FontShop Newsletter: December 21, 2011
 
 
 

FontShop's Best Typefaces of 2011

Another year has whizzed by! While last year saw the real breakthrough for webfonts, this year we witnessed the introduction of mobile fonts and the promise of more diversity and typographic refinement in mobile apps. Yet the news in type was not dominated only by technology. Our beloved type designers cooked up delicious new digital faces for FontShop’s menu of typographic treats.

To celebrate the end of another exciting year in type, our type experts put their heads together to compile our annual “Best Of” list, highlighting the typefaces that surprised, impressed, and delighted us. (And if the “Best Of“ list whets your appetite for fonts, check our Newsletter Archive for more morsels. All this year’s new typefaces are in there.)

 
 
Warmest Sans
 
 
Sweet Sans
 

Drawn from engravers’ masterplates, Sweet Sans follows the curves like the many hands that have before, keeping the message formal and human.

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Most Bodacious Script
 
 
Fiance
 

South American foundry Sudtipos kept a steady stream of work coming to us in 2011. Fiance, a cuddly, full-figured script, is one of the best.

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Exceptional Elasticity
 
 
Design System
 

Spaceship UI designers rejoice! In 9 weights and 5 widths, Design System goes as wide as your holographic flight deck controls can handle.

More about Design System »

 
Best All Caps Face
 
 
Gordon Black
 

Gordon Black knows exactly what he’s about to say. And then he says it — in a nice, strong voice no one strains to hear.

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Best Imitation of a Historical Hand
 
 
Douglass Pen
 

Brian Willson of Three Islands Press captures a dimension of Frederick Douglass’s character in Douglass Pen, his take on the 19th-century abolitionist’s legendarily superb penmanship.

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Best Revisionist History
 
 
Walbaum Grotesk
 

Justus Erich Walbaum never said to himself “Maybe I should do a companion sans.” But if he had, Walbaum Grotesk would be it.

More about Walbaum Grotesk »

 
Freshest 17th Century Face
 
 
FF Spinoza
 

Art director and toy designer Max Phillips impressed us with FF Spinoza, a sincere text face made for body copy, versatile enough to perform in the occasional display setting as well.

 
Menage A Trois
 
 
Supria Sans
 

With Supria Sans, pair your Roman with one of two inclined forms: the bouncy italic or restrained oblique. Or, better yet, both!

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Triline of the Year
 
 
Crescendo
 

Crescendo is triple the fun! Create scintillating type settings and Moorish-inspired word mirages with this mind-boggling triline beauty.

 
Modern Romance
 
 
Abril
 

Abril boldly crosses classifications. The titling weights are a contemporary take on classic Didone styles, while the text weights were inspired by 19th-century slab serifs and Scotch Roman types.

More about Abril »

 
Hunkiest Quarterback
 
 
Filmotype Gem
 

If you are looking for a compact display sans with some funk in its strut and some glide in its stride, Filmotype Gem is the one you need.

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Softest Tech Sans
 
 
Rubrik
 

In a world heavily influenced by electronic communication, Rubrik’s disarming texture makes it perfect for a new generation’s version of old-fashioned correspondence.

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pH Balanced for a Woman
 
 
FF Ernestine
 

Warm yet serious, feminine yet firm, charming yet sturdy, FF Ernestine has good looks and a nice personality. Generous characters, strong slab serifs and playful ball terminals make it one of the friendliest fonts around.

More about FF Ernestine »

 
Versatile Helvetica/Futura Alternative
 
 
Fakt
 

Fakt walks the line between the Geometric and Realist Sans. Its extensive set of alternates allows typographers to strike any balance between the two.

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Most Pleasant Change of Temperament
 
 
FF Mister K Informal
 

Although the original never really was formal, FF Mister K Informal, the most friendly-looking K family member, will charm you with its personable, relaxed, yet reliable air.

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Most Radical Stress Inversion
 
 
Satura
 

While the reversed contrast in Satura and Satura Parts surprises and enthralls, the more conventional Satura Core and Satura Text are surprisingly versatile.

 
Adventures in (mono)space
 
 
Alix FB
 

Inspired by IBM’s Prestige and sprung from a vintage Selectric typewriter, Alix FB is a monospaced font that preserves the liveliness and comfortable readability of a proportional design.

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Biggest Comeback
 
 
FF Quadraat
 

Almost two decades after its initial release, FF Quadraat has been completely overhauled. Carefully redesigned and fine-tuned, with added weights and an expanded character set, it reclaims its position as one of FontFont’s key type families.

More about FF Quadraat »

 
Best New Webfont
 
 
FF Sero Web
 

It took seven years of development for the classic letter forms of FF Sero Web to mature into a balanced, dignified typeface. It barely takes seven seconds to reveal this is a wonderfully readable and versatile webfont.

More about FF Sero Web »

 
Handpicked for Handheld
 
 
FF Good Mobile
 

FF Good Mobile’s sturdy upright forms, in straight-sided Grotesque/Gothic tradition, are so eminently legible it’s our go-to choice for mobile apps.

More about FF Good Mobile »

 
 
 
 
People's Choice: Best of 2011
 

People’s Choice: Best of 2011

When we put an ear out for People’s Choice nominees, you gave us outstanding recommendations. Thanks for that! Here are some of the great ones you selected.

 
  Acta

Acta

  Fakt

Fakt

  Bookeyed Jack

Bookeyed Jack

 
 
  Progreso

Progreso

  Sympathique

Sympathique

  Engel New Sans

Engel New Sans

 
 
  Rhythm

Rhythm

  Alda

Alda

  Neplus Ultra

Neplus Ultra

 
 
  FF Tundra

FF Tundra

  Filmotype Quartz

Filmotype Quartz

  MVB Embarcadero

MVB Embarcadero

 
 
  Sweet Titling No. 11

Sweet Titling No. 11

  Novel Sans

Novel Sans

  Sensaway STD

Sensaway STD

 
 
 
 
 
Coming up next: January 18 Newsletter
 

Coming up next

FontShop wishes you and yours a happy holiday season and new year! We’ll be back in your inboxes on January 18 to start 2012 off right.

 
 
 
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