Fonts are used in every type of design, from product design to web design and graphic design. Since fonts are an essential part of any designer’s toolkit, it’s important to find the right fonts that will fit the look and feel of your product or graphic designs. To help you out, we’ve rounded up our ten favorite fonts every designer should have in their collection. Check out our list below!
Helvetica is a sans-serif typeface designed by Max Miedinger with help from Eduard Hoffmann. Released in 1957, it has become one of the most popular and influential typefaces of the 20th century. It has been widely adopted into mass media as a timeless design classic.
As one of the most legible sans-serif fonts available, Helvetica was developed to provide strong readability for long passages of text. Its wide availability allows it to be used on a variety of materials, such as posters or signage.
Futura is a geometric sans-serif typeface that was designed by Paul Renner, and released by the Bauer Type Foundry of Germany in 1927. It was one of the first geometric sans-serif designs and has a large x-height.
Univers is a sans-serif typeface that was designed by Adrian Frutiger. It is one of the most popular fonts and has been used for many logos and other design purposes. In order to use Univers, it must be licensed through Linotype GmbH.
4) Akzidenz Grotesk
Akzidenz Grotesk, or Akzidenz as it is often abbreviated, was created for the Berthold Type Foundry by German type designer Hermann Zapf.
The font was originally designed for use as a newspaper headline font and has since become a popular sans-serif typeface.
5) Franklin Gothic Medium Cond
Franklin Gothic is a versatile sans serif font that can be used for large headlines or to create a unique brand. It was designed by Morris Fuller Benton, the creator of many other typefaces including News Gothic and Cochin.
Franklin Gothic has been updated over time, with one of its most popular incarnations being Franklin Gothic Medium Condensed. This particular version has been digitized and expanded on by Linotype’s Christian Thalmann and Hermann Zapf.
6) Trade Gothic Bold Condensed
Trade Gothic is a sans-serif typeface that was designed by the German typographer Otl Aicher and released by Linotype in 1983. Trade Gothic is primarily used as a display font, but it also works well for body copy. Trade Gothic Bold Condensed is a condensed version of Trade Gothic Bold.
The letterforms are proportionally spaced and have an x-height of 12 points. This makes it great for small text sizes and headlines.
7) Fira Sans
Fira Sans is a sans serif typeface that was specifically designed to work well on screens. Fira Sans is also open source, which means it’s free to use and modify as you see fit.
8) Neue Helvetica Black Condensed
The Neue Helvetica Black Condensed font family is a sans-serif typeface designed by Erik Spiekermann and released by D. Stempel AG in 1982. It was made for phototypesetting and other digital applications, but it also works well for print. The Neue Helvetica typeface has an elegant, crisp and clean design.
9) Frutiger Next Pro
Frutiger Next Pro is a geometric sans-serif typeface family designed by Adrian Frutiger and released by Linotype. It was designed as a direct competitor to Helvetica, with similar proportions and spacing yet larger x-height and narrower stems.
This typeface family has 27 variants, including Light, Bold, Italic, Condensed, Extended and Inline versions.
10) Gotham Rounded Pro
Gotham is a sans-serif typeface with rounded edges, designed by Tobias Frere-Jones and Jonathan Hoefler. Gotham is perfect for headlines, posters, or logos. The font has a modern and sleek feel to it. It also has a variation of weights that are still thin and elegant but also more playful. The perfect font for any designer.