10 Commercial Fonts Every Print Designer Should Own

10 Commercial Fonts Every Print Designer Should Own

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What do you believe are the top commercial fonts that every print designer should own? Issue 166 of Computer Arts magazine suggested these ten below and I thought they were a good pick. What about you?

In no particular order…

Excelsior

Excelsior

Excelsior is good for magazines, newspapers, posters and signage.

Perpetua

Perpetua

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Perpetua is good for displays with fine lettering and heavy text pages.

Stempel Schneidler

Stempel Schneidler

Stempel Schneidler is good for display work, high-class publications and posters.

Trajan

Trajan

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Trajan is good for books and magazines, aged and classical looks.

Walbaum MT

Walbaum MT

Walbaum is good for magazines, journals and corporate communication.

Akzidenz Grotesk

Akzidenz Grotesk

Akzidenz-Grotesk is good for large signage and all printed material.

Avenir

Avenir

Avenir is good for book sleeves, headlines, logos and posters.

Leitura

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Leitura

Leitura is good for signage, posters and displays.

Meta

Meta

Meta is good for text, numbering and corporate communication.

Akkurat

Akkurat

Akkurat is good for text, editorial and posters.

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Miss a favourite font of yours? What would your top 10 commerical print fonts be? Please let us know in the comments below.

30 thoughts on “10 Commercial Fonts Every Print Designer Should Own”

  1. I have always thought “Akzidenz-Grotesk” sounds kinda funny!! But yeah… Helvetica should be on the list!! Its the “must-have” font!! 100% agrees with Jose Palacios!!

  2. Umm, I think you forgot my good friend Helvetica – just cause another font is similar to it doesn’t mean it should be replaced. I mean hell, Arial is pretty similar – why not just use that instead!

  3. It seems a lot of these fonts are used for the same applications. I’m wondering, are these recommended ones or just what most designers prefer?

  4. John,
    On a list of only 10 typefaces, it wouldn’t be as diverse if you included two extremely similar typefaces which is why I believe Helvetica was left off. This is my opinion only – the person who compiled the list, may have left it off for another reason.

    Kiren,
    As I didn’t compile the list personally I would couldn’t tell you however I guess they have the similar applications as it is for ‘print designers’, rather than say online.

  5. Some tasty fonts here, really like Avenir and Excelsior, think Ive only used Trajan in previous web design work but I’ll definitely be using others. Surprised that Apple Braille wasn’t included!

  6. Some tasty fonts here, really like Avenir and Excelsior, think Ive only used Trajan in previous web design work but I’ll definitely be using others. Surprised that Apple Braille wasn’t included!

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