FontShop Newsletter: Best of 2012
 

It’s been a big year for all of us here at FontShop. Given our longstanding traditions of excellence in type and type education, we’re devoting this entire issue to the past year’s stand-out fonts. Our list of favorites is so long, this year’s Best-of reads like a high-school yearbook of high achievers. We now present FontShop’s Class of 2012.

 
Rollerscript
 
 
Sports
 
Golf
 
Golf

Capable of dressing up or down to fit the occasion, Nyte shows class on the putting green and drives confidently, with follow through.

Nyte by DSType

 
 
Track & Field
 
Track & Field

With power in its legs, Ciutadella’s rigid frame and intense drive pushes through the curves, leaving behind the cool-headed invitation: “Eat my dust”.

Ciutadella by Emtype

 
 
Cheerleading
 
Cheerleading

Filmotype Kitten’s a real standout. She’s vibrant, but accessible and down to earth once you get to know her, though we have it on good authority she’s washing her hair this weekend.

Filmotype Kitten by Filmotype

 
 
Marching Band
 
Marching Band

One need not strain to see the enthusiasm in Filmotype Major’s bandmates as each in its rank and file bounds across the page.

Filmotype Major by Filmotype

 
 
Swim Team
 
Swim Team

FF Scuba’s rivals wonder how he does it: “I asked one of his teammates to check in the locker room to see if he’s got gills or something”.

FF Scuba by FontFont

 
 
Cycling
 
Cycling

Banana seat, streamers, sissy bar — standard equipment for the leisurely cyclists that call Ride My Bike their team captain.

Ride My Bike by Latinotype

Filmotype Lucky

 
 
Ice Hockey
 
Ice Hockey

Quatro Sans in its huskier weights is a natural enforcer; in its lighter weights, a graceful sender of pucks to their goals.

Quatro Sans by p.s.type

 
 
Curling
 
Curling

Krul, like most people, knew nothing about curling when it first signed up for team try-outs, but look at it now!

Krul by ReType

 
 
Tennis
 
Tennis

The smooth motion, versatility, strength, and finesse Adelle Sans exhibits on the court makes her a natural.

Adelle Sans by TypeTogether

 
 
Wrestling
 
Wrestling

With his wide stance and broad build, Hoosier Daddy makes himself understood, whether that comes easy (it usually does) or requires a little English.

Hoosier Daddy by Parkinson Type Design

 
Clubs
 
Sci-Fi Club
 
Sci-Fi Club

Science fiction buffs gather under the banner of Dynatype, the upright, slightly more formal cousin of Dynascript. Live long and prosper, and may the Fonts be with you.

Dynatype by Alphabet Soup

 
 
Math League
 
Math League

The revolutionary FF Chartwell leads the Math League from one success to the next with deadly accuracy. It transforms any series of numbers into colorful, well-organized graphs.

FF Chartwell by FontFont

Madelinette

 
 
Glee Club
 
Glee Club

The two FF Tisa cousins strike the perfect pitch and play a steady beat, making beautiful music despite their differences. Slab serif and sans serif live together in perfect harmony.

FF Tisa Sans with FF Tisa by FontFont

 
 
A/V Club
 
A/V Club

FF Videtur is up late most nights syncing video, adding titles and credits to unfinished projects, and storyboarding his life after graduation.

FF Videtur by FontFont

 
 
Classics
 
Classics

The Bernini (plural) polish their refined tastes by poring over the works of Cicero, Aristotle, and the Sophists, or kicking back with some Aristophanes.

JAF Bernini Sans by Just Another Foundry

 
 
Machine Shop
 
Machine Shop

Unafraid of getting a little greasy, the mechanically gifted Fakt Slab always tunes his own engine and changes his own oil, plugs and tires.

Fakt Slab by OurType

 
 
Drama Club
 
Drama Club

Dulcinea finds her true self expression under the warm glow of the stage lights. Her fluid movement, thoughtfully delivered lines, and young voice exhilarate.

Dulcinea by ReType

Permanent Marker

 
 
Chess Club
 
Chess Club

Telefon keeps his modernist sensibilities in check, ever minding the practical considerations of execution and the ticking of the game clock.

Telefon by Monokrom

 
 
Poetry Club
 
Poetry Club

“Ah, Love! could you and I with Him conspire To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire, Would not we shatter it to bits —” (pause for effect).

Hipster Script by Sudtipos

 
 
Journalism
 
Journalism

No need to switch on the computer when Rollerscript is at hand. The casual handwritten script is more efficient and accurate at reporting the news than any digital device.

Rollerscript by G-Type

 
 
Debate Team
 
Debate Team

Although it has 42 members — six gradations of condensation and seven weights in each width — the straightforward grotesque Tablet Gothic manages to build an argument in a disciplined and orderly fashion.

Tablet Gothic by TypeTogether

 
Awards
 
Sculpture
 
Sculpture

These three related script-like faces share one underlying structure, but each expresses its unique personality — from hard and angular to brush-like and handwritten.

Asperity/Asphalt/Aspic by Alias

 
 
Drafting
 
Drafting

Vtg Stencil No. 4 breaks out the stencils to carefully construct serif character shapes. Very creative with the amount of paint filling in the letters.

Vtg Stencil No. 4 by Astype

 
 
Cartography
 
Cartography

With its wide grotesque letters Trio Grotesk always finds its way to even the most remote locations on the globe and beyond. It’s like a living GPS.

Trio Grotesk by Bold Monday

 
 
Woodshop
 
Woodshop

All the letter parts in the monospaced sans User Stencil were skillfully cut out and reassembled to form sturdy, structurally sound character shapes.

User Stencil by DSType

 
 
Prom King & Queen
 
Prom King & Queen

The charming casual sans/script Romeo is the perfect love-match for slender Julieta. Together they form a condensed couple full of swashy love.

Romeo & Julieta by Latinotype

Glitter Girl

 
 
Citizenship
 
Citizenship

Named in honor of Edward Johnston, the geometric sans serif works admirably in posters and leaflets encouraging collaboration and community spirit.

Edward by OurType

 
 
Class Clown
 
Class Clown

The overdose on alternates and swashes that pop up in the sign painters’ script Storefront always has the class in stitches.

Storefront by Sudtipos

Kranky

 
 
Home Economics
 
Home Economics

Written with a steel-nibbed pen, this traditional script inspired by the Palmer Method looks lovely on hand-sewn garments and in interior decoration.

Madelinette by Tart Workshop

 
 
Class Flirt
 
Class Flirt

With its attractive rounded serifs, Henriette is a curvaceous beauty in regular, slim and extra slim shapes that is sure to turn some heads.

Henriette by Typejockeys

 
 
 
 
Favorite Teachers
 
 
 
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Fonts used

Masthead ribbon fonts: Edward by OurType and VLNL Neue Sardines by VetteLetters
Section title font: Edward Extra Black by OurType

 
 
 
 
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