One Tuesday every month, I’m going to round up a couple (maybe a few) awesome display typefaces to showcase and give a little breakdown on each one. If you have a suggestion you want me to take a look at, drop me a line. Let’s jump straight into some headline goodness.
Foundry : Lost Type Co-op
Designer(s) : Luke Lisi
Cost: Name Your Own Price
Homestead is awesome because it is a well built slab-serif with plenty of weight that lets it really hold a space well. What makes it even more awesome is a crazy Display style of solid and striped pieces that evokes woodsy, frontier maps and Paul Bunyan flannels. You can layer endless combinations as the spacing and metrics are the same across all the styles. Throw in a little spice of color – maybe some distressed, dusty texture – and you have a knockout headline for plenty of settings.
Foundry : Atlantic Fonts
Designer(s) : Ken Russell
Straight out of a Dr. Seuss book comes the bouncy Mountain Goat! Quirky unevenness looks like someone took scissors to construction paper and the result was digitized. It is fun and full of childish playfulness – perfect for a birthday invitation or a lemonade stand. It is limited though without having any OpenType alternates to keep things unique, so watch out for repeating letter patterns that might start to look clunky. Take advantage of the exaggerated proportions to really make your headline standout.
Foundry : Emily Lime
Designer(s) : Emily Conners
Cost: FREE – $19
Sticking in the handmade realm, the next typeface on this month’s list is called Emmy. It is straight-forward, easy to read, and even a little cutesy. It gets even better with the Stripe, Shade, and 3D styles – the last of which is available for free. Like Mountain Goat above, the lowercase uses exaggerated proportions to give it a signature look. Where it excels is having Regular, Semi, and Bold weights along with italics for plenty of options in setting a headline and maybe even a short bit of body copy.
Foundry : FaceType
Designer(s) : Georg Herold-Wildfellner
Cost: FREE – $19
Mr. Moustache shares a lot in common with the above. It has a handwritten touch with a thin line weight. It has a unicase style of mixing upper and lower case letterforms. It also has great extras – solid and outline dingbats, solid and outline ornaments, solid and outline frames. Then come the OpenType ligatures and stylistic alternates that put it over the top with options for making your text really stand out. The dingbats are free – some of them are shown below – so you should definitely check those out, but the whole package is a deal currently at $39 on MyFonts.
The closing note for this month’s Headline Heads Up is an awesome foundry found via Abduzeedo. Designer Joshua M. Smith works under the names Hydro74 & Legacy of Defeat, but no matter the name – the work is awesome. Be it illustration or font, there is truly insane and unique stuff going on at his websites. Below is a quick snapshot of some of the stuff you’ll see, but I’ll leave it at “You just need to go check this out!”