Ten days ago, we sent you our list of 2011’s most popular fonts — and received a heart-warming response on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. Thanks to all of you who wrote, tweeted or “liked”! With this edition of Rising Stars, we’re back in the present with a newsletter full of new fonts that are successful right now. It’s a wonderfully varied bunch, with special attention to the latest crop of interesting text fonts. Enjoy!

This month’s Rising Stars

Andes font sample
It is not so easy to define the “latino” pizazz of many typefaces from South America, but Daniel Hernández’s fonts certainly have it. Andes is not unlike other friendly sans-serifs that have recently appeared; yet its detailing is unlike any other. It is a subtle thing: the top of the ‘a’ curling up on itself, the somewhat cheeky terminals on ‘c’ and ‘s’, the swing of ‘k’, ‘K’ and ‘R’. Quite deliberately, Hernández set out to design a face with some incongruity, using contrasting principles within the same font. The result is a lively, pleasant and somewhat unusual face in eight weights that works well in headlines as well as longer texts.
Streetscript font sample

Streetscript is a connected brush script in a style made popular by foundries such as Underware and Sudtipos. Which is not to imply that Schizotype’s is a pale imitation of these foundries’ work: it has a very personal approach and designer Dave Rowland has invested a lot of love and imagination in its detailing. As is customary in such well-wrought scripts, Streetscript contains a wealth of OpenType goodies to connect letters seamlessly and to propose alternate forms according to context. The font offers an underline function, wonderfully expressive oldstyle figures, and various alternate letterforms.

Vanitas font sample

Today’s cutting-edge magazine design favors, on an almost global level, a specific palette of typeface styles. One of these genres is the one that Vanitas represents: a finely drawn, fragile, high-contrast Bodoni-like sans-serif. Vanitas has retained several of the qualities of a Didone: a rational, rather geometric skeleton; simplicity in the detailing; subtle hairlines. It has done away, of course, with the typical straight serifs and ball terminals. Its appearance is clean and modern, replacing some of the 1800s-style shapes with energetic alternatives — the lowercase ‘g’ being a case in point. The result is a rather unorthodox yet elegant and balanced display face with many typographic niceties.

Gingar font sample
One reason why we chose designer Melle Diete to be the subject of last month’s interview was that things were looking particularly good for the new Gingar. And indeed, the typeface has met with wide acclaim — her biggest success so far. Consisting of thirty styles — no less than fifteen weights, from UltraLight to ExtraBlack, plus italics — it offers extreme impact in headlines, resulting in a very usable, multi-purpose family. Gingar is a slab serif with a difference: striking a nice balance between the playful and the classic, it lends a warm and friendly tone of voice to any display setting. Diete recommends its use “for fashion, food, wellness, magazines, corporate design projects and more.”

Text families of the month


The output of well-made, usable text faces has been staggering lately. Therefore this month we present not just one, but three great new families. The samples all have the same text and structure to facilitate comparison and get an idea of the number of weights at first glance. Most text fonts presented here are available as web fonts; to check if they meet your standards as fonts for body text on the web, we recommend you make ample use of our webfont preview pages.

Brix Slab font sample

Typefaces, we have been taught, are the building blocks of graphic design; and Brix Slab from HVD Fonts offers building material of a particularly robust calibre. Brix Slab and Brix Slab Condensed form an extended family of 24 fonts, optimized for longer texts and highly readable in small sizes. With more than 700 glyphs in each font, the family is equipped for complex, professional typography.

Air font sample

The reason why Neil Summerour’s Air Superfamily comes in a staggering 81 fonts is this: not only does it offer nine weights in three widths, it also comes with two kinds of italics, as shown in the blue sample of Aa’s, above left. The middle row presents the real italics, with more flowing forms; the bottom row shows the modernist Oblique: basically, the upright shapes set at an angle. This makes Air all the more versatile as a modern-day grotesque. It doesn’t stop there: the subtly rounded Air Soft offers another 81 fonts!

Bandera font sample

Like Brix Slab, Bandera Pro is a slab serif or Egyptian: a low-contrast face with sturdy rectangular serifs. Although it has many characteristics in common with Brix, including excellent legibility, the overall atmosphere is markedly different — a little edgier in the uprights, a bit more calligraphic and quirky in the italics. Created by Ukraine’s AndrijType, the family offers both Greek and Cyrillic character sets. Bandera Pro has six weights with real italics, small capitals and three sets of digits.



Carolyna Pro and Black font sample

The popular Carolyna Pro made it into last month’s edition of this newsletter, and its success story continues. The Emily Lime foundry followed it up with a bolder sibling, and sassy Carolyna Pro Black soon danced its way to the very top of our Hot New Fonts list. The family’s whimsical and charming take on contemporary calligraphic styles has obviously hit the spot with many of our users. The Carolynas use OpenType features to assist with letter flow and to give each creation that modern, hand-lettered touch. With over 1000 characters, there are many stylistic alternates and fun swashes to choose from. Note: both fonts work best with OpenType-friendly applications.

If you like this typeface from Emily Lime, check out some of their other fonts:

Emily Lime font flag

Emily Lime

Like a self-titled debut album, Emily Lime was a bit of a manifesto for the foundry of the same name. Their first font to become available at MyFonts, it has most of the characteristics that mark designer Emily Conners’ work: spontaneity, flow, quirkiness and a lot of OpenType features to help make each typographic design unique and interesting.

Revel font flag


Revel is a peculiar mixture: a stylish blend of high fashion and straddle-legged western-style bravura. Use all caps for a modern sophisticated look; or type in all lowercase for a more youthful rocker effect. This hybrid font comes with alternates, decorative elements, ligatures and even a few swashes thrown into the mix.

Quickscript font flag


This script font is probably the craziest of Emily Lime’s creations. Yet even as it sways, rocks and jumps all over the place, it retains its legibility. Larou was created to be original, fun, and imperfect. Letters are not uniformly sized, but are created such that the final outcome is unpredictable and interesting. Larou includes alternates and ligatures to assist with readability and flow.


Sponsored Font: Sommet Rounded

Sommet Rounded font sample

Sommet Rounded is a member of the Sommet suite, the successful superfamily from the insigne foundry. Sommet is designer Jeremy
’s take on the popular model of the squarish, simplified sans-serif. Sommet Rounded enhances the typeface’s retro-futurist feel by rounding off the terminals. Sommet Rounded has retained Sommet’s condensed, rectangular silhouette and angled horizontals — but the overall impression is friendlier and less formal. In a layout requiring both typographic consistency and a wide range of type styles, the Rounded variant can be easily mixed with the other Sommets. It has several figure styles as well as small caps.


Have your say

Have your say Quote set in Brix Slab

— Evan Frangos (@EvanFrangos) on Twitter, January 9, 2012

Your opinions matter to us! Feel free to share your thoughts or read other people’s comments at the MyFonts Testimonials page.

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Let us know about the exciting work you’re creating with our webfonts.

We love to see webfonts used in navigation, layered over images, in logotypes and mastheads, in extended body settings ? basically anywhere text can be set using webfonts.

Find our submission form here, tweet us @myfonts or share something with us at our Facebook page.

We’ll feature the best examples in our Webfonts In Action pages, plus we’re on the lookout for projects to cover in more depth in our case studies.






The Rising Stars nameplate is set in Auto 3 and Proxima Nova Soft, and the Have your say quotation in Brix Slab. The font samples were conceived and designed by Anthony Noel with contributions from the editor, Jan Middendorp.

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