Handpicked Typefaces

 

Extra Light, Ultra Thin Fonts: Hairline Type Lends Elegance to the Page

FF Meta Light with PMN Caecilia in Real Simple magazine. Just as there is often a need for extra heavy type, the delicate stuff on the light end of the spectrum has its place as well. Here, we gather the typefaces in FontShop’s catalog with the thinnest of weights. See the Fine Lines newsletter for [...]

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Extra Bold, Ultra Black Fonts: Hit Hard with Heavy Duty Type

In an effort to get noticed, a lot of folks turn to the most obvious item in their font menu: Impact™. In concept, it plays the role well. It is heavy and condensed, yet still legible, with short descenders that enable the user to stack headlines big and tight. The problem: overuse. No matter how [...]

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Contemporary Handwriting Fonts

The FontShop shelves are stocked with thousands of delightful script typefaces, but it can be difficult to find those that convincingly simulate handwriting without sacrificing legibility. We culled from our collection the best handwriting typefaces in various writing styles — from print to cursive, simple to swashy. Read more about our selected favorites in this [...]

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Helvetica and Alternatives to Helvetica

Helvetica is a classic. Helvetica is played out. Each of these statements is true to an extent. The world’s most recognizable typeface will soon star in a new film that documents both its omnipresence and its timelessness. There are many reasons why Helvetica is so widespread. The most obvious being that a few weights have [...]

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Akira Kobayashi on FF Clifford

To coincide with our newsletter featuring the work of Akira Kobayashi, we publish his essay on the making of FF Clifford™. It is a wonderfully personal story about the struggles and discoveries of a five-year journey in type design. This text and its illustrations are published in the book “Made with FontFont”, which is filled [...]

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The Fonts of Xavier Dupré

Our Designer Spotlight Series continues with another up-and-comer. Like Christian Schwartz, the award-winning Xavier Dupré has created successful typefaces for multiple foundries at a surprisingly young age.

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The Fonts of Christian Schwartz

Our first newsletter in a new series of Designer Spotlights features the extraordinary work of type designer Christian Schwartz. Newsletter subscribers received it in their email box last week. Jealous? Don’t be. Just drop us a line to get on the list.

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Pillowy Soft Script Fonts

We end our three-part newsletter series on packaging design with a look at the scripts so commonly seen at the supermarket and drugstore. This edition features a list of fonts that effectively emulate the hand drawn lettering that appears on dryer sheets, paper towels, and hand soap. If they somehow slipped into your junk box [...]

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