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Best typefaces of 2018

[The best typefaces of 2018, selected by Luc.]








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The best commercial typefaces of 2018: Luc's selection

This is my own selection of the best commercial typefaces published in 2018, grouped by category. The list will grow until December 31, 2018.
Text typefaces:
  • Tara (Tania Alvarez).
  • Cardinal (Jean-Baptiste Levée, Quentin Schmerber and Yoann Minet, Production Type).
  • Engria (Dave Rowland).
Sans typefaces:
  • Gilam (Ivan Petrov, Plamen Motev and Svetoslav Simov).
  • Basier (Atipo).
  • Clother (Julie Soudanne, Ilya Naumoff and Jérémie Hornus at Black Foundry).
  • Upgrade (Petr van Blokland).
  • Mont (Mirela Belova and Svetoslav Simov).
  • Silta (Johannes Neumeier, Underscore).
Rounded sans typefaces:
Type systems:
Art deco typefaces:
Hipster typefaces:
Script typefaces:
Calligraphic typefaces:
Brush typefaces:
Sketched, Layered or Poster typefaces:
Blackletter typefaces:
Dingbats and ornaments:
Programming fonts:
Garalde typefaces:
Display typefaces:
Slab serif typefaces:
Copperplate:
  • Speakeasy (Alejandro Paul). A type system built around a swashy copperplate calligraphic font, that includes sans, gothic, flare and modern styles.
Wood type revivals:
Letterpress emulation:
Didone typefaces:
  • Mort Modern (Riley Cran). A fantastic 56-style didone typeface family inspired by the lettering of Mortimer Leach.
Fashion mag typefaces:
  • Schnyder (2013-2018, Berton Hasebe and Christian Schwartz at Commercial Type).
  • Made Bruno (Maxim Schepin). A fat decoartive didone.
  • Musetta (Atipo).
Revivals:
  • Gooper (Kyle Wayne Benson). After Cooper Black.
  • Neue Plak (Linda Hintz and Toshi Omagari). A revival of Paul Renner's Plak (1928).
  • Cunaeus (George Tulloch). A text typeface based on a roman by Ameet Tavernier (1551) and an italic by Robert Granjon (1565).
  • Tory (Steve Matteson). A revival of Frederic Goudy's blackletter typeface Tory Text (1935).
  • Intervogue (Richard Miller). Revival of Vogue (1929, Stephenson Blake).
Stencil typefaces:
  • Issue (Pedro Lobo).
  • Helios Antique and Helios Stencil (Felipe Sanzana and Salvador Rodriguez). This large old-and-modern sans family strikes the right balance. The 36 stencil styles are quiet and wonderfully subdued.
  • Pressio Stencil (Max Phillips).
  • Anaphora Stencil (Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli). Part of the larger bullet-proof typeface family Anaphora.
Variable fonts:
  • UT Morph (Oscar Cobo and Wete). Based on Wim Crouwel's Nagasaki poster.
  • Foreday (Pedro Leal).
Multilingual typefaces:
  • Vocal (Ani Petrova). I could also have placed it in the sans list. Pure joy, especially in the heavier weights.
Wonderful, adorable, refreshing typefaces:
  • Maquina (Leandro Castelao and Alejandro Paul). A Memphis-style color font.
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The best free typefaces of 2018: Luc's selection

This is my own selection of the best free typefaces published in 2018, grouped by category. The list will grow until December 31, 2018.
Text typefaces:
Sans typefaces:
Rounded sans typefaces:
Type systems:
  • Firago (by bBox Type, Ralph du Carrois' and Anja Meiners' team). An outgrowth of Fira Sans, it covers many more languages.
Art deco typefaces:
  • Judo (Carlos Adalid).
Hipster typefaces:
Script typefaces:
Calligraphic typefaces:
Brush typefaces:
Sketched, Layered or Poster typefaces:
Blackletter typefaces:
Dingbats and ornaments:
  • GL Snow Bentley (Gutenberg Labo). After photographs of snow crystals by Wilson A. Bentley (1962).
Programming fonts:
Garalde typefaces:
Display typefaces:
Variable fonts:
Slab serif typefaces:
Copperplate:
Wood type revivals:
Letterpress emulation:
Didone typefaces:
Fashion mag typefaces:
Revivals:
  • GL Morris (Gutenberg Labo). After William Morris's Troy Type (1891-1892).
Stencil typefaces:
Multilingual typefaces:
  • Ilisarniq (Etienne Aubert-Bonn, Coppers and Brasses). For Inuktitut syllabics.
Wonderful, adorable, refreshing typefaces:
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