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You Only Need 10 Fonts

Discussion in 'Font Forum:' started by Tony Hardy, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    Yesterday, Jordan suggested in another typography thread that "You only ever need 10 fonts as a designer". To me, that seems logical. Maybe 10 font families, so you have weight variations, but completely logical.
    This morning, I read this article on Creative Bloq; http://www.creativebloq.com/typography/fonts-for-designers-2131830 Which suggests that designers should own these 20 fonts, if nothing else.
    Do you find yourself using more than 10 fonts? Do you really need to? If you had to narrow your Font Book down to only 10 fonts, what would they be?
    I'm still having a think about mine, but I'll get back to you!
     
  2. Jordan

    Jordan Active Member

  3. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    Is this being applied to web development also, or just print?
    IMO it could be 1 - 100's of fonts for web, totally depending on the brief I guess. With @font-face and other services becoming available we have any of them at our finger tips. We just need to consider readability & Accessibility of the font I guess.
     
  4. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    I think it was applied to anything. That idea that you could get by using only 10 fonts, forever. It's a fairly sane notion. I do often find myself reverting to the same fonts. That could be lack of imagination on my part?
     
  5. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    [font="'comic sans ms'"]10.....blasphemy, you only need 1... comic sans, the go to font for ALL talented designers[/font] :lol:
     
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  6. wac

    wac Senior Member

    I think there's always going to be that powerhouse core of fonts but we're always going to need other ones at some point depending on the task at hand.
     
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  7. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    I might have to look at uninstalling Comic Sans on the forum ;)
     
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  8. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    can we get papyrus instead then... thats a close second to the quality of comic sans :)
     
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  9. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Guest

    Or I could ban you for even suggesting Papyrus? ;)
     
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  10. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Bleeding Cowboys ftw! ;)

    Seriously though it's an interesting point. I probably have less than 10 "go to" fonts, but there's always that project that calls for something a little funky.
     
  11. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    how could I forget bleeding cowboys... so thats 3 of our 10... what are the other 7 then :)
     
  12. berry

    berry Active Member

    12 fonts at least
     
  13. lucy

    lucy Member

    It may be controversial here to mention google fonts project. What do people think of this? On my Wordpress sites I use G Font plugin, it's really useful for importing these fonts into a blog/content-that's if you're a Wordpress user of course
     
  14. Basic

    Basic Member

    Interesting topic and thanks for sharing! :)
     
  15. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I [font="'comic sans ms'"]don't[/font] use [font="'courier new'"]that[/font] [font="'times new roman'"]many[/font] fonts at [font="'lucida sans unicode'"]all.[/font]
     
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  16. iDesign

    iDesign Member

    Bradley Hand! Wow that one is special :)
     
  17. RDB

    RDB Member

    I think 10 fonts for web design would be good. I may try it as I have a few firm favourites.
     
  18. artworkabode

    artworkabode New Member

    It'd probably be more accurate to say that there's a small pool of fonts for any given Design problem. I don't know if I'd want to use the same 10 fonts for Logo work as I would something Narrative focused such as comics or short stories. Definitely different kinds fonts for Animation Vs Poster design. A different toolkit for a different, but similar, project.
     

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