Fonts

This section contains more information about fonts, more specifically about the technical aspects of typefaces and their use in prepress and printed publications.

A pile of type

Font basics

Learn about the different font formats, what weird characters such as # are called or dive into the history of fonts.

Interesting typefaces

This section contains short descriptions of 30 interesting fonts, including examples of what they look like, their history and recommended usage. Next to my own list there is also an overview of what an international jury considered to be the most important typefaces of all time as well as a list of the most hated fonts.

Free fonts

Suggestions for links are welcome. The tricky part is to find a site that offers high-quality free fonts. After all, I cannot recommend using just about any free font after telling you on another part of this site to stay away from those do-it-yourself amateur fonts 🙂

Font related resources

Websites & blogs

Books

I quite like ‘The Non-Designer’s Type Book’ by Robin Williams which is a clear and well-written book about typography. I haven’t read ‘Stop Stealing Sheep (and find out how type works)’ by Erik Spiekermann and E.M. Ginger yet, nor ‘About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography.’ Both frequently are recommended in font-related discussions. ‘Types Best Remembered – Types Best Forgotten’ from Robert Norton is apparently a very funny book.

On my iPad, I like the ‘FontBook’ app, which shows off the typefaces that FontShop offers.

Musea & old books

Allow me to be a bit of a chauvinist: the most beautiful museum there is about typography, bookbinding and printing is the Plantin-Moretus museum in Antwerp, Belgium. It is only a short tram ride from where I live.
The press room at the Plantin-Moretus museumI’ve also created a page about the Tsgrooten Antiphonary, a Flemish liturgical song book from the 16th century.

17 January 2017

3 responses to “Fonts”

  1. AA says:

    “familiarity breads contempt”

    2nd bullet on list of “Most Hated Fonts”

    Proofreaders are still essential!

    🙂

    • Laurens says:

      Yes, they are but I am having trouble finding any willing to work for a share of what visitors pays for reading my content.

  2. Loren Sims says:

    Don’t forget about Simon Garfield’s wonderful “Just My Type”, an in-depth and entertaining history of typefaces and their uses.

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