Five Fonts for Summer

Five Fonts for Summer

The arrival of any season brings a number of design trends from colors and shapes and type. Summer is hear so it’s time for warmer colors and to drop your serifs. I’ve selected five examples of display type and trends I’d like to see gracing designs this time of year.



1. Thirsty Soft - This is my top pick for summer and one of the best scripts I’ve seen in a long time. Thirsty Soft by Yellow Design Studios (add these guys to your watch list) is a vintage-inspired font family with  kick-ass ligatures and works as both retro and contemporary display type.  It comes with six different weights, shadow layers and a handful of other features in addition to a particularly beautiful ampersand. It’d make for great summer advertising and signage and I could picture it advertising some frozen treat or lemonade out on a boardwalk.



2. Roccia – An experimental sans by Mark Oggian available on Ten Dollar Fonts. I’m not a huge fan of the alternative geometric sans trend because I think it can get to be too much, too quickly and fear people will abuse it but I don’t mind it sparingly. I think Roccia hits the right notes with it’s decorative glyphs. I find it gives off a bit of a summer music festival vibe and could easily see it on gig posters as well as striking display type in magazines.


3. Supernett – A fun, handwritten sans by Georg Herold Wildfellner. It’s playful without being obnoxious. It looks great in all weights, especially light. It works for anything outdoorsy or green. It can have an organic feel if it’s played the right way.  ATCTimberline_SummerFont

4. ATC Timberline – A fresh release from Avondale Type Company, which I featured on my foundries to watch post a little while back. These guys are churning out typefaces with ease and their new, ultra-wide sans makes for nice type for more serious, summer designs. It’d also work as a nice secondary typeface.



5. Knewave – This brush type from Tyler Fincke has been around for a few years on League of Moveable Type but this is exactly what I picture when I think of type and summer. I simply could not leave it off this list. It screams beach and surf magazine spread. It’s bold and a bit haphazard while still maintaining a lot of uniformity.

Carli Krueger

June 30, 2014 / By

Dave Foster’s Intricate Hand-lettered Tweets


Handlettering tends to be the skill I see designers practicing most outside of client work — taking on personal projects to better hone their abilities and style. Sydney-based letter and typographer Dave Foster  came up with a clever, engaging way to do so while also promoting his name. Using the clever #MayDave, Foster’s been handlettering his tweets for the entire month of May.

“Tweets are engaging, I thought it was a good way to advertise and grow my following while showing what I do,” Foster said on why he chose Twitter. “The length was capped too, which I felt would limit the difficulty somewhat.”

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Carli Krueger

May 20, 2014 / By

Comic Neue – A Designer’s Attempt At “Bettering” Comic Sans

Comic Neue - A Designer’s Attempt At "Bettering" Comic Sans

I never expected to seriously be writing about Comic Sans. The occasional reference for humor is a low hanging fruit to any typography writer but here we go. In all seriousness, let’s talk about the world’s most hated typeface because designer Craig Rozynski challenged himself to redesign it.

First, let’s look at the history of Comic Sans via Just My Type by Simon Garfield, because I believe that the world is too harsh on Vincent Connare. You might say he’s the person you curse under your breath when you see that passive aggressive note about cleaning the microwave at the office — but really he’s only partially to blame.

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Carli Krueger

April 14, 2014 / By

Winston Scully Gives Pencil Packaging A Facelift


Everyone can picture a classic No. 2. Usually yellow, metal end capped with soft, pink rubber. It is a versatile symbol of creativity, art, potential, academics, anxiety and seemingly endless rounds of bubbling in tiny circles for answers A, B, C or D. The pencil is incredibly recognizable but I can barely drum up the name of a brand, let alone imagine the packaging from which the pencil came in fresh and waiting to be sharpened.

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Carli Krueger

March 31, 2014 / By

5 Type Foundries To Watch Out For


Despite there being an infinite abundance of type out there, I always feel like fall back on a certain few typefaces. I go through phases, it’s not always the same handful, but even when I go to look around for something new, I find myself going back to the same fairly popular foundries for that something new. It’s a comfort thing, I’m sure, and I am definitely a creature of habit, but it’s time to break myself (and you) of my go-to foundries. Not completely, of course, but I hardly think they’d be jealous if we shopped around a little. I did some searching and, with the help of some of you on Twitter, compiled a list of five foundries I think are worth giving a try and keeping an eye on in the future.

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Carli Krueger

March 10, 2014 / By

“Uselessness is Gorgeous”, a mural made of thousands of cigarette rolling papers


The name of this typography display says it all. Uselessness is Gorgeous, or at the very least, what appears to be uselessness is. The 72 by 10 foot tall mural made of cigarette papers, glue and little wind power should really be viewed live but for those of you can’t make it to La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris anytime soon, here’s a small clip.

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Carli Krueger

February 17, 2014 / By

Type creates a series of glasses inspired by typography


As a bespectacled type nerd, I am going absolutely gaga over Type’s new Garamond and Helvetica inspired glasses. Maybe I am geeking out a little too much but I just love this idea. The best part is that, not only did the Japanese based company create a style of glasses for each typeface, they also have three different weights for each. Cleverly you can buy both the Garamond and Helvetica glasses in light, regular and bold in your choice of black, clear or tortoiseshell. Shade is also available.

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Carli Krueger

January 24, 2014 / By