15 Best New Fonts, June 2023
Choosing the right font is essential not just because it conveys a tone of voice or a personality for your text but because some typefaces are more simply more readable than others. We write this roundup of the best new fonts we’ve found online each month, to give you a place to start.
This month, the selection leans towards chunky typefaces, there are some sophisticated takes on retro styles, and some high-contrast experimental designs.
TT Autonomous was inspired by a trip in an electric taxi. It’s a wide sans-serif with angular counters and rounded outer curves that strike a perfect balance between mechanical and organic. There are 32 styles in the family, and a variable font is available.
Fat looks precisely as you would expect: chunky letterforms with fine lines for counters that help define the letterforms. It’s a characterful and unforgettable display font that would be great for use in a logo.
Hanae is an elegant serif font named for Hanae Mori — the first Asian woman to join a Parisian Haute-Couture house. It has a large x-height and classic proportions, making it perfect for long-running text. There are currently just Regular and Light weights available.
Thanatos draws inspiration from woodcuts, as evidenced by the sharp corners and irregular strokes as if the letters had been gouged out of the screen. It’s excellent at display sizes but also surprisingly effective at smaller sizes where the color is nicely balanced.
Abalos is a futuristic vision of what retro looks like. Technically it’s a serif, with tiny little flares on the end of its strokes, but it has a lot of the characteristics of a sans, and some glyphs feel distinctly script-like — the ‘s,’ for example.
Indigo Sky is an unapologetically retro font leaning into psychedelia. It’s designed for display sizes and includes plenty of swash alternates and ligatures for interesting word shapes. It’s a good fit for editorial design.
Tongari is an excellent serif font family with a text version and a display version with increased contrast. It has a particularly well-designed ampersand, which makes it a useful option for branding.
ZT Vollun is an experimental typeface in seven weights. The lightest weight, Thin, has very fine lines, but only in certain strokes. The heaviest weight, bold, has consistent strokes. The result is a range of contrasts instead of weights.
Jobim takes Vendome as its starting point but takes its own path with a simpler, more contemporary approach. The glyphs are narrow, with a solid rhythm. It’s intended for use at medium–large sizes.
Gigafly is a fantastic font family that combines thick strokes and extremely high contrast to create the effect of a stencil font. It’s available in Headline, Display, and Poster styles, and a variable font version is available.
Cardillac Text is a high-class serif that will give your running text an air of authority and quality. It features small caps, ligatures, lining figures, old-style figures, and scientific numerals. It’s the companion font to the higher-contrast Cardillac Family.
Solfa is a narrow, bold sans that will be a big hit with anyone who still hovers their cursor over Impact in their font menu. Solfa is on the geometric end of sans-serifs with minimal optical corrections to create a no-nonsense aesthetic.
Mycena is a graffiti inspired font for display use. Its bold, rounded forms are crying out to be doused in color. It’s uppercase only, with only one weight available, so definitely a display face. It would work great for some branding projects too.
Nusrat is a beautiful script font that adds something to a very crowded marketplace — script fonts are only marginally less common than geometric sans. It has been painstakingly constructed around linked strokes to create the impression of calligraphy.
Micro is a minimalist typeface with plenty of impact. It combines square and rounded finials to deliver character in a compact form. It’s great for UI design, where it remains readable at tiny sizes.
Ben Moss has designed and coded work for award-winning startups, and global names including IBM, UBS, and the FBI. When he’s not in front of a screen he’s probably out trail-running.