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By Vitaly Friedman August 8th, 2007 Design, Fonts 194 Comments Publishing Policy

You dont like to scroll? Be prepared. (We warned you.) 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 weve browsed through dozens of type foundries, read dozens of designers articles about typography, analyzed font rankings and visited bookmarked fontrelated suggestions. So this post has em all. Well, OK, at least many of them. Lets 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.com and Fontshop.com.

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

1. Helvetica

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2. Helvetica Neue

3. Univers

4. Frutiger
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5. Avenir

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6. Myriad Pro

7. Neuzeit

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8. Syntax

9. Proxima Nova

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10. Proxima Sans

11. Glasgow
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12. Charlotte Sans

13. Precious Sans

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14. Gill Sans

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15. Lisboa

16. Franklin Gothic

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17. Futura

18. EF TV Nord 1

19. FF Scala

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20. Rockwell

21. Eurostile

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22. Warnock

23. FF DIN

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24. FF Meta

25. Officina

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26. FF Dax

27. DF Dynasty

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28. Akzidenz-Grotesk

29. AG Book

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30. Precious Serif

Further Typefaces
The fonts listed below arent so well-known. Thus you can use them for unique corporate identity or user interfaces which are supposed to have a fresh look.
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31. Locator

ProcessTypeFoundry

32. Seravek

ProcessTypeFoundry

33. FF Kievit
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Source

34. Ronnia

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Typetogether

35. Stella

Feliciano Type Foundry

36. Le Monde Courrier

Le Monde Courrier, 167.4 for 2 PCs

37. Parisine PTF


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Parisine PTF, 210 for 8 PCs

38. Freight

Source

39. Guardian
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40. Anomoly

41. PMN Caecilia

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42. Leitura

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Source / DSType

43. The Mix

Source

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44. Stalemate

45. Neo Sans

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Source

46. Felbridge

Felbridge, 29.00 per font

47. Trade Gothic

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48. Karmina

Typetogether

49. FF Milo

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Source: Typographica.org

50. Auto

Source

51. Soho

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52. Kepler

Source

53. Depot

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54. Relato Sans

Source

55. Priva Pro

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DSType

56. Relato Serif

Source

57. Alber

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Chris Dickinson

58. Palatino Sans & Informal

Source

59. Fedra Sans

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60. Olga

Source

61. Depot

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62. Priva Pro

DSType

63. Whitman
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64. Productus

Source

65. Tempelhof

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Gnter Schwarzmaier

66. Amira

Source

67. Krart

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68. Tang

Source

69. Dederon Sans

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70. Samuels Family

(Images: MyFonts Newsletter)

71. Untitled

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72. Greta Text

Source

73. FF Sanuk

74. Houschka

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75. Scene

Source

76. Amplitude
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77. Insider

Characters.nl

78. Preface
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79. Flex

Source

80. Halvorsen

Source

81. Xtra Sans


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Foretaste for one of our next posts: The Future of Typography 82. Obliqua (in development)

Source

83. Muestra Urbana (in development)

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83. Wingardium

Source

84. Tauran Regular

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85. Mello Sans

Source

Links
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Vitaly Friedman
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zlich August 8th, 2007 2:19 am


good one!!! as usual :)
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Juan Manuel Lemus August 8th, 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 wasnt watched some font styles.
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Juan June 1st, 2010 7:09 pm


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

P. Peterson August 8th, 2007 2:29 am


Wow, this is amazing. Absolutely Smashing!!!
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meizopan August 8th, 2007 2:46 am


cool, font always be major factor to achieve great webdesign

Adit August 8th, 2007 2:55 am


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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Florian August 8th, 2007 2:56 am


nice overview. your list includes some very nice fonts which i havnt seen before.
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but ill miss direct links ;)


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Nick August 8th, 2007 4:00 am


Great list. You captured many of my favorites. The primary ones I missed were Transit, News Gothic and Minion although I wouldnt necessarily expect them to be present anyway.
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tripleG August 8th, 2007 4:04 am


depot is so good.its on twice!
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UnitB August 8th, 2007 4:17 am

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

KarlH August 8th, 2007 5:03 am


Wellthere 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

Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz August 8th, 2007 5:08 am


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

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Samuel August 8th, 2007 5:08 am


Gorgeous and simple, they way to go.

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torrentguy August 8th, 2007 5:28 am


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

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add August 8th, 2007 5:36 am


is any of those free? torrent link? :))

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onesevenone August 8th, 2007 5:47 am


Thank you for scrolling! :) I love this list! Im sure itll speed up my next choice!

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Matty August 8th, 2007 6:07 am

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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Jeremy David August 8th, 2007 6:23 am


Genius. Ive 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.

Dumitru Tira August 8th, 2007 7:09 am


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

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Myo Kyaw Htun August 8th, 2007 7:39 am


You Guys ROCK!!!

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Ash Haque August 8th, 2007 7:52 am


Excellent list, another font that I use quite regularly is Audimat (free!) http://fontleech.com/09/26/2006/audimat-smeltery/

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chip August 8th, 2007 8:26 am


Excellent as usual. There are some fantastic typefaces here.

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Information Central August 8th, 2007 8:37 am


Um, why bother with this when the entries dont link to downloadable font files? And, some of the so-called foundries are bunk. For example, the ones for Olga
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lead to essentially non-functional Web sites that dont offer the font either.
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Jules Siegel August 8th, 2007 9:09 am

This is a completely arbitrary list. Im 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 Ive seen in a long time.
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5kunk March 14th, 2010 11:53 pm

Really Jules, rock out with your cock out and show us what you got. You cant leave a comment like that and not back it up with even one example from your private stash
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Jason September 1st, 2010 3:19 am

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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Will August 8th, 2007 9:18 am


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

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10668844 August 8th, 2007 9:37 am


Thank you, Ive been needing this for awhile. Much appreciated.

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Eeeeh August 8th, 2007 9:41 am

Personally, I think this list is quite a bit (trying to avoid saying waaay but, waaay) too long, and there really isnt 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 dont feel I would have a full palette if I were limited to the selection here.
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Also, people looking for a torrent site or free downloads really? Good design costs money thats what keeps us in business, right?
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frank tolentino August 8th, 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.

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chossing the right fonts for the project, always makes a big impact. Just make sure it is consistent. :)
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Eeeeh August 8th, 2007 9:49 am

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 ones goals in a layout. I at first thought those were included in his oaky fonts mustve been dizzy from looking through so many fonts or perhaps the Depot double post through me off :)
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ratigan August 8th, 2007 9:49 am


no freebies? no fun

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kid mercury August 8th, 2007 9:52 am

no trebuchet ms? surely you jest. trebuchet ms is my all time favorite font, the best of the bunch no doubt.
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jaja January 30th, 2010 9:33 pm


ew

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Lachlan August 8th, 2007 10:02 am


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Good to see Univers made the list. Quite fond of that font. As well as the Corpid collection (sadly it didnt make the list). I think Ive used it a little too religiously at times. Either way, a great list. Im going to go out and see if I can find Flex now. :D

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phoneonvibrate August 8th, 2007 10:20 am


Im 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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Abhijit Nadgouda August 8th, 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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Rik August 8th, 2007 11:16 am


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

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AD August 8th, 2007 11:21 am


Wow great resource! We chose our logos font from your list here.

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Brad August 8th, 2007 11:28 am


Nie is and some really great fonts Ive never heard of. But its kinda light on the Serif fonts.

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Frances August 8th, 2007 11:50 am

Wow, nice job! I spend lots of time playing with fonts daily. This is a great resource!
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Steven Snell August 8th, 2007 11:55 am


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

rj August 8th, 2007 12:40 pm


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Hmm. I dont see my favorite on here.Trajan Pro I have found a few new good ones however.

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Daz August 8th, 2007 12:54 pm


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

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Arun August 8th, 2007 1:36 pm


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

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SirPrize August 8th, 2007 2:06 pm

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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latejedora August 8th, 2007 2:42 pm


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

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Darren August 8th, 2007 3:46 pm


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

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Danny Foo August 8th, 2007 3:50 pm


This is definetely going into my Typeface bookmarks. Great reference typefaces for ideas and source. :) Thanks.

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WobblyCyril August 8th, 2007 4:26 pm

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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vectorluvr March 11th, 2010 8:37 pm


surely you jest

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stefano picco August 8th, 2007 4:31 pm


very good work :)

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Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz August 8th, 2007 4:38 pm


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

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Lachlan August 8th, 2007 4:56 pm


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

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Ramil Alcibar August 8th, 2007 5:15 pm


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

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Ali Reid August 8th, 2007 6:02 pm


thanks for this love it!

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jazzle August 8th, 2007 7:04 pm


Whats the point in providing such a massive list?! Does it just mean that you couldnt be bothered narrowing it down?

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Ramzi August 8th, 2007 7:20 pm


What use is this for?!

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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.
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Justin August 8th, 2007 7:26 pm


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 hasnt been used quite as heavily.

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yaili August 8th, 2007 7:27 pm

Uau! They all look absolutely amazing, but do we really need all that many fonts? I really liked reading this particular post.
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liz August 8th, 2007 7:29 pm

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 didnt say it! The list you have provided is, however, a wonderful starting point! Just dont finish there.

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typo3fanatic August 8th, 2007 8:33 pm


A really good font-collection. Thank You!

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Camilo August 8th, 2007 9:30 pm


Amazing! Amazing! Congratulations.

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rbl August 8th, 2007 10:38 pm


thank u very much excellent!!!!!

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koerpoernsky August 8th, 2007 10:51 pm


Well who was asking for the torrent link? you may ONLY download this as a backup.

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xxANDERxx August 9th, 2007 12:22 am


Nice list, but where the heck is Goudy?!

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Brian August 9th, 2007 12:33 am


is there an english version of this? http://www.100besteschriften.de/

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matt August 9th, 2007 12:37 am


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

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Philip Meissner August 9th, 2007 1:19 am


Great list, but missing some big names. Gotham Neutraface and for fun an Affair

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James August 9th, 2007 2:04 am


Just off the top of my head Id add Gotham, Interstate, Klavika, anything Bodonibased (I prefer Italian Didot)

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G August 9th, 2007 2:05 am


Gotham didnt make the cut? neither did benton? How is that even possible?

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great August 9th, 2007 3:04 am


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

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Amarjeet Singh Rai August 9th, 2007 3:50 am


Can you please publish this as a PDF.

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Thanks.
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Parker August 9th, 2007 4:25 am

@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. Im 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.
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Peter August 9th, 2007 5:32 am


Priva Pro is listed twice #55 and #62

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Fernando Mello August 9th, 2007 11:10 am


The first one, in my opinion, should be Scala. And the second one MelloSans! Fernando

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Simon Cooper August 9th, 2007 3:46 pm


Ref. post #23 Jules Siegel Jules can you offer some of your own fonts to back up your opinion.

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Digital Street August 9th, 2007 6:40 pm


Nice collection of fonts!

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Himanshu Kapoor August 9th, 2007 6:46 pm


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

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Web design UK August 9th, 2007 7:01 pm

Great list. If only I had the cash or the knowledge to get all these wonderful fonts.
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Jacob August 9th, 2007 9:57 pm


Awesome list! Thanks so much!

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gene August 9th, 2007 10:53 pm

Wow! Great list. Now I dont have to look through hundreds of useless fonts when I design something. thank you.
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Pedro Assumpo August 10th, 2007 1:06 am


Fantastic.

huangism August 10th, 2007 1:45 am

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

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Joshua Clanton August 10th, 2007 2:24 am


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

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Digitalrebellion August 10th, 2007 2:29 am


amazing and beautiful collection of fonts. im in love

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Ian August 10th, 2007 2:58 am


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

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Mrad August 10th, 2007 4:14 am


What no Comic Sans?! Seriously fantastic list! I was actually surprised to see that I hadnt seen half of these fonts. One thing though isnt Gill Sans overused at this point? @ huangism: One acronym for ya SiFR.

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Mrad August 10th, 2007 4:15 am


Whoops I meant sIFR . Anyway, check it out.

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simple August 10th, 2007 9:58 am


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

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Eduardo Barrantes August 10th, 2007 4:08 pm


Excelente pginaimprescindible. EDU

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barbaros pakar August 10th, 2007 4:43 pm


.So, great WORK!!!!

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jacuncao August 10th, 2007 7:00 pm

Im suprised that we dont find in this list Optima best font for professional typography excluding Frutiger but I dont suppose that author of this article didnt heard this name as yet
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rietz August 11th, 2007 1:51 am


Its nice to see this postom SM. The posts are starting to get better again.

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Kenneth August 11th, 2007 6:15 am

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.
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ployyolp August 11th, 2007 9:05 pm


COOL!!!!!!!!!!

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)O( August 11th, 2007 11:26 am

I dont want to be pesky, but no. 83 isnt called Wingardium. Its called Prima Sans and was designed by latinamerican designers Ariel Katena and Alejandro Lazos. It
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says so in the Flickr page that youre linking If you google it youll get Bitstreams Prima Sans, which isnt the same Just a thought )O(
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madan August 13th, 2007 7:07 pm


good list, but how can i download all those fonts

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Weber Design August 14th, 2007 4:52 am


Can someone make a torrent of these fonts if you have it?

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JT August 14th, 2007 10:35 am


Post a torrent??

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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? Its disrespect.
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imp winartho August 28th, 2007 11:41 am


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

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Stewart Marshall August 31st, 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 Ill ask it here. I love all the examples youve 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?
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Quincunx August 31st, 2007 5:39 am


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

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great, now your designs can look just like everyone elses

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Ric September 4th, 2007 4:51 pm

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!

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Eren Emre KANAL September 6th, 2007 3:51 pm


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

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James September 12th, 2007 6:07 am

Holy crap, I cant believe how many people there are asking for torrents. Come on, even if youre into stealing typefaces at least have the decency to not beg for torrents. What the hell is happening to this profession?
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WEBARMY September 14th, 2007 4:29 am

Hey great list you got there. Thank God you named the title Typefaces and not font list. It annoys me when designers dont know the difference between a typeface and a font.
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Jasper September 14th, 2007 4:52 am


Man I love this site.

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jecrt September 15th, 2007 8:03 am

wow not sure about that list. Some Id agrees with HelveticaNeue, Futura, etc but others are kinda reaching. Myriad, for instance? Its the default. What happened to the classic serif fonts? Garamond, Goudy, Giovanni. Or what Lubalin Graph you listed Rockwell in lieu of Lubalin Graph? Its easily the more superior slab serif. Not impressed.
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Taume September 18th, 2007 2:27 am


Superb list. BUt i dont see any script fonts :D
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Alex Mos October 1st, 2007 6:35 am

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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Agust Gudbjornsson October 12th, 2007 2:09 am

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

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Tiago Oliveira October 31st, 2007 11:53 pm

Not that im 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 theres a huge niche of beautifull serifs 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 theres 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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takenews November 8th, 2007 4:36 am


Great fonts. The best is 21 and 65

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Web design Bulgaria November 13th, 2007 4:21 pm

BOOKMARKED! This will be a bunch of tools that i might be requiring. You might want to take this url for added reference.

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Fontworker November 15th, 2007 1:22 am

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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MikeDee November 15th, 2007 6:03 am

I think its 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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PH November 15th, 2007 12:14 pm


I find incredible how can it be possible for GEORGIA no to be listed here. UhdudeGeorgia was designed for viewing on screen, not print design. Are you a designer, by the way?

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Genc Rashiti November 27th, 2007 6:21 pm


Fantastic list! Ive already got some of them oO

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lasso November 29th, 2007 6:22 am


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

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Jeff French December 6th, 2007 12:49 am

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
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Jeetlo December 6th, 2007 2:23 pm


I dont think some thing better collection than it!

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Frode December 18th, 2007 12:14 am


Olga isnt published yet.

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kam December 21st, 2007 9:58 pm


and where is Thesis?? ;)

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Csar Puertas January 10th, 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 Im working on the italic versions.

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Jack January 17th, 2008 4:51 pm

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.

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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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Mike Gaines January 22nd, 2008 2:57 pm

Ive been designing for awhile now (~20 years) including some (iffy) font design (you can look me up). As many have said, Im 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
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in body copy something I dont think will go away too soon. In fact, Im 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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Marta - Logotipos January 31st, 2008 2:37 pm


Very good!! tanks !!!

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anna maria lopez February 6th, 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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juxta February 7th, 2008 9:16 am


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

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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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Tom Woodgate February 17th, 2008 1:57 am

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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Levi Figueira February 29th, 2008 12:24 pm

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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Andy March 24th, 2008 12:27 pm

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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Lus Reis March 25th, 2008 6:29 am

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

leslie March 25th, 2008 9:22 am


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

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Marvin Goldstein May 19th, 2008 6:06 pm


Im 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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Samantha Green May 25th, 2008 5:05 pm


@juzta:

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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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Andy June 14th, 2008 5:36 am


My favourites ar Myriad and FF DIN!

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Font Crazy June 22nd, 2008 2:53 pm


The work is good but it is a pity that you have not included Knuths Computer Modern and Adobes New Century Schoolbook.
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fireart July 3rd, 2008 12:35 am


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

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YossiD July 16th, 2008 7:13 am

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 its important to have an uppercase I that cant 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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katfaruk August 4th, 2008 5:30 am


please full type links

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Derek August 18th, 2008 4:41 am


so fitting that helvetica is number one.

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Jasi August 28th, 2008 4:15 am


cool

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Mike Nichols August 28th, 2008 10:06 am


Excellent list.

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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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Hung Dinh September 3rd, 2008 6:28 pm

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. Lets look at the professional design of Georgia http://template15.joomlart.com/ja_pyrite/

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Symone September 8th, 2008 7:19 pm


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

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masterza September 22nd, 2008 7:28 pm


Excellent fonts thanks for the info

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TuNG December 6th, 2008 12:38 am


Thank you for the nice collection

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stron-david December 28th, 2008 7:28 am

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

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mindxstudio January 21st, 2009 8:34 pm


I like this long list of fonts

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Mark Oates March 4th, 2009 6:03 am

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

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Alex March 14th, 2009 8:53 pm

Want a link to download these fonts. whats the point of of us seeing it? We NEED them lol
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Sunset April 4th, 2009 1:01 pm


what? no Algerian?? ;)

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IgorOsa April 6th, 2009 12:22 pm


Thanks for listing! Pretty typefaces;)

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tariqdesign April 6th, 2009 1:27 pm


i feels (utopia) is missing

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Gustavo April 14th, 2009 7:42 am


Hi this selection its 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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Cody May 24th, 2009 8:25 am

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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typo May 29th, 2009 6:34 am


what a crappy list, you forgot all the Hoeflers and Emigres fonts

RK June 2nd, 2009 4:03 pm

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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mahalie July 9th, 2009 10:26 am

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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Anonymous Coward July 31st, 2009 4:10 pm


Ill 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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dylan john western August 6th, 2009 4:23 pm


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

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Carlos August 17th, 2009 12:51 pm


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

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scaffas August 24th, 2009 11:17 pm


Great list!!!

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Andy August 26th, 2009 8:54 am


Helvetica as number one what a surprise. *yawn* Helvetica is about as beautiful as a tax return.

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Alex O'Neal August 26th, 2009 9:38 am

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 thats a symptom of its power in design. As part of my personal design growth, I have crossed over from the cant 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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Chris Burbridge August 29th, 2009 10:15 am


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

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Luislopez August 30th, 2009 5:51 am


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

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No thanks September 3rd, 2009 5:59 pm


What! No COMIC SANS? hahahaha

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andrew September 12th, 2009 3:55 am


absolutly fabulous

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hm September 24th, 2009 6:44 am


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

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Xander October 9th, 2009 11:22 am


Sweet collection :) Thank you.

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Ignacio October 14th, 2009 9:29 pm


Muy bien.

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Ashish October 20th, 2009 10:17 pm


Awesome man! Really what a helping article!

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yoyostuff October 28th, 2009 1:18 am

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.
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Strony internetowe November 1st, 2009 9:28 am


Is it possible to download them all together?

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olis January 8th, 2010 3:05 am


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

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spaceface February 21st, 2010 5:22 am

Great.. but a good deal of them dont have a download link? I dont know about you but I dont plan on paying for 50 fonts separately torrents here I come <3

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Ryan March 16th, 2010 5:10 am

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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michael harrison March 27th, 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.. http://www.zazzle.com/typeface_periodic_table_mousepad144428648350802228 thanks, mike

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Berthold April 30th, 2010 1:10 am

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

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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, Id probably also know the typefaces Id want for certain situation by heart. The ordering via alphabet in that book isnt logical either, I wouldve loved them sorted by time period, or suggested use or
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even by x-height, anything but alphabetically. Oh and Display fonts are presented in paragraphs as well, which doesent 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. Its 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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Philip May 2nd, 2010 8:41 am

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

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Alex Yamaguti May 18th, 2010 3:42 pm


Great article!!!

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Rameexgfx June 10th, 2010 8:20 pm


Amazing Collection!

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tim June 22nd, 2010 1:47 pm


Matthew Carters Verdana and Walker are amazing types

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sam narippatta July 13th, 2010 2:29 am


THANKS!!! A LOT

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adlo creative August 3rd, 2010 2:23 am


Lovely!!!

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Rodger August 6th, 2010 5:19 am

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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Deko Web August 15th, 2010 1:59 pm


Really nice fonts, thank you so much..

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Kimi September 22nd, 2010 1:37 am


you forget to give source for AUTO font..

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filo September 29th, 2010 1:36 pm


very nice article thanks a lot.

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andy October 25th, 2010 7:54 pm


those fonts are best for logo and everything! :D

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