Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for September 2016

Allan Haley

Allan Haley in News on October 14, 2016

The Futura® typeface family was designed almost 90 years ago as fonts of hand-set metal type. It was made available for phototypesetting equipment about 50 years ago, as digital fonts over 20 years ago, and was one of the first typefaces to be made available as web fonts. Consistently popular over its octogenarian lifespan, Futura sits at number 5 on last month’s Top 100 Web Fonts list. 

Many assume that Futura is the embodiment of Bauhaus ideals and teaching. And, as first drawn by Paul Renner, the Futura design clearly did embraced the ideologies of the Bauhaus movement. While the capital letters were patterned after Roman character shapes and proportions, its lowercase was a design experiment that took the “form follows function” philosophy to extremes. Many characters were constructed out of literal geometric and minimalist shapes. The end result was a set of glyphs that may have reflected Bauhaus teaching, but were virtually useless for setting copy.

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Renner submitted his new design to the Bauer Type Foundry of Frankfurt, which accepted the work – with the stipulation that its staff designers could make a “few” modifications to the typeface. Bauer’s designers left Renner’s caps pretty much untouched, but felt obliged to spend considerable time on the lowercase. Here, they did an exemplary job of blending Renner’s experimental design with proven typeface design precepts. The end result was an immediate and overwhelming success – as it remains today.

Here’s the complete list of Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for September 2016:

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

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