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current obsession: my favorite fonts!

by Grace Bonney


It wouldn’t be a font-themed day if we didn’t start with a few of my favorites. I use a wide variety of fonts at Design*Sponge for roundups, city guide headers and all types of posts. I tend to prefer contrasting feminine and modern styles, but I have a soft spot for fonts that catch me by surprise and make me look for an excuse to use them. To kick things off this morning, I’m rounding up 35 of my favorite fonts on the market, free and for purchase. I’ve tried to keep as many of these low priced (or no-priced) as possible so that those of you looking to test out new fonts on your blogs or websites don’t have to break the bank. Also, if you’re as much of a font nut as I am, check out this quiz at Pentagram that tells you what font you would be. Have fun! xo, grace

*Please note: Veer.com is the sponsor of today’s upcoming contest but did not receive special consideration for this roundup, nor were we paid for any listings in this post.

Image above: “Strangelove” by Umbrella Type, $12-18


Image above, top to bottom: “Bead Chain,” free for personal use; “Sailor Larry Font” by Tioem, free for personal use; “Craig” by Jasper, free for personal use; “P22 Bifur Font” by Richard Kegler, $19.95; “Twigglee” by Robert Schenk, $14.95; “Coney Island,” free for personal use; “Marquee,” free for personal use; “Romantiques” by Dieter Steffman, free for personal use; “Beamie,” free for personal use; “Mexcellent,” free for personal use


Image above: All fonts from “Wild West Press” by Walden Fonts. Collection of fonts for $49.95


Image above, top to bottom: “Lowvetica” by Mario Arturo, donation required; “Gemini Italic,” $19.95; “Messner” by Juraj Chrastina, $29; “Arwen,” free for personal use; “Seattle Sans,” free for personal use; “Farouk,” free for personal use; “Market Deco,” free for personal use

CLICK HERE for more fonts after the jump!


Image above: “Penabico” by Intellecta Design, $8.93


Image above: “Breathe” by Maximiliano Sproviero, $20


Image above, clockwise from top left: “Darjeeling Complete” by Facetype, $30; “Strong Leaf” by Lisna Lee, free for personal use (love this font!); “Lullaby” by Sander Legrand, free for personal use; “English Essay” by Brittney Murphy, free for personal use


Image above: “Numbers” by Hoefler & Frere-Jones, $169


Image above: “Lavina 4F” by Sergiy Tkachenko, $25


Image above: “Archer” by Hoefler & Frere-Jones, $149 and up

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