30 Awesome Fonts that all designers must know and should own

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Here are the thirty must have fonts to shoot your design into the stratosphere. They are organized in alphabetical order and fall into two categories: serif and sans-serif. Some of these come with various design programs, some are available free on various websites and some, alas, coast money. Under each font we ‘ll give a list as to what they are normally used for. Note, this is not all they are used for. Get creative! That is, after all, the point of graphic design.

Serif fonts.

1. Adobe Caslon

caslon

Used for magazines, journals, text books, and corporate communication. You know, mostly everything.

2. Adobe Garamond

adobe garamond

Used primary for textbooks and magazines.

3. Bembo

bembo

Used for posters, packaging and textbooks.

4. Bodoni

bodini

Used for headlines, logos and various text. You may recognize it from your favorite newspaper.

5. Clarendon

clarenden

Used primarily for dictionaries and headlines.

6. Courier

courier

Used for tabular materials, technical documentation, word processing. It’s the “high brow” font.

7. Excelsior

excelsior

Used primarly for newsletters, reports and proposals. How to succeed in the business world, indeed.

8. Lucida

lucida

This is the perfect font for low resolution printing, small point sizes and reversed out half tones.

9. Minion

minion

Used for books, newsletters and packaging. Also has a scary name.

10. Perpetua

perpetua

Used primarily for displays with fine lettering, long pages of text, and chiseled text. Hit the gym, text.

11. Sabon

sabon

Used in books and corporate communication. Very classy.

12. Stempel Schneidler

stempel schneidler

Used primarily for displays and fine publications that need a legible text type. Unlike my handwriting.

13. Times New Roman

Times-New-Roman

Ah, the infamous Times New Roman. Used for newspapers, magazines, and every college paper ever made.

14. Trajan

trajan

Used for books, magazines, posters, billboards, and anything to do with  religion.

15. Walbaum

walbaum

Used primarily for magazines, journals, text books, corporate communication.

Sans-serif fonts.

1. Akzidenz Grotesk

akzidenz grotesk

Used primarly in print media and for large signage.

2. Avenir

avenir

Used primarily in books that feature lots and lots of text. It’s easy to read.

3. Bell Centennial

bell-centennial

This font is primarily used in situations that feature poor printing conditions.

4. Bell Gothic

bell gothic

Used in situations that call for small amounts of text that contain large amounts of information.

5. DIN

din

Used in signage, posters and displays.

6. Franklin Gothic

franklin gothic

Used primarly in newspapers and all areas where space is of the essence.

7. Frutiger

frutiger

This is an all purpose font for print media. It’s classy and versatile.

8. Futura

futura

Used in large displays and also in small text in books. Wow!

9. Gill Sans

gill sans

This is not a dude’s name, rather it’s a font that is used as an all purpose font for print media.

10. Helvetica

helvetica

This is the one and only Helvetica, an all purpose font used just about everywhere in just about every format imaginable.

11. Meta

meta

Used primarily with numbers, other forms of text and corporate communication. How meta!

12. Myriad

myriad

Used for a “myriad” of purposes, including large displays and just about everything else in media.

13. Trade Gothic

trade-gothic

You may recognize this font from the classified ads.  It’s also used in all forms of advertising.

14. Univers

univers

Used in packaging, signage and text books.

15. Vag Rounded

vag rounded

Used primarily in instruction manuals and print advertising.

Well. That’s it! If you wanna buy the fonts above we would recommend MyFonts or ITC Fonts however, as your mama no doubt told you, you gotta shop around!

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