A new thread. Top 10 Favorites. About 53 more minutes to post. bj
??I would bring with me to a deserted island 1. Gill Sans For its timeless uniqueness and likeability 2. Linotype Frutiger Condensed For its 100% clarity. Perfect for signage. 3. Verdana I need a good font for my browser — and we were allowed to bring our G4, remember? 4. Linotype Univers Condensed I may be the sole inhabitant on the island, but sooner or later I will have the need to publish a catalogue or a list. Univers Condensed will come in handy. 5. PMN Caecilia At the moment I can’t stand the sight of it. But this typeface is *so good* that I simply must bring it. 6. Lexicon I have never used this font. I have never owned it. By choosing it to this forum I hope that some yuletime-spirited guy at Enschedé will *give* it to me. In return I shall study it closely. 7. Tate Gallery Corporate Typeface (Wolﬀ Olins) God, it’s beautiful! Recently I asked about it in Typophile Forum Type Identiﬁcation Board. One of you guys said it resembled both VAG and DIN. 8. Minion As good a text face as any when treated right. 9. ITC Bodoni I guess I can’t do without a good Bodoni. 10. Parisine I greatly admire the work of JFP!
I would participate, but I only noticed this thread had begun 3 days ago, and I’m too busy right now to devote any time to make a contribution. Besides, I don’t see why there had to be such a strict and early deadline, not to mention the fact that this isn’t exactly the best time of year for widespread participation in something like this. The new year would have been better.
Not to fret, not to worry. Add to the list whenever you get a chance, this year, next year. The thread never ends. There is no strict deadline. » The reason for the ‘deadline’ seemed obvious, but I guess not because we went from ‘greatest’ faces to ‘favorite’ faces. If you are posting a ‘greatest’ list, then you want lists that are not inﬂuenced by others, thus everyone posts at a certain time. Favorites, it doesn’t really matter. So by all means post, this year, next year, whenever. As you can see, the ‘strict’ deadline was not a deadline at all. (By the way, the ﬁrst post was made on Dec. 6.) Personally, I’m learning a lot about type, getting exposure to great opinions and having, uh, fun. I don’t see a reason to be sore. » I was going to make a couple of suggestions to enrich the Typophile community. If you ‘interract remotely’ then every time there is a post at Typophile, it sends a copy to your email address. If you do not choose this option, and want to see what’s going on since you last visited, click on ‘Search_Last Day, or _Last Week or _Last Visit.” bj
Here goes my list, a little late. I just didn
Please join my little typographical inquiry at http://euro.typo.cz and ﬁll in your top 10 typefaces. All of you will be informed about results (if you insert your e-mail address). Today, there are abour 200 answers from all around the world. The deadline is on Sunday. Thank you forr cooperation! Filip Blazek, Czech design critic and designer
Here goes my list too which don’t have a order, all are very important for me and to the typography history. Sorry about I did’t mention others that contributed for the big transformations around the typography design and our social and intelectual environmment during the time. This list is some of the type faces that I most admire which one for their resons ( Function=Purpose, Form, Legibilty ). 1_Univers — Adrian Frutiger 2_Meta — Erik Spekermann 3_Bembo — Francesco Griﬀo 4_ Gill Sans — Eric Gill 5_ Bodoni — Giambattista Bodoni 6_ Jenson — Nicholas Jenson 7_ Scala — Martin Majoor 8_Bembo — Francesco Griﬀo 9_Baskerville — John Baskerville 10_Hoeﬂer Text — Jonathan Hoeﬂer Regards for all / Ricardo Santos
It’s really hard to determine a top10… I couldn’t even make an order, so i just list them: Interstate — Tobias Frere-Jones Gill Sans — Eric Gill Scala Sans — Martin Majoor Knockout — Jonathan Hoeﬂer Eidetic Neo — Rodrigo Cavazos Vendetta — John Downer Thesis The Sans — Luc(as) de Groot Alchemy — Jeremy Tankard Janson Text — Adobe (after Nicolas Kis) Garamond Condensed - Adobe
I’m going to be a little diﬀerent with my list, top ﬁve fonts loaded in my atm that I’m waiting patiently to use some day… (maybe) Jesus Loves You Disturbance Box-alphabet Lust’s Razor Backspacer
Sorry to be a curmudgeon here (and I still don’t have time to contribute my own ten favorites) but if you’re going to post a list here, then shouldn’t you include links so we can all see examples of the fonts in your lists?
Yes, please! hhp
Inexcusable Typophile blunder: using the word ‘decenders’ instead of ‘tails’ in describing Mantinia. bj someone enterprising want to start a glossary thread for low-level typophiles?
MY FAVORITE FACES from the PAST TEN YEARS. My list is inﬂuenced by a background in magazine and t-shirt design, and an aﬃnity for display work. I could not settle on an order for these ten. bj Anisette by Porchez http://www.fontbureau.com/specimens/anisette.html http://www.typofonderie.com/Alphabets/Anisette.html Art Deco Beauty. Biblon by Storm http://www.stormtype.com/htm/bibl.html So much to love, especially the inconsistencies that he manages to keep consistent and the feeling that the letters were ‘inked’ by a hand-letterer. Download a pdf. Hoeﬂer Fetish No. 338 by Hoeﬂer http://www.typography.com/catalog/fetish338/index.html I can look at this all day. Type candy. The Royal Family by Giasson http://www.THIRSTYPE.COM/font_royalfamily.html A ingenious mix of DIN and fraktur, the Royal Family is another well-executed Thirstype face. On the job when a particular mall-based chain of goth music stores needs a T-shirt design. Radio by Rakeng http://www.THIRSTYPE.COM/font_radio.html Was there ever a face worth waiting for, what was it, three years? Poetica by Slimbach http://www.adobe.com:80/type/typedesign/slimbach.html Not just another swashbuckling chancery face, Poetica rises above because of its completeness and attention to detail. The alternates and ligatures and ornaments…so much beautiful stuﬀ. Zapﬁno by Zapf http://www.fontexplorer.com/FontStore/ Linotype says it better than I can: “A masterpiece from the master himself.” What they really meant was: Typorgasm. The Shire Types by Tankard http://www.TYPOGRAPHY.NET/ A classic in the making. Would love to see these carved out of…coal and hold them in my hands. Would love to see this used more here in the States. I love the ﬁxed height for both uppers and lowers, and the variations. Sauerkrauto by Core http://www.chank.com/font_detail.php?sku=5267 Lettering based on Germany’s license plates? You’d think this was a throwaway font, but such care has been placed on getting it perfect. On the cover of WIRED last month. Mantinia by Carter http://www.fontbureau.com/specimens/mantinia.html I love the mix of points and curves. Also, the lovely descenders on the ‘Q’ and ‘R’ are songs of the siren. Faces from the past decade regrettably not included: Oz by Chester (thirstype.com) SuperDuper by Rakeng (thirstype.com) **((Alchemy by Tankard (typography.net) Mason by Barnbrook (emigre.com), Idiosynoptium by Griek (www.plusism.u-net.com)))** most anything by Storm (stormtype.com) most anything by Rian Hughes anything by Rodrigo Cavazos (psyops.com) faces by Jim Parkinson, Jim Marcus and Chank Diesel
Hi all, do you the book *emotional digital*? If not, it is a book in which a lot of diﬀerent typefoundries are being presented. On top of that, they put a list online with links of the presented foundries: http://www.emodigi.de/ Following typefaces should not be forgotten either: TEFF Renard (The Italic is just it!!!) Trump Mediæval Joanna DTL Fleischmann Jacques
Is there somebody who or someplace that sells quality used typefaces like these — not the “300 on a CD” cheapo sets? Sorry, but the orignal prices @ Adobe, Bitstream etc. are just too dang expensive for the likes of me!
“Used”?! Like with a few “1” bits eroded to zeros with wear and tear?… Seriously: some font prices can seem too high to some people — and no matter what certain type designers might tell you, it’s not your fault. hhp
Partly because it’s so hard to narrow the list down to 10, this list isn’t exactly my top 10 *individual* favorites, it’s more like the 10 faces that come together to paint my favorite picture. 1. Centaur (Jenson, Rogers) — First real font. 2. Galliard (Granjon, Carter) — One giant on another’s shoulders. 3. Perpetua (Gill) — The pure essence of Latin. 4. Electra (Dwiggins) — Depths yet to be fathomed. 5. Rotis (Aicher) — Classiest, gutsiest babe this side of Berlin. 6. Lexicon (de Does) — Function and Style living in total bliss. http://www.teﬀ.nl/fonts/lexicon/lexicon.html 7. Quadraat (Smeijers) — Youthful energy plus ancient wisdom. http://www.fontfont.de/packages/quadra6180/about6180.html 8. Colorado (Mandel) — Trench warfare, but with panache. Very hard to ﬁnd a specimen, but here’s something: http://www.themicrofoundry.com/other/mandel.gif 9. Salome (Schulz) — The organic rebirth of humanity. I guess the only real place to see it is in “Alphabook”: http://isbn.nu/0688168515 10. Mis-haﬁ (Al-Saadi, Diwan) — Zapﬁno, eat your heart out. http://www.diwan.com/mishaﬁ/main.htm BONUS for 2001: Compatil (Linotype) — Intelligent ambition. http://www.fontexplorer.com/FontStore/1078185705/UserTemplate/44 hhp
Here are my top 10, with the disclaimer that this list changes almost weekly. Yeah, I’m late. I promise not to be inﬂuenced by the posts above, having only skimmed over them. Sans Verdana — I can’t get used to anything else on my screen. http://www.myfonts.com/FontFamily458.html Knockout — I’ve used this more than any single family. It’s amazingly versatile with a nod to the warm wood type of the past. http://www.typography.com/catalog/knockout/index.html Avenir — The geometry and clarity of Futura, only less austere. http://www.myfonts.com/FontFamily3439.html Serif Poynter Oldstyle — Emminently readable. Weights that don’t increase the width allow for quick changes in color. http://www.fontbureau.com/readability/ FB Californian — The best of Goudy. I will set all my poetry about my dreary fate on the deserted island in this family. http://www.fontbureau.com/specimens/californian.html Script Freehand 521 — Retro. http://www.myfonts.com/FontFamily220.html Sloop — Formal. http://www.myfonts.com/FontFamily566.html Display Bauer Topic/Futura Steile — It’s just so cute. I will cheat and bundle Futura Display here for poster makin’. http://www.precisiontype.com/main.asp http://www.myfonts.com/FontFamily2429.html Dante Titling — Lovely proportions for large sizes. The alternative in a world where Trajan is used for everything but bubblegum wrappers. http://www.adobe.com:80/type/browser/F/DANT/F_DANT-10005020.html Farao — My new favorite Egyptienne. Good for tough, bold jobs when it’s big, and sparkle when it’s small. http://www.stormtype.com/htm/farao.html Stephen
Ooops, I forgot to say this: my list is chronological. hhp
I divided my list into my top ten favorite TEXT faces, and my top ten favorite DISPLAY faces, as comparing between the two seemed unrealistic. Even this distinction is subjective, admittedly, as fonts from one category could easily ﬁt into the other (and, in fact, a few are listed in both). These lists reﬂect the way I use the fonts most of the time, and they reﬂect my thinking as of today. If we were to post this list again in a week, it’s likely that my selections would be slightly diﬀerent. I surprised myself with the excellent fonts that I considered (and use quite often), but DIDN’T include, among them: Akzidenz Grotesk, Baskerville, Bodoni, Caslon (Adobe, Berthold, or Caslon 540), Centaur, Century, Cochin, Franklin Gothic, Galliard, Helvetica Neue, Italian Old Style, Kabel (not ITC’s), Oﬃcina, Meta, Syntax, Triplex and Walbaum. I also refrained from including my own designs in this list. TOP TEN FAVORITE TEXT FACES: #10: BOOKMAN / OLD STYLE (Ludlow, 1925; Merganthaler-Linotype, 1936; Agfa-Monotype ?) (No direct link available; search at fonts.com) AGFA-Monotype has the best version that I’ve found; Bitstream’s is okay. Avoid ITC’s parody. #9: PLANTIN (Agfa-Monotype
Whoops. It was pointed out to me quite correctly that I neglected to credit the US Federal Highway Administration for the design of the FHWA Series fonts, which are the standard typefaces used for highway signs in the US, and the inspiration for my #10 display face choice, Interstate. I haven’t yet been able to track down the name(s) of the designer(s) of the FHWA Series, nor its design date. I believe the following information may have been posted elsewhere on the Typophile Forums, but I can’t recall where. It’s fairly interesting stuﬀ nonetheless. According to Richard C. Moeur’s website (http://members.aol.com/rcmoeur/alphabet.html): “The standard typefaces used for highway signs in the US are deﬁned in the ‘Standard Alphabets for Highway Signs’, published by the Federal Highway Administration.” Apologies for the omission. David
Hey, what happened? I expected an overwhelming number of postings within the ﬁrst few hours. Soren O
Welcome to the fervently participatory world of type discussion forums. hhp