Hailing from Zagreb, Croatia, Nikola Djurek created this font named Nocturno. Designer Caren Litherland says: "Nocturno is not a lighthearted face; it is a rolling, sober, and sensual one. But for all their heavy roundness, the text styles feel crisp and precise, on paper as on screens, down to fairly small sizes."

Designer Tomáš Brousil's font, Ladislav, is named after Ladislav Sutnar, who created fonts for house numbers in Brooklyn and The Bronx. It's a playful, vintage style font.

Pufff, designed by Rob Keller, is sort of a joke. It's intentionally obese, so fat that the holes in letters like P, R, and B are filled in.

Designed by Ondrej Jób, perhaps the most notable thing about this spidery, flowery font is that instead of a serif, its lines end in little circles.

From Laura Meseguer, this type called Magasin is essentially French: it feels like the label on a bottle of perfume.

"Berton Hasebe imagined French Renaissance types from a modern, minimal­ist perspective when he drew Portrait," writes Stephen Coles, the editor of Typographica. It's an angular font, with straight lines replaced with narrow triangles.

HWT Tuscan Extended is the brainchild of Frank Grießhammer, who drew on old printing press fonts for inspiration. Unlike actual wood type fonts, HWT Tuscan Extended actually includes upper- and lower-case characters.

A Tuscan-style font from Dan Reynolds and Paul Carlyle, Carlyle Quaint was released as an iPhone app this past year. One of the more unusual elements of the font is that it includes color (which specific color is up to the user).

MVB Solitaire, a font from Mark van Bronkhorst, attempts one of the most difficult tasks in type design: a neutral font that has wide use. It's simple but hefty.

Paul Barnes created this font, named Dala Moa, for the art magazine Frieze. It's a stencil font available in eight different weights.


12 Of The Best New Typefaces

Pufff, MVB Solitaire, and Erotica may not be as well-known as Helvetica, but someday they might be.

Typographica, a respected font-focused magazine, just released its eighth annual list of its favorite fonts from the last year. There are a whopping 53 of them from 20 different countries with many from the usual suspects—U.S., U.K., Germany, and Sweden. Perhaps most notable, though, are the fonts coming out of places such as Iceland, Lebanon, Canada, and other spots not usually known for type design. The editors of Typographica call it a "sea change" brought on by a new phase of globalization and democratization of the font market:

For centuries, places like Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Lebanon, and New Zealand were vastly under­repre­sent­ed in a type design community that was dominated by western Europe and North America. (And this only goes for Latin-based type. The burg­eon­ing production of fonts in other scripts tells another fascinating story.)

The list isn't exactly a competition. The editors simply asked experts in the international design community to suggest favorites. But it definitely presents an excellent overall view of what's going on in the font world right now—less minimalism in favor of more retro fonts and playful fonts. We've presented 12 of our favorites, but you can check out the other 41 selected by Typographica over on their site.

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