New Years Resolution - A typeface diet

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Moe Joseph's picture
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New Years Resolution - A typeface diet
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Hello Everyone,

Looking for some input on a New Years resolution I'm making. For the next year I want to work with a limited set of typefaces.

The idea of working with "a few good typefaces" has always appealed to me, but I've never decided what those should be. Now that web fonts are sufficiently supported (90% of my work is web design), I have decided to pick 20 typefaces to work with all year.

But I have a slight problem. I narrowed my selection down to 17 typefaces and don't really see any more that seem necessary. Do you see some glaring omissions in this list? Or is 20 not really a very restrictive number? Should I aim for 10, 5?

Here's the selections so far:

THE SERIFS
1 - Beufort
2 - Caecelia
3 - Clarendon
4 - Chapparrel
5 - Palantino Nova
6 - Perpetua
7 - Georgia
8 - Iowan Oldstyle
9 - ITC Charter

THE SANS
1 - Avenir Next
2 - FF OCR
3 - Gill Sans
4 - Myriad
5 - Optima Nova
6 - Sweet Sans
7 - Trade Gothic
8 - Verdana

Jason Pagura's picture
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While you should be highly selective in your use of typefaces, you should be using MORE of them, not fewer. Consider purchasing a new font family to provide each new client with a distinctive look of their own.

But as a basic toolkit, that's not a bad lineup of fonts there.