The Best Type of 2009

Type design goes unappreciated by most, but for designers, being all all-star in type design is a bit like being a big-wave surfer or a base jumper: It commands respect from your in-the-know peers, because the discipline is insanely difficult. Every font is a minefield of decisions, against myriad concerns like legibility, expressiveness, historical references (which are crazy, considering that many typefaces are hundreds of years old). But at the same time, a good type design can scream talent even to the layman. Here’s a peak at a few nice ones, courtesy of the Type Director’s Club 2009 awards, one of the most prestigious in the world.

Klimax Bold, by Ondrej Jób:


Nebulon by Carl Crossgrove:


Optica Normal by Manuel Guerrero, which recalls a Bridget Riley painting:


Haptic by Henning Skibbe:


If you’re interested in reading more about the discipline, start with this, then this and this.