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20 Most Popular Fonts Loved by the Designers

Updated on July 4, 2012

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.

1) Baskerville

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.

3) Benguiat

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.

4) Broadway

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.


5) Cambria

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.

9) Garamond

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.

10) Georgia

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.

11) Helvetica

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

12) Janson

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.

13) Korinna

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.

17) OCR-A

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.

18) Palatino

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.

19) Perpetua

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.

20) Papyrus

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.

Incinerator - An Extremely Beautiful Font

Incinerator is an extremely beautiful font designed by thppt at It a hand drawn work of art.


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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Thank you KoiHdez

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      Koi 5 years ago from New Jersey

      one word. LOVE.

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      And thanks for saying soothing words for me, those are the best fonts which conveys pleasant meaning :) @mydigital

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      stephanie 5 years ago from phoenix arizona

      thanx for all the wonderful fonts!!

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      Nic 5 years ago

      It's interesting to me that most of these fonts are pretty simple. I guess when it comes down to it, readability has to be a priority. If you're looking for some more interesting handwriting fonts, check out They will also make your handwriting into a font for free. Cheers!

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      You design fonts ? Glad to know it @ dappledesigns

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      dappledesigns 5 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      I work with fonts so often throughout the day, it's nice to step back and learn their origin. Very interesting information - I would have never known Papyrus took 6 months to create.

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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      Good hub. All are not just letters, they are visual emotions and eye friendly.

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Yes these fonts are good to look at @RTalloni

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting look at these fonts--thanks.

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Times New Roman and Ariel are boring. Thank you for commenting @Ivona Poyntz

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      Ivona Poyntz 5 years ago from UK

      So much variety: and all I ever use is times new roman and ariel

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Thank you for your praise @howtotextagirl. Anyway you got an interesting id

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      howtotextagirl 5 years ago from Canada

      It was quite enjoyable to read this list. Choosing a font can be a very meaningful experience.

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      LPogue, it is nice to know that you like the Lucida family fonts. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      LPogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      My favorite fonts are in the Lucida family. Interesting information. Thanks!