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20 Most Popular Fonts Loved by the Designers
Fonts gives look to text. There are different type of fonts. Some are formal and some are comical. Some fonts are fantastic looking but some are boring. You can set different fonts for your text and thus give it a look which is suitable and eye pleasing. Here is a list of 20 fonts which are most popular and are well loved by the designers.
Some of the fonts are very old but some are modern. Some of these fonts were designed for type writers. Some of the best fonts were designed for Microsoft and Adobe.
The sample images of the fonts are taken from Wikimedia Commons.
Baskerville font was designed by John Baskerville in 1757. The contrast between thin and thick strokes is higher in this font which gives a strong impression.
2) Bell Gothic
Bell Gothic is a quiet modern font. This type face was designed in 1938 by C.H. Griffith. This font is noteworthy for its simple but elegant style. It is a realistic Sans-Serif font. This font is legible in very small sizes and thus is very efficient in saving space.
ITC Benguiat is a beautiful serif font. It was designed in 1978 by Ed Benguiat. The most notable thing about this font is slightly angled horizontal lines.
M. F. Benton was the designer of this popular font in 1927. It is a decorative font and can only be used special purposes. This font is not very legible.
Cambria is font which comes with Microsoft Office packages. It is designed for on-screen reading not for printing. Cambria is a clear and very legible font. It is readable in very small size.
6) Comic Sans
Comic Sans MS is a font which is based upon the fonts popularly used in American Comics books. It is a casual and non connecting script. This font is used in informal documents. Comic Sans is a very popular font. The use of this font even in serious documents once became so prolific that a movement was started by same named: “ Ban Comicsans”.
7) Franklin Gothic Medium
Franklin Gothic font was created in 1902. This font has been used in many famous advertisements and paper headlines. It is a bold Sans Serif type font. This font is very popular
8) FF Scala
FF Scala is influenced by several historic typefaces. It is an old style, serif font which is created by the Dutch font designer Martin Majoor. The italics of this font is highly calligraphic. The clarity of the form is a notable feature of FF Scala font.
Garamond is an ancient font which was designed by the famous renaissance time punch cutter Claude Garamond. This font is fluid and consistence. It is one of the most legible and readable font available. The use of this font saves paper and ink while printed. All the novels of famous Indian novelist Chetan Bhagat is written in Garamond font. The adobe Garamond font is used to print the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling.
Georgia font is similar to Times New Roman font. It was released by the Microsoft Corporation. This carefully designed font is widely used and very popular. It is designed for bringing clarity in computer screens.
Helvetica is a Sans –Serif typeface. Helvetica Narrow is a popular version of this font which is 18% narrower. Helvetica Rounded has round and smooth design. Helvetica Inserat was created to be used in the advertisement industry
This font is named after Dutch printer Anton Janson. It was created in 1685. Though it is very old in original Janson is still used in digital mediums.
It is a German serif font. Korinna was first released 1904. It was revived on 1974. It is used in TV game shows. The font is popular in movie posters and othe promotional purposes.
14) Lucida Bright
Lucida has many variants including scripts, serif and sans-serif. It was designed on 1985. Lucida Bright font was first used by Scientific American Magazine.
15) Minion Pro
The font face Minion was created for Adobe. Minion is very legible and goes well inside graphics. It comes with 3 weights and widths.
16) Nimbus Roman
In 1982 this font was designed. It was designed for the URW Studio. It is similar to Times and Times New Roman.
When the optical character recognition was in its infancy then a font was necessary which will be easily recognized by the computer after scanning the printed material. OCR-A was designed for this purpose. This font is very good readable by human beings too.
Hermann Zapf designed Palatino in 1948. It was based upon the themes of Italian Renaissance. It is one of the most used and most copied fonts available. Palatino has many versions like Palatino Nova, Palatino Sans etc.
Eric Gill was the designer of Perpetua font. High stroke contrast is a notable trait of Perpetua. Perpetua can is a clear and legible font.
Papyrus was designed in 1982 by a graphic designer and illustrator Chris Costello. It was hand drawn over a period of six months. It is a brilliant piece of art. Papyrus looked like almost hand written.
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