Designers around the world today need to stand apart from the rest when they are working for serious contracts. Web design, posters, brochures and logos all have high expectations so that the company can be on top and be the best in the crowd.
Using free fonts will not allow you to do that since they are used by everyone. The obvious and simple solution is to use a professional commercial font that will not be available to everyone.
Given below is a list of some of the most popular commercial fonts to consider.
Commercial Fonts for Designers
Graulbau Sans Pro
With more than 1000 glyphs for each style and 7 weights, this font is suitable for all types of typographic tasks. The italics have a handwriting based, vivid design while the regular style has a neutral and clean appearance. It also supports Turkish, CE, Cyrillic and Greek and offers a wide range of sets of figures.
This particular font family is a reworking of the Proxima Sans. The family includes 42 OpenType, fully featured fonts with three width choices. Promixa Nova stylistically straddles the gap between various typefaces like Akzindenz Grotesk and Futura. It is a hybrid which combines geometric appearance with humanistic proportions.
This is a Sans Serif, award winning type family which has a beautiful geometric style and a functional look. The black and thin weights are a great choice for creating headlines. The medium and regular weights are more suitable for longer sentences.
Helvetica Neue Lt Std
The Helvetica font became very popular during the 60’s and the 70s and various versions were introduced in the family. The entire family was redrawn during the early 80’s by Linotype. Alignment differences were corrected and the subtle features had been made more consistent. All the widths and weights were also designed again.
Graublau Slab Pro
This is the new addition to the Graublau family which had been designed by Georg Seifert. Since it was released in 2008, this typeface has been very popular for websites, magazines, books and corporate designs. With its expressive and contemporary design, this typeface is ideal for web headlines, editorial designs as well as for any other type of text.
Yellow Design Studio’s Thirsty Script Rough is a weathered and warm version of the Thirty Script. It has a captivating texture with authentic characteristics of the letterpress printing. The font is highly customizable and offers four different versions for every single weight. Since it is extremely detailed, it looks magnificent even in larger sizes. It also includes matching textured pieces for fun and extra customization.
Based on the highly popular Museo, Museo Sans is a highly legible, geometric, low contrast and sturdy typeface which is suitable for any text and display use. This is an OpenType family which supports for the CE languages as well as Esperanto. It includes various features such as inferiors, superiors, denominators, numerators, old styled figures, tabular/proportional lining, automatic fractions and ligatures as well as case for forms that are case sensitive.
This is a hand-calligraphy, passionate form which has long connections between the letters so that users can create signature looks and beautiful headings. It includes more than 800 glyphs like terminal and initial letters, run on connections, roman numerals and alternates to create realistic calligraphy.
Trade Gothic was initially designed in 1948 by Jackson Burke. While this family doesn’t display much unifying structure compared to other sans serif families, this dissonance itself adds earthy naturalism and appeal. This family can be quite often seen in multimedia and advertising in combination with the roman fonts. The condensed texts are used popularly for headlines in the newspapers.
The form of this family is ancient like the Greek capitals that were inscribed 2500 years ago by the Cretans during the time of Pythagoras, by Imperial Romans in the Scipios tomb or during the 18th century in London by the classic revival architects.
Carolyna Pro Black
This particular font is a plumper version of the Carolyna Pro. The text is whimsical yet formal so users can still have the hand lettered, modern calligraphy look. It is an Open Type family which includes end and beginning swashes, ligatures and alternate characters.
This is a condensed typeface that has a geometric and technical appearance. This family includes two different versions along with seven weights and matching italics. The font feels very ideal for technical surroundings in logos, website headlines, posters, magazines, brochures and anywhere with short passages.
This particular font family includes eight different weights, Italics and Normal. The weights all have small caps and the font itself has come to mean clean and pure. Grotesque Font has a new Turkish Lira Sign as well as alternate ampersand which was created by Professor Halis Bicer, a very popular personality in Turkey due to his expert knowledge about graphic design, calligraphy and typography.
Chalk Hand Lettering
This particular font is ideal for those who love the vintage look. There are not many schools around the world that still use chalk and blackboard. Chalk Hand Lettering font provides you the effect of chalk hand lettering and the unique look of chalk letters on slate. Writing on a blackboard or slate was a very slow process and one which required concentrated and deliberate efforts. This results in handwriting that is quite different from an individual’s handwriting on plain paper.
Robust and attractive slab serif with the friendliness of Museo. It is perfect when used with Museo Sans. The font was designed by Exljbris’s Jos Buivenga. It is an OpenType font which is an offspring of the very popular Museo. As the name of this family suggests, it is a slab serif family. However, unlike what many people think it is not a display font purely. The font is legible even at very tiny sizes. It also includes over 25,000 different kerning pairs. Museo Slab is a great choice for those who want to retain clarity and legibility but still want a modern edge.
Intro font includes 26 unique weights and font styles. This family is distinct due to its excellent legibility on the web as well as in print. It is a very attractive geometric design and optimized kerning. Intro is particular suitable for all types of headlines, regardless of its size. It also performs well when used in a wide range of text lengths. The various styles of this font provides it versatility that allows it to meet the needs of any graphic design project- motion graphics, print and web. It is therefore ideal for logos, posters and t-shirts.
Avenir had been designed in 1988 by Adrian Frutiger after having interesting sans serif fonts for years. This font is not completely geometric. It does have vertical strokes thicker than horizontals. It also has an o which isn’t a perfect circles as well as shortened ascenders. The nuances of this font provide it a legibility and a sensible and harmonious appearance for headlines as well as texts.
This is a lively and clean sans serif font which had been created by Ludwig Ubele. The typeface is characterized by its excellent legibility and it can be used for a wide verity of typography. The family includes 27 styles, weights as well as various innovative features such as case sensitive forms, arrows, language features, inferiors and superiors, fractions, alternate glyphs and numerals.
Created by Max Miedinger, this particular typeface has evolved to be one of the most popular and famous typefaces today due to the marketing strategy used by Linotype and Stempel. The family is an integral part of several operating systems and printers. Helvetica’s original letterforms had been modified to suit Linotype system. Helvetica was then expanded over the years to include various weights. However, they were not all very well coordinated with one another.
This particular font is from the Bitstream Library. Swiss721 is an OpenType font which includes various features such as extra glyphs and small camps. All the versions are related closely. The central fonts’ design had been limited in order to match some of the extreme forms used in the series. These were extremely uniform so that any member could be closely used with the other for a perfectly harmonious look.
Web designer and websites owners today have access to a large range of fonts: free as well as premium. The list of the most popular commercial fonts provided above represents some of the most popular and widely used premium fonts to be used by designers.
Other than the ones listed above, there is a huge range of fonts available online today that allow businesses to create a very unique, memorable look for their website as well as their printed materials.