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Top 10 Professional Fonts for Designers 2020

Find a font that's just your type in 2020 with this selection including hand-drawn, serif, and more.

Portrait for Marie Gardiner By Marie Gardiner
Posted 06 Jul 2020
Top 10 Fonts and Typography 2020

Designers, you know how important fonts are to your work, but sometimes picking the right one is tough. There’s so much choice and font trends come and go.

Here are 10 of the best fonts for 2020 to help inspire your next project.

Why Are Fonts Important?

According to font psychology, text, and the way it’s arranged can have a huge impact on a design as a whole, setting both mood and tone. For example, wedding designs like stationery and albums often feature a script font because we tend to associate that style with romance.

As people respond to things in particular ways, it’s part of the job of a designer to interpret the message and meaning of a proposed design and choose and place fonts accordingly. The longer that fonts and font families are around and we become accustomed to them, the more we can start to associate them with particular designs, and even come to trust them on sight.

What is a Font Family?

The terms 'font' and 'typeface' are often used interchangeably outside of the world of professional typography and design, though they aren’t really the same thing. A font is part of a typeface, which is usually a collection of fonts in different weights, sizes, or styles: a font family!

A font family you’re most likely very familiar with is Times New Roman, which includes italic, bold and bold italic versions as part of the ‘family’.

How to Choose a Font for Your Project

Choosing a font is a delicate balance between interpretation, style, and readability. The most important of these is of course the latter, a font above all needs to be fit for purpose and easily read by your audience.

The style of font will depend on the project it’s being used for. Long-form copy like that in a magazine article, will need to be different to the font featured in an attention-grabbing poster design, and so on. Font families that come with serif and sans serif options are usually good choices for projects where written text may vary in length: serif is usually easier and faster to read for longer copy at smaller sizes than sans serif.

Choosing the best font for a logo will be heavily determined by the brand’s personality whereas selecting a font for a website will focus on aspects like size, weight and contrast, to make sure it’s easy to read.

Try these top 10 fonts from Envato Elements to inspire your next project.

10. Morva by alit_design

Morva is a unique typeface with bracketed serif shapes and decorative swirls. It includes upper and lowercase characters, numbers, punctuation, and accents. Morva would suit wedding-themed designs or designers looking for a font with a simple, elegant appearance.

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9. Rocking Rochoes by swistblnk

This hand-drawn font is bold and creative with a look reminiscent of a Western film. In the style of ‘bones,’ Rocking Rochoes includes a regular and vintage option plus a bonus vector pack.

8. SF Kingston by AnthonyJJames

Making use of the Didone genre of serif typeface, SF Kingston has six weights, from ‘extra light’ through to ‘black.’ It’s robust yet still elegant.

7. Foundry by micromove

Foundry is a stylish hand-written script that would suit logos, prints and other designs that require a little flair of sophistication while still being clean enough to read easily.

6. Morning Wishes by maulanacreative

A modern font with an elegant baseline, Morning Wishes maintains an air of ‘classic’ style. A calligraphy typeface with long swashes, try it with projects that need a dash of decoration.

5. The Historia by yipianesia

The Historia is a hand-painted font with upper and lowercase letters, characters, and punctuation. Great for modern branding and more artistic designs, it’s eye-catching and unique.

4. FALCO by aarleykaiven

Falco has a clean and vintage style which includes options of black, black inline, black inline negative, and black outline. As it’s bold and striking, it would suit posters and other designs that might need to be read easily from a distance.

3. Sledge Typeface by MehmetRehaTugcu

Sledge hits you, well, like a sledgehammer! It’s a big, bold attention-grabbing font for projects that make no apologies for shouting a message out loud. The tight spacing adds extra drama.

2. Enyo Slab by antipixel

Enyo Slab is a hand-written, slab style serif font. Informal and fun, it would work well with displays that feature a limited amount of text.

1. Dreamscape by aarleykaiven

Dreamscape is influenced by science fiction and would suit projects with a modern or ‘futuristic’ style such as album covers, posters or t-shirt designs.

Choosing a font is a fun part of the creative design process, and we hope we’ve given you lots of choice and inspiration with our top 10! Just in case we’ve whetted your appetite for even more, you can find thousands of great fonts, all included in a monthly or annual subscription to Envato Elements