Why is it important to choose the right font for your design? Because this choice directly affects the design itself. A good designer must know how to correctly choose the font for a specific project.
The fonts are many and of different categories, we can use Sans Serif or Serif fonts, Handwiring fonts or display fonts. Choosing the right one makes all the difference in your design and the way you convey your message.
That’s why I thought to summarize in this list the 28+ of our favorite fonts for designers in 2020. In detail, I have categorized the list into Sans Serif, Serif, Script and Handwriting, Display and Monospace fonts.
Most of the fonts listed below are available for free on Google Fonts, others can be found on Adobe Fonts (and you can get over 40% discount with Desircle by clicking here). Some of these are my personal selection from Envato Elements.
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Sans Serif Fonts
In typography and lettering, a sans-serif, sans serif, gothic, or simply sans letterform is one that does not have extending features called “serifs” at the end of strokes (source: Wikipedia).
So this is a category of typefaces that do not use serifs, small lines at the ends of characters. One of the most famous Sans Serif Fonts for designers is certainly Helvetica. They are often used for their easy readability, they work very well both for body text and titles, in fact many designers use this category because they really stand out on large titles.
What are serifs? The small features on the ends of strokes in some fonts are known as “Serifs.” An example of a Serif Font is the famous Times New Romans or Georgia.
Serif Fonts have been used mainly in the past, because all advertising and publication of content went through printed graphics (think newspapers and books). So you can use a Serif Font when you need to create a publishing project or graphics for a book, but this category works well for some web branding, such as the latest Mailchimp rebranding.
A display typeface is a typeface that is intended for use at large sizes for headings, rather than for extended passages of body text.
In some cases you can find blogs or websites that call this category “decorative”, but the concept is the same as described above. You can use this typeface to create amazing graphics for both print and web, try to think for example about the home page of your site or the cover of a brochure of great impact.
Script, Handwriting fonts
This category of handwriting fonts is, as the name itself says, the one related to fonts written on paper (or on an iPad) and then vectorized.
They are a bit more difficult to use, especially if you are dealing with web design projects, while it is useful if you have to do, for example, the branding of a new store or a restaurant.
A monospaced font, also called a fixed-pitch, fixed-width, or non-proportional font, is a font whose letters and characters each occupy the same amount of horizontal space (source: Wikipedia).
Initially this font category was used in the first computers because the possibility of graphic development was limited, but the monospace font soon caught on in design, as in some contexts it can give a great visual impact.
This is our personal collection of the best fonts for designers in 2020, all already tested in some of our most important design projects.
The list I’ve collected above includes many free fonts (as you can see I’ve marked them in brackets), so you can enjoy trying them out without spending money from your budget. If you have some budget available, I highly recommend you to subscribe to Envato Elements, because it’s a really valuable database!