Monday, December 30, 2013

Lists of 2013: The Best Fonts of the Year

The pendulum swung away from Grunge fonts ten years ago, and back to a clean formality.  Now the driving force in typography is toward readability, and the final audience for your project is web and mobile consumers. With all those trends in mind, you would think that the fonts singled out in 2013 would be upright and a bit same-y. But fortunately there is some variety and a lot of joy in the typefaces that stand out for this year. Here are a few and the writer's notes on why they were chosen:

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Link to article:
The best web and mobile fonts of 2013

Excerpt: "Once again, it’s time for our (and your) favorite end-of-year roundup: The typefaces! And holy moly, what a whirl of typefaces this year has been. Thanks to the magic of CSS (specifically, @font-face kits and kit generators), there’s pretty much no such thing as a print-only font anymore, unless you’re talking about hot metal and heavy machinery.
This web-scale liberation has fueled an explosion of amazing typography (and some really, really bad uses of otherwise good typefaces) all around the Internet in its many forms. As the fonts rolled out month after month, we kept tabs on our favorites and how we liked to see designers use them...

Best skinny display

Technically, Vinter ($90-$120) came out in December 2012, but we’re letting it slide. Vinter is delicate and lovely and all that, but there’s a real, legit reason we went looking for a skinny display font. One of the bigger design trends of 2013 was the emergence of stick-thin icons and navigational elements. Sticking those onscreen next to a clunky slab serif or condensed version of another family just wasn’t gonna cut it.
Enter Vinter, which manages to be both lightweight and contrasty. We dig it!

Best running-text sans

When you need to look good at small sizes, give Merriweather (FREE) a shot. This thoughtful sans serif gives just enough contrast in stroke weight to be super legible, and an all-caps application brings on the charm.
This full-fledged family features four weights in regular and italic variants.

Best semi-serif

Mid-2013, mid-week, mid-afternoon. Interior. A group of five sorta professional-looking young adults are sitting around a table. Behind them, a website is projected on the wall.
Taylor: We can’t go over this again. We just can’t. Every blog I read specifically said not to use a serif –
Alex, interrupting: No, we can’t go over this again! Serifs themselves were created for legibility in running text. You so-called self-educated quote-designers-end-quote are killing me. For the last time –
The Last Sane Person on Earth enters the room.
TLSPOE: Folks, we’re using a semi-serif: Linux Biolinum. It’s not a serif. It’s not a sans. It looks great in running copy. And it’s FREE. Now everyone is happy.
Everyone: Hooray! Let’s get cronuts!
[Ed.: Any similarity to conversations that may have happened in the VentureBeat editorial offices is purely coincidental.]"

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