Ask DN: What's your favorite font?

almost 11 years ago from , Co-Founder at Compagnon Agency

Standard fonts like Century Gothic Helvetica and Myriad Pro used to be a designer's best friend for a long time, but lately it seems like Gotham, Avenir and Proxima Nova are being used everywhere (not that it's a bad thing, it's a beautiful type).

So Designer News, what's your favorite font? And what's your opinion on these popular fonts?


  • Nicola RushtonNicola Rushton, almost 11 years ago

    Open Sans for everything online. If it's good enough for Google...

    2 points
  • Cat NooneCat Noone, almost 11 years ago

    Although Proxima is being over used, I don't think it's a bad thing at all. It's a beautiful font in every way and looks great on both flat and non-flat designs. I'm a big fan.

    2 points
  • Greg CorbyGreg Corby, almost 11 years ago

    I have been using Effra to wean myself off of Avenir, which I used to wean myself off of Gotham and Proxima Nova.

    1 point
  • Edgar VargasEdgar Vargas, almost 11 years ago

    I am a fan of calligraphy fonts but the designer in me wants to see legibility so I'd have to say something that falls right between those categories. I don't think I've seen a font that is my favorite yet.

    In terms of popular fonts, I think it's comical that helvetica became so ubiquitous; simply because some artists wanted to draw more attention to the actual design visuals. I like classic fonts, they could come in handy every now.

    0 points
  • Dan EdwardsDan Edwards, almost 11 years ago

    Really love Proxima Nova, but I also regularly use Open Sans, Din and of course - Helvetica.

    0 points
  • Cory GibbonsCory Gibbons, almost 11 years ago

    These days I'm really enjoying Univers.

    0 points
  • Ari SawyersAri Sawyers, almost 11 years ago

    Favorite sans-serif? It has to be Gotham (+Gotham Rounded).

    Favorite serif? Merriweather on Google Web Fonts is what I'm using on my blog right now, and I love it. Adelle comes in at a close second.

    Helvetica is still great. Futura is too. Can't say the same for Myriad Pro, though.

    0 points
  • Dennis EusebioDennis Eusebio, almost 11 years ago

    Ultramagnetic is my go to favorite: http://www.youworkforthem.com/font/T0020/ywft-ultramagnetic

    0 points
  • Larry BuchananLarry Buchanan, almost 11 years ago

    Knockout from H&FJ

    0 points
  • Jibran KutikJibran Kutik, almost 11 years ago

    My absolute favorite fonts tend to vary a bit. In college I was obsessed with DIN. It was fortunate that it was such a versatile, gorgeous typeface. Later on I fell in love with Archer and Knockout. I still start every project trying to find a reason to use either typeface. Half the time I realize it's a mistake and I should be using something else. But I always love playing with them. Though on the web I'll often replace Archer with Adelle (via TypeKit) and that's always a good time. When setting a lot of type on paper (something I rarely, if ever, do these days), I've always found Hoefler Text to be a great serif for printing.

    0 points
  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, almost 11 years ago

    Definitely Proxima Nova, Open Sans, and Latos for web.

    0 points
  • Thomas SchrijerThomas Schrijer, almost 11 years ago

    Futura is an all-time favorite. I like the art-deco character of Neutra. Tisa Pro for serif. And lately I'm into Source Sans Pro (free) and Brandon Grotesk.

    0 points
  • Max SteenbergenMax Steenbergen, almost 11 years ago

    DIN for headings, Kievit for body text and Auto 3 italic for the occasional added personality

    0 points
  • Jason JamesJason James, almost 11 years ago

    DIN & Futura are my favorites. I find myself using Proxima Nova, Open Sans and Brandon Grotesque most though.

    0 points
  • Ernest Ojeh, almost 11 years ago

    It's so hard to choose. I like Proxima Nova, Avenir, Rockwell (Just a few).. Online, I like Open Sans, Arial, Montserrat.

    Personally, I don't mind the over-use of certain fonts. They're beautiful :)

    0 points
  • Mark StuckertMark Stuckert, almost 11 years ago

    Favourite font — Dala Floda Black. Haven't used it yet but gosh dang

    0 points