Anyone who’s tried their hand at designing a typeface will know that it’s a wildly difficult process, and to actually come out at the end with something beautiful takes an extreme amount of skill, taste and patience.
Type design isn’t for everyone, but typography is, and nearly every designer works with it every day. This is exactly why Type Release creator Sean Mitchell is here to share with you a list of 40 beautiful typefaces, all of which were released over the past 30 days. These are his findings:
Cultivated Mind: Amour
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A romantic handwritten retro inspired font.
Sudtipos: Bellissima Script
An effusive energy that appeals much beyond its sourcing.
The Northern Block: Neusa
A condensed geometric sans serif inspired by early space explorations including the iconic Life magazine coverage of the 1969 Apollo program.
Emil Kozole: Attitude
Inspired by Japan pop culture and American hip hop subculture.
A font made of layers, taking as a basis a sans and a slab font.
Blake E. Marquis: York
Derived out of a graphic style using heavy shading and depth.
La Goupil: Insolente
A versatile and realistic human script.
Jessica Hische: Minot
Comes in three styles, outline, fill, and box. Meant to be used together to create multi–color headlines.
HVD Fonts: Brandon Text
The companion of the famous Brandon Grotesque type family. It has a higher x–height than the Grotesque version and is optimized for long texts, small sizes and screens.
Letters from Sweden: Kumla
Kumla is Letters from Sweden’s first release in the “Fabrik Suite” — a project inspired by Swedish industry, factories and harbors.
Los Andes: Moderna
A modern sans serif, simple and neutral.
An experimental Didone typeface with a modern twist.
Suggests a Modernist approach to design, but is open for interpretation.
Ahmet Altun: Halis Rounded
Soft and eye-pleasing even though it has geometric and straight borders.
Softened edges, which simulate brush strokes and retain the feeling of the human hand.
Grilli Type: GT Pressura
Inspired by type stamped on shipping boxes, GT Pressura uses the visual effect of ink spreading under pressure as a stylistic device.
Matthew Butterick: Concourse
The superbly satisfying sans serif.
Inspired by calligraphic models, a bookface font family to be used for text, display and caption.
Ryan vs. Clark: Liberator
From a bygone era, when our grandparents fought for the freedom we enjoy today. It’s bomber–inspired face provides a masculine punch to any project or design.
Strong in appearance, with controlled motion of the contour, vivid and warm, with gentle flow — it avoids any harshness of many slab serifs.
Just Another Foundry: JAF Domus Titling
A rounded typeface with classical Roman proportions. It is unique in that it was designed as an all–caps sans from the beginning.
Alan Dague-Greene: Courier Prime
A Courier made for screenplays. It’s Courier, just better.
Blue Vinyl: Barmbrack
Inspired by decorative Victorian showcard lettering.
A single weight handwritten style font, honest and charming but still lively enough to add flare.
A hand–drawn typeface as sweet as pi.
Rui Abreu: Azo Sans
A new sans serif loosely based on the elementary forms of geometry.
Typetanic Fonts: Columbia Titling
Based on wide Clarendon–style wood type and industrial signage.
Kimmy Design: Maxwell Sans
A clean condensed san serif inspired by similar retro fonts from the 1950’s.
La Boite Graphique: Adonide
A contemporary sans serif.
Jeremy Tankard: Capline
An all capital typeface with an inline detail.
JCFonts: Hand Gothic
A condensed typeface with a hand–lettering feel, available in two weights.
An early modernist sans serif based on the signage of the Berlin subway system, with generous proportions, a strong character, and a clean design.
Glen Jan: Affect
A unicase display sans family.
Xavier Cervello: Thingbats Mono & Thingbats Life Iconset
Minimal, rounded and contemporary.
Stawix: Soin Sans Pro
Designed with geometric ratio and humanist proportions.
Wood Type Revival: Borders & Ornaments
Rugged American borders sit side–by–side with formal European patterns and DeLittle of York’s distinctive floral ornaments. Enigmatic hand–carved work from India and well–machined geometric American shapes both take their rightful place in this varied cluster of decorative designs.
Laura Worthington: Mandevilla
Refined, quiet and elegant, yet quirky enough to employ slim filaments that somehow are not faint of heart, Mandevilla is named for the verdant tropical vine.
A light–hearted, cheery font, inspired by a page from an extraordinary Serbian publication for children by the writer, poet and journalist Duško Radović.
Vivid and brisk, reflecting its author’s personality.
A functional and warm font family.
For more, check out: 38 Of the most beautiful typeface designs released this winter or take a peek at our dedicated Design & Dev channel.