We are well into 2010 now so this is a bit late but I wanted to keep a record of the fonts which stood out for me in the last year. Actually I haven’t been so excited by new typefaces since the mid-90s when a plethora of grunge typefaces came to the fore, notably Blur by Neville Brody. But the last year has heralded an array of typefaces which, to me, point to a new sensibility in design. Of course not all of these might have come out in 2009 but I guess their presence was felt throughout the year.
One of the new guns spearheading the trend in slab-serif faces is Hoefler and Frere-Jones’ Sentinel, harking back to Clarendon but refined further with italics and a greater range of weights. A must for anyone’s type wardrobe. As soon as I saw it I wanted it, badly. Adelle is another in the slab-serif category that caught my eye and Centro Slab Pro, although first appearing in 2008, was a typeface that came to my attention as one that deserved all the accolades it was receiving, with its bold incised joins. Another one for the wardrobe.
I’ve been using Jos Buivenga’s Fontin for a few projects now and it has a lovely flow to it with a decisively modern stop to it. It also comes as Fontin sans. His Calluna is also another star for the year. And of course Museo following on. Really the man himself is a star… Font Designer of the Year award.
Not sure whether I should include this but I seem to be seeing it absolutely everywhere in the past year; on packaging design, from bread to juice to anything with a slightly “natural” flavour to it. FF Cocon. It is so distinguishable and used so much now that I think we’re a bit over it now thankyou. However I really liked it when I first saw it sometime ago and think it has spawned so many copies and derivatives that it deserves to be made the star font of the decade (it actually came out in 2001) so I’ll include it for its ubiquity.
One of those that follows on from FF Cocon is Brevia. Perhaps more adaptable and forgiving but just as cute. And another is Sommet both of which have contributed to this font trend for curvy sans. The Sommet family is the most elegant of the three and comes with a slab-serif version which has just come out in the beginning of this year. Let’s just see if the rest of the year lives up to the excitement of the previous year!