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Saturday, October 24, 2009

30 Essential Typefaces for A Lifetime

30 Essential Typefaces cover

My bro recently blogged about the book 30 Essential Typefaces for A Lifetime which is a survey of 30 important typefaces.

Here’s the list. The ones installed on my computer (woefully few) are in bold:
  • Sans-serifs: Akzidenz Grotesk, Avenir, Bell Centennial, Bell Gothic, DIN, Franklin Gothic, Frutiger, Futura, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Meta, Myriad, Trade Gothic, Univers and Vag Rounded.
  • Serifs: Adobe Caslon, Adobe Garamond, Bembo, Bodoni, Clarendon, Courier, Excelsior, Lucida, Minion, Perpetua, Sabon, Stempel Schneidler, Times New Roman, Trajan and Walbaum.

I hope you have more of these gems than I do.


  • Futura, Times New Roman, Courier, Lucida (Sans), Myriad, Trajan, Adobe Garamond & Caslon, Bell Gothic.

    Most of these were installed with Photoshop or Windows. I still have to find a decent Helvetica that works on Windows with ClearType..

    great blog btw!

    By Blogger John, at 10/25/2009 12:45 a.m.  

  • John - Lucky guy!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 10/25/2009 12:56 a.m.  

  • I have even less than you (7). Futura, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Bodoni, Courier, Lucida, Times New Roman.

    I think the reason for this is that we are web people and the web doesn't really do fonts.

    That could change. The last year or so has seen @font-face support from several browsers, although the IE implementation remains different to the others.

    By Blogger Thomas David Baker, at 10/28/2009 11:00 p.m.  

  • @font-face looks cool, Tom.

    Actually my brother bought some Adobe design software and got a *ton* of fonts—whole bunch of Helvetica weights, for example. And Trajan. And dozens of other really good Adobe ones.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 10/28/2009 11:08 p.m.  

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