We have always been type nerds, but Jessica Hische is clearly passionate about fonts. She believes that designers should not have a favourite font, but a favourite type designer. In her article about upping your type game she covers:
- Does it come in a variety of weights?
- Does it have a nice x-height?
- Does it have a true italic?
- Is it a typeface I’d want to hang out with?
- Is it spaced well?
- Does it have even color?
- What width or widths do I need?
- If it’s a sans, is there enough letter variety?
You can read the whole article where she covers each of these points in depth. There is info on where to buy and host web fonts. I especially like that she is not one of the zombie Helvetica fans out there. So, if you want some info on pairing type and improving your game a bit, check her out.
I care, the nerds care, and that’s enough for me.
Here area small list of her favourite font houses, if you’d like to go shopping:
H&FJ Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones
Okay Type Jackson Cavanaugh
Underware Akiem Helmling, Bas Jacobs & Sami Kortemäki
Darden Studio Joshua Darden
- HVD Fonts
Type Together Veronika Burian & José Scaglione
Klim Type Foundry Kris Sowersby
Just Another Foundry Tim Ahrens & Shoko Mugikura
House Industries Rich Roat, Andy Cruz, Ken Barber, & Others
- Commercial Type Christian Schwartz & Paul Barnes
- Sudtipos Alejandro Paul
MVB Fonts Mark van Bronkhorst
The full article is online here.