Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for August 2016

Allan Haley

Allan Haley in News on September 16, 2016

ITC Lubalin Graph® is a design that wears well. It doesn’t tire the eye or become dated. It is attractive, distinctive and ultimately utilitarian – a product of the combined genius of the late 20th century’s most creative and prolific type designers.”

The preceding paragraph appeared over 30 years ago in ITC’s seminal publication U&lc – and that was when ITC Lubalin Graph was already 12 years old. The design clearly has legs. First issued at a time when type was set with photographic machines, the ITC Lubalin Graph family sits at number 43 on last month’s Top 100 Web Fonts list.

ITC Lubalin Graph

“Flexible and simple to use, ITC Lubalin Graph deserves its distinction as a family to be remembered, and called upon – often.”

Based on the ITC Avant Garde Gothic® family, ITC Lubalin Graph was the idea of Herb Lubalin, who also design-directed the work of Antonio DiSpigna, Joe Sundwall in the drawing of the original five roman weights, and Ed Benguiat when he drew the oblique designs. Helga Jörgenson and Sigrid Engelmann added the condensed designs in 1992, with the aid of one of the first typeface design interpolation technologies.

ITC Lubalin Graph’s large x-height, open counters, simple character shapes and sturdy serifs all contribute to the design’s high levels of legibility under adverse reading and type imaging environments. They worked for the design when type was analog – and they work for the typeface in today’s digital imaging environments. The last sentence of that 1986 U&lc article still rings true. “Flexible and simple to use, ITC Lubalin Graph deserves its distinction as a family to be remembered, and called upon – often.”

Here’s the complete ranking of the top 100 typeaces from the Fonts.com Web Fonts service for August 2016:

Neue Helvetica
Avenir Next
Avenir
Trade Gothic
Futura
Proxima Nova
Trade Gothic Next
Univers
Helvetica
DIN Next
Neo Sans
Century Gothic
Soho
Chaparral
ITC Caslon No. 224
Gill Sans
Frutiger
PMN Caecilia
Optima
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
Rockwell
Slate
ITC Franklin Gothic
Brandon Grotesque
Museo Sans
Linotype Univers
Neue Swift
Neue Frutiger
VAG Rounded
Swiss 721
Linotype Didot
Neue Helvetica eText
Charcuterie
Myriad
Georgia Pro
Calibri
Frutiger Next
Eurostile LT
ITC American Typewriter
Minion
Arial
Thirsty Script
ITC Lubalin Graph
Soho Gothic
Neue Helvetica Compressed
Zapfino Extra
Bodoni LT
Nimbus Sans
Museo Slab
Twentieth Century
Orator
Beaufort for LOL
Times
ITC Fenice
Sabon
ITC Officina Sans
Monotype Baskerville
ITC Conduit
Harmonia Sans
Futura PT
Museo
Adobe Garamond
Veneer
Snell Roundhand
Rotis Semi Sans
Bembo
Neue Helvetica Arabic
Univers Next
Spiegel
Melany Lane
Naive Inline
ITC Stone Sans
Neue Haas Grotesk
Agilita
Sackers Gothic
Cochin
Aller Typo
Fairfield
University
Harley Davidson Letterpress
Bodoni
Frutiger Serif
Monotype Garamond
Comic Strip
Droid Sans Mono
Trade Gothic Next Soft Rounded
Bauer Bodoni
Plantin
M Hei PRC
Helvetica World
ITC Garamond
Geogrotesque
Monotype News Gothic
Camphor
VAG Rundschrift
Corbel
Linotype Atomatic
Corporate S
News Gothic
Andale Mono

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