There have been some really fun new fonts released in the past year. Here are a few of my favorites, including a few I'll be plunking down cash for in the near future...
I love type and fonts, so I spend a lot of time browsing sites like MyFonts.com to see what's new in font design and to keep an eye on old favorites.
I see a lot of people into using script fonts at the moment in their branding, but everyone seems to want to use the exact same (and often free) fonts. The fact of the matter is that if you're willing to spend just a little bit of cash you can get a beautiful font, far more glyphs (aka alternate characters) and help your brand stand out from all the others that use the freebies.
Here are five of my favorites at the moment...
Here are the quick links to each:
Bellucia (on sale for 3 weeks!)
Want to know my top tip for buying premium fonts? If you're not in a rush, keep an eye on your favorites. Sites like MyFonts put different styles, creators and collections on sale at various time throughout the year. Sometimes you can get a premium font for a huge discount if you get the timing right.
Retro script fonts are all the rage right now — I’m seeing them used all over the interwebs for a fun and fresh look. A good retro script font is typically easier to read when compared with a traditional script or calligraphy font. This is a big reason for their popularity.
So, how to find a good retro script font? I’ve rounded up five of my favorites here. All free. All easily downloadable. Now, remember what I mentioned earlier in the week – free fonts don’t come with lots of bells and whistles, so if you need a retro script font with lots of glyphs and extras, you will need to go the commercial route.
Something I struggled with for years was whether or not to fork out the money to buy commercial fonts. Now more than ever it is super easy to find beautiful fonts for free — but sometimes, the font that really speaks to a project/client/brand simply costs money…sometimes lots of money. So, the question arises: when it is worth actually paying for a font?
Let me turn this question around for a second and tell you what a commercial font typically offers that free fonts typically don’t:
Glyphs are alternate characters available for you to use. Glyphs are what can take a font and really make it look special. Glyphs are particularly handy for letters that look awkward, unfinished or disconnected in certain capacities. For example, I purchased Rosarian a few months back. Lets take a look at two images using this font.
In this first image, I use only the standard version of the font:
In this second image, I use some of the glyphs available to me to spice up the type. Now, I’ve overdone the glyph usage to illustrate my point, but you can see that the text has gone from pretty run-of-the-mill script to something special.
If you don’t have the cash to have a logo created for you, buying a nice font with good glyph coverage can be a way to make a text logo look a little fancier and custom without breaking the bank.
Swashes & Decorative Elements
Particularly on script fonts, one of the big benefits of commercial fonts are lots of “extras,” which are often called swashes and/or decorative elements. These elements allow you add image-esque elements to your text treatment quite easily — and, they match. As a font nerd, I can totally tell when I visit a site and someone has used one font and then plopped random design elements from other fonts right next to it. Having a commercial font with swashes included gives you a more cohesive look.
Complete Symbol & Punctuation
One of the hardest lessons that I’ve learned with free fonts is that you can’t always depend on them to have a complete set of symbols or punctuation. Case in point? One of my faves, Courtney Dorkling, didn’t have an apostrophe for the longest time. Can you believe that? It stinks to fall in love with a font — particularly a unique font — but not be able to use it often because it’s missing critical pieces. A paid font typically comes with bonus symbols, like TMs, Copyrights, etc.
So, when is it worth paying for a font?
When you really need a high-quality, beautiful and flexible font. Most of the time, free fonts do the trick. But, when I can’t find what I really need I always go right for commercial fonts. I have yet to regret a font purchase.