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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:
Sans typefaces:
  • Hype (Neil Summerour). A total of 396 typefaces from ultra-condensed to wide, and hairlane to ultra-black.
  • F37 Moon. A 14-style geometric sans with no concessions.
  • Hurme FIN (Hurme Design).
  • Niko (Ludwig Uebele).
  • Marsden (Jason Vandenberg).
  • Passenger Sans (Diana Ovezea and Samo Acko).
  • 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.
  • Montreux Grotesk (Roch Modrzejewski). A modern slightly geometric take on Helvetica, in 132 styles.
  • 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:
  • Promo (Mateusz Machalski).
  • Hatchway (Romulo Gobira). Monospaced, with delightful interlocking glyphs.
Type systems:
  • Role (Slab, Serif, Sans, Soft). By Matthew Carter, Shotaro Nakano and Kunihiko Okano at Morisawa.
  • Monterchi (Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini at Zetafonts).
Art deco typefaces:
  • Replete Sans (Alejandro Paul, Sudtipos). A seven-style typeface inspired by early 20th century lettering on metropolitan buildings all over the world.
  • Molitor (Mathieu Cortat). A joyful sans typeface family with art deco roots.
  • Disalina (Maciej Wloczewski).
  • KD Pempo (Zhalgas Kassymkulov).
Hipster typefaces:
    Script typefaces:
    Calligraphic typefaces:
    Brush typefaces:
      Sketched, Layered or Poster typefaces:
      • Rono (Jan-Christian Bruun).
      Blackletter typefaces:
      Dingbats and ornaments:
      • Heneczek Pro (Damian and Dominika Langosz). The arrows and fists in this didone family!
      Programming fonts:
      Garalde typefaces:
      • Galien (Black Foundry). More than just a garalde, a major gallic enhancement.
      • JJannon (François Rappo, Optimo).
      Display typefaces:
      • Blacker Pro (Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli). In the evil serif genre. A substantial update of Blacker.
      • Brucker (Jeremy Tankard).
      • Ayer Poster Angular (Miguel Reyes). Part of his larger Ayer typeface family at Commercial Type.
      • FM Bolyar Sans Pro (Jordan Jelev and Vassil Kateliev).
      • Naoko (Emilie Rigaud).
      • Plaax (Damien Gautier).
      • Hyper (Anita Jürgeleit).
      • Gigantic (Dave Rowland).
      • Neue Machina (Vasjen Katro / Baugasm and mathieu Desjardins).
      • PVC (Hélène Marian for Production Type).
      • Valent (Jimbo Bernaus and Tea Sokac).
      • PF Mellon (Panos Vassiliou).
      Slab serif typefaces:
      • Fragen (Lucas Descroix).
      • Galeria (Bruno Jara for Latinotype).
      • Breton (Daniel Hernandez and Rodrigo Fuenzalida).
      Copperplate:
      Wood type revivals:
      • Catalpa (José Scaglione, 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:
      Didone typefaces:
      Fashion mag typefaces:
      Revivals:
      • Dejanire (Ramiro Espinoza at Re-Type). A revival and improvement of a typeface by Claude Lamesle, 1742.
      • Acier (Jean-Baptiste Levée). A bi-colored revival of Cassandre's Acier (1930). Levée had earlier revived this in 2010.
      • 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:
      • Rekall (2019, Bold Monday).
      • Styro (2019, Aarya Purohit).
      • Sväng (Claes Nordenstam for Letters of Sweden). Based on his 1976 original, Quickstep.
      • Majora Stencil (Luis Bandovas).
      • Buum (Ondrej Chory).
      Variable fonts:
      • TT Interfaces (TypeType). Later renamed TT Interphases.
      • TT Frantz (Vika Usmanova). Experimental, refreshing, with a variable waistline height.
      • 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:
      • Chikki (Kimya Gandhi at Mota italic). For Latin and Devanagari.
      • Dunkel Sans (Minjoo Ham). An obese poster typeface for Latin and Hangul, carefully balanced across both scripts.
      • Vocal (Ani Dimitrova).
      Wonderful, adorable, refreshing typefaces:
      • Nero Alto (Mateo Broillet).
      • Hatton (Mathieu Desjardins and Two Times Elliott). Eclectic and with the signature hipster t.
      • Hagrid (Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini). In the crypto-typographic genre.
      • Akut (Pedro Leal, DS Type). Pure angular joy.
      • Sneakers Max (Neil Summerour).
      • Pieches (Erica Jung and Ricardo Marcin). Based on Paul Peter Piech's political and social posters.
      • Roba (Franziska Weitgruber).
      • Pamplemousse (DC Scarpelli).
      • Zentral (Robbie de Villiers).
      • P22 Schneeberger (Tracy Sabin).
      • Harpagan (Mateusz Machalski).
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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:
      • Editorial New (Mathieu Desjardins). Well, this is only partly free, under conditions.
      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:
              Dingbats and ornaments:
              Programming fonts:
              Garalde typefaces:
                Display typefaces:
                Slab serif typefaces:
                Copperplate:
                  Variable Fonts:
                  Wood type revivals:
                    Letterpress emulation:
                      Didone typefaces:
                      • Emberly (Rajesh Rajput). A 54-style interpretation of Didot.
                      • Kornilow. A didone-Baskerville hybrid for Latin and Cyrillic by Maryth Salychow.
                      • Herbert Regular (Danilo De Marco).
                      Fashion mag typefaces:
                        Revivals:
                        • Vaderlands (2019, Graphic Goods). An engraved money and vintage map font based upon an original in a Dutch book dated 1781.
                        • Chistoso (Chuck Mountain). Based on Julius E.F. Gipkens's Majestic (1914).
                        Stencil typefaces:
                        Multilingual typefaces:
                        Wonderful, adorable, refreshing typefaces:
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