You could probably guess that graphic designers love fonts. But seriously, we loooove fonts. We will spend hours scouring the internet to find the perfect font for a project. We download every free font we get, spend stupid amounts of money on font bundles and end up building an impressive typeface database. In spite of this, each designer has a list of favourite fonts, the ones they selfishly keep for their own branding, and the ones they try first when designing a new logo.
There are a few fonts that I’ve fallen in love with in the past, so I thought I’d share them with you. I’ve also included the link to each font, because art is made to be shared.
Inspired by the hand lettering of 20th century book designer and calligrapher Oscar Ogg, Ogg captures the unique mix of calligraphic and typographic form he achieved through his use of hand carved pen nibs, brushes, and white-out.
The full Ogg suite is available to purchase here.
You can also download a demo version here.
02. MARION & The Essentials
MARION & The Essentials consists of two fonts. A handsome serif font and a quirky script font. I’m especially fond of the serif, and love the curve of the bars in the A’s and the H’s.
You can purchase MARION & The Essentials here.
03. Commuter Sans
Commuter Sans is my go-to sans-serif font, and I use it in my own branding. It’s available on Adobe Typekit, which means it’s free for Adobe Creative Cloud Subscribers.
You can also purchase the Commuter Sans family here.
04. Red Velvet
Red Velvet is a free script font, designed by BLKBLK Type. It is simple, legible and neat. I love that it looks handwritten without it being too calligraphic in nature. It also isn’t too curly or frilly like most other script fonts.
You can download Red Velvet here.
Karla is one of my go-to sans-serif fonts for website use. The reason for this is that it’s a Google font, so it generally loads quicker than custom web fonts. It’s clean and modern, and it reads well, which is ideal for web copy.
You can download Karla for free here.
Cormorant is a free script font, designed by Catharsis Fonts and is available, for free, on Google Fonts. The type designer describes it as follows: “Cormorant is characterised by scandalously small counters, razor-sharp serifs, dangerously smooth curves, and flamboyantly tall accents.” Enough said right?
You can download Cormorant for free here.
Karin is an elegant serif font, and one of my favourites for logo design. What makes this font so powerful is that it’s loaded with a whole library of ligatures & glyphs. There are endless letter combinations that can really add a unique touch to a logo.
You can purchase Karin here.
Barcelony is another one of my go-to script fonts. It’s fun and friendly with big loops and rounded letters. I like that it has a uniform thickness, and that it’s easy to read. Plus it’s free for personal use.
You can download Barcelony for free here.
If you’re looking to purchase fonts at good prices, I’d suggest Creative Market. They have great specials, and loads of font bundles, which is great value for money. Keep an eye on their weekly free goods, they’re a treat!
I’m hoping to make this a series, as I have loads more fonts that I’d like to share with you. Let me know if you’d be interested? I’d also love to hear what your favourite fonts are, pop a comment down below!