FontShop presents: The 100 all time commercial Best Fonts


FontShop presents: The 100 all time Best Fonts since Guternberg, as selected by their users and an international jury.

How we rated the fonts:
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The review of immeasurable qualities is tricky. How does one measure aesthetic quality, the benefit of an item, its value to humanity? How does one determine a list of the best fonts of all time? We tried to do this by using on objective and two subjective measurement patters weighted as follows:

FontShop Sales Figures: 40%
Historical Value/Meaning: 30%
Aesthetic Qualities: 30%

The evaluation consisted exclusively of licensed or ‘commercial’ fonts. Free fonts or operating system fonts were not considered, nor were fonts integral to standard software (i.e. Arial, Verdana, etc.). Font variations, which over the centuries have been individually interpreted by various Foundries, were uniquely evaluated as a class and the best variant was entered into the main judging process.

“The List”

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Rank | Font Name | [Date Designed – Designed By]

1. Helvetica [1957 – Max Miedinger]
2. Garamond [1530 – Claude Garamond]
3. Frutiger [1977 – Adrian Frutiger]
4. Bodoni [1970 – Giambattista Bodoni]
5. Futura [1927 – Paul Renner]
6. Times [1931 – Stanley Morison]
7. Akzidenz Grotesk [1966 – Günter Gerhard Lange]
8. Officina [1990 – Erik Spiekermann]
9. Gill Sans [1930 – Eric Gill]
10. Univers [1954 – Adrian Frutiger]
11. Optima [1954 – Hermann Zapf]
12. Franklin Gothic [1903 – Morris Fuller Benton]
13. Bembo [1496 – Francesco Griffo]
14. Interstate [1993 – Tobias Frere-Jones]
15. Thesis [1994 – Lucas de Groot]
16. Rockwell [1934 – Frank H. Pierpont]
17. Walbaum [1800 – Justus Walbaum]
18. Meta [1991 – Erik Spiekermann]
19. Trinité [1982 – Bram De Does]
20. Din [1926 – Ludwig Goller]
21. Matrix [1986 – Zuzana Licko]
22. OCR [1965 – American Type Founders]
23. Avant Garde [1968 – Herb Lubalin]
24. Lucida [1985 – Chris Holmes / Charles Bigelow]
25. Sabon [1964 – Jan Tschichold]
26. Zapfino [1998 – Hermann Zapf]
27. Letter Gothic [1956 – Roger Roberson]
28. Stone [1987 – Summer Stone]
29. Arnhem [1998 – Fred Smeijers]
30. Minion [1990 – Robert Slimbach]
31. Myriad [1992 – Twombly & Slimbach]
32. Rotis [1988 – Olt Aicher]
33. Eurostile [1962 – Aldo Novarese]
34. Scala [1991 – Martin Majoor]
35. Syntax [1968 – Hans Eduard Meier]
36. Joanna [1930 – Eric Gill]
37. Fleishmann [1997 – Erhard Kaiser]
38. Palatino [1950 – Hermann Zapf]
39. Baskerville [1754 – John Baskerville]
40. Fedra [2002 – Peter Bil’ak]
41. Gotham [2000 – Tobias Frere-Jones]
42. Lexicon [1992 – Bram De Does]
43. Hands [1991 – Letterror]
44. Metro [1929 – W. A. Dwiggins]
45. Didot [1799 – Firmin Didot]
46. Formata [1984 – Bernd Möllenstädt]
47. Caslon [1725 – William Caslon]
48. Cooper Black [1920 – Oswald B. Cooper]
49. Peignot [1937 – A. M. Cassandre]
50. Bell Gothic [1938 – Chauncey H. Griffith]
51. Antique Olive [1962 – Roger Excoffon]
52. Wilhelm Klngspor Gotisch [1926 – Rudolf Koch]
53. Info [1996 – Erik Spiekermann]
54. Dax [1995 – Hans Reichel]
55. Proforma [1988 – Petr van Blokland]
56. Today Sans [1988 – Volker Küster]
57. Prokyon [2002 – Erhard Kaiser]
58. Trade Gothic [1948 – Jackson Burke]
59. Swift [1987 – Gerald Unger]
60. Copperplate Gothic [1901 – Frederic W. Goudy]
61. Blur [1992 – Neville Brody]
62. Base [1995 – Zuzana Licko]
63. Bell Centennial [1978 – Matthew Carter]
64. News Gothic [1908 – Morris Fuller Benton]
65. Avenir [1988 – Adrian Frutiger]
66. Bernhard Modern [1937 – Lucian Bernhard]
67. Amplitude [2003 – Christian Schwartz]
68. Trixie [1991 – Erik van Blokland]
69. Quadraat [1992 – Fred Smeijers]
70. Neutraface [2002 – Christian Schwartz]
71. Nobel [1929 – Sjoerd de Roos]
72. Industria [1990 – Neville Brody]
73. Bickham Script [1997 – Richard Lipton]
74. Bank Gothic [1930 – Morris Fuller Benton]
75. Corporate ASE [1989 – Kurt Weidemann]
76. Fago [2000 – Ole Schafer]
77. Trajan [1989 – Carol Twombly]
78. Kabel [1927 – Rudolf Koch]
79. House Gothic 23 [1995 – Tal Leming]
80. Kosmik [1993 – Letterror]
81. Caecilia [1990 – Peter Matthias Noordzij]
82. Mrs Eaves [1996 – Zuzana Licko]
83. Corpid [1997 – Lucas de Groot]
84. Miller [1997 – Matthew Carter]
85. Souvenir [1914 – Morris Fuller Benton]
86. Instant Types [1992 – Just van Rossum]
87. Clarendon [1845 – Benjamin Fox]
88. Triplex [1989 – Zuzana Licko]
89. Benguiat [1989 – Ed Benguiat]
90. Zapf Renaissance [1984 – Hermann Zapf]
91. Filosofia [1996 – Zuzana Licko]
92. Chalet [1996 – House Industries]
93. Quay Sans [1990 – David Quay]
94. Cézanne [1995 – Michael Want, James Grieshaber]
95. Reporter [1938 – Carlos Winkow]
96. Legacy [1992 – Ronald Arnholm]
97. Agenda [1993 – Greg Thompson]
98. Bello [2004 – Underware]
99. Dalliance [2000 – Frank Heine]
100. Mistral [1953 – Roger Excoffon]
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