nice article. I made a mousepad with a periodic table of typefaces that i thought would be very helpful. it has example, type and name. check it out at zazzle..

    thanks,
    mike

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  169. 175

    Nothing wrong with presenting a bunch of typefaces, but without any context it’s still hard to know what to do with each one and how to combine them.

    I recently bought 1000 fonts by Martin, Dodd and Davis and was pretty dissapointed when so little info or examples was available on each font (the few examples that are there are for Helvetica and other commonly known and used fonts…) as to make deciding for or against it almost impossible without a deep typographic knowledge . If I had that already, I’d probably also know the typefaces I’d want for certain situation by heart. The ordering via alphabet in that book isn’t logical either, I would’ve loved them sorted by time period, or suggested use or even by x-height, anything but alphabetically. Oh and Display fonts are presented in paragraphs as well, which doesen’t make the least bit of sense to me. Sorry for the rant.

    If I could just ask for one favour: please please never use the words “fresh” and “design” in conjunction again, unless there is some sort of fruit or bread involved. I get goosebumps whenever I hear or read these in a briefing. Nobody has ever asked for a stale design. It’s the most useless descriptor I could think of, moreso even than “modern” and “young”, which can actually be realised in a design.

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  170. 176

    Great post, although I was surprised NOT to see VAG in the list? or even MUSEO or DELICIOUS?!

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  171. 177

    Alex Yamaguti

    May 18, 2010 3:42 pm

    Great article!!!

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  172. 178

    Amazing Collection!

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  173. 179

    Matthew Carter’s Verdana and Walker are amazing types

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  174. 180

    sam narippatta

    July 13, 2010 2:29 am

    THANKS!!! A LOT

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  175. 181

    adlo creative

    August 3, 2010 2:23 am

    Lovely!!!

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  176. 182

    Very nice article. I made a mousepad with a periodic table of typefaces check it out at popArt. Thank you very much.

    Regards,
    Rodger

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  177. 183

    Really nice fonts, thank you so much..

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  178. 184

    you forget to give source for AUTO font……………………..

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  179. 185

    very nice article… thanks a lot….

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  180. 186

    those fonts are best for logo and everything! :D

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  181. 187

    very good fontes

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  182. 188

    hi! i would like to know if possible, the name of the font that stays under the shown example?! The font subtitle..
    Thank You

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  183. 189

    Daniel Valverde

    January 18, 2011 11:19 am

    Wow, great font selection… You did more easy a few magazine re-design that i have to end this week… Though I’m still undecided… All good THX

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  184. 190

    Jurrit van der Ploeg

    January 20, 2011 5:38 am

    I would put Akzidenz Grotesk a little bit higher. It is a great font which can be used in many different ways. But I really like the list, although there are not many serif-fonts. But if you look at the design that is most attractive at the moment, that is logical.

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    • 191

      Agreed. I’m not as crazy about Helvetica as most designers seem to be, but Akzidenz Grotesk is probably my single favorite sans-serif typeface.

      Also, I’d say PMN Caecilia should be higher, I think it’s a great for display purposes…

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  185. 192

    It’s good list for magazine design & also use advertising design. Well done

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  186. 193

    This site is “REALLY SMASHING”
    ULTIMATE – Good work pal.
    thanks boss it is one of the second bible for all ranking designers.

    PLZ POST ME THE UP DATES
    Regards
    Venkat

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  187. 194

    I am designer with less than 2.5 years. I would like to upgrade my knowledge and would like to share my views. It’s really good article and provides all sufficient information. Which “font” you guys suggest, to give professional look for the website?

    I will appreciate you, if anybody can provide their views.

    Manoj
    Web Designer

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  188. 195

    Alex Patin Design

    June 25, 2011 6:16 pm

    I think all of these typefaces are absolutely beautiful. I probably couldn’t come up with a better list myself.

    If only I had the money to buy most of these!

    Thanks for the inspiring list though!

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    Barry Schwartz

    July 19, 2011 10:13 am

    I am glad to see A-G listed among the sans serif contributions. No one has improved on it, as far as I can tell.

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  190. 197

    Barry Schwartz

    July 19, 2011 10:14 am

    I would like to add Storm’s Walbaum Text as an excellent web type. I already use it in a CSS overlay for all typography on Twitter.

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  191. 198

    Miss Moppet

    July 24, 2011 2:03 am

    These are nearly all sans serif, no good for print. Nothing on Garamond, Plantin, Joanna, Sabon, Nimrod, Abadi – need I go on?

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  192. 199

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

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  193. 200

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

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  194. 201

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

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  195. 202

    Great Collection!!!

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  196. 203

    franceschi_rene

    June 27, 2012 1:40 pm

    Excellent inspiration ! only the best :)

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    kabeer khan

    July 9, 2012 10:43 am

    really awesome Fonts !

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    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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  199. 206

    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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  200. 207

    You missed Optima, Eras, Garamond…

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  201. 208

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

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