The Best Fonts of 2014

bestfonts2014

The list has grown long. Too long? I don’t hope so! The lengths has two reasons: On the one hand, I decided to create specimens not only for my personal highlights, but also one-liners for all other typefaces (more work, but also more fun). On the other hand, well, many great typefaces were released by many great people – and these must be shown! The presentation changed, my approach stayed the same: I put everything remarkable in one big list, without a special order. Among these, I highlighted eleven releases that were particular interesting to yours truly. What are yours?

velo-serif
Vēlo Serif · Christian Schwartz, Mitja Miklavčič & Ben Kiel
monster
Mønster · Sindre Bremnes
audimat-3000
Audimat 3000 · Jack Usine
ryman-eco
Ryman Eco · Dan Rhatigan & Gunnar Vilhjálmsson
patron
Patron · Timo Gaessner
carabelle
Carabelle · Michael Hochleitner
sutro-deluxe
Sutro Deluxe · Jim Parkinson
pepone
Pepone · František Štorm
bestfonts2014_domainesans

Domaine Sans · Kris Sowersby (KLIM)

Kris Sowersby’s sans companion to his extravagant Domaine family might be the most forceful of the many great high-contrast sans of the last months.

ecam
Ecam · Malou Verlomme & Mathieu Chévara
christel
Christel · Sascha Timplan
cortado-script
Cortado Script · Jesse Ragan & Ben Kiel
nomada
Nomada · Jordi Embodas
cooper-hewitt
Cooper Hewitt · Chester Jenkins
artz
Artz · Erik Spiekermann
gauthier-display
Gauthier Display · Jérémie Hornus & Julien Priez
bestfonts2014_brixsans

Brix Sans · Döhren & Livius Dietzel (HvD Fonts)

Hannes von Döhren’s Brix Sans has emancipated from her big slab sister as a warmer DIN with HvD’s distinctive handwriting.

big-caslon
Big Caslon · Matthew Carter
muriza
Muriza · Jürgen Schwarz & Jakob Runge
cargan
Cargan · Dieter Hofrichter
beausite
Beausite · Yassin Baggar
luxus-brut-sparkling
Luxus Brut Sparkling · Roland Hörmann
custer-re
Custer RE · David Berlow
quire-sans
Quire Sans · Jim Ford
bestfonts2014_sectra

GT Sectra · Marc Kappeler, Dominik Huber & Noël Leu (Grilli Type)

Long admired in “Reportagen” magazine, now finally available in full bloom: the razor-sharp modern serif face from Zurich-based Moiré.

surogat
Surogat · Nikola Djurek
vicomte
Vicomte · Joachim Vu
rowton-sans
Rowton Sans · Julien Priez, Hugo Dumont, Jérémie Hornus & Alisa Nowak
brandon-printed
Brandon Printed · Hannes von Döhren
selfie
Selfie · Maximiliano Sproviero
input
Input · David Jonathan Ross
heimat-didone
Heimat Didone · Christoph Dunst
bestfonts2014_skolarsans

Skolar Sans · David Březina, Sláva Jevčinová (Rosetta)

The long-awaited sans partner of David Březina’s popular Skolar comes as an extensively equipped family that suites the needs of responsive design.

essay-text
Essay Text · Ellmer Stefan
liebedoris
LiebeDoris · Ulrike Rausch
dokument
Dokument · Jim Rimmer
bowling-script
Bowling Script · Alejandro Paul
bonnie
Bonnie · Artur Schmal
stencil-gothic
Stencil Gothic · Johannes Lang & Ellmer Stefan
valter
Valter · Nikola Djurek
bestfonts2014_dalaprisma

Dala Prisma · Paul Barnes & Ben Kiel (Commercial Type)

With crazy Dala Prisma, Paul Barnes crowns his Dala Floda suite. Limited usability, unlimited enthusiasm!

ferry
Ferry · Erik Moberg
signo
Signo · Rui Abreu
eubie-script
Eubie Script · Dai Foldes
marigny
Marigny · Tal Leming
darby
Darby · Paul Barnes & Dan Milne
haltrix
Haltrix · Daniel Sabino
minotaur
Minotaur · Jean-Baptiste Levée
bestfonts2014_identitet

Identitet · Nikola Djurek (Typonine)

Not highly applicable, but highly appreciable: Nikola Djurek reflects the Balkan’s cultural history in one type family.

asm
ASM · Íñigo Jerez
triplicate
Triplicate · Matthew Butterick
parmigiano
Parmigiano · Riccardo Olocco & Jonathan Pierini
berlingske
Berlingske · Jonas Hecksher
riga
Riga · Ludwig Übele
source-serif
Source Serif · Frank Grießhammer
produkt
Produkt · Berton Hasebe & Christian Schwartz
bestfonts2014_neutral

Neutral · Kai Bernau (Typotheque)

Kai Bernau’s KABK graduation project on possible neutrality in a typeface was only available upon request for a long time, before in 2014 it was finally released by Typotheque.

kommissar
Kommissar · Vincent Chan & Christian Schwartz
lipa-agate
Lipa Agate · Ermin Međedović
burlingame
Burlingame · Carl Crossgrove
laski-slab
Laski Slab · Paula Mastrangelo & Ramiro Espinoza
wonderhand
Wonderhand · Martina Flor
inknut-antiqua
Inknut Antiqua · Claus Eggers Sørensen
lichtspiele
Lichtspiele · Stefan Hübsch
bestfonts2014_quarto

Quarto · Sara Soskolne & Jonathan Hoefler (H&Co)

Based on Hendrik van den Keere’s work, Sara Soskolne designed a wonderful dense and contemporary old style for elegant headline use.

ahkio
Ahkio · Mika Melvas
love-script
Love Script · Neil Summerour
marr-sans
Marr Sans · Paul Barnes & Dave Foster
maelstrom
Maelstrom · Kris Sowersby
antithesis
Antithesis · Yanone
bauer-grotesk
Bauer Grotesk · Felix Bonge & Thomas Ackermann
spot-mono
Spot Mono · Schick Toikka
bestfonts2014_nittigrotesk

Nitti Grotesk · Pieter van Rosmalen (Bold Monday)

Pieter van Rosmalen finally transferred the charme of the monospaced Nitti into a versatile proportional variant.

roman-extended-fatface
Roman Extended Fatface · Jim Lyles
retiro
Retiro · Jean François Porchez
countach
Countach · Superscript2 & Jean-Baptiste Levée
dream-script
Dream Script · Maximiliano Sproviero
colroy
Colroy · Marc Droz
bouquet
Bouquet · Dzianis Serabrakou
caponi
Caponi · Paul Barnes, Christian Schwartz & Miguel Reyes
bestfonts2014_franziska

FF Franziska · Jakob Runge (FontFont)

Jakob Runge designed (and documented) his typeface with such a loving attention to detail, it’s just logical she was named after his girlfriend.

diogenes
Diogenes · Ludwig Übele
stereotesque
Stereotesque · Sascha Timplan
courtesy-script
Courtesy Script · Alejandro Paul
breve
Abreve · Dino dos Santos
porta-news
Porta News · Nikola Djurek
proto-grotesk
Proto Grotesk · Jean-Baptiste Levée
torio
Torio · Dino dos Santos & Pedro Leal
bestfonts2014_donki

Donki · Gunnar Link

Gunnar Link sounded the bell for 2014 in a fat and friendly way, with Donki’s convincing mixture of soft and sharp shapes. (And pssst: This year there’s gonna be addition to the family!)

sindelar
Sindelar · Stefan Willerstorfer
core-escher
Core Escher · Hyun-Seung Lee & Dae-Hoon Hahm
queue
Queue · Tal Leming
tick
Tick · Cyrus Highsmith
questa
The Questa Project · Martin Majoor & Jos Buivenga
woodkit
Woodkit · Ondrej Jób
orgon
Orgon · Dieter Hofrichter
blenny
Blenny · Spike Spondike
surveyor
Surveyor · Hoefler & Frere-Jones
pique
Pique · Nicole Dotin
big-moore
Big Moore · Matthew Carter
din-next-slab
DIN Next Slab · Akira Kobayashi, Tom Grace & Sandra Winter

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