FontShop's Best-Selling Typefaces of 2010
FontShop's best-selling and most-blogged-about faces span the gamut from traditional to groundbreaking, sober to spirited, and each one deserves a spot in the discerning typographer’s palette.
Panno Text from Bold Monday
Panno Text is a reworking of the previously released Panno Sign. Glyphs and spacing have been fine-tuned, and several weights added, with the goal of adapting the typeface to text settings and sizes.
Alternate glyphs and other OpenType features are included. Central European languages are supported.
FF DIN Round from FontFont
This welcome addition to FontFont’s most popular family brings a softness to FF DIN’s industrial sterility. FF DIN Round is more than a “search-and-replace” rounded version of its predecessor. Albert-Jan Pool and his team redrew each letterform to maintain the structure of the original. This ensures FF DIN and FF DIN Round will work well together in logos, slogans, price tags, etc. as compatible parts of advertising campaigns and corporate identities. FF DIN Round is not only a good companion to FF DIN, its smooth and friendly curves make it work on its own for branding strategies for family cars, bikes, household appliances, sportswear, shoes, or medical products. It’s also very legible on screen and available in Web format.
FF DIN Web & FF DIN Web Condensed from FontFont
We know a lot of you have been waiting for this one. With its straight sides and open forms, FF DIN was made for the pixel-grid restrictions of the screen. This web-optimized version looks great and reads well whether it’s used for a headline or text. Albert-Jan Pool’s interpretation of the old German road sign typeface is truly poised to take its next historical step: onto the web.
Sense and Sensibility from ShinnType
A super family of two contrasting styles of roman with italic, Sense and Sensibility have matching stem widths, vertical metrics, and horizontal scale. Sense is the new modernist sans serif with a “big” look and lots of weights, and Sensibility its humanist counterpart. Compact, elegant, and strong, Sense commands any kind of page, while Sensibility enlivens it--from the largest headline to the smallest text.
Vinkel from Typolar
Composed, clean and slightly angular, as its name says--warm and round in the right places too. The sans serif type family Vinkel is a handsome hybrid with an excellent balance of neo-grotesque and humanist DNA. Vinkel comes in eight weights from Thin to Extra Black, all with italics, small caps, several sets of numerals, arrows, alternate characters, and more.
Brevia from HVD Fonts
Though it’s soft with brush-made details, Brevia’s structure is straight, making it work for longer texts. Its very large x-height also allows it to perform nicely in very small sizes. The design is ideal for cosmetics, service, food, and advertising environments - anywhere a pleasant feeling should be conveyed. Equipped for professional use, the large family includes an extended character set to support Central and Eastern European as well as Western European languages, small caps, a full figure set, and a set of arrows.
Aktiv Grotesk from Dalton Maag
Helvetica may be the world’s most popular typeface but one man is having none of it. Type designer Bruno Maag of Dalton Maag views the ubiquitous modernist typeface’s popularity with a mixture of bemusement and irritation. So he has decided to do something about it. With the Dalton Maag team he has created Aktiv Grotesk, a typeface designed to provide an alternative (and, he hopes, improvement) to Helvetica.
FF Amman from FontFont
FF Amman is one of the largest bilingual families ever made, one of the few designed bilingually from scratch and the first containing true Arabic italics. The project began as Yanone’s graduation project at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. In late 2008, Yanone set out to Amman, the capital of Jordan, to re-brand the municipality in preparation of its centennial celebrations. The typeface with several typographic novelties has been used widely for all kinds of municipal services in Amman. The family consists of seven sans and four serif weights, each with their true italics and both Latin and Arabic character sets.
Parry (Updated) from OurType
Both the serifed Parry and its sans counterpart Parry Grotesque have been updated to include four new weights: Ultra Thin, Thin, Light, and Extra Black. This update also includes fine-tuned glyphs and spacing, as well as Pro character sets for every weight.
Museo from exljbris
This highly original design began with the letter ‘U’, a single stroke with ends bent to form slab-like terminals. From that design Buivenga developed a lowercase, then additional weights, and eventually a matching Sans family and a more conventional Slab family. All three variations are clean, legible faces and excellent alternatives to overused typefaces from the entire spectrum of sans and slab serif classifications.
Tanger Serif from Typolar
From its nearly monolinear Ultra Light to the curvaceous Heavy, Tanger Serif represents a broad mix of unusual style and design decisions that somehow come together as a single, versatile family. And this family is a large one: three widths, each with seven weights. A full range of small caps and figures are included. Extended Latin support too.
FF Suhmo from FontFont
Inspired by classic typewriter fonts such as Courier and American Typewriter, Suhmo shares their ability to work well in both headlines and text. But this face is decidedly contemporary, with a subtle playfulness in its loops and swashes and a slight stroke contrast. The forms are derived from the handwriting process and often cross the baseline or the x-height. Suhmo’s extensive character set includes numerous special characters and ligatures, several figure sets and small caps throughout all 8 styles.
Magneta from TypeTrust
Magneta is a crisp, contemporary new serif face by Neil Summerour designed for editorial, headlines, or where more visually complex systems are needed. The Normal and Condensed widths are available in six different weights with matching italics, small caps, oldstyle figures, swashes, stylistic and discretionary ligatures. Majuscule ligatures in the roman styles and a set of decorative ornaments--including geometric, floral, curvilinear patterns and much more--add some spice to the family.
Skolar from TypeTogether
David Březina designed Skolar with scholarly and multilingual publications in mind. The typeface maintains its credibility while incorporating a subtle personal style, neither neutral nor conspicuous. Prominent serifs and low-contrast modulation add to its robustness, and, together with a relatively large x-height, improves the typeface’s readability in small sizes. This six-weight family and large character set is flexible enough for complex text settings and editorial work.
Tabac from Tomáš Brousil
Tomáš Brousil’s Tabac is a versatile type system for books, magazines, and newspapers. An Old Style type with vertical stress, open letter forms, distinct wedge-shaped serifs, a slightly reduced cap height, and a large x-height provides the basis for this expansive suite of typefaces. The four grades address every possible application, from the crisp, high contrast of Grade 1 for display setting, to the sturdy shapes of Grade 4 for small text and printing in less than ideal conditions. The fully-featured OpenType fonts include small caps, nine sets of numerals, and numerous symbols specifically aimed at the newspaper and magazine market, like arrows, stars, playing card and chess dingbats, weather icons, and so on.
Fayon from OurType
A fresh take on the Didot style, OurType Fayon is a contemporary, high performance family for text. Designed by Peter Mohr.
Available in 7 weights with accompanying italics. Central European language support included in Pro versions. See the various OpenType features available in Fayon OT and Fayon Pro.
Harfang from PsyOps Type Foundry
André Simard’s angular serif face is easy to read in long texts, advertising copy, annual reports and the like; but one that also provides a crisp and stylish appeal in more prominent display settings. The “Harfang” is a Snowy Owl, the official bird of Simard’s native Québec.
Lavigne Text & Lavigne Display from ReType
The well-received Lavigne Display now has a companion optimized for ease of reading at small sizes. Lavigne Text is as striking as more ornamental faces like Cochin and DeVinne, but with a structure designed for long reading. It features generous x-height, short ascenders and descenders, open counters and simplified details that improve its reproduction at small sizes.
Balduina from Circulo de Tipografos
Capture the beauty and elegance of the hand lettered book covers of the past century with the Balduina font series. Each of the seven type designs rescues a model of calligraphy or lettering obtained from book covers designed by Boudewijn (or Balduino, as he was affectionately known in Mexico). Many alternate glyphs, and uppercase and lowercase ligatures enhance the hand lettered feel of the distinctive alphabets. The Círculo de Tipógrafos were able to incorporate the opinion of Ietswaart in the design process. However the level of personal interpretation was very high, since each cover contains only a limited number of characters. Now those beautiful letters, originally drawn by Boudewijn Ietswaart, have been converted into a series of digital fonts to be used in diverse contexts.
Ambicase Modern from Teeline Fonts
Ambicase Modern takes the next step in unicase font design, offering not “either/or”, but rather “both/and”. Each letter in Ambicase Modern is a combination of its traditional upper and lowercase forms, in a modern (didone) style. In modern OpenType-aware applications, Ambicase Modern can be set in swash mode, which features sophisticated decorative flourishes.
Geotica from exljbris
Another new type design built to be adaptable and versatile is Geotica. It represents a unique amalgamation of geometrical line elements and playful, elegant Didone sensibilities.
Geotica comes in four grades, each with four styles. Swashes, ligatures, alternates and ornaments abound. Each font includes support for Central European languages. All told, each font contains over 600 glyphs.
Margarita from PampaType
With several accomplished text families under his PampaType banner, Alejandro Lo Celso is a serious type designer. But he also knows how to have fun. His latest release takes the Didone style to a delightful extreme. A tribute to Bodoni’s widow, Margarita is a beautiful set of four fonts in solid and highlight (Luce) versions. Scores of ligatures allow the balls and hairlines to merge seamlessly for dynamic headlines. Setting Margarita small is not recommended--not that you’d want to: these letters beg to fill the page.
Dear Sarah from Betatype
Carefully considered letters written longhand, sealed in an envelope, and sent across continents were once the only connection for distant friends and lovers. Dear Sarah is a handwritten typeface that evokes the emotion of those messages. Handwritten typefaces often work for two or three words, but as soon you look at them in a paragraph, their unnatural textures make them feel contrived. Using alternates, ligatures and a complex system for randomization and natural connected characters, Dear Sarah is a natural looking script that works well in running text.
Suomi Hand Script from Suomi Type Foundry
Finland’s Tomi Haaparanta joins FontShop with a remarkable font that simulates everyday handwriting better than any we’ve seen. It accomplishes the feat not with hi-tech OpenType magic but with hundreds of ligatures, connecting pairs and trios of letters the way most of us do when we write. Suomi Hand Script strikes a balance between legibility and authenticity, readable at nearly any size because it demonstrates the natural rhythm and contrast made by the human hand.
Affair from Sudtipos
Earlier this year, we brought you Alejandro Paul’s 1044-glyph Ministry Script. The swashbuckling Argentinian followed that crowd-pleaser with another superfont full of ligatures and alternates. The basis of Affair is an elegant, readable calligraphic italic. Dress it up with decorative swashes, and it becomes irresistibly ornate.