What the font, man! If you’re using Bleeding Cowboy or Comic Sans, you’re fired.
Today, I wanted to make a quick video to talk about the best font for your design projects. I recently saw a comment on the channel asking me to make a video about fonts. So without further ado, let’s go ahead and jump right into it.
The 10 Best Fonts For Graphic Designers
Hey guys, welcome back to another Adrian Graphics and Marketing video. I’m Adrian Boysel, CEO and founder of Adrian Graphics and Marketing.
Today’s video topic is a fun one, because we’re going to talk about fonts. Fonts are very important as a graphic designer and something you want to master, because it sets the tone for all your designs. You want your fonts to match up with your brand, identity, and core values, no matter what project you’re working on.
If you use specific fonts for your brand, you want to stick with them. One of the most common mistakes I see people make is using way too many fonts on one design. Anything more than 2, and you’re just cluttering it up. So, make sure you stick with a maximum of 2 fonts on whatever design you’re doing. Keep it simple, keep it clean, and keep it consistent.
Today, I want to cover 10 fonts that you can use in any design. The first one is Helvetica. Now, this font is actually being reinvented for the first time since it was created 35 years ago. I love this font.
Traditional Helvetica is awesome. It’s a clean, simple font, and now it has an even wider range of options, styles, and orientations. You definitely can’t go wrong with this one!
2. News Sans
Next is News Sans. I love this font, and it has over 90 different styles.
News Sans is a very clean, minimalist font. You can use it on your website or graphics projects. It’s simple, easy to recognize, and very rounded — that’s what I like about it. I love having a selection of rounded fonts, instead of just square.
Keep in mind: all the fonts I’m telling you about today are fonts that I personally like to use. They might not be the most popular, but they are fonts that I’ve personally chosen that I think are going to be a hit in 2020 and 2021.
Up next is Gilroy font. You may have never even heard of Gilroy font, but it’s a great one.
Gilroy is a modern Sans font that has over 20 different weights. It’s a great style. I love the bubbliness of it and all the different options. I recommend using this font in all your designs, especially if it fits with your mood and style.
4. DIN Next
Number 4 is DIN Next. This is a timeless font. Believe it or not, it has been around for over 100 years. DIN Next is the latest iteration or clean version of this font.
It’s a very simple one. I’ve used it in many of my designs, and what I like most about it is that it has a wide range of uses in the same family.
The next font is Doyle.
I like the name of this font. I also like how bubbly and round it is. It has a lot of character and it’s a Serif-type font, which has a mixture of Cooper and IDC American Typewriter. So, if you like a more traditional, old-school style, this is a really good font to use.
Personally, I would use Doyle for a furniture company, or something more organic and homegrown. It’s a very good font for that.
Number 6 is Harriet. This is a Serif font, and actually a re-imagined version of one of my favorite fonts ever, Baskerville.
Harriet has 2 optical sizes and a huge range of weights. It gives you a lot of options and variations. You can choose thick or thin, wide, italics, and more.
7. Avenir Next
This is a font that you’ve probably seen many, many times, especially if you’ve seen any of my videos: Avenir Next.
Avenir Next has the widest range of uses. It’s what I use in all our thumbnails, because it comes with so many options. The coolest thing I found when I was researching this font is that it was created by a guy named Adrian! He created this font with a huge range of styles and variations.
Personally, I love this font, and it’s something I am going to be using more and more in my design projects. Avenir is a great font.
That brings me to my all-time favorite font: Montserrat.
Montserrat was inspired by an Argentinian designer, who based it on the posters and signs they saw in their neighborhood. Personally, this is my favorite font. It was originally created in 2011 and has been around for 9 years now.
It has a lot of different variants as well. That’s why I created this list today, because I wanted to give you fonts that have a range of options. With Montserrat, you have Black, Bold, Regular, and Book. There’s a huge range of alternatives.
Now, let’s mix things up. Historia is a more hand-drawn font. It’s urban, vintage, and really neat. You can use it on posters, especially for concerts and other music-related things.
Historia has a gritty, organic look. It’s a great way to make your designs appear more authentic and hand-drawn. And that’s why I chose it for this list.
Number 10 is another font you’ve probably heard of (unless you’ve been living under a rock). Futura was created in 1927 — almost 100 years ago. It’s a San-Serif font, very commonly used by big companies.
You’ll see companies like Volkswagen, Ikea, and even Domino’s pizza using Futura. It’s a timeless font with tons of great variations.
Tell Me Your Favorite Font!
Fonts are a critical part of graphic design, and something I really love. I enjoy typography and hope to do more of it later on in my career.
If you’re a big typography person, I’d love to hear from you! Drop a comment and tell me your favorite font. Thank you so much for watching today, and as always, keep looking up!