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20 Desert Island Typefaces

InDesign Magazine issue 127: InDesign at 20This article appeared in Issue 127 of InDesign Magazine.

If you could only use 20 typefaces for the rest of your life, which ones would they be? Nigel French shares his list.

When InDesign Magazine’s illustrious editor, Mike Rankin, asked me to write about my 20 favorite typefaces, I thought it would be fun to reinterpret the brief as my Desert Island Typefaces. I’m borrowing the format from a popular BBC radio show, Desert Island Disks, with which most people (of a certain age) in the UK are familiar. Each week a celebrity or luminary—the castaway—is interviewed about the recordings they would take with them into their hypothetical exile. You can read more about the show here. These, then, in no particular order, are the typefaces I can’t do without: my Desert Island Typefaces…
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Nigel French is a graphic designer, photographer, author, and teacher living in Lewes, UK. He is the author of InDesign Type, and a LinkedIn Learning Instructor with many courses on design and typography.