My ten favourite type designs


You’d think that with such a vast number of type designs available, picking ten that I find really special would be quite simple. Not so. You see, I have no particular liking for the majority of types I see and use, and those left that I do like tend to be only that; just a ‘like’. For me, they don’t have that extra something that makes for an enduring, classic, or downright beautiful typeface.

My taste – quite narrow I’m afraid – is for humanist and old style designs, particularly inscriptional-looking types and those that have a strong calligraphic influence. There is no getting away from the fact that I am extremely precious about letterforms (bordering on font snobbery), so picking ten that I really love was actually rather difficult. But I managed.

Going through my choices, a penchant for the designs of Jan van Krimpen will clearly be evident. I know this may well make for a less engaging list, but my selection is about personal favourites, not about showing a broad ranging typographical taste.

Clicking on any of my choices listed below will take you to a new page where each has a brief write-up. They are not aiming to be particularly informative; I just wanted to write a little something to accompany each choice. If you are curious to learn more, there is a wealth of in-depth information available in books and on the internet.

For each entry I’ve also listed a couple of pieces from my collection that I think are particularly fine examples of the typeface in question. You may find it worthwhile looking out some of the volumes listed.


Click on any of the type designs listed below to read more.














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