Top 10 Typefaces

This is a list of my top ten favourite Typfaces that i like to use. These  typefaces are the typfaces that i use on a regular basis. The fonts that i have chossen to me are very nice and are suitable for alot of my work.

  1. Gill San
  2. Helvetica
  3. Frutiger
  4. Univers
  5. Bodoni
  6. Didot
  7. Sabon
  8. Futura
  9. American Typewriter
  10. Myriad Pro


1.               Gill San

Gill San is a sans- serif typreface. Gill San was designed by Eric Gill. The first design of it appeared in 1926 when Douglas Cleeverdon opened a bookshop in his home town in Bristol. Gill had sketched a design for Cleverdon, intended as a guide for him to make Future notices a announcements. Gill Futher developed it into a complete font family after Stanley Morison commissioned the development of Gill San. Gill Sans was later relesed in 1928 by Montotype corporation. Gill San became popular when in 1929 Cecil Dandridge commissioned Eric Gill to produce Gill Sans to be used on the London and North Easter railway for a unique typeface for all the LNER’s poster and publicity material. Eric Gill is a well established sculptor, Graphic artist and typeface designer, and the Gill San typeface.

2.              Helvetica

Helvetica is a san- serif typeface. It is widley used. Helvetica was developed in 1957 by a Swiss typeface designer Max Mieding with Zach Spinner. They were both from Switzerland. Haas’sche schriftgiesserei set out to design a new sans- serif typeface that could complete with the successful Akziden- Grotesk in the Swiss market. Originally called Neue Hass Grotesk, its design was based on schelter- Grotesk and Haas’ Normal Grotesk. The aim of the design was to create a neutral typeface that had great Clarity, no intirinsic meaning in its form, and used on a wide variety of signage. In 1960, the typefaces’s namewas changed by Haas German parent company stempel to Helvetica. Helvetica is the latin name for Swizerland. The name “Helvetia” was ignored by Eduard Hoffmann as he decided it wouldn’t be approprict to name a type after a country. He then decided on “Helvetica” as this meant “Swizerland”.

3.                Frutiger

Frutiger is a series of typefaces. Frutiger is named after the designer, Adrian Frutiger. Initially available as a sans serif, it was later expanded to include ornamental and serif typefaces. Frutiger is a san- serif typeface made by a swiss typeface designer. It was commissioned in 1968 by the newly built Charles De Gaulle international airport at Roissy, France, which needed a new directional sign system. Frutiger’s goal was to create a sans serif typeface with the rationality and cleanliness of Univers, but with the organic and proportional aspect of Gill Sans. Frutiger is a distinctive and legible typeface. Frrutiger family was released publicly in 1976, by the Stemple type foundry in conjunction with linotype. Frutiger’s simple and legible, yet warm and casual character has made it popular today in advertising and small print. In 2008 it was the fifth best-selling typeface of the Linotype Foundry.

4.                  Univers

The french pronunciation for Univers is “Univair”.Univers is the name of a realist Sans-Serif typeface. Univers was designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1954. Originally conceived and released by Deberny & Peignot in 1957, the type library was acquired in 1972 by Hass. Haas’sche Schriftgiesserei (Haas Type Foundry) was later folder into the D. Stemple AG and Linotype collection in 1985 and 1989 respectively. Univers is one of a group of neo- grotesque Sans- Serif typefaces, all released in 1957, that includes Folio and Neue Has Grotesk (later renamed Helvetica).

5.                      Bodoni

Bodoni is a series of serif typefaces first designed by Giambattista Bodoni. Bodoni was made in (1798). The typeface is classified as Didone modern. Bodoni followed the idea of John Baskerville, as found in the printing type Baskervile, that of incresed stoke contrast and a more vertica, slightly condensed, upper case, but taking them to a more extreme conclusion. Bodoni had a long career and his designs evolved and different, ending with a typeface of narrower underlying structure with flat, unbracket serif, extreme contrast between thick and thin strokes, and an overall geometric construction. Bodoni admired the work of John Baskerville and studied the design of French type founders pierre simon Fournier and Firmin Didot.

6.                Didot

Didot is the name of a group of typefaces. Didot was named after the Famous French painter and type producing family. The classification is known as modern, or Didone. Didot is based on a collection of related types developed in the period 1784-1811. Firmin Didot (1764-1836)cut the letters, cast them as type in Paris. His brother, Pierre Didot (1760-1853) used the types in printing. The Didot family’s developed of a high conrast typeface with a increased stress in contempory to similar faces developed by Giambattista Bodoni in Italy. Didot is described as neoclassical, and is evocative of the Age of Encightenment. The “Foundry Daylight” version of Didot was commissioned and used by broadcast network CBS for many years alongside its famous “eye” logo.

7.                     Sabon

Sabon is the name of an old style serif typeface. Sabon was designed by the German – born typographer and designed Jan Tschichold. Sabon was designed in 1964-1967. The typeface was released jointly by the linotype, Monotype, and Stempel type foundries in 1967. Design of the roman is based on types by Claude Garamond (1480-1561), particularly a specimen printer by the Frankfurt printer Konrad Berner. The typeface is frequent described as a Garamond revival. A distinguishing feature of the typeface was that the roman, Italic and bold weight all occupy the same width when typeset- an unusual feature, but this meant that typeface then only required one set of copy fitting data when compositors had to estimate the length of a text prior to actual typesetting.

8.                  Futura

Futura Futura is a geometri san- serif typeface. Future was designed by Paul Renner in 1927.  It was based on geometric shapes that became representative visual elements of the Bauhaus design style of 1919- 1933. Futura was commercially released in 1927. The family was originally published in light, Medium, Bold and Bold Oblique, Demibold, and Demibold Oblique fonts were later released in 1930. Futura has an appearance of efficiency and forwardness. The typeface is derived from simple geometric forms and is based on strokes of near even weight, which are low in contrast. Originall futura design also included small capitals and the old- styles figures, which were dropped for the original metal issue of the type.

9.                American Typewriter

American Typewriter is a style of type face. American Typewriter was created in 1974 by Joel Kaden and Tony Stan. Joel Kaden and Tony stan created the typeface for International Typeface Corporation based on the form and monospaced feature of the early shole’s patent of the type writer. The adapted the friendliness and inmediacy of this style into the proportionally spaced font. The typewriter was patented in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes, who sold his rights to the Remington Arms Company in 1873. The first typewriters were initially thought to be replacements for printing and so typewriter key bars untilized printing types. This typeface can be used for buisiness correspondene or any other place in which an old- fashioned styles is required. 



10.                 Myriad Pro

Myrid is a humaan sans – serif typeface. Myriad was designed by Robert SWlimback and Carol Twomby. They designed it for Adobe Systems. The typeface is best – known for its uasage by Apple inc, replacing Apple +Garamond as Apple’s corporate font since 2002. Myraid is similar to Frutiger. Myraid is easily distinguished from other Sans – Serif fonts due to its special “y” descender(tail and slanting “e”cut. Myriad Pro is the open Type version of the original Myriad font family. It first shipped in 2000, as Adobe moved towards the open type standard. Additional designers were Christopher Slye and Fred Brady. Myriad Pro Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold Italic are bundled with Adobe Reader 7.0 and 8.x. In Reader 9 they are included but are but not intalled in the system fonts directory.


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