Thursday, July 24, 2008

What 10 typefaces could you not live without?


Ok, new Q&A section on Villatype! Inspired by today's article in the National Post. The article did a really short but very good review of Typecon 2008. The author structured the article around a discussion among designers: "If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 10 fonts..."
this was there list:
Janson
Gill Sans
Didot/Bodoni
Joanna
Myriad
Helvetica Neue Light
Walker
Century Schoolbook Condensed Light
Trebuchet
Meta

Here is my top 10 list in no particular order (which is a huge challenge, I may only have a true top 3 or 4, the rest are revolving):
Adobe Caslon Pro
Caslon Graphique
Leitura sans
Odile
DIN (I like the fontshop set)
Plantin (an unexpected favourite thanks to Monocle mag)
Farnham
Chronicle dek & display
Clarendon (for the numbers!)
Parisine Plus

I would say Caecelia, Mrs. Eaves, Scala sans, and TheSans would have been on that list two years ago. If this were a wish list, it would be a different list! Maybe that's a question for next time.

So, what is your top 10? Feel free to specify specific weights, or not... up to you!

3 comments:

Jenn L said...

really hard to come up with 10

in alphabetical order:
archer
arno pro
caecelia
chaparral
fette fraktur (random fiesta choice)
(adobe) garamond premier pro
joanna
news gothic
trade gothic (bold)
univers

mmolai said...

In alphabetical order:

Arno Pro
Bistro Script
Cooper Black
Eurostile
Futura
Helvetica
pointy
Sarah Script
Ubahn
and "unknown"

I made an image of all the fonts typed in themselves
http://www.mmolai.com/10fonts.png

chryssi said...

this is indeed a toughie!
in no particular order:

adobe caslon - loving the swash italic
gotham - i know it's everywhere but i can't help myself
franklin gothic
the serif
the sans
caecelia
vectora
charparral
utopia
georgia - for screen