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Best typefaces of 2019



[The best typefaces of 2019, selected by Luc. The illustration above is by Serbian graph designer and cartoonist Vladan Nikolic. Entitled Freedom of Speech, it serves as a warning in 2019.]








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The best commercial typefaces of 2019: Luc's selection

This is my own selection of the best commercial typefaces published in 2019, grouped by category. The list will grow until December 31, 2019.
Text typefaces:
  • Recita (Dino dos Santos).
  • Radal (Sergio Leiva Whittle).
Sans typefaces:
  • Niko (Ludwig Uebele).
  • Marsden (Jason Vandenberg).
  • Mazzard (Oleh Lishchuk, Pepper Type). A geometric grotesque in three x-heights and 54 styles. Mazzard L, the small x-height subfamily, is especially striking. See also Mazzard Soft.
  • Marlin Geo (Michael Hagemann). A 63-style geometric take on Helvetica, enhanced by many opentype features, and a direct competitor of Helvetica Now.
  • Corsa Grotesk (Alexander Nedelev). Inspired by Avenir.
  • Klein (Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli).
  • Sigmund (Mateusz Machalski). Very loosely based on the 1975 Polish traffic sign font Drogowskaz by Marek Sigmund.
  • Graphit (2019). By Livius Dietzel and Tom Hossfeld at Lit Design Studio, a Bauhaus geometric.
  • Noah (2019). By Svet Simov, Radomir Tinkov and Stan Partalev.
  • Sole Sans. An extensive newspaper sans by Luciano Perondi and Riccardo Olocco, published by CAST.
Rounded sans typefaces:
  • Hatchway (Romulo Gobira). Monospaced, with delightful interlocking glyphs.
Type systems:
  • Monterchi (Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini at Zetafonts).
Art deco typefaces:
Hipster typefaces:
    Script typefaces:
    Calligraphic typefaces:
    Brush typefaces:
      Sketched, Layered or Poster typefaces:
      • Rono (Jan-Christian Bruun).
      Blackletter typefaces:
      Dingbats and ornaments:
        Programming fonts:
        Garalde typefaces:
        • JJannon (François Rappo, Optimo).
        Display typefaces:
        Slab serif typefaces:
        • Galeria (Bruno Jara for Latinotype).
        • Breton (Daniel Hernandez and Rodrigo Fuenzalida).
        Copperplate:
        Wood type revivals:
        • Catalpa (JoséScaglione, Veronika Burian, Azza Alameddine). This hairline-to-ultra black typeface family has its roots in wood type, and blossoms as headline type.
        • F37 Judge (Rick Banks).
        • Podium Sharp (Mateusz Machalski). Not exactly a revival, but a monstrous 234-style family with genetic origins in several old Polish wood types.
        Letterpress emulation:
        • Wood Heinz No. 4 (Andreas Seidel). With four rotating alternates for each glyph.
        Didone typefaces:
        • ATC Anais (Christian Dexter for Avondale Type Co). Anorganic and orgasmic pleasures with nyctophobic fat didones.
        • Couturier Poster (Diego Maldonado).
        Fashion mag typefaces:
        • Voir (Pompe Hedengren and Göran Söderström). A hairline deco.
        • Magnat (Rene Bieder).
        • Mint Soda (Patrick Seymour).
        • Ao Dai (Manh Nguyen).
        Revivals:
        • Schneidler Latein (Lena Schmidt). After F.H. Ernst Schneidler's Schneidler Latein (1916-1921).
        • ATF Franklin Gothic (Mark van Bronkhorst, Igino Marini, Ben Kiel). Based on Morris Fuller Benton's Franklin Gothic (1905), with lighter styles inspired by Benton's Monotone Gothic.
        • Pagnol (Jean-Renaud Cuaz). After A.M. Cassandre's famous Peignot from 1937.
        • Radar (Marta Sanchez Marco at Type-o-Tones). A revival of the 1930s font Grotesca Radio (Carl Winkow).
        • Hellen (Genilson Lima Santos). A revival of Koch Antiqua (1922).
        • Orplid Pro (Ralph M. Unger). A revival and layerable extension of Hans Bohn's Bauhaus typeface Orplid (1929).
        • Bremer Presse (Dorothée Schraudner). This revives Willy Wiegand's antiqua that he made for his Bremer Presse ca. 1912.
        • Skope (Jose Manuel Uros).
        Stencil typefaces:
        Variable fonts:
        • ETC Imbue (Etcetera Type Company). With variation in optical sizes.
        • PF Grand Gothik (Parachute). A large grotesque typeface family with three subfamilies and a variable font option.
        • Antonia (Typejockeys).
        • Denso (Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal).
        • TT Trailers (Vika Usmanova).
        • Grafier (Alex Slobzheninov).
        Multilingual typefaces:
        Wonderful, adorable, refreshing typefaces:
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        The best free typefaces of 2019: Luc's selection

        This is my own selection of the best free typefaces published in 2019, grouped by category. The list will grow until December 31, 2019.
        Text typefaces:
        Sans typefaces:
        • Ysabeau (Christian Thalmann). Originally named Eau de Garamond, this is a beautifully designed sans version of Garamond.
        • Inter UI (Rasmus Andersson). A 12-style sans family for screen use, covering Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
        • Konstant Grotesk Neue (Stephen French).
        Rounded sans typefaces:
          Type systems:
            Art deco typefaces:
              Hipster typefaces:
                Script typefaces:
                Calligraphic typefaces:
                  Brush typefaces:
                    Sketched, Layered or Poster typefaces:
                    Blackletter typefaces:
                    • Chomsky (Fredrick R. Brennan). After the famous masthead of The New York Times.
                    • Health Goth (Anna Seslavinskaya).
                    Dingbats and ornaments:
                    Programming fonts:
                      Garalde typefaces:
                        Display typefaces:
                        Slab serif typefaces:
                        Copperplate:
                          Variable Fonts:
                          Wood type revivals:
                            Letterpress emulation:
                              Didone typefaces:
                              Fashion mag typefaces:
                                Revivals:
                                • Chistoso (Chuck Mountain). Based on Julius E.F. Gipkens's Majestic (1914).
                                Stencil typefaces:
                                Multilingual typefaces:
                                  Wonderful, adorable, refreshing typefaces:
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