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The Best Fonts For Graphic Designers For All Time

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Top 100 Best Fonts For Graphic Designers (Free & Paid)

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10 Best Sans Serif Fonts

Best Professional Fonts for Clean & Minimal Logo Design

If you have a clean and minimalist style in mind when designing, a simplistic approach to typography is essential to achieve that look and a sans-seif font can help achieve that. Here are the best sans-serif fonts for graphic design.

  1. Brandon Grotesque
  2. FF DIN®
  3. Proxima Nova
  4. Gilroy™
  5. Mont™
  6. Avenir Next®
  7. Cera Pro™
  8. Panton
  9. TT Commons
  10. Museo Sans™
  11. Helvetica® Now

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10 Best Free Sans Serif Fonts

Looking for some free sans-serif font alternatives to the above? Here are a few of the best free san-serif fonts for graphic design.

  1. Montserrat
  2. Nexa (Light & Bold only) Full family here
  3. Bebas Neue
  4. Exo 2
  5. Raleway
  6. Roboto
  7. Open Sans
  8. Titillium Web
  9. Ubuntu
  10. Lato

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10 Best Serif Fonts

Best professional serif fonts for logo design

For many designers, when it comes to designing a clean and elegant graphic for a company, using a Serif font in their designs helps to add a little bit of flair & sophistication to the brand.

A serif font is easily identified by the “little feet” that appear at the ends of the letters being used. Doing a search for Serif fonts can lead you down the proverbial rabbit hole with all of the options there are to choose from but here are the top 10 best serif fonts.

  1. Hermann
  2. Recoleta
  3. Blacker
  4. ITC Lubalin Graph
  5. Linotype Didot
  6. Begum
  7. ITC Caslon No. 224
  8. Sabon
  9. Bookmania
  10. Gabriela Stencil

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10 Best Slab Serif Fonts

A slab serif font is a serif font that has had the serif blocked off, creating a strong, sturdy appearance instead of the more refined look that a traditional serif would have.

A slab serif font, when compared to other serifs, has less contrast overall, which adds to the heavy, dramatic appearance of the font.

Here’s a quick rundown of our choices for the best slab serif fonts for graphic design.

  1. Rockwell – $35
  2. Clarendon – $29
  3. Bondie – Condensed Slab Serif Font – $15
  4. Museo Slab – $16
  5. Knox Serif Typeface – $17
  6. Vodka Display Font Pack – $35
  7. American Oak 4 Font Set – $19
  8. Orgon Slab – $40
  9. Servus Slab – $29
  10. Lunchbox Slab Font Family – $25
  11. Leophard Font Family – $12
  12. Cabrito – $24

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10 Best Display Fonts

Fonts that can fit a broad category can be described as a display font. These tend to be designed for short-form or large-format applications such as billboards or posters. These types of fonts can also be used with logotypes, headlines or headings on websites, magazines, or book covers.

These fonts can transcend styles and can be a serif font, slab serif, script, sans serif, and so on.

Some fonts will include a display version in which the original design has been embellished or exaggerated for use at a larger size.

Here are the top 10 best display fonts for graphic design.

  1. Brandon Grotesque – $40
  2. Bourton – $10
  3. Spock – $19
  4. Sofa Serif – 25 Hand Drawn Display Fonts – $24
  5. Highbinder Display Font – $15
  6. Gilroy – $25
  7. Requiem Display Font – $12
  8. Sugar Boats Display Font – $15
  9. Dorris – $20
  10. Prizefighter Art Deco Display Font – $15

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10 Best Script Fonts

A script font is designed so that it captures the artistry and beauty of calligraphy and traditional hand lettering.

They can be decorative and most use them in the same manner as a display font by making a statement rather than a set message.

These types of fonts can be very popular choices for branding, logotypes, stationery, and poster design. When paired with a wide range of other font styles, they help create different moods.

Here is our selection of the best script fonts for graphic designers.

  1. Bourton – $5
  2. Rhapson Script Font – $8
  3. Black Diamond – $16
  4. Groenly Script – $18
  5. The Honest Designers Script – $24
  6. Quickbrush – $29
  7. Northwell – $6
  8. Greenlight Script – $15
  9. Seventies – $18
  10. Corner Deli – $45

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10 Best Luxury Fonts

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Luxury fonts create a sense of elegance, class and prestige.

Now, not every font can be considered a luxury font because the choice of which font you choose for your project is critical to its success.

While the right images can certainly help, if the font doesn’t support the theme of your project, it may be doomed to fail.

Here are the top 10 best luxury fonts for graphic designers.

  1. Coldiac – Luxury Serif Font – $19
  2. NordRinstoniaSola VestaDa VinciMiyake ($16.50)
  3. Konseric | Luxury Serif Font – $17
  4. Bordemile – Luxury Script – $18
  5. American Favorite – Luxury Font Duo – $19
  6. Aston Script Pro – $12
  7. Desirable Calligraphy – $23
  8. Yuanita – $12
  9. The Secret: Luxury Calligraphy Script – $16
  10. Belgiana Script – $5
  11. Stay Classy Font Duo – $17

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10 Best Blackletter Fonts

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10 Best Vintage Fonts

A vintage font has the innate ability to transport you and your work to a different era and give it the nostalgic and timeless feel that it needs.

No other font style can successfully emulate this. Being able to transport your audience or client back to eras such as Prohibition, or the sixties to bring a breath of fresh air to their business while still upholding their values and ideals.

Here are the top 10 best vintage fonts for graphic designers.

  1. Collectors Vintage Font Bundle (8 font families) – $97
  2. Bilcase Vintage Display Font Family – $39
  3. Hollywood Vintage Font – $12
  4. Knucklehead Font Family – $40
  5. Vintage Queens – $16
  6. Braton Composer – $10
  7. The Aviator Font Collection – $15
  8. Victorian Fonts Collection – $14
  9. Bignord Vintage – $16
  10. Melvis – Vintage Font Family – $19

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10 Best Handwritten Fonts

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Just like it suggests, handwritten fonts are designed to look as though they were written by hand either with a pen or marker.

While the range of styles in this typeface can be very broad, it reflects the subtle differences and variations that come with actual handwriting.

While some will compare the handwritten font to the script typeface, the difference is that script fonts tend to be more decorative or even have a touch of calligraphy while a handwritten font tends to look more like the penmanship written in a letter.

Here’s what we consider to be the best handwriting fonts for graphic designers.

  1. Amithen Brush Font
  2. Bird House Script
  3. Clarkson Script
  4. The Historia
  5. Watch
  6. Carosello
  7. Sinisuka
  8. Buffalo
  9. Venture – Handmade Font Script
  10. Crushine Wet Brush

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10 Best Signature Fonts

  1. Elliana Samantha
  2. Hertine
  3. Holimoun
  4. Signerica
  5. Amillia Signature
  6. Sighnora
  7. Portraits
  8. Mayestica
  9. Brigham
  10. Autography

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10 Best Stencil Fonts

  1. Magnies 
  2. Beautiful Minds
  3. Leophard
  4. Bronzier
  5. Davoa 
  6. The Old Navy
  7. Quizles
  8. Poligon
  9. Chaser 
  10. Gabriela Stencil

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10 Best Variable Fonts

  1. Mayes
  2. Shifter Font
  3. Reffort
  4. Boiling Variable Fonts
  5. Oliviar Sans
  6. Rische
  7. ZT Grafton 
  8. Protrakt Variable
  9. Whirly Birdie Variable Font
  10. BOSPHORUS Variable Font 

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15 Best Font Combinations

What fonts work well together? We’ve taken the guess work out for you, with these tried & true font combinations.

Get inspired with these top 10 best font pairings!

  1. Playfair Display with Source Sans Pro
  2. Merriweather with Oswald
  3. Montserrat with Merriweather
  4. Raleway with Lato
  5. Elsie with Roboto
  6. Dancing Script with Josefin Sans
  7. Abril Fatface with Roboto
  8. Corben with Nobile
  9. Spirax with Open Sans
  10. Wendy One with Lato
  11. Baloo with Montserrat
  12. Cherry Cream Soda with Raleway
  13. Amaranth with Open Sans
  14. Palanquin with Roboto
  15. Sansita with Open Sans

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Top 38 Best Fonts for Graphic Designers (Editor’s Pick)

When I am choosing a font, there are a certain handful that are always top of mind. I listed them all out and came up with this list featuring 38 of my favourite fonts for design.

Many of these fonts you can download for free via Google Fonts or if you have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (get a 40% discount here), you can get access to these fonts via Adobe Fonts.

Top Best Fonts for Design

Best Sans Serif Fonts for Graphic Designers (Editor’s Pick)

  1. Proxima Nova
  2. Brandon Grotesque
  3. Avenir Next
  4. Futura
  5. Akzidenz Grotesk
  6. Poppins (Free)
  7. Nexa
  8. Lato (Free)
  9. Frutiger
  10. Circular
  11. FF DIN
  12. Cera Pro
  13. Gotham
  14. Helvetica Now
  15. Franklin Gothic
  16. Montseratt (Free)
  17. Gilroy
  18. Open Sans (Free)
  19. Bison (get for 50% off)

Best Serif Fonts for Graphic Designers (Editor’s Pick)

  1. DM Serif (Free)
  2. Playfair (Free)
  3. Clarendon
  4. Caslon
  5. Baskerville
  6. Finnmark (get for 50% off)
  7. Bodoni
  8. Minion Pro
  9. Garamond
  10. Sabon
  11. Recoleta
  12. Cooper
  13. Merriwether (Free)
  14. Georgia
  15. Memphis
  16. Money Penny
  17. Honest Script
  18. Dear Joe 6
  19. Bickham Script Pro

Top 100 Best Fonts of All Time

To say the least, ranking fonts is an obviously hard task… how does one measure aesthetic quality, the benefit of an item, its value to humanity and so fourth?

Well, in this particular German publication (now offline), the judges ranked the fonts by their objective and various other weighted measurements:

  • FontShop Sales Figures: 40%
  • Historical Value/Meaning: 30%
  • Aesthetic Qualities: 30%

It is also worth noting that this evaluation consisted exclusively of licensed or commercial fonts only. Free fonts or operating system fonts were not considered, nor were fonts integral to standard software (i.e. Arial, Verdana, etc.).

Font variations, which over the centuries have been individually interpreted by various Foundries, were uniquely evaluated as a class and the best variant was entered into the main judging process.

Below is a preview of the top 33 fonts and beneath this image you can find the full list of the 100 best fonts. You can also view a pretty table version of these fonts here.

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Below you will find the full list of the best 100 fonts along with the designer & the year in which they were designed.

1. Helvetica [1957 – Max Miedinger]

2. Garamond [1530 – Claude Garamond]

3. Frutiger [1977 – Adrian Frutiger]

4. Bodoni [1790 – Giambattista Bodoni]

5. Futura [1927 – Paul Renner]

6. Times [1931 – Stanley Morison]

7. Akzidenz Grotesk [1966 – G nter Gerhard Lange]

8. Officina [1990 – Erik Spiekermann]

9. Gill Sans [1930 – Eric Gill]

10. Univers [1954 – Adrian Frutiger]

11. Optima [1954 – Hermann Zapf]

12. Franklin Gothic [1903 – Morris Fuller Benton]

13. Bembo [1496 – Francesco Griffo]

14. Interstate [1993 – Tobias Frere-Jones]

15. Thesis [1994 – Lucas de Groot]

16. Rockwell [1934 – Frank H. Pierpont]

17. Walbaum [1800 – Justus Walbaum]

18. Meta [1991 – Erik Spiekermann]

19. Trinit [1982 – Bram De Does]

20. Din [1926 – Ludwig Goller]

21. Matrix [1986 – Zuzana Licko]

22. OCR [1965 – American Type Founders]

23. Avant Garde [1968 – Herb Lubalin]

24. Lucida [1985 – Chris Holmes / Charles Bigelow]

25. Sabon [1964 – Jan Tschichold]

26. Zapfino [1998 – Hermann Zapf]

27. Letter Gothic [1956 – Roger Roberson]

28. Stone [1987 – Summer Stone]

29. Arnhem [1998 – Fred Smeijers]

30. Minion [1990 – Robert Slimbach]

31. Myriad [1992 – Twombly & Slimbach]

32. Rotis [1988 – Olt Aicher]

33. Eurostile [1962 – Aldo Novarese]

34. Scala [1991 – Martin Majoor]

35. Syntax [1968 – Hans Eduard Meier]

36. Joanna [1930 – Eric Gill]

37. Fleishmann [1997 – Erhard Kaiser]

38. Palatino [1950 – Hermann Zapf]

39. Baskerville [1754 – John Baskerville]

40. Fedra [2002 – Peter Bil’ak]

41. Gotham [2000 – Tobias Frere-Jones]

42. Lexicon [1992 – Bram De Does]

43. Hands [1991 – Letterror]

44. Metro [1929 – W. A. Dwiggins]

45. Didot [1799 – Firmin Didot]

46. Formata [1984 – Bernd M llenst dt]

47. Caslon [1725 – William Caslon]

48. Cooper Black [1920 – Oswald B. Cooper]

49. Peignot [1937 – A. M. Cassandre]

50. Bell Gothic [1938 – Chauncey H. Griffith]

51. Antique Olive [1962 – Roger Excoffon]

52. Wilhelm Klngspor Gotisch [1926 – Rudolf Koch]

53. Info [1996 – Erik Spiekermann]

54. Dax [1995 – Hans Reichel]

55. Proforma [1988 – Petr van Blokland]

56. Today Sans [1988 – Volker K ster]

57. Prokyon [2002 – Erhard Kaiser]

58. Trade Gothic [1948 – Jackson Burke]

59. Swift [1987 – Gerald Unger]

60. Copperplate Gothic [1901 – Frederic W. Goudy]

61. Blur [1992 – Neville Brody]

62. Base [1995 – Zuzana Licko]

63. Bell Centennial [1978 – Matthew Carter]

64. News Gothic [1908 – Morris Fuller Benton]

65. Avenir [1988 – Adrian Frutiger]

66. Bernhard Modern [1937 – Lucian Bernhard]

67. Amplitude [2003 – Christian Schwartz]

68. Trixie [1991 – Erik van Blokland]

69. Quadraat [1992 – Fred Smeijers]

70. Neutraface [2002 – Christian Schwartz]

71. Nobel [1929 – Sjoerd de Roos]

72. Industria [1990 – Neville Brody]

73. Bickham Script [1997 – Richard Lipton]

74. Bank Gothic [1930 – Morris Fuller Benton]

75. Corporate ASE [1989 – Kurt Weidemann]

76. Fago [2000 – Ole Schafer]

77. Trajan [1989 – Carol Twombly]

78. Kabel [1927 – Rudolf Koch]

79. House Gothic 23 [1995 – Tal Leming]

80. Kosmik [1993 – Letterror]

81. Caecilia [1990 – Peter Matthias Noordzij]

82. Mrs Eaves [1996 – Zuzana Licko]

83. Corpid [1997 – Lucas de Groot]

84. Miller [1997 – Matthew Carter]

85. Souvenir [1914 – Morris Fuller Benton]

86. Instant Types [1992 – Just van Rossum]

87. Clarendon [1845 – Benjamin Fox]

88. Triplex [1989 – Zuzana Licko]

89. Benguiat [1989 – Ed Benguiat]

90. Zapf Renaissance [1984 – Hermann Zapf]

91. Filosofia [1996 – Zuzana Licko]

92. Chalet [1996 – House Industries]

93. Quay Sans [1990 – David Quay]

94. C zanne [1995 – Michael Want, James Grieshaber]

95. Reporter [1938 – Carlos Winkow]

96. Legacy [1992 – Ronald Arnholm]

97. Agenda [1993 – Greg Thompson]

98. Bello [2004 – Underware]

99. Dalliance [2000 – Frank Heine]

100. Mistral [1953 – Roger Excoffon]

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