This year – you want some fresh new looks to add to your modern fonts palette, and I intend not to disappoint. Instead of going for 21 – 50 fonts like I sometimes do, I thought I’d curate only the 8 best our team of three graphic designers likes. The truth is, you do not need very MANY fonts if you have GOOD fonts.
The trends I see, going into 2021 – are bold, clean, and with clear contrast. Enjoy!
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The Top 8 Fonts of 2021 (Tons More Below)
Bold, crisp all-caps fonts that stick out (in a clean way)
Chaney from Atipo, is part of their 2020 collection – but it seriously exemplifies a hardcore trend in 2021: Clean, geometric and bolder than triple-filter coffee.
Vertically stretched, but simple sans-serifs
Having fonts that are bold – but not too wide is super useful in design. Noway Medium, is another option like Geogrotesque, which is one of my favorite from the last five years as well.
An alternative to Proxima Nova, Open Sans or Gotham
There’s nothing particularly remarkable about this font – but that’s why it might be so versatile in your 2021 designs. Sometimes the simplest (but most well constructed) fonts, get used the most. This one is free from Google fonts.
Gilroy Extra Bold
The cleanest of bold serifs
I’m not sure I even need to explain how gorgeous this sans-serif is. I’m tearing up a little bit just looking at it. I want to stop writing this blog post right now, just to go use it on a side project. 🙂 I’m sure you know the feeling.
Knile Black Italic
Slab Serifs that kick-ass
More steak than sizzle – this particular slab-serif looks amazing in italic.
IBM Plex Sans
Typefaces with a lot of options
Neutral, yet friendly Grotesque style typeface that includes a Sans, Sans Condensed, Mono, and Serif and has excellent legibility in print, web and mobile interfaces.
Clean, bold serif – as a free modern font from Google
How nice is it when you find a free trendy font that can be easily used for desktop and website use.
A Solid Option / another free option from Google Fonts
Once again – nothing crazy or fancy here, but a versatile, usable font – that is of the exact variety, sensible non-risky clients love. Good to have plenty of those in my back pocket as a working designer.
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.
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 might be more of an ‘agency site only’ kind of look.
Sentinel Screen Serif
A modern 2021 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 2021 is that you really only need like 10 good ‘go-to’s’ to round out your specific look, and Sentinel Book is in the running for my top 10.
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 2021. *The crowd gasps… “it’s… it’s beautiful”*
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.
Another flawless, modern serif for 2021
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 2021, 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.
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 2021 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. I’d love to hear your favorite fonts for 2021 below in the comments!
Original Post: Fonts for 2019
Choosing classy – timeless fonts that work for 2019 and beyond is important. That’s why instead of focusing on ‘trendy’ fonts – I want to help you keep your font-choices tight, classy, and outside of what’s hip at the moment, but will be ugly next year.
And so… I’ve curated these 25 – as one’s I would use in our designs, and not feel embarrassed about the quality of the font – with an eye on the future of design, but mostly on the practicality and usefulness of these fonts for real designs, right now.
Here is My 2019 Font Mood Board
2019 Font Mood Board on Dark Background
1. Gotham Book & Gotham Bold – Download (Paid Font)
2. Archer Bold – Download (Free for Personal Use)
3. DDC Hardware & DD Hardware Condensed – Download (Free or Choose your Price)
4. Gastromond Download (Paid Font)
5. Freight Text Pro & Freight Text Pro Bold Download (Paid font)
6. Matchbook Download (Free or Name your price)
7. Brothers Bold – Download (paid font)
8. Segui UI Black Download (free font)
9. Quincy CF Bold – Download (paid font)
10. Readow – Download (paid font)
11. Holland – Download (paid font)
12. Addington Medium – Download (paid font)
13. Atrek ExtraBold – Download (paid font)
15. Voga Medium – Download (free font)
16. Open Sans – Download (free font)
17. Brandon Grotesque – Download (paid font)
18. Geo Grotesque Bold – Download (paid font)
19. Playfair Display – Download (free font)
20. Cubano Download (free font or name your price)
21. Proxima Nova Download (adobe font)
22. Hansief Download (free font)
23. Crafter Rough – Download (free font)
24. Trade Gothic Display – Download (paid font)
25. Eveleth Clean – Download (paid font)
Even though not all of these fonts are new – they exemplify a modern, relevant style – that I think has its place in our ’25 of the Best Fonts for 2019′ post! I hope some of these were useful for you – and good luck with creating epic graphic and web design.
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