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yFonts celebrates the new year with a look back at the best fonts of 2005! Our top ten list includes those script fonts you like — cursive rough script, brush, calligraphic, and grunge script. We also have the best sans serif, serif, antiqued, floral deco, comic, and grunge poster fonts of 2005. We selected the fonts based on style category and sales numbers.
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Best Fonts of 2005
And now we roll out the red carpet for the best fonts of 2005. We selected fonts that appeared for the first time in 2005 on MyFonts based on style categories (such as “grunge script,” “cartoon,” or “antiqued” font), then on the top selling font within each style category. We're sure you'll notice some of your favorites here, plus a few newcomers that just may surprise you.

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#10: Etelka (Best Sans Serif Font)
Designer Frantisek Storm created Etelka for product package design and electronic publishing, including technical manuals. It is also useful for visual communication, especially corporate identity and architecture-driven design. Its design is actually taken from the shape of older computer monitors; note the wide open shapes and squared off outlines.
Etelka

Etelka
Best Sans Serif Font

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#9: Esta (Best Serif Font)
Esta is very elegant and refined. It has several styles, including upper and lowercase ligatures for both regular and bold versions, as well as an expert version for use in tables and graphs. Originally designed for a newspaper, Esta can also be used for books, magazines, and annual reports.
Esta

Esta

Best Serif Font

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#8: Archive Garfield (Best Antiqued Font)
Archive Garfield is an inline, shaded display typeface, great for newsletters and posters. It has the feel of antique typefaces found in old prints and books.

Archive Garfield


Archive Garfield

Best Antiqued Font

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#7: Bodoni Classic Deco (Best Floral Deco Font)
Bodoni Classic Deco breaks all the rules. This typeface is for all you rebels who want to add a little embellishment to your lives. Available in roman and small caps, the font is great for designing cards and certificates.
Bodoni Classic Deco

Bodoni Classic Deco

Best Modern Deco Font

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#6: Grilled Cheese (Best Comic Font)
Grilled Cheese was cooked up to be one of the most versatile display typefaces ever created. It makes a bold statement with its strong, easy-to-read look, and keeps a playful personality.

Grilled Cheese


Grilled Cheese

Best Comic Font

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#5: Baka (Best Cursive Rough Script Font)
Baka is a fantastic scratchy handwriting font that works well for invitations, posters, and headlines ? anywhere you need that informal, casual look.

Baka


Baka

Best Cursive Rough Script Font

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#4: Kab (Best Grunge Poster Font)
Kab can have a big impact. It is very legible and, at the same time, has plenty of details that make it unique. Perfect for headers and display, it also can be used at smaller sizes and even as a body text with great results.

Kab


Kab

Best Grunge Poster Font

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#3: Qwigley (Best Brush Script Font)
In 2005, TypeSETit continued its release of fashionable new script fonts with Qwigley, a beautiful and contemporary brush script typeface.

Qwigley


Qwigley

Best Brush Script Font

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#2: Pendulum (Best Calligraphic Font)
Pendulum can take designs anywhere your imagination goes. Uses vary from simple slogans to rich layouts, such as movie posters, music sleeves, and everything in between. With heavy descenders and seemingly floating ascenders emanating from one of the most classical attempts at connected upright calligraphy, never did a font have this much charm and complexity at once.

Pendulum


Pendulum

Best Calligraphic Font

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#1: Chato Band (Best Grunge Script Font)
Another font from Columbian designer Germ?n Olaya cracks the top 10 list! Chato Band — our number 1 font of 2005 — is a beautiful grunge script font, originally created as a custom project for a music label. With slight imperfections between characters and unique ink-drawn elements, it comes in 3 families: Regular (with the inked look), Smooth (a clean version), and Space (a hybrid design).

Chato Band


Chato Band

Best Grunge Script Font


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Fonts used in this newsletter include: Hopeless Heart, Xbats, Tribal Dividers, Etelka, Esta, Archive Garfield, Bodoni Classic Deco, Grilled Cheese, Baka, Kab, Qwigley, Pendulum, and Chato Band.

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