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yet another poll-type thread... 1) What was your fav new/redesigned font of the year? 2) What was the most popular font of the year? or, What font kept showing up everywhere you looked?
Question #1: My favorite Linotype font of 2004 is the Adrian Frutiger/Akira Kobayashi masterful renovation and extension of Avenir, Avenir Next (OpenType). My favorite non-Linotype font of 2004 is Lineto's Akkurat, designed by Laurenz Brunner. My favorite type design project of the year, was one of my own. I designed a little thin sans serif italic called Farewell, and then handlettered a large piece that was briefly exhibited in the Klingspor Museum. http://www.typeoff.de/english/html/artikel/k_f_o_b_writeup.html Question #2: I don't know what the most popular font of the year was. Best sellers at Linotype were Neue Helvetica, Frutiger, and Linotype Univers. At MyFonts, Zapfino did really well, and so did Helvetica. I think that Helvetica Neue and Adobe Garamond are pobably the most popular fonts every year, in one sad sense
1 ) 'Metron', by Franti
Dan, I know what you mean about Kabel. I spent the summer in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and I was surprised how often I saw it in use, especially for local band gig posters.
Years ago, in the dim ages, Rudolf Koch taught calligraphy and letter design at the Offenbach trade school that later became the college where I am now studying
No favs to list, but this last year I have been seeing of all things Papyrus. I see it on signage, eatery logos, display lettering and on packages for consumer goods. It drives me crazy. Just when I think its use has been stretched to the limits I find it in some new and sadly unique application. I have come to loathe the font to such a degree that it has become a joke around our studio. Mike
Mike, I hear ya. I see it everywhere too... It seems to be used by many bakeries, etc.
Check out also Amira, an unusual, and unusually readable, caligraphic sans.
1) Olduvai from Veer's Umbrella Collection and Andulka from Storm. 2) I saw Gill Sans everywhere I looked in Seattle when i took a vacate up that way in late summer and then later with the olympics it was everywhere for me this year. (but what year isn't it everywhere?)
1) Legato by Evert Bloemsma 2) DIN, DIN & DIN
Legato, without an iota of a doubt. And certainly not just for 2004. hhp
1. Metron -- a worthy blow against the empire 2. Helvetica, Gill Sans, Myriad: the empire (of the senseless, heartless, mindless)
I guess I'm obligated to add my font Variable to the mix. It was the best new sans serif at myfonts.com in 2004.
Matthew, Congratulations! That's a really beautiful sans! I actually looked at it at MyFonts a week ago and then I saw it again this morning in the MyFonts newsletter. If I win that prize, I'll definately buy a weight of Variable.
I appreciate that, Lauri. Only one weight, though? ;-)
No favs to list, but this last year I have been seeing of all things Papyrus. There's a show on TV I was subjected to last night called 'Wickely Perfect' or something. It's a "who's America's next Martha Stewart?" show. Anyway, all of the on-screen labels...Papyrus.
Matthew, Hey there! I see that on your site you have the whole family for $99, while on MyFonts they're $39 each for 5 weights with no option for buying the whole family, unless I'm mistaken. The typeface is really nice; I hope I'll get a cool project down the road so I could purchase the font(s)...
Lauri, You have to click on "purchase options" on any of the weights of Variable to get the family purchase option. This is one of the features I think could be improved on Myfonts.com. It is a little hidden.
Matthew, Thanks for pointing that out! I'm such a dingbat sometimes...
I saw Papyrus too... also on a tv show. Medium, with Patricia Arquette. I saw a crap-load of Benguiat last year too, a font I like a lot, but the poor thing was quite abused in most cases.
I'm late to this but... 1.) Freight from Josh Darden Auto from Underware Nexus from Martin Majoor Versa from Peter Verheul Bickham Script Pro from Richard Lipton 2.) Gotham
"Wedding Sans" and "Robin" from Andrea Tinnes/Typekut "Clearview" from James Montalbano/Terminal Design
Hmm. I won't spend lots of time finessing a list, but here are the ones that come to mind as standout faces of 04: Whitney : Tobias Frere-Jones : H&FJ Unit : Erik Spiekermann : FontFont Amplitude : Christian Schwarz : Font Bureau Pill Gothic : Christian Robertson : Umbrella Type Personal biases noted. =)
Nice choices, Joe. I'd like to add: Auto by Underware Farnham from Font Bureau, by Christian Schwartz The Ed Benguiat Font Collection from House Industries Costa PTF by Jean François Porchez, Porchez Typofonderie
Borges by Alejandro Lo Celso from PampaType
Typographica's Favorite Fonts of 2004