TypeTalk: Top Fonts of 2008

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Q. What typefaces have been hot recently?

A. The past year was a great one for type, with the release of many exciting new typefaces, and the expansion of some tried and true favorites.

Here are links to some of the biggest and best lists of what was hot in 2008, fontifically speaking. They represent a wide range of styles and come from an even broader array of type designers, foundries, and font resellers.

The MyFonts listing of their Top 10 Fonts of 2008 is a great place to start. It showcases the entries in large, illustrative, appealing settings, and includes descriptive copy beneath it. Lots of cool stuff here, including scripts, dingbats, and even monograms.

Veer’s Faces of the Year: Top 10 Type Stories may not be their best sellers, but they’re certainly designs worth your notice. The big, juicy type samples with economical descriptive copy below them are inviting and exciting.

While ilovetypograpy.com doesn’t sell fonts, its list of Favourite Typefaces of 2008 is definitely worth a visit if you want to broaden your typographic horizons. The list includes designs from a broad range of foundries, including obscure international designers who are doing exciting work.

FontShop’s 20 Typefaces of 2008 is a clever listing of a number of self-awarded categories, included Best No-nonsense Headliner, Sublime schizophrenia, and Most Unconventionally Curvacious. Very original, informative, and entertaining.

This Top 30 Best Selling Fonts of 2008 listing from FontHaus has oldies but goodies and predictable favorites, but there are also more unexpected designs. Check it out!

You can see Fonts.com’s 25 Best Sellers by clicking a tab on the home page, which brings up clickable spot images for each font that take you to more tabs, which in turn access Sample, About This Font, Try Font, Waterfall, Character Map, and Technical Details. It’s a nice sampling of mostly text families.

Posted on: January 29, 2009

Ilene Strizver

Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio, is a typographic consultant, designer, writer and educator specializing in all aspects of visual communication, from the aesthetic to the technical. Her book, Type Rules! The designer’s guide to professional typography, 4th edition, has received numerous accolades from the type and design community. She conducts her widely acclaimed Gourmet Typography Workshops internationally. For more information on attending one or bringing it to your company, organization, or school, go to her site, call The Type Studio at 203-227-5929, or email Ilene at info@thetypestudio.com. Sign up for her free e‑newsletter, All Things Typographic, at www.thetypestudio.com.

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