The best typefaces of 2013: Luc's selection
This is my own selection of the best commercial and non-commercial typefaces published in 2013, grouped by category.
|Text typefaces: |
- Aria Text (Rui Abreu, R-Type). A magazine or newspaper type in three optical sizes of six styles each.
- Essay (Stefan Ellmer, Type Together). Still under development, I can't resist adding this very readable text font to the best-of-2013 list.
- Louize (Matthieu Cortat). Six styles, about 6000 glyphs in all. This is a major revival of the Elzevirian style Augustaux type by Louis Perrin, 1846-1855. A slightly flared version is called Louize Display.
- Desire (Charles Borges de Oliveira). A good old condensed typeface for book covers, editorial work, packaging, advertising, branding and more.
- Quars Black, a weight of Quars by Pilar Cano and Ferran Milan, Letterjuice.
- Urge Text (Dave Rowland).
- Damien, the graduation typeface family of Lukas Schneider at KABK in Den Haag.
- Richler (Nick Shinn). Originally designed in 2001 to commemorate Mordecai Richler, it was released to the public in 2013.
- FF Dora by Slavka Paulikova.
- Karol (Daniel Sabino, Type O Tones).
- Mauritius (Patrick Griffin and Kevin King, Canada Type). A revival of Georg Trump's last typeface, the transitional Mauritius (or: Barock Antiqua; 1967, Weber).
- Bridone (Josep Patau Bellart). This is a didone typeface family that takes elements from Victorian British slab typefaces to add a dash of old charm and sturdiness.
|Sans typefaces: |
- PF Square Sans Condensed Pro (Panos Vassiliou, Parachute).
- Canaro (Rene Bieder). Large counters, no spurs, simplicity and under-the-radar charm, ideal for information design.
- Clear Sans (Neil Summerour). Unclassifiable, semi-geometric, appealing. A good choice for web use.
- Divenire (by FF3300 and Molotro Type Design). This typeface was commissioned for the identity of the Italian Democratic Party.
- Sensato (Jasper De Waard, Bureau Roffa). A humanist almost flared sans family. A few days after its publication, Sensato had to be renamed---the new name is Proza.
- MTT Milano (Mattia Bonanomi). Inspired by the Milanese typographic heritage and the Futurist movement behind it.
- FF Mark (by Hannes von Döhren, Christoph Koeberlin and the FontFont team).
- Equip (Dieter Hofrichter) and Equip Condensed. A geometric sans in two families of 16 styles each.
- Mandag-Fredag (Maximilian Huber; buy it at Ten Dollar Fonts).
- Freight Neo Pro (Joshua Darden, Garage fonts).
- Westeinde (by Adam Katyi). This geometric sans is Adam Katyi's graduation typeface at the KABK in Den Haag.
- Brisbane: a wayfinding sans created by Troy Leinster for his graduation project at KABK.
- Gentona (2013, Rene Bieder) is a neutral neo-grotesque sans that has 18 styles/weights.
- Niveau Grotesk (Hannes von Döhren).
- Bicyclette (Nikola Kostic). A slightly rounded sans with small x-height and elegant proportions.
- Tenso by Jos Buivanga. A lively humanist sans family.
- Core Sans NR (Hyun-Seung Lee, Dae-Hoon Hahm, Min-Joo Ham). This large soft-edged typeface family has a few oddities like very short descenders but should be useful in a variety of situations.
- Core Sans G (Hyun-Seung Lee, Dae-Hoon Hahm, Min-Joo Ham). The G stans for geometric. This is my favorite typeface family from S-Core.
- Mettro Pro (Olivier Gourvat) is an elliptical style sans family. The family was renamed Metronic Pro after a few weeks.
- Rams (Ramiz Guseynov).
- Azo Sans (Rui Abreu, R Type) and Azo Sans Uber, its heavy headline partner.
- Estragon (Johannes Steil, Stabenfonts). This humanist sans has Venetian touches and small uppercase characters for use in languages such as German.
- Acronym (Michael Jarboe, Reserves).
- Brandon Text (Hannes von Döhren).
| Type system: |
- Duplicate (Sans, Slab, Ionic) (Christian Schwartz and Miguel Reyes, Commercial Type).
- Audree (Typonine's Nikola Djurek and Marko Hrastovec): a parametrized tour de force with hundreds of type styles.
- Hermecito (Ari Rafaeli, AR Types) has 46 styles including phonetic, mathematical, Cyrillic, Vietnamese and Greek subsets geared towards readability in small print.
- Unimed (Sans, Slab, Serif): a large bespoke type system by Eduilson Coan for the Brazilian health care company, Unimed.
- Herman (Rogier van der Sluis, Geen Bitter). A layered monospaced elliptical signage family.
|Architectural typefaces: Landmark (Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, HFJ). |
|Typewriter typefaces: Courier Prime (Alan Dague-Greene). |
|Display typefaces: |
- Trump Gothic Pro and Trump Soft Pro (Patrick Griffin). A revival and major optimization of Georg Trump's Signum (1955) and Stanislav Marso's Kamene.
- Elettra (Leonardo Di Lena). A Titling typeface with mostly but not entirely didone features.
- Spoloch (Denis Izotov).
- Progressiva (a sans family by Ricardo Esteves Gomes).
- VF Didot (Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz), a custom Didot for Vanity Fair, based on Didot specimen of Molé le Jeune.
- Streets of London. A lapidary typeface family by Boris Kochan and Robert Strauch of Lazydogs Type Foundry, based on David Kindersley's street signs in the city of London.
- New Paris (Swiss Typefaces). A didone family.
- Domaine Text and Display (by Kris Sowersby, KLIM). A wedge serif family with 48 weights, on a didone body. The Display and Fine subfamilies are pure fashion mag delights.
- Curtis, the calligraphic and text typeface family by Bernd Volmer. This is his his graduation typeface at KABK, Den Haag.
- Core Circus (Hyun-Seung Lee, Dae-Hoon Hahm, Min-Joo Ham). A layered type system.
- Woodstik (Pedro Lobo, Uppertype). A layered wood / letterpress style typeface family. I will also nominate Pedro Lobo's other layered 3d typeface system, Player.
- Capline (Jeremy Tankard). A bilined and inline all-caps layered typeface system.
- Le Havre Layers (Jeremy Dooley). A layered art deco typeface system.
- Houston (Alexey Frolov).
- Styla Pro (Joao Henrique Lopes, URW++): a flared romantic sans with a gorgeous small caps weight.
- Selenic (Paul Dersidan).
- Taxi (Patrick Seymour).
- Tushi (Ossi Gustafsson). A brush face.
|Sketched or poster typefaces: |
|Fat typeface didone: |
|Technical sans: Herrmann (Antje Driemeyer). |
- Australis Pro Swash (Francisco Galvez).
- XXII Yonia (Doubletwo Studios). A yummy signage script.
- Tulipan (Felipe Calderon).
- Al Fresco (Laura Worthington).
- Ameglia (Carine de Wandeleer, Eurotypo).
- Odesta (Ondrej Job, URTD).
- Mercy (Eduardo Recife). A set of Spencerian scripts and ornaments.
- Chameleon (Hanneke Classen). A 16-style family of script typefaces with the possibility of layering.
- Caligo (Aron Jancso, Die Gestalten). A calligraphic script with flared serifs.
- Asterism (Dathan Boardman and Molly Jacques Erickson).
- Erotica (by Maximiliano Sproviero). A copperplate calligraphic script of extreme contrast and award winner at TDC 2013.
- String (Maximiliano Sproviero): a hairline Spencerian script.
- Ondise (Jessica McCarty, Magpie Paper Works).
- Cantoni Pro (Debi Sementelli).
- Ignorance (Michael Parson).
- Zulia (by Joluvian and Alejandro Paul). A gorgeous brushy packaging script.
- Lust Script (Neil Summerour). A high-contrast curvy fashion script.
- Aparo (Pedro Leal and/or Dino dos Santos, DS Type). Calligraphy, flair and penmanship, all in one.
- Cal Cursive Roman (Lazar Dimitrijevic). A pure calligraphic cursive script.
- Harlowe (Laura Worthington). A rough-edged quirky script, later renamed to Harlean.
- Voyage (Emil Karl Bertell). A vintage script.
- Medusa (Ramiro Espinoza, Re-Type).
- Bellissima (Alejandro Paul, Sudtipos).
- Southern Aire (Mans Grebäck).
|Dingbats: Wayfinding Sans Symbols (Andreas Wohlleben, FDI). |
|Fashion mag typefaces: |
|Slab Serif: |
|Art Deco: |
|Copperplate: Niveau Serif (Hannes von Döhren). |
|Multilingual typefaces: |
|Wood type revivals: ||
Best typefaces of 2013 ⦿
Articles on type design written by Luc Devroye ⦿