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 : Måns Grebäck
Designer(s) : Måns Grebäck
Cost: $5 – $79 (depending on license)
It seems like every month I have something from Måns Grebäck on my list, but he keeps releasing awesome new fonts that would make great headlines. This month it is Bready – a thick, pointed brush script with what I can best describe as some “wonky” bits (which isn’t a bad thing). These uneven curves and interesting stroke weights are what actually tie the letters together and make the typeface work. The typeface also works because of four extra fonts that extend the selection of alternate characters with more swashes in different directions. Look through all the choices for letters and you’re bound to find a good combination to set an opening word or any short display type.
Foundry : TypeSETit
Designer(s) : Rob Leuschke
We stay in the pointed brush script family but go in a slightly different direction. With more slant and a lot less weight, Arizonia by Rob Leuschke has a slightly more calligraphic feel. There is the hint of cursive handwriting over sign-painting as the source of inspiration. I definitely can see a romantic book title or the tagline for a home and garden magazine being set in this swooping typeface. I think it might even work in some formal settings such as the names on an invitation. Without any alternates though, judge your words carefully and look out for repeat letters that might disrupt a handwritten flow (if you want to go for that).
Foundry : Okaycat
Designer(s) : Luke William Turvey, Natsuko Hayashida
Cost: $29.95 each
These two cousins are casual serifs with plenty of easy going, childhood bounce. The filled-in Arco Web would be perfect for flash cards, children’s birthday invitations, and circus tent programs. Want even more schoolmarm chalkboard charm, Arco Crayon is a textured version full of distressed edges. Arco Web could easily set a short paragraph and be perfectly legible, but both versions will easily add cute, fun personality to any headline.
If your appetite for typography is still hungry, here are two recent posts with more great free fonts to take a look through.