Top 8 Fonts Graphic Designers Will Love in 2020
As a designer, you use fonts to embody many aspects of your design projects. These include the mood, direction, behavior, and overall vibe you want your designs to evoke.
We’re seeing some new font trends popping up every year. Many designers are welcoming brand new, innovative, and modern fonts with open arms. Meanwhile, others are resurrecting old trends, from retro style to old literature, and breathing new life to them.
No doubt this old meets new is presenting designers with a lot of contrast. Likewise, it’s giving us a whole new world of exciting font trends to watch out for. Nonetheless, the roles of fonts are always changing. Hence, it’s essential for designers to keep up-to-date not only on new font trends but on how its usage is evolving. This is to ensure that both your audience and your typography are on the same page.
With that in mind, here are the top 8 fonts that will be popular among designers this 2020.
Ambit is a unique and eccentric sans serif font. It got its inspiration from the early grotesques. However, it is modified and adapted to make it suitable for the 21st century.
One of the most impressive features of the typeface is the curly letters r and f. Also, what gives this font family that distinctive look is how the shapes of c, C, s, and S appear to curl in onto themselves. Plus, the curly legs of R and K are remarkable as well.
Ambit’s sleek style and unique features make it a great choice for branding and packaging. But if you’re not digging curly letters, there’s a simplified alternative version that may be more suitable to your taste.
See Ambit font on Behance
After 35 long years, Universal, known as the world’s universal font, was given a facelift. We first saw Helvetica Now when Monotype launched in 2019. The typeface, which is crafted from size-specific drawings combined with size-specific spacing, came as a beautiful surprise.
All characters are redrawn. On top of that, it comes with a multitude of alternates to help you meet the challenges of modern-day branding. Helvetica Now has been popular since its release. And no doubt, it will continue to make a wave in 2020.
Sweet Sans is created by Mark van Bronkhorst. The design inspiration of this sans-serif typeface was the engraver’s lettering templates of the early 20th century.
One of the most engaging features of the font face is its wide letterforms, which are extremely readable even at small sizes. Sweet Sans has a massive family and available in nine weights, each with matching italics and small caps styles.
Knile is a geometric slab serif typeface family with 16 styles. However, the only version available free for download is Knile regular with matching italics.
The font is designed by studio Atipo in collaboration with Maria Ramos and will work well with a wide variety of design jobs. Knile’s most notable characteristics are its clean kerning and amazing legibility.
If you’ll opt for the free version, it’s advisable to apply it in titles and sections with short texts rather than in full editorials.
See Knile font on Behance
Mantra is a beautiful sans serif designed by Cynthia Torrez. The experimental typeface is classic with a touch of vintage. It’s the perfect font to use if you want to give your design projects with a little character and stand out from the rest.
You can use it for branding, logotype, headline text, and captions.
Plantin has been around since 1913. It was created by the British Monotype Corporation and is based loosely on a Gros Cicero face cut in the 16th century by Robert Granjon.
As a body text, Plantin delivers a rich, dark texture ideal for full editorials. Additionally, it offers good readability on-screen. The typeface gives out a sense of significance and authenticity. Its family comes in four text weights with italics, four condensed headline styles, and a caps-only titling cut.
Supria Sans is a grotesque sans-serif typography and crafted by Hannes von Döhren. The quirky grotesque font may not be as popular as the other works of Döhren, but it’s a favorite among designers nowadays.
What makes Supria Sans somewhat unique is that it includes true italics on top of its oblique, sloped type, which you’ll typically found in grotesques.
See Supria Sans on Behance
The geometric sans-serif font Brandon Grotesque is another creation by Hannes von Döhren of HVD Fonts. It was released in 2010 and was influenced profoundly by the geometric typographies that came out in the 1920s.
But instead of taking influence from Futura, a very popular design during that period, it leaned more on Erbar. Brandon Grotesque is highly utilized on the web instead of in print. Its family covers six weights, including thin, light, regular, medium, bold and black, with matching italics.
There’s also an available text version of it called Brandon Text. This version is highly readable and features a larger x-height, making it perfect for long-form, running text on screens.
See Brandon Grotesque on Behance
The selection we have here includes an amazing variety of fonts in various styles. Whatever design project you have in mind, you can find a typeface that will make it fresh and stunning while conveying the branding message you have in mind.
What do you think of our choices? If you think we missed out on some of your favorites, make sure to let us know by leaving a comment below.
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