Five Fonts: June 2014

Good typography is becoming a more prominent part of our daily lives (I can't go anywhere these days without seeing a Lost Type in the wild). Not too long ago, however, it seemed typography and web design were never quite on the same page. Sure, you could slap a font onto an image and serve it on your website - but that wasn't exactly scalable, easily maintainable, nor SEO-friendly. 

With more wide-spread browser support of the @font-face rule, our choice of typography now goes well beyond the "web-safe" fonts of yesteryear. Here is the first batch from my monthly installment of hand-picked fonts from the previous month. Some are free while others are a bit on the pricey side, so peruse with caution.

Choplin (from $25, two free weights available)

Choplin by René Bieder

Choplin is a slab serif designed with three principles in mind: geometry, simplicity, and neutrality.

Choplin by René Bieder

Note: at the time of this writing, all 18 Choplin fonts are on sale for $35 at myfonts.com.

Uni Sans ($29)

Uni Sans by Radomir Tinkov

An homage to such typefaces as DIN and Dax, Uni Sans is a strong geometric font that boasts excellent legibility and optimized kerning. Uni Sans is excellent for both print and web design, best suited for headlines of all sizes.

Uni Sans by Radomir Tinkov

Modum ($39, two free weights)

Modum by The Northern Block Ltd

Modum is a modern serif font with charm, great for designs with complex heading hierarchies such as those found in an editorial or newspaper. A balanced blend of carefully placed angles and smooth radius details offer a unique aesthetic that works well with blocks of text as well.

Modum by The Northern Block Ltd
Modum by The Northern Block Ltd

Zona Pro ($10)

Zona Pro by Kostas Bartsokas

Inspired by font faces of the 1920's, Zona Pro is a clean and highly readable geometric font perfect for headlines.

Zona Pro by Kostas Bartsokas

Aina Mono (Free)

Aina Mono by The Northern Block

Tired of the default monospace type? Aina Mono is a great alternative, inspired by the typewriter. The result is a mono font with a quirky charm perfect for displaying your next block of code in something other than courier new for a change.

Aina Mono by The Northern Block
Aina Mono by The Northern Block
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