As designers we are always looking for new fonts, we are obsessed we typefaces and letters. Being a graphic designer in 2021 means that you already have 50 favourite typefaces and foundries and you know them inside out.
From super clean and geometric san serifs, elegant serifs to illegible display – heavily inktrapped styled fonts, typography is and always was the trend. Here are some fonts that we are using in our studio that helped us take projects a step further and get inspired. Adobe Fonts upped the game and heard the need for well designed typography. Here are 7 of them that are a good combination and will definitely elevate your designs and offer solutions.
Font 01 – BC Novatica
Novatica was created based on a commission from the Czech commercial television station Nova in 2007. Marek Pistora worked with Tomáš Brousil to create an alternative to a readable, simply designed sans. They naturally called the typeface Novatica. In 2014 TV Nova decided to abandon Novatica for good, and in so doing it released the exclusive licence it had been using. Novatica thus became a new typeface offered by Briefcase Type Foundry.
The typeface bears a slight hint of 1970s typography. It cleverly combines this essence with the almost timeless appearance of today’s popular grotesques, but still has a balanced character when compared to the popular Helvetica, for example. Novatica features a clearly readable design and pleasant width proportions.
One of its interesting assets are its embedded ink traps, primarily used to connect arches to stems. They are nearly invisible at normal sizes, but they brighten the skeleton quite nicely. In contrast, at larger sizes the ink traps become an interesting element. The missing projecting stem next to the shoulders in “n” and “m” is a typical feature. Given the character of the typeface, the single-story “a” is also pleasantly uncommon.
The family has a total of five weights, including strongly slanted italics. Novatica is a typeface with a seemingly simple typeface structure and broad range of possible applications.
Font 02 – Freight Big Pro
Big headlines, big mastheads, big cover art.Big, big, big – Big is best when big. The exquisiteness of Freight Big Pro’s hairline strokes and elegantly pointed serifs provide a striking contrast to its surroundings. Very useful when you really wanna knock someone’s socks off but with the touch of a feather so they’ll know something happened but not how it happened. Freight Big Pro, sublimely subliminal. Go ahead, slip one on (or under) your covers – we won’t tell.
Font 03 – Halogen
Geometric expanded sans serif. When you are looking for a display font for a design (poster or post – animated or static) Halogen will do the job. Contemporary and stylish it offers a great solution and performs great on paper and digital. Halogen offers well designed Caps, numerals, lowercase and interesting glyphs. A modern typeface offered today must provide more than just the basics and this one does.
Font 04 – Degular
From the foundry that brought you, “Hobeaux” (2015), “Ohno™ Blazeface” (2019), and “Cheee” (2020), comes something with (significantly) less allure. While most of the fonts around here scream in desperate need of your peepers’ gaze, Degular aims to fade into the background like the finest Japanese-made white noise machine as you drift off to dreamland. Degular also provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use an Ohno font more than once! 7 weights, 3 optical sizes, in roman and italic.
Font 05 – Eds Market Regular Slant
It’s like hiring your own professional sign painter with a solid repertoire of styles; each one is distinctive, yet clearly by the same hand. No variants were created on the computer – each weight and version was individually hand-lettered. Ed’s Market lets you evoke the warm, inviting vibe of classic 20th-century grocery posters and showcard lettering right from your type menu. Smart programming ensures that digital perfection doesn’t trump human charm: each display face features three variations of each letter, to ensure a natural hand-painted look when characters repeat.
Ed’s Market includes three script styles, each with more than 100 alternate characters and swash forms. Seven display faces feature three variations of each letter, to ensure a natural hand-painted look when characters repeat. Design Elements offer expandable arrows, rules and ribbons; along with badges, swashes, scribbles, clouds and snipes.
Font 06 – Jubilat
Geometric expanded sans serif. When you are looking for a display font for a design (poster or post – animated or static) Halogen will do the job. Contemporary and stylish it offers a great solution and performs great on paper and digital. Halogen offers well designed Caps, numerals, lowercase and interesting glyphs. A modern typeface offered today must provide more than just the basics and this one does
Font 07 – Halyard Display
Halyard’s personality is at once familiar and pleasingly distinctive. Halyard’s familiarity results from cherry-picked elements of classic designs of the 19th and early 20th centuries by Schelter+Giesecke, Miller and Richard, and Morris Fuller Benton. Distinctiveness is achieved by bringing an almost impetuous vigor to Halyard’s shapes and through a willingness to adapt surprising historical forms into genuinely useful ones, which is so characteristic of Darden Studio designs. Halyard radically extends the typographic utility of the now hyper ubiquitous category: the Grotesque Sans. Each of Halyard’s subfamilies were purpose built to perform optimally at its intended optical size. While starkly different in appearance, when seen together, the Halyard superfamily maintains a consistent personality at their intended size creating the impression of a single type design. The Halyard superfamily is beautifully robust and lively, ready to work at any size.