Just in case anyone is wondering, or looking for new sans-serif fonts to add to their collection, here’s 7 sans-serif fonts that are in my current palette (my 7 lovable fonts). Click on the images or titles to view the fonts.
This font is definitely one to consider. The stroke or stem has the same width applied to each character, all lowercase letters fit equally between the baseline and the x-height. What I find unique is the bowl on the lowercase a. The kerning, by default, is almost perfect. There’s many more appreciative things about Proxima Nova but simply put, this is a font I would invest in. (Did you notice I use Proxima Nova on my website? Yep, it’s a core element of my branding.)
What I always find fascinating about Futura is its anatomical structure. Futura is known as a geometric sans-serif and as you can see why, it’s excellent for headers and in some cases work as body text on the web. My logo is actually a customized version of Futura to further emphasize the geometric anatomy and detail.
A free font, courtesy of Ubuntu, and one that I don’t use much, but I definitely like it for these reasons. It’s unique and would make any header stand out against a body of sans-serif text. The unfortunate thing about this font and I’m wondering what other designers would think about this one is that it wouldn’t be effective as a part of a brand scheme as it is, after all, Ubuntu. I’m also wondering if there may be some copyright issues pertaining to the use of the font. I still think this is a great font for personal use.
Helvetica Neue, or just Helvetica, since it’s derived from Helvetica is what I would consider a great choice to use for body text and it also works great for headers. This humanistic font is modern, simple, and yet powerful.
What I like about Univers is definitely the vertical scale. The anatomical structure seems to resemble Helvetica but the difference between the two is the vertical scale along with a few individual glyphs. Because the vertical scale is lower, it’s easier to read as body text on screen.
One of my first favorite fonts, I continue to use Gill Sans all the time, especially in the classroom when I’m writing term/research papers. What I like about this font is the style.
Frutiger is another humanist font that contains a strong range of alphabetical characters. As you can see in the name, the ascender of the letter t is slanted at a subtle degree. This and other individual glyphs make this font stand out from the rest. Another great choice for body text and even for headers.
Here’s my 8 likable sans-serif fonts that I hope to use someday. I don’t have anything to say about them at this point as I haven’t had the chance to use them yet. Click on the images or titles to check out the fonts.
What are your favorite fonts? I’d love to hear what fonts you like or use as your own font palette.