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Best typefaces of 2018



[The best typefaces of 2018, selected by Luc. The caricature above is by Ralph Steadman.]








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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).
  • Reiher Headline (Ramiro Espinoza).
  • Engria (Dave Rowland).
Sans typefaces:
  • Brandon Grotesque Condensed (Hannes Von Doehren). The condensed version of his successful original from 2010.
  • Ekster (Ilya Naumoff). A geometric sans.
  • Fact (Alexandra Korolkova and Manvel Shmavonyan at Paratype). A serious extension of Frutiger in several directions.
  • FS Koopman (Andy Lethbridge and Stuart de Rosario).
  • Wozniak (Rodrigo Lopez Fuentes, Untype).
  • Fieldwork (TipoType). In the geohumanist or homogeometric genre.
  • Arzachel (Richard Olocco, CAST). A humanist sans.
  • Acme Gothic (Mark Simonson).
  • Cera Condensed + Compact Pro (Jakob Runge).
  • Symphonie Grotesque (Frode Helland at Indian Type Foundry).
  • 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:
  • FS Ostro (Fontsmith).
  • Walbaum (Monotype's Carl Crossgrove, Charles Nix, Juan Villanueva and Lynne Yun). A reimagined superfamily with 69 total fonts, in five optical sizes.
  • Mort Modern (Riley Cran). A fantastic 56-style didone typeface family inspired by the lettering of Mortimer Leach.
Fashion mag typefaces:
  • Ivy Mode (Jan Maack).
  • Schnyder (2013-2018, Berton Hasebe and Christian Schwartz at Commercial Type).
  • Made Bruno (Maxim Schepin). A fat decorative didone.
  • Musetta (Atipo).
Revivals:
  • LD Renommée (Holger Königsdorfer, Lazydogs Type Foundry). After Jan van Krimpen's successful Romanée.
  • Jamaica Script (Alex Ivanov, Vates Design). A Spencerian script reviving an alphabet of American penman Louis Madarasz.
  • 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). See also Intervogue Soft.
Stencil typefaces:
Variable fonts:
  • UT Morph (Oscar Cobo and Wete). Based on Wim Crouwel's Nagasaki poster.
  • Foreday (Pedro Leal).
Multilingual typefaces:
  • Seol Sans (Minjoo Ham and the Monotype Design Team).
  • Lafeef (Mostafa El Abasiry).
  • DNP Shueitai (Dai Nippon Printing Co).
  • Vocal (Ani Petrova). I could also have placed it in the sans list. Pure joy, especially in the heavier weights.
Wonderful, adorable, refreshing typefaces:
  • Mercurio SVG (Yai Salinas). A different kind of SVG font that marries mathematical cool with artistic flair.
  • Bilbao (Mateusz Machalski).
  • Guzi Warp (Ultra Kühl).
  • 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:
  • Brygada 1918 (Mateusz Machalski, Borys Kosmynka, and Przemek Hoffer). The Polish presidential font. A good font for a bad president.
  • Grenze (Renata Polastri, Omnibus Type).
  • Parranda (Ale Navarro).
Sans typefaces:
Rounded sans typefaces:
Type systems:
  • Reforma (Alejandro Lo Celso). A free custom design for the University of Cordoba.
  • Firago (by bBox Type, Ralph du Carrois' and Anja Meiners' team). An outgrowth of Fira Sans, it covers many more languages.
Art deco typefaces:
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:
  • Radcliffe (Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli). A multi-style revival of Clarendon.
Programmed fonts:
  • Dana (Ana Estrada Martos).
Wood type revivals:
  • Borough Grotesk Pro (Lewis McGuffie). An all caps shaded sans typeface that could vaguely be classified under wood type revivals. A Pro version of a 2017 font by McGuffie
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:
  • Auca (Rafael Ferran i Peralta).
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