As a self-assured lover of typography, I’m always looking for fresh logo design fonts. A fully-developed font family makes a designer smile – it allows for adaptability within it’s usage whilst pertaining to a consistent, predefined design ethos. Below I have listed some current favourites from my ever increasing font library that work well as logo design fonts. Initially when making this list, I had decided to do a top 10, which quickly became a top 20. Needless to say this spiraled wildly out of hand and I had to restrict myself. I told you, I’m a lover of typography.
Almost all the logos I create (from a typographic standpoint) are derived from, or inspired by existing typefaces; edited and customised to fit the requirement. Even if I feel a project requires a 100% bespoke and designed typeset, looking at existing fonts is a good place to start. This means that a well-organised and managed font library is an essential tool in a designers box – in my case I use Suitcase Fusion as it integrates well with the Adobe Suite. In this post I have kept it simple, sans-serif and serif.
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Berthold first published Akzidenz-Grotesk in 1898. Originally named “Accidenz-Grotesk” the design originates from Royal Grotesk light by royal type-cutter Ferdinand Theinhardt. The Theinhardt foundry later merged with Berthold and also supplied the regular, medium and bold weights.
Apex New supersedes Apex Sans, which was originally released in early 2003, designed by Chester Jenkins
The word Avenir means ‘future’ in French and hints that the typeface owes some of its interpretation to Futura. But unlike Futura, Avenir is not purely geometric; it has vertical strokes that are thicker than the horizontals, an “o” that is not a perfect circle, and shortened ascenders. These nuances aid in legibility and give Avenir a harmonious and sensible appearance for both texts and headlines.
Bree, based on TypeTogether’s logotype, is a sleek sans serif that delivers a polished and modern look and feel for branding or headline usage.
Cronos is a sans serif typeface family that embodies the warmth and readability of Oldstyle Roman typefaces. It derives much of its appearance from the calligraphically-inspired type of the Italian Renaissance. Its almost handwritten appearance sets it apart from most other sans serif designs and makes it an effective choice for text composition. The Italic design was inspired by early Chancery style Italics and is both elegant and distinguished.
Hans Reichel developed the FF Dax family from the idea of combining the clarity of a narrow Futura with a “slightly roman touch”. The result is a space-saving but very legible typeface of timeless design. Daxline is the revised and improved version of FF Dax.
The Frutiger™ family is neither strictly geometric nor humanistic in construction; its forms are designed so that each individual character is quickly and easily recognized. Such distinctness makes it good for signage and display work. Although it was originally intended for the large scale of an airport, the full family has a warmth and subtlety that have, in recent years, made it popular for the smaller scale of body text in magazines and booklets.
Museo Sans is based on the well-known Museo. It is a sturdy, low contrast, geometric, highly legible sans serif typeface very well suited for any display and text use.
The Ubuntu Font Family are a set of matching new libre/open fonts in development during 2010–2011. The development is being funded by Canonical Ltd on behalf the wider Free Software community and the Ubuntu project. The technical font design work and implementation is being undertaken by Dalton Maag.
FF Unit was designed by Erik Spiekermann and produced by Christian Schwartz. FF Unit is the grown-up, no-nonsense sister of Spiekermann’s famous FF Meta.
Sweet but not saccharine, earnest but not grave, Archer is designed to hit just the right notes of forthrightness, credibility, and charm.
While inspired by the past, Arno is distinctly contemporary in both appearance and function. Designed by Adobe Principal Designer Robert Slimbach, Arno is a meticulously-crafted face in the tradition of early Venetian and Aldine book typefaces.
Aviano is an extended titling face with influence from the power and timeless beauty of classical letterforms. Aviano features extended characters for a formal feel, sharp, powerful looking serifs and geometric and consistent letterforms.
PMN Caecilia™ is the premiere work of the Dutch designer Peter Matthias Noordzij. He made the first sketches for this slab serif design in 1983 during his third year of study in The Hague, and the full font family was released by Linotype in 1990.
Linotype Centennial is quite close in concept to Century, but it also has the characteristic Frutiger enhancements for contemporary elegance and legibility. It has a vertical stress, slightly condensed forms, a tall x-height, and fairly high contrast between thick and thin strokes.
The Cholla typeface family was designed by Sibylle Hagmann in 1998-99 and named after a species of cactus she encountered in the Mojave Desert. Cholla was originally developed for the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
The Fontin is designed to be used at small sizes. It’s available in Roman, italic, bold & small caps. The color is darkish, the spacing loose and the x-height tall.
Lola is a distinctly individual personality that’s full of life and enthusiasm. A versatile family with a broad range of weights for a broad range of applications. FS Lola offers something for every design.
This typeface is named after Sarah Eaves, the woman who became John Baskerville’s wife.
Albert Boton started with FF Page during studies for the Yellow Pages of a telephone directory. Later on, he just continued on his own, made a sans version and added small caps. He took special care to give the inner curves of certain letters a strong, vigourous character.
When Dutchman Alex Scholing designed his 1995 font FF Engine, he had no type designing experience whatsoever. He soon decided that he could do better than that. FF Roice – the name refers to the best engine in the world – is an informed redesign of FF Engine.
Designed by Robert Slimbach, Warnock Pro is an Adobe Originals type composition family named after John Warnock, the co-founder of Adobe Systems, whose visionary spirit has led to major advances in desktop publishing and graphic arts software.
I hope you can find something fresh in this list that you want to check out for your next project. If you have any suggestions of excellent font-families, alternative fonts for logo design or simply something worth looking at, please leave a comment below.