Type on Screen
7 Servings of Type for a Healthy Head & Body
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
This week, researchers in the UK announced that we should all be eating 7–10 portions of fruit and veg per day instead of the previously recommended five. While you work out how to get all that roughage into your diet, here’s a bushel of tasty typefaces to give your designs a boost and help them thrive.
Despite its yummy olivey-round shapes, Antique Olive was actually named for its French foundry (Fonderie Olive) and not the fruit. Designed in the early 60s as an alternative to Helvetica and Univers, in the end it just had too much personality to rival the neutral, linear sans. The stroke contrast where curves meet stems is more substantial than your average sans, it’s got an ‘s’ that looks like it might be upside down, and you’ve just gotta love that teardrop counter in the ‘a’. It’s playful, crisp and modern, and those eccentric quirks make it great for headlines and logos. With 30 weights (including a particularly lovely, legible italic), it’s also super-flexible and looks great in paragraphs too. Vive l’olive!
Who doesn’t love Turnip the moment they see it? This serif is charming and earthy thanks in part to its combination of rounded outer shapes and squared inner ones. As the Font Bureau aptly puts it, Turnip “feels completely at home with salty language … [and] ain’t your grandpa’s book face.” That said, if longform is what you need, then try its sister TurnipRE. It was created specifically for use at paragraph sizes and optimized for on-screen legibility. With 12 weights in Turnip and another 4 in TurnipRE, you’re spoiled for choice.
Appleyard is fun little display font that puts a novel spin on Clarendon. Its ball terminals and the serifs on its lowercase ‘y’, ‘v’ and ‘u’ add a bit of whimsy, yet it’s straight-laced enough to remain suitable for multiple contexts.
Great for heads and generously set subheads, Artichoke by Jonahfonts is warm inviting brushy script that’s fluid, flowing and available in Regular, Oblique, Condensed, and Condensed Oblique weights.
Tomato by Canada Type is a revival of early 1970s typeface Viola Flare. It’s just full of the funky, sassy attitude we’d expect from Foxy Brown or George Clinton. And the alternates available with the typeface offer some super-fun swash and curl flourishes to really amplify the 70s vibe. Can ya dig it?
Although Courgette is only available in one weight, it works pretty darn well across a range of sizes. Because it it’s so stylized, it makes a natural header and is great for quotes. But it’s also legible enough to work as body font, even when reversed on a dark background! A real all-rounder.
For more web font recommendations, check out our Type on Screen collection.