Discover the Upcoming Fonts Trends for 2018

A quick search is all you need to access quality fonts. But, choosing the right font for a project is not as easy as it sounds.


Writers from The Creative blog say, “Your choice of typeface and how you make it work with your layout, grid, colour scheme, design theme and so on will make the difference between a good, bad and great design.”
Given that fonts have to be accessible in all browsers, many designers opt for Google Fonts, mainly for that accessibility. Other sites like Typekit and My Fonts are also very popular. More traditional designers go to foundries or even create their own typeface.
It’s very easy to get lost in a sea of beautiful fonts. But, do we need more than two fonts? I’m a firm believer that keeping things simple makes for a better design. A minimalist design brings some flexibility compared to heavy bulky type-faces. That said, the mix and match trend is super popular these days. The choices are vast, and typography design keeps evolving. For this reason, we’re always looking for the latest trends. This coming year brings more traditional styles and few curiosities. Let’s dive in.

Trendy Fonts for 2018

One of the challenges that creatives face is making designs that run consistently across multiple platforms. To sort out this problem Google, Microsoft, Adobe and Apple joined forces and created the Open Type Project. The project allows designers to modify fonts from a single file.
“With variable fonts, your devise can display text in myriads of weights, widths, or other stylistic variations from a single font file with less space and bandwidth”
As user interface becomes more and more important, designers must find ways to create visually pleasing designs that will adapt to multiple devises. Not so long ago, fonts weren’t as accessible, and creatives had to rely on the same typeface for several projects. But, these days there is no shortage of available fonts. Still, quite a few fonts seem to be the kings of print and digital design. Let’s have a look at the most popular fonts for the coming year.
Museo Sans
Museo Sans
Created in 2008 by Jos Buivenga. Museo Sans is a simple sans serif, low contrast font, perfect for web and graphic design. Delicious was another font project that quickly grew into Jos’ trademark, giving him the inspiration to develop more font types. Two Museo Sans styles are available for free on Jos’ website. Also available on My Fonts, Typekit and other sites (paid).
Monserrat
Monserrat
Created by Julieta Ulanovsky the graphic designer behind the Zkysky design studio. She created Monserrat in reference to the Monserrat neighborhood in Buenos Aires. This font is coming up on trend on a few sites. It has 18 styles from thin and extra thin to extra Bold. Monserrat is distributed free under the Open Font Licence on Google Fonts and Fonts Squirrel.
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Made by international foundry Dalton Maag. Ubuntu is part of the Ubuntu free software project from Canonical LTD and is being distributed under an Open License. This encourages designers to modify, alter and experiment with the font. Ubuntu, is a sans serif very handy for web design. It’s available on Google fonts, Fonts Squirrel and the Ubuntu website.
Futura
Futura
This sans-serif typeface was created by Paul Renner in 1927, and even though it has gone through several modifications, it’s still super popular. Futura has been used on ad campaigns, logo design, video, print, web, and video games. There are actually 22 styles and Futura PT is managed by Moscow ParaType Foundry. Most styles are available paid on Typekit and My Fonts, while a few free styles are offered on 1001 Fonts.
Josefin Slab
Josefin Slab
Created by Santiago Orozco, he says “Josefin Slab blends the typewriter style with a dash of Gothic and Scandinavian style.” Overall, it’s a light type-font, and even the bold style is quite thin. Josefin Slab is a low contrast font, simple and stylish. It’s available for free under the Open Font License on Google Fonts.
Proxima Nova
Proxima Nova
Mark Simonson is the designer behind Proxima Nova. Of the design he says, “I wanted to bridge the gap between Futura and AkzidenzGrotesk. The result is a hybrid that combines modern proportions with geometric appearance.”
He released a similar version in 1994 “Proxima Sans” and in 2015 Proxima Nova came to life. In terms of weight there are three types: normal, condensed and extra condensed. Yet, this font family is quite large with 48 styles in total. Proxima Nova is available on Typekit, My Fonts, FontSpring and several other sites (paid).

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