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  • 02.23.09

The Best Type of 2009

Type design goes unappreciated by most, but for designers, being all all-star in type design is a bit like being a big-wave surfer or a base jumper: It commands respect from your in-the-know peers, because the discipline is insanely …

Type design goes unappreciated by most, but for designers, being all all-star in type design is a bit like being a big-wave surfer or a base jumper: It commands respect from your in-the-know peers, because the discipline is insanely difficult. Every font is a minefield of decisions, against myriad concerns like legibility, expressiveness, historical references (which are crazy, considering that many typefaces are hundreds of years old). But at the same time, a good type design can scream talent even to the layman. Here’s a peak at a few nice ones, courtesy of the Type Director’s Club 2009 awards, one of the most prestigious in the world.

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Klimax Bold, by Ondrej Jób:

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Nebulon by Carl Crossgrove:

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Optica Normal by Manuel Guerrero, which recalls a Bridget Riley painting:

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Haptic by Henning Skibbe:

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If you’re interested in reading more about the discipline, start with this, then this and this.

About the author

Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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