2022 MyFonts Font Trends for Designers to Use this Year
Last year’s “Type Trends” guidance was about creating typographic surprises, bespoke fonts, using evocative typefaces to tell a story, and the merging of art and technology. As far as typefaces go, lighthearted scripts, industrial-strength sans serif designs, and heavyweight display typefaces were high on the popularity charts.
So, what kind of typefaces are going to be hot in 2022? We looked into the fonts that have been trending over the last several weeks, checked out the winners in several typographic design competitions, and talked with the type experts at MyFonts, to help us answer this question.
Here’s what we came up with. The typeface trends in 2022 will be:
- A resurgence of classic sans serif designs
- New interest in baroque fonts
- Display typefaces, with a cartoon vibe
- New serif typefaces that are friendly and outspoken
- Three flavors of scripts finding new popularity
- Variable fonts continuing to trend
Font Trend #1: Classic Sans
While new sans serif typefaces seem to be released daily, the traditional classics are not only still the best sellers, they’re also beginning to see an up-tick in their use. Why? Because these designs are able to address virtually any typographic need, are easy to recommend to branding clients and several have been updated with many improvements.
Designs like Classic Grotesque™ and Futura® Now infuse the demeanor of the original designs with 21st century aesthetics. Helvetica® Now and Trade Gothic® Next are classic designs updated for modern imaging needs. ITC Avant Garde Gothic® and Avenir® Next are geometric sans serif families that approach the design ethic in very different ways. While Proxima Nova™ bridges the gap between typefaces like Futura Now and Classic Grotesque, combining modern proportions with a geometric vibe.
All the families are large and diverse, with character sets that address scores of languages. Chose just the designs you need, or invest in the complete family. In either case, you’ll have powerful design tools – and be ahead of the typographic curve.
Font Trend #2: Ornate
These are designs adorned with flamboyant swashes, sensuous character strokes, demonstrative interlocks and ornate character shapes. They may not rate high on the legibility scale, but are sure to attract attention, create memorable wordmarks and build headlines that are a visual delight. They’re the flowers in font gardens, and easily brighten-up an otherwise dull page.
Sea Angel, Maroon And Black Sunbest Mora KindredITC Ziggy Ornate Initials family is three sets of decorative capital letter fonts that enliven a page, introduce paragraphs – and even serve as graphic illustrations.
Font Trend #3: Display Typefaces With a Cartoon Vibe
Cartoon fonts look like they came right out of a comic strip or graphic novel. They have a hand-drawn appearance, informal structure, and, more often than not, a whimsical . They’re trending because they bring a human, lighthearted vibe to headlines and short blocks of text copy. The design’s popularity stems from their warm, friendly, and lighthearted qualities that we all crave these days. These fonts can also add impact to a headline and a bit of humanity to short blocks of text copy.
Wine Stony Cartoon Ghost Childs and Bejo are plus-size designs that are commanding and approachable, while the PH family has enough weights, proportions, handy icons, and word banners to fill a shipping container.
Font Trend #4: Distinctive Serif Typefaces
There are no crystal goblets here. These typefaces are not transparent containers for textual content. (So much for Beatrice Warde’s advice.) They’re fonts that make a statement. They tend to have a friendly
The Blacker Pro family has text and display variants galore, in normal and condensed proportions, plus a score of titling fonts. It’s enough fonts that Blacker Pro is equally at home in long form text copy and on-demand content, as it is in billboard headlines.Cotford™ of elegant display and robust text fonts. The display designs are ideal for branding, editorial displays, and logotypes, while Cotford’s text designs are ideal for lengthy copy in print and on screen. Gazpacho and Imagist Sweep Poster
Font Trend #5: Three Flavors of Scripts
Scripts enhance the written word. They’re emotional, lyrical and, at times, even passionate communicators. Scripts have a soul, and a heart. While script fonts have been around as long as baseball, designs that are particularly elegant, script families of sympathetic fonts, and heavyweight designs that aren’t afraid to push their weight around, are stepping away from the crowd.
The Duality Desirable Calligraphy sophisticated without being stuffy and lively without being flamboyant. They’re also at their best in larger point sizes, where flourishes and swashes can dance with impunity. Palomino Script Modern LoveCoaction Lust Script exercises in indulgence. It’s big, brassy and more than a little sassy. It has attitude and swashes galore. Beautiful? You bet! Bashful? No way!
Font Trend #6: Variable Fonts
Variable fonts are an elegant melding of art and technology. They were trending last year, and continue to grow in influence. Developed primarily for web design, where they allow for faster site performance and a smaller digital footprint, Savvy designers are now using variable fonts to create brand consistency across a vast spectrum of uses, build animated graphics, fine tune text for maximum impact and legibility, and use type as an artist would a lively color palette.
Thephir Variable Tellumo Variable is a geometric sans with moderate proportions, a low stroke contrast, open apertures, and an x-height that makes it an easy reader in digital and hardcopy environments. A modest range of variable weights make it versatile without being overwhelming. Norman Variable Cotfordwhile the variable font unlocks a much larger spectrum of typographic expression.
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