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Hi, name's Lars Johansson. ( *ducks for obligatory Swede-jokes*)
I found this outstanding site trough some searching on the web, for resources and information on fonts and typography.
I'm a hobbyist web and graphical designer, as well as an amateur comic-book letterer and colourist.
I'm also an editor for a comic-book fanzine here in Sweden, and one of my duties is the design of logos and promotional fliers. As such, I have been reading up on what is essentially considered to be the VERY BEST of the best, of the best, ( and on and on ;) ) fonts that a modern graphical designer needs to have in his arsenal.
I've also come to the conclusion that quality most definitely don't come cheap. So, realizing that I at the moment do not have the funds to actually acquire the tools of the professional, I have started the search for the best hobbyists tools.
That has led me to this board, mainly because I find an immense amount of knowledge seems to be contained here. Knowledge that I desperately need.
You gents and ladies are some of the very best in the global typography industry. Can you help me out with putting together a list of the very best Open Source fonts that I can use in my work?
I've been gazing the following sites in my quest, and they seem to hold part of the answers that I seek:
Really great fonts there, already dl-ed some of them and used in a project.
Vitaly Friedman seems to be taking a really good look at some of the best alternatives for a newbie like me. It doesn't seem like that many of these fonts can actually replace the true classics that professional designers use tho...
Jacob Cass goes trough the very best of the best... and I have to agree, those types and fonts seem really versatile.
So, do you think it's possible to find replacements for the true classics? As a start I just want to find some alternatives to the top 7-10 fonts, instead of the massive list of 30 classics that the real pro's use. Just want the bare bones, a little something to start me off, so to speak.
Something that will replace these little nuggets:
1. Akzidenz Grotesk
6. Bickham Script Pro
Any help and suggestions are gladly received, ladies and gentlemen.