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Link: Best Fonts of 2005 (Part One)

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The graphic designer in me was all over part one of Typographica‘s Best Fonts of 2005. These are all gorgeous typefaces (I especially liked Proxima Nova, Arrival and Vista Sans) that I wish were available for free, but of course they aren’t–these are professional-grade fonts and, as such, ain’t cheap. But they do make me want to go find some new fonts to use in those occasional design projects I undertake.

All of this reminds me that I’ve been meaning to mention how glad I was to find that I’m not the only typography geek I know. Upon reading that Microsoft was releasing a new batch of fonts that would be shipping with Windows Vista, a friend of mine installed his beta copy of Vista (he’s got an MSDN [1] subscription and so has a really, really early version of the software) just to get those fonts. That’s right, he installed an entire operating system (a bloated, beta Microsoft operating system, no less) so that he could get six new fonts–mainly, I think, just to get the new fixed-width font so he could use it in code editors.

Of course, I asked him to slip me the fonts, too. Consolas is so, so purty for editing code…

It’s also worth noting, if you’re into this kind of thing, that Windows Vista and the next version of Microsoft Office will also have a new font for its user interface, the first change since Microsoft began using Tahoma back in Office 97.

[1] That’s the Microsoft Developers Network, for those of you who aren’t tech geeks. Or for those of you who are pure *nix geeks. ;)

Written by Allen

December 29th, 2005 at 5:16 pm

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  1. Oooh. Most of those are nice faces, though your tastes and mine are clearly different :)

    Ellen

    30 Dec 05 at 12:35 am

  2. Vista sans is my fav. Others aren’t too shabby either.

    Jay

    30 Dec 05 at 10:43 am

  3. Ellen: I’m a sucker for a good sans-serif font. The problem is that I seldom find good ones. :)

    Allen

    30 Dec 05 at 10:47 am

  4. It’s true. Double storey Gs make me tingle.

    Ben

    1 Jan 06 at 8:31 pm

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