The Best Fonts of 2015

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The new year isn’t that new any more, yet I don’t want to do without the established look back. Again, the focus is on overviewing all remarkable releases of the year, flavoured with some personal spotlights. Anyway, one thing has changed: For the first time, it’s not my own compilation, but a cooperation with my new Typefacts-colleagues Norman and Sven who made this list possible. In this respect it makes a turning point: The end of the old Typefacts and the beginning of a partnership that should breathe new life into the old website. I’m excited!

acumin
Acumin · Robert Slimbach
alternategothic
Alternate Gothic · Mark van Bronkhorst, Alan Dague-Greene, David Sudweeks, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel; Morris Fuller Benton, 1903
americane-bold
Americane · Hannes von Döhren
andradenew
Andrade New · Dino dos Santos
antenna-serif-light
Antenna Serif · Cyrus Highsmith
aureata-normal
Aureata · Ingo Preuss
autograf
Autograf · Måns Grebäck
balboa
Balboa Plus · Jim Parkinson
biryani
Biryani · Dan Reynolds & Mathieu Réguer
bestfonts2015_mallory

Mallory by Tobias Frere-Jones (Frere-Jones Type)

Mallory is Tobias Frere-Jones’ first commercial release as an independent type designer. He combined sincerity with a warm, yet certain playful look and feel. A special feature is the MicroPlus version that’s optimized for very small text sizes.

blog-script
Blog Script · Carolina Marando & Ale Paul
brace
Brace · Göran Söderström
brenta
Brenta · Ludwig Übele
brim_face
Brim · Jamie Clarke
bruhnsans-light
Bruhn Sans · Peter Bruhn; Mastered · Rui Abreu & Göran Söderström
brush
ATF Brush · American Type Founders Collection; Robert E. Smith, 1942
buendia-bold
Buendia · César Puertas
buffalo
Buffalo · Donald Roos
camber-light
Camber · Eduardo Manso
bestfonts2015_trianon

Trianon by Loïc Sander (Production Type)

With the splendid Trianon, Loïc Sander brings Firmin Didot’s ideas to the 21th century. With its four optical sizes, Trianon retains its elegance even in sophisticated typographic applications, while type designers get excited about the tools Loïc invented on his way.

campaign-grotesk-light
Campaign Grotesk · Mark Caneso
capri
Capri Pro · Felix Braden
carnas
Carnas · Dieter Hofrichter
cera-pro-thin
Cera · Jakob Runge
cerastencilpro-black
Cera Stencil · Jakob Runge
ceremony-black-g
Ceremony · Joost Grootens
clarendon-graphic
Clarendon Graphic · François Rappo
clone
Clone · Lasko Dzurovski
conto-light
Conto · Nils Thomsen
bestfonts2015_irrlicht

Irrlicht by Ari Hausel (Aarhaus)

The sublime Irrlicht is Ari Hausel’s take on the Judith-Type by Christian Heinrich Kleukens. He further enriched the concept with a matching “Lichte”-style.

cowhand
Cowhand · Toshi Omagari
dia-light
Dia · Lauri Toikka & Florian Schick
double
Double · Alexandre Saumier Demers & Étienne Aubert Bonn
druktextwide-medium
Druk Text Wide · Berton Hasebe
ebony
Ebony · Veronika Burian, José Scaglione
echo
Echo · Ross Milne
ecra
Ecra · Dino dos Santos
enfantine-light
Enfantine · Jean-Baptiste Levée with Yohanna My Nguyen, Loïc Sander, Yoann Minet, Ben Kiel
essonnes
Essonnes · James Todd
bestfonts2015_ffreal

FF Real · Erik Spiekermann & Ralph du Carrois (FontFont)

FF Real is one of the most impressive typeface releases of 2015. Designed by Erik Spiekermann and cleaned by Ralph du Carrois the typeface is rooted in early static grotesques and combines it with the typical Spiekermann twist. It’s a modern interpretation and well equipped typeface of that genre.

eurosoft-light
Eurosoft · Jérémie Hornus, Clara Jullien
ff-aad-black
FF Aad · Aad van Dommelen
fip
Fip · Rob Keller
frauen_script
Frauen · Lucas Sharp
fs_brabo-2
FS Brabo · Fernando Mello
fs-millbank
FS Millbank · Stuart de Rozario
gillsans-nova
Gill Sans Nova · George Ryan, Eric Gill
godfrey
Godfrey · Ludwig Übele
goodlifebrush
Goodlife Brush · Hannes von Döhren
bestfonts2015_hobeaux

Hobeaux by James Edmondson (OH NO Type)

How much love and life can you put into a disdained typeface? James Edmondson’s careful interpretation of Morris Fuller Benton’s classic will surprise you: You hate Hobo? You’ll love Hobeaux!

granvilleweb-bold
Granville · Jean-Baptiste Levée with help · Mathieu Réguer
gratitude-script
Gratitude Script · Kathy Milici & Ale Paul
gt-cinetype
GT Cinetype · Mauro Paolozzi & Rafael Koch
halifax-extralight
Halifax · Dieter Hofrichter
haptic-script
Haptic Script · Henning Skibbe
heimat-display
Heimat Display · Christoph Dunst
ines-book
Ines · Dino dos Santos
infini-gras
Infini · Sandrine Nugue
ingra-hair
Ingra · Ermin Međedović
bestfonts2015_contemporarysans

Contemporary Sans by Ludwig Übele (Ludwig Type)

Ludwig is one of the most talented type designers in Germany, and you might as well take any other of his 2015 releases. We chose Contemporary Sans, which shows that a Sans Serif with contrast doesn’t have to look like it was made for fashion magazines.

joanna-nova
Joanna Nova · Ben Jones, Eric Gill
josef-k
Josef K · Julia Sysmäläinen
jules
Jules · Dino dos Santos, Pedro Leal
kazimir-3
Kazimir · Ilya Ruderman, Yury Ostromentsky
komet-thin
Komet · Jan Fromm
krabbesholm-2
Krabbesholm · Radim Peško & Tomáš Celizna
laplace-mono-bold
Laplace Mono · Anton Koovit
lecolonel-2
Le Colonel · Sylvain Esposito
lichtspielhaus-slab
Lichtspielhaus Slab · Stefan Hübsch
bestfonts2015_ffhertz

FF Hertz · Jens Kutílek (FontFont)

Jens Kutílek’s FF Hertz with its squarish forms is influenced by Hermann Zapf’s Melior and his Mergenthaler Antiqua. The typeface references to early German topographic maps too. Its uniwidth design and character set makes it perfect for advanced typographic works.

liebe-lotte
LiebeLotte · Ulrike Rausch
mangan-extrabold
Mangan · Dieter Hofrichter
martel-sans
Martel Sans · Dan Reynolds & Mathieu Réguer
media77-bold
Media77 · Team’77 · André Gürtler, Christian Mengelt & Erich Gschwind
menoe-grotesque
Menoe Grotesque · Adam Katyi
mina-chic
Mina Chic · Giuseppe Salerno & Paco González
model
Model · Maximiliano Sproviero
nbinternational
NB International · Stefan Gandl
neue-haas-unica
Neue Haas Unica · Toshi Omagari; ursprünglich · Team’77
bestfonts2015_nittimostro

Nitti Mostro · Pieter van Rosmalen (Bold Monday)

Nitti Mostro by Pieter van Rosmalen is an extension of the praised Nitti family. With its 18 styles, it clearly is a prime example how a chromatic typeface for the digital-age could look like. Be sure to give it a spin on its amazing microsite!

new-grotesk-square-one
New Grotesk Square One · Henrik Kubel
noe-text-book-italic-2
Noe Text · Lauri Toikka & Florian Schick
objektiv-light
Objektiv · Bruno Mello
obsidian
Obsidian · Andy Clymer
paintlay
Paintlay · Mika Melvas
pattern-2
Pattern · Eike Dingler
picaradual-2
Picara · Sandra Carrera
proza
Proza · Jasper de Waard
quercus
Quercus · František Štorm
sabre
Sabre · Gareth Hague
bestfonts2015_holliescript

Hollie Script · Felipe Calderón (Estudio Calderon)

Hollie Script with its companion Hollie Scripts Ornaments is a modern interpretation of mid-20th centuries’ window lettering. A rich glyph set with contextual ligatures, and alternative characters make it appear in a very nice way.

sanomatsans-light
Sanomat Sans · Vincent Chan and Christian Schwartz
scandia
Scandia · Eric Olson
scandia-line
Scandia Line · Eric Olson
silva-2
Silva · Daniel Sabino
suiss
Suisse Sign · Swiss Typefaces
telemaque-2
Telemaque FY · Jean-Baptiste Morizot
tesla-slab-2
Tesla Slab · Nikola Djurek
tremolo
Tremolo · Nikola Djurek
tripper
Tripper · Sami Kortemäki, Akiem Helmling & Bas Jacobs
unica77
Unica77 · Maurice Göldner, Christian Mengelt · Team’77
vito-2
Vito · Thomas Gabriel
vortice-concept
Vortice · Miguel Sousa
wand
Wand · Charles Gibbons
weissenhof-grotesk-2
Weissenhof Grotesk · Dirk Wachowiak & Stefanie Schwarz
wittingau
Wittingau · František Štorm
wurst
VLNL Wurst · Alexandre Saumier Demers
zahrah
Zahrah · Yoann Minet

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