30 Best Fonts that Every Designer Must Own


30 Fonts To Last A Life Time

Here are 30 of the Best Fonts / Typefaces that every designer must / should own

sorted by alphabetical order. There are 15 serif fonts and 15 sans-serif fonts. These fonts will

last you your whole career! A brief description of what each font is best suited for is provided

however are not limited tothis. There are some top free cool fonts that are downloadable

in this collection and some that come with your operating system… the others are not so free

but they sure will help you improve your typography! They include original PC, Mac and

Truetype fonts.

15 Serif Fonts

1. Adobe Caslon

Magazines, journals, text books, corporate communication.

Adobe Caslon

2. Adobe Garamond

Textbooks and magazines

Adobe Garamond

3. Bembo

Posters, packaging, textbooks.


4. Bodoni

Headlines, text, logos. (I couldn’t get big preview for this font.)


5. Clarendon

Dictionaries and headlines.


6. Courier

Tabular materials, technical documentation, word processing.


7. Excelsior

Newsletters, Reports, Proposals.


8. Lucida

Low resolution printing, small point sizes, reversed out half tones.


9. Minion

Limited edition books, newsletters, packaging.


10. Perpetua

For displays with fine lettering, long pages of text, chiseled text.


11. Sabon

Books and corporate communication.


12. Stempel Schneidler

For displays and fine publications that need a legible text type.

Stempel Schneidler

13. Times New Roman

Newspapers, magazines, corporate communication.

Times New Roman

14. Trajan

Books, magazines, posters, billboards, anything to do with the ages or religion.


15. Walbaum

Magazines, journals, text books, corporate communication.



15 Sans-Serif Fonts

1. Akzidenz Grotesk

Large Signage, all purpose for print media.

Akzidenz Grotesk

2. Avenir

For books with large amounts of text


3. Bell Centennial

For listings and very poor printing conditions.

Bell Centennial

4. Bell Gothic

For very small amounts of text that contains large amounts of information.


5. DIN

For signage, posters and displays.


6. Franklin Gothic

Newspapers and where available space is limited.

Franklin Gothic

7. Frutiger

Large signage, all purpose font for print media.


8. Futura

Large displays, small text in books.


9. Gill Sans

Signage, all purpose font for print media.

Gill Sans

10. Helvetica

Large or small text, all purpose type figure.


11. Meta

Text, number, especially corporate communication.


12. Myriad

Large displays, all purpose media.


13. Trade Gothic

Newspapers and classified ads, advertising, multimedia.

Trade Gothic

14. Univers

Packaging, signage, text books.


15. Vag Rounded

Instruction manuals and print advertising.

Vag Rounded

Source: From the book “30 Essential Typefaces for a Lifetime” by Imin Pao and Joshya Berger. A history of typography is also found in this book as well as more information on each font and the designer.

To buy most of the fonts above I would recommend MyFonts or ITC Fonts however you must shop around!


One response »

  1. I like this post. It’s good to have a good list of fonts in each category that you can rely on when time isn’t on your side.

    I am going to have this post be ONE of the TWO required posts for this exam.

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