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60 Brilliant Typefaces For Corporate Design

Typography is more than being legible and looking good. Among other things, effective typography manages to achieve two important objectives: a) to create an appropriate atmosphere and enable users to develop trust toward the site and b) to make sure visitors get the main message of the site and (if possible) become interested in the services offered on the site. Since written text is the most efficient instrument to communicate with visitors precisely and directly, the power of typography shouldn’t be underestimated.

To communicate effectively, typography requires appropriate typefaces. Last year we’ve presented 80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design1, a selection of excellent typefaces one should be aware of when developing web-sites. Now it’s time to update our selection with typefaces we’ve missed then and new typefaces which have been developed over the last year.

Below you’ll find over 60 first-class typefaces for corporate design. Please notice that they are not free; however, we’ve focused on typefaces which are definitely worth spending money on. 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? Let’s find out.

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The Haptic family is a sans serif typeface which was optimized for use in small sized text. It serves well in attention seeking headlines. Comes in Roman and Italic with seven weights each. Type & Graphics by Henning Skibbe.

Professional Typefaces - Type & Graphics by Henning Skibbe5

Professional Typefaces - Type & Graphics by Henning Skibbe6

FF Meta Serif7
A collaborative work by Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwarty and Kris Sowersby. The designers created a typeface with metrics that are not identical to FF Meta, but optically the same. Now what you see is what you get, a harmonious serif/sans type system. FF Meta Serif is available in four weights: Book, Medium, Bold, and Black, each with Italics. All styles include Small Caps, lining and oldstyle figures in proportional and tabular widths, and a range of arrows and other symbols.

Professional Typefaces - FF Meta Serif8

A contemporary semi-slab serif font. This OpenType font family comes in five weights and offers supports CE languages and even esperanto. Beside ligatures, contextual alternatives, stylistic alternates, fractions and proportional/tabular figures Museo also has a ‘case’ feature for case-sensitive forms. This typeface comes in 5 weights; three of them are free.

Professional Typefaces - MUSEO :: a Free Quality Font from exljbris10

Beorcana is a calligraphic sans, or serifless roman. Beorcana is unusual for a sans serif type; it is designed for extended reading. Beorcana fills a niche in book typography and also serves a wide range of purposes from fine print, cartography, and information design to signage, editorial design and invitations. Designed by Carl Crossgrove. “Beorcana has what it takes to become a classic.”

Professional Typefaces - Beorcana by Carl Crossgrove12

Agile Typeface13
This typeface was born as Endexamen of the postgraduate study TypeMedia in The Hague. Not released yet, but worth to be kept in mind.

Professional Typefaces - edgarWalthert Beta 0.1b14

Marat is an elegant typeface with a soft and friendly appearance. It comes in 5 different weights and includes Italics, Small Caps, various OpenType features and a wide range of language support. Each font includes oldstyle and lining figures, both proportional and tabular. Created by Ludwig Übele from Den Haag, The Netherlands.

Professional Typefaces - Marat

“I ended up drawing inspiration from all parts of the 20th century. The heavy end of the family is based in part on Paul Renner’s Plak, a relatively obscure display typeface cut only in large sizes of woodtype, that is related to his heavier weights of Futura but has rounder, friendlier, fatter proportions“. By Christian Schwartz.

Professional Typefaces - Graphik by Christian Schwartz16

Rondana is a tribute to the purity of line and futuristic aesthetics of the 60s and 70s. Geometry in service of Typography, rather than opposite.

Professional Typefaces - Kimera Type Foundry18

Stag Sans19
“The normal/quirky balance is a bit different in the heavy weights, which are more likely to be used for enormous headlines. The final result is a perfect match for Stag, and also works as a muscular counterpoint to just about any elegant serif face.”

Professional Typefaces - Schwartzco Inc.20

Candy Script21
Inspired by Argentina and its culture, Alejandro Paul’s Candy Script captures the country’s spirit. It comes from the tradition of window sign painting, but its thick hand-brushed characters — with alternates for almost every upper and lowercase letter – have a personality all their own. Tons of OpenType alternates included, over 600 characters in all.

Professional Typefaces - Candy Script22

FF Utility23
Designed by Lukas Schneider. Comes in give weights — light, regular, medium, bold and black.

Professional Typefaces - FF Utility24

The openness of the headline face made designing a matching text face very straightforward. Elegance gives way to sturdiness in the serifs, and the ball terminals are less pronounced, resulting in an even texture. Like Guardian Egyptian, Publico Text is drawn to work under the specific layout and printing conditions of newspapers but doesn’t take its design cues from traditional newspaper typefaces, resulting in a fresh and contemporary look.

Professional Typefaces - Schwartzco Inc.26

Affair is an new calligraphic typeface by Alejandro Paul with a party full of swash characters, ligatures, and ornaments. By default, it’s simply an elegant yet readable display face. Dress it up with alternates, and it becomes irresistibly attractive, in styles from glamourous to over-the-top.

Professional Typefaces - Affair28

A large sans-serif family with 18 weights with ligatures, alternates, fractions, scientific inferiors, superscript, swashes, oldstyle figures, lining figures, tabular figures, numerators, denominators, ordinals and smallcaps.

Professional Typefaces - DSTYPE FOUNDRY30

DST Glosa31
A traditional, roman serif-family which comes in 8 weights (roman, roman italic, medium, medium italic, bold, bold italic, black, black italic) and has a number of additional features. OpenType.

Professional Typefaces - DSTYPE FOUNDRY32

Beautiful hand-drawing in action. Comes in two weights — rough and smooth. Designed by Nick Cooke.

Professional Typefaces - Olicana by Nick Cooke34

“At first glance Malaga has all the earmarks of a sturdy old style serif that would hold up well to any amount of reading. Healthy spacing, large x-height, short ascenders and descenders. It is the second glance that has you realizing that it is perfect as well for larger headlines and bolder statements.” A modern classic by Xavier Dupré.

Professional Typefaces - Malaga by Xavier Dupré36

FF Unit Rounded37
Designed by Erik Spiekermann.

Professional Typefaces - FontShop38

Arno Pro39
“A multi-weight, multi-style, multi-optical sized, multi-lingual family of fonts in the classic Venetian tradition. It comes bundled with Adobe Creative Suite 3, and it’s almost worth upgrading just to get Arno.” Designed by Robert Slimbach.

Professional Typefaces - Arno Pro by Robert Slimbach40

Kinescope is a dashing 1940s-style brush script. It was inspired by hand-lettered titles in Fleischer Brothers’ Superman cartoon series. This font features OpenType to automatically choose the most aesthetically pleasing letter shapes as you type as well as extended language support. By Mark Simonson.

Professional Typefaces - Kinescope font from Mark Simonson Studios | i love typography, the typography blog42

A typeface for books. When creating a traditional typeface, Stefan Hattenbach was influenced by earlier designs. Anziano shows touches of Weiss (Emil Rudolf Weiss, 1926) – another classic book typeface. Stefan had appreciated the design of Weiss for a long time.

Professional Typefaces - Anziano44

Celeste Sans OT45
This OpenType serif family comes in 10 weights.

Professional Typefaces - Celeste Sans OT46

Hand-writing: sexy, elegant, feminine and inviting.

Professional Typefaces - Sloop48

Buffet Script49
Buffet Script is based on calligraphy by Alf Becker, arguably the greatest American sign lettering artist of all time. Buffet Script’s OpenType programming contains discretionary ligatures, stylistic and contextual alternates, all interacting with each other to allow the composition of just the typographic look and feel. This font is best used where lush elegance is a design requirement.

Professional Typefaces - Buffet Script50

Classic, created by Bram de Does in 1982.

Professional Typefaces - Die 100 Besten Schriften52

FP Dancer Pro Package53

Professional Typefaces - FP Dancer Pro Package54

By Morten Olsen.

Professional Typefaces - Dancer by Morten Olsen56


Professional Typefaces - Quiosco

FF Eureka Sans family57

Professional Typefaces - FF Eureka Sans family58


Professional Typefaces - Archer | Hoefler & Frere-Jones60


Professional Typefaces - Whitney | Hoefler & Frere-Jones62

Mercury Text63

Professional Typefaces - Mercury Text | Hoefler & Frere-Jones64

Chronicle Deck & Display65

Professional Typefaces - Chronicle Deck & Display | Hoefler & Frere-Jones66

Chronicle Text67

Professional Typefaces - Chronicle Text | Hoefler & Frere-Jones68

Basic Commercial69

Professional Typefaces - Basic Commercial70

FF Bau71

Professional Typefaces - FF Bau72


Professional Typefaces - Paralucent74


Professional Typefaces - Syntax76


Professional Typefaces - Region78

FF Absara Headline79

Professional Typefaces - FF Absara Headline80


Professional Typefaces - National82


Professional Typefaces - voluta84


Professional Typefaces - Maquette86

An ultimate corporate typeface, designed by Lucas de Groot. Including 144 fonts, both serif and sans-serif fonts.

Professional Typefaces - Thesis88

Malaga Volume89

Professional Typefaces - Malaga Volume90

Designed by William McChesney. Comes in bold, bold oblique, oblique and regular. Price: $49 for all 4 weights.

Professional Typefaces - Nox92

Currently in development.

Professional Typefaces - You Should Like Type Too .com

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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 responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

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    Stephen Coles

    March 20, 2008 9:46 am

    Thank you for featuring Typographica’s picks in your list. A couple of corrections:

    – Your FF Celeste Sans and Sloop labels are mistakenly swapped.

    – I would like to for FontFonts, rather than as it is more accessible to a global audience. Here are links to FF Unit Rounded (you missed the “Rounded” in your label) and FF Utility.

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    I guess I’m cheap… I prefer your free font lists. But as a designer myself I can understand that designers want to get paid. The irony of it!

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    There are loads of free fonts here. I’m too cheap to pay for fonts.

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    Too bad you dont list which are free. A lot of those are really great.

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    brilliant collection, thx

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    Cory von Wallenstein

    March 20, 2008 9:28 am

    My favorite by far is Olicana! Absolutely awesome quill script!

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    Once again, thank you! This site continues to amaze me.

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    Incredible collection!

    (FF Unit was mentioned twice though, is this intentional?)

  9. 9

    Quantity. Why not list 5 or 10, with some information to go with?

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 20, 2008 10:27 am

    @Clemens: thank you for pointing it out. The article was updated.

    @Stephen Coles: thank you. Updated.

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    heavenly types. too bad they aren’t free :(

  12. 13

    These are glorious days for typography: the quality and quantity of fonts being developed is impressive. I’ve followed closely the emergence of new digital foundries since the first years of the www, and the changes in the last five years or so in the websites are amazing.

  13. 14

    Great effort as always, though I have to give Thor a point here. It’s a really impressive list of beautiful characters, but I would have liked to learn why you picked these typefaces, why they are especially suitable for Corporate Design, in this case.

    By the way: Still the FF Unit is shown as and linked to the FF Unit Rounded.

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    March 20, 2008 12:13 pm

    Great collection! Thanks a million!

  15. 16

    I appreciate you guys compiling this list, but I lost interest as soon as the first font I investigated, Graphik, was found to not even be available for licensing yet. The faces may be brilliant, but please make sure that they’re out there for us to use.

    Also, it helps if you can link these typefaces to pages where we can buy them so we don’t have to click through another blog.

    Keep up the good work! Just giving you a heads up.

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    Thanks for this huge list, really like Olicana.

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    Stephen Coles

    March 20, 2008 1:37 pm

    Hmm, your FF Utility and FF Unit Rounded links are still going to

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    Stephen Coles

    March 20, 2008 1:41 pm

    Thomas Allen:

    Also, it helps if you can link these typefaces to pages where we can buy them so we don’t have to click through another blog.

    Sometimes people want to educate themselves, not simply buy. Also, many of the images that Smashing uses come from other blogs so it’s polite to link to the source.

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    Man, they are pretty, I could almost eat some of them :) thanks for the list

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    Amazing collection. smashingmagazine is for me the best magazine on the web, I’m addicted of your posts.
    It’s in my top five best websites on the net.
    Thank you for the hard work you’re doing and for your brillant collections.
    FROM a Tunisian designer.


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