50 Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2011

Typographica invited a group of writers, educators, type makers and type users to look back at 2011 and pick the release that excited them most. The reviews range from the academic (like Paul van der Laan on Zizou or Jens Kutilek on FB Alix) to the theoretical (such as Jan Middendorp on Agile) to the personal (like Carolina de Bartolo who reviewed Calibre and Periódico after firsthand experience with a redesign of WIRED magazine) to the playfully unexpected (Microsoft’s Si Daniels praises Apple Color Emoji) to the exclamatory (Matthew Butterick on Neue Haas Grotesk).
This is not a juried contest. The result isn’t necessarily the “best fonts of the year”, or even those most used or ballyhooed. But these 50 selections do capture a pretty accurate snapshot of where type design is now, and where it’s headed. read more

Which one is your favorite?

Zizou

Julien

Cala

Outsiders

Supria Sans

Doko

Alda

Reina

Chartwell

Sutturah

Aria

Nouvelle Vague

Mija

Salvo

FB Alix

A2 Beckett

Neacademia

Abril

Bookmania

Calibre

Agile

Alana

Antwerp

Oban

FF Tundra

Detroit

Equity

Azuro

Cassia

Siri

Nassim

Smidgen

Periódico

Libertine

Capitolium News 2

Ambicase Fatface

Acta & Acto

FF Spinoza

FS Pimlico

Realist

Carter Sans

Ideal Sans

Elena

Neue Haas Grotesk

Dane

Swagg

Naga

Changing

Apple Color Emoji

2011 Honorable Mentions

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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