Lamenting a lack of appreciation for the thousands of font families released in 2009, designer (and FastCompany.com guest blogger) Ellen Lupton doled out a series of Oscars for best typefaces of the year. Can you pick which Oscar-winning actors they reminded her of?
1. Alright Sans, by Jackson Cavanaugh, Okay Type
The kid’s Alright. This ballsy geometric sans has a humanist underbelly
that helps him play those sensitive scenes in between car chases.
2. Liza Pro, by Underware
A brush script with bite, Liza Pro merges artifice and spontaneity.
Tapping the power of OpenType, this fast-moving font uses automatic
substitution to conjure a constantly changing performance from 4,000
3. Mr Eaves, by Zuzana Licko, Émigré
The dainty and graceful Mrs Eaves has found her sans-serif
counterpart. With his diminutive x-height, loose letter spacing, and
lovely bones, Mr Eaves offers a balanced match for his lyrical sister. This elegant sans really knows how to wear a suit.
4. Klimax, by Ondrej Jób, Typotheque
With its engorged strokes and super-slim counters, Klimax delivers “the money shot.” This fantastically foxy typeface brings an undercurrent of theoretical rigor to a blatantly sexy genre.
5. Best Superfamily: Trilogy, by Jeremy Tankard, Jeremy Tankard Typography
Inspired by nineteenth-century commercial printing styles, Trilogy includes not only sans and slab serif typefaces but also a surprising new “fat face” variant, with ultrawide verticals and wafer-thin serifs. Trilogy packs an enormous range of expression into a single family.
a. Penelope Cruz
b. Colin Firth
c. Meryl Street meets Pamela Anderson
d. Matt Damon
e. John Wayne meets Johnny Depp
Answers: 1 d; 2 a; 3 b; 4 c; 5 e