Type Help

dalsinan's picture

Hey everyone,

I'm new here and new in graphic design, I'm currently going for my MFA in GR and still exploring but so far typography has been my favorite part. I'm still learning and would love to know more typefaces other than the common ones (as they are also tabooed in our department) I'm currently creating a mood board for a project in my type class and wanted some help in picking typefaces. The topic is a personal museum and I'm leaning towards a museum that displays the work of the UN and perhaps some snapshots from the developing countries to raise awareness and get more people to help. When I think of the UN conceptually I tend to think clean san serif typeface reflecting the pillars of the UN's work and how the sleek stems reflect the pillars which are the fundamental part of a building in this case, foundation. But also, when I think of it conceptually I think of serif as being roots of a tree that grows and produces something beautiful which in this case is people's help. I don't know if I'm thinking about it too much, but I would love some feedback, and type suggestions if that's possible. :) Thank you!


Morpheus10's picture

Go with a Sans Serif font( Probably a condensed one with some letter spacing) Try Helvetica Condensed. It's Sleek and Simple.


JamesT's picture

If the original poster is trying to stay away from common typefaces, I'd suggest not using Helvetica Condensed.

Try spending some time at Fontshop or Myfonts and test out different typefaces. It would break from the mold to use a serif face (or, for that matter, anything that isn't a geometric sans), for a museum identity.

That's my 2¢

dalsinan's picture

Thanks for the response! I'm actually creating the museum's entire identity. A series of things including a book, posters and some of the things you find in a museum's gift shop. So I'll probably need to find more than one typeface (at least 3) for headlines, subheads and body text. Thanks guys.

Té Rowan's picture

If you don't mind ones you can toss overboard with no regrets if you don't like them...

DejaVu Mono/Sans/Serif (based on Bitstream Vera)
Linux Biolinum/Libertine
Paratype's PT Sans/PT Serif

alphaecho's picture

Be young be foolish but be happy:


Only messin, might frighten your tutors. But amazing font - bank it for when you do that ironic sign 10 years from now...

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