This year – you want some fresh new looks to add to your font palette, and I intend not to disappoint. Instead of going for 21 – 50 fonts like I sometimes do, I thought I’d curate only 7 of the best I’ve found. The truth is, you do not need MANY fonts if you have GOOD fonts.
The trends I see, going into 2020 – are bold, clean, and with clear contrast. Maybe even a little bit of awkward on purpose style that I showcase in font #2. Enjoy!
1. Publico ExtraBold
Bold Serif Fonts
What is the principle at work here? Bold serif fonts exude positive, modern energy – without the sparse dryness of a sans-serif. Smart technology companies are learning to humanize their brand with some alternative looks, besides just the mechanically clean look of sans-serifs.
2. Anonymous Pro
An Awkward on Purpose Sans-serif
This font pairs well with Druk below, and can be used in an artistic / Awwwards-esque vibe, that reminds me of the best of European UI/UX designers work. Obviously. it shouldn’t be used haphazardly and may be more of an ‘agency site only’ kind of look.
3. Sentinel Screen Serif
A modern 2020 Serif that’s easy on the eyeballs
A super well-composed and readable serif, Sentinel Book seems like it could be a very nice addition to any user interface designers playbook. My take on fonts in 2020 is that you really only need like 10 good ‘go-to’s’ to really round out your specific look, and Sentinel Book is in the running for my top 10.
4. Circular Bold
A super modern, versatile and simple sans-serif
Sure – “Circular” may have been redesigned into the interface of Spotify back in 2015, but I’m more of a ‘wait and see’ designer – I need my fonts to simmer for 5 years before I know they’re truly vetted. 😏Anyways, this font has a ‘familiar’ tone that people looking at your sexy new design will feel drawn to (partly because of the association with Spotify) and stands on its own as a ‘Gotham’ or ‘Proxima Nova’ competitor for 2020. *The crowd gasps… “it’s… it’s beautiful”*
5. Druk Text Wide
Expressive headline font to be used sparingly
Once again, maybe more for my Dribbble account than any real client work – but I do love the vibe on the heavy-duty, slab-tastic sans-serif. I found Druk Text Wide on a gorgeous site featured on Typewolf, and I really look forward to working it into experiments at least.
6. Cheltenham Bold
Another flawless, modern serif for 2020
Ok, so I have a type. This font couldn’t be executed any better had I chiseled an ideal font from stone on the top of a mountain. If I am buried in 2020, I want my gravestone to be done in Cheltenham Bold. Yes it was made originally in 1896, and it’s included in Adobe Fonts, but hey – just because it’s easily available doesn’t make this design any less glorious.
7. Apercu Light
Colophon Foundry comes out swinging with this quirky sans-serif
I went in search of more quirkiness and found this glorious bastard. Apercu may not be your average sans-serif, but it might be a slightly more sophisticated alternative to Proxima Nova, if you know how to wield it correctly.
Certainly, I will be adding more fonts here for 2020 as I find awesome examples of fonts that will enhance your glorious creations. Personally, I will be using this post as a solid guide to come back to, in case I lose my way on the font path, and I’d love to hear your favorite fonts for 2020 below in the comments!