Judicious Use of Fonts (39)

Everyone has their favorite fonts, and I am no different.

Apart from the staples of Helvetica/Arial (both sans serif) and Times New Roman (serif) there are tens of thousands of others and, for what it’s worth, here are some of my personal choices of the ‘lesser’ fonts.

 

Calligraph421 BT – a really classy looking font, though the numbers can look a bit lopsided at times.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQR

STUVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

123456789!?@

 

Fennario – Nice and clear, with an upright handwritten tone.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

123456789!?@

 

billieBarred – Capitals and numerals only. A kind of ‘torn denim’ feel to this font. Just appeals to me, don’t know why.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP

QRSTUVWXYZ

123456789!?@

 

Kirvy – Pretty minimalist style. It’s the lowercase letters that attract me for their rounded simplicity. This font is used in the book cover title.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTU

VWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

123456789!?@

 

Sunset – One of those really striking fonts that delivers. It’s the capitals and the numerals that make it for me, especially for titles.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

123456789!?@

 

LONDONMM – At first glance this may seem like a run-of-the-mill sans serif font. But for me it ticks several boxes: it’s clean, it’s clear, it has no frills, and the lowercase ‘l’ and ‘t’ have their feet curled. However I just can’t get my head around the uppercase Q, nor the use of a diamond shape in place of a dot in ‘i’, ‘j’, ‘!’ and ‘?’.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRS

TUVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

1234567890!?@

 

Comic Sans – A much maligned font. This font is far from rare, and turns up almost everywhere, but has gained a reputation as being somewhat plebeian. I would call it homely.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST

UVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

123456789!?@

 

Night Sky – There are so many decorative fonts, and here is just one example. The lowercase is simply a smaller version of the uppercase (except, weirdly, for the ‘e’). Even the ‘at sign’ is a capital.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST

UVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

123456789!?@

 

I could go on, but finally, at the other end of the spectrum, is a font that I hope you will never need, and is thankfully in uppercase only.

Snot

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNoPqRs

TuVwXyZ

 

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