Fresh, festive font favorites for all seasons of graphic design projects

by Fred Showker

We love fonts in February I know -- to a graphic designer, there's nothing better than fresh fonts to bring meaning, tone and mood to any visual communication design project. Remember that the font you use is the voice of your communication. There are so many fonts out there these days, that a design professional should never need to use the same font twice. Well, that may be a bit of a stretch -- but with our February fonts selection, I think you'll have some distinctive graphic design solutions with real voice! Have fun . . .

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8 Awesome styles in the Local Brewery

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Cindy Kinash designed this one for the Cultivated Mind Foundry, and it's so cool it looks like handwriting! Local Brewery is a vintage inspired font collection that includes six script styles and two sans serif styles. Script styles include a ripple edged, smooth or rough version.
      Local Brewery Script comes with lower case y, g and tail alternates. These alternates will give your designs an extra flair and uniqueness. The script and sans serif fonts work exceptionally well together. Use Local Brewery for packaging, magazines, marketing, weddings, beer labels, film and clothing.
Here's the Full Story Full story : Local Brewery, from the Cultivated Mind
Creative Inspiration from Fred Showker Here is a screen capture

Danton : Slab plus Calligraphy!

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Danton is a serif dominated face with a crisp and distinct graphical flavor. Designed especially for use in magazines and newspapers, It is superb in headlines and, because of its solid structure, it is also an excellent choice for small text applications. What we liked best is the italic takes on a distinctive calligraphic look!
      The Danton family consists of 14 styles and is well suited for ambitious typography. It comes in OpenType format with extended language support.
Here's the Full Story Full story : Danton by Dieter Hofrichter at the Hoftype foundry
Creative Inspiration from Fred Showker Here is a screen capture

Model elegant, sleek, hand-wrought script

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This is an extraordinary script that is at home in any setting where you want the most elegant message sent.
      Designed by Maximiliano R. Sproviero, Model is a Calligraphy. This typeface has 8 styles and was published by Lian Types.
Here's the Full Story Full story : Model by Maximiliano R. Sproviero for the Lian Types foundry
Creative Inspiration from Fred Showker Here is a screen capture

Full of surprises : Allegretto Script

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A modern calligraphy typeface with a playful yet elegant style, inspired by Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turca" and his other compositions played with allegretto tempo.
      The font contains more than 1000 glyphs. Each letter in the typeface has few different swashes that can be accessed via glyphs panel of your opentype-aware application such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, MS Word.
Here's the Full Story Full story : Allegretto Script by Elena Genova for the My Creative Land Foundry
Creative Inspiration from Fred Showker Here is a screen capture

Centrale Sans

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From designers Alexander Nedelev, Veronika Slavova Source, at the Typedepot comes this modern sans serif typeface.
      Geometric by nature, Centrale Sans is characterized by some humanistic features, resulting in a more warm and friendly look. Its open bowls and its overall width make it highly legible and readable at small sizes. The openness helps Centrale Sans to be a good performer on the screen as well.
Here's the Full Story Full story : Typedepot
Creative Inspiration from Fred Showker Here is another look

This one's FREE : Variane Script

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Variane Script is a wonderful fresh script from the pen of Boy Moch Tomi!
      He has posted this script for use -- free! Make sure you look around his digs at Behance for other free fonts to download!
Here's the Full Story Full story : Variane Script by Boy Moch Tomi!
Creative Inspiration from Fred Showker It's in the Free Bundle of 30 Custom Fonts by Multiple Owners

Just remember this :

This column doesn't have to be a one-way street. We invite your input and contributions. If you've created a font, or you've discovered a font you particularly like -- why not share it with the entire DT&G readership? They'd love to see what you've got!

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