Five Fonts I Love

As someone who is both a writer and a graphic designer, I love fonts. I love them a lot, and naturally have dozens and dozens of them installed on my computer. After all, you need the right tool for the right job, right? And while you may have two dozen handwritten cursives installed already only one of them will have the right something that you’re looking for.

But of course there will be the favourite fonts, the ones that you think of first when it comes to selecting tools, or just the ones that keep popping up again and again. So here are five of those fonts for me, which aside from the free ones were picked up in bundles from either Creative Market or Design Cuts.

Strong, classic, and tall, Bebas Neue (and its predeccesor, Bebas) is an excellent free font to have in the arsenal. I used it in the design for Ask Me by Kimberley Paulson, from Soho Teen.

Download for free via FontSquirrel.

Carrig was the font I used for several of my NaNo projects, including A Restless and Unscrupulous Passion. It’s beautiful, elegant, with an old-fashioned yet timeless feel to it. I love using it on fantasy projects, as well as those with a touch of the romantic.

Purchase at Creative Market, along with its many variants.

If I love Bebas Neue for being so tall and slim (yet solid), I like Fruitbox for being so solid and short and wide. It’s clear, it’s bold, and it came with a whole bunch of fruit pngs. I used it for my “Put Words Here” spiral notebook.

Purchase at Creative Market.

Ocean Twelve is actually a two-font set: the display font you see above, and a script font. I love the display font, but have yet to use the script. It’s fun, looks great huge, and I like how the letters seem to not quite sit properly – and yet they do. Ocean Twelve was used for both my “I Am My Greatest Story” series and my “The First Draft of Anything” poster.

Purchase from Creative Marker.

Zabaglione is a great handwriting font that I love but can never remember how to pronounce, let alone how to spell. Even here I just copy-pasted it into whatever sentence I use it in; in photoshop it’s “that font I like at the end of the alphabet”.

Zabaglione was used in both the My Voice Is My Weapon of Choice poster and Once Upon A Typewriter journals.

This font comes (along with 11 others) as part of The Mammoth! Watercolour Kit by Nicky Laatz.


So there you have it. Five fonts that I love, although not the only fave five. Expect another round of this at least, and eventually a great big old post of graphic design resources (free and paid) in the future.

As for you, do you use any of these fonts? Or were they all new to you? What fonts are your favourites to use?

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