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4 Typography Trends for 2014

By on May 2, 2016 in Design Trends
4 Typography Trends for 2014

Web design trends change from year to year – and thus, so do the trends in the components that make them up. One of the most important components of web design is typography, and 2014 is going to bring some new, exciting and interesting trends in the way we see fonts across the web. Want to know more about typography trends in the upcoming year? Then check out the list below.

Handwritten fonts

Today is an age of social media – and people are communicating more rapidly, more frequently, and more publicly than ever before. With that comes the frequent need to personalize the font you are using, to make it feel as if whatever it’s saying is coming directly from a person. With this new emphasis on written communication via the web is handwritten fonts – ones without clean lines, and that often have irregularly sized letters and weights. Some great examples of handwritten fonts on Creative Market:

Brush Up

Ondise

Goodfy

Barber Shop

Flat Design Typography

2013 was a year that saw a huge rise in sites designed with flat design. That trend is going to continue into 2014, and many designers are going to favor sites that promote function over form, and place a clear emphasis on simplicity, minimalism, and intelligibility. With that continued emphasis on flat design comes the trend of choosing fonts that are easy to read, use clean lines, and even strokes. The fonts that will become popular due to flat design are ones that are sharp and crisp – but still visually interesting. Some great fonts for flat design:

Metros

Marianina

Burne Alt

Mix & Match Typography

In 2014, some web experts are predicting that designers will begin to mix and match fonts on their sites more than ever before. While the idea might sound muddled, busy, or confusing, it can work and be really successful (especially if you avoid these comment mistakes) – like the beautiful new websites of the Brooklyn Soap Company. Combining a bunch of different fonts that go well together can create an artistic, handcrafted but still polished and purposeful look on a site. Some other good examples are Jacquico.com and Cirq.com.

Some fun typefaces to combine:

Native

Hoverage

Pacific Northwest Letters

Large Type

So this isn’t a specific typeface trend – but, rather, a stylistic one. In 2014, web designers will use bigger fonts than ever before. Falling in line with the emphasis on content over aesthetic, upping the font size on webpages ensures that the text is clear, readable and comprehensible. Because of increased screen resolutions, the standard 12 point font is no longer as readable as it was before. Designers will implement the change particularly in page headings – where large fonts can help quickly and effectively communicate the purpose of the site they are visiting. Viewers tend to make very quick, snap judgments about whether a site is worth browsing or not, and large titles can help draw them in and encourage them to explore further.

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10 Comments

  1. These are some nice typefaces. While I agree that 12 pt. font no longer makes sense, I hope people shy away from the gigantic type trend of 2013. It's important to strike a balance between legibility and text that seems as though it's shouting at the user.

  2. Great information. Thanx.
    Um, one thing:
    "– like the beautiful new websites of the Brooklyn Soap Company. Combing a bunch of different fonts that go well together..."
    Combing? Did you mean 'combining?'

  3. I love the handwritten fonts but cannot STAND it when a corporation or larger business uses a handwritten font and doesn't actually write it out. In an effort to show authenticity they go and use a pre-built font! Have the designer write it out by hand. More effective, authentic, and artistic that way.

  4. Since design is all about communication, and how we use words is key, I'm going to jump on Shawn's bandwagon in the interest of clarity and point to the Flat Design Typography paragraph: "simplicity, minimalist, and intelligibility" just really simple, basic grammar: you can say "simplicity, minimalism, and intelligibility" if you're using passive voice, or "simplistic, minimalist, and intelligent" if you want active, but this is mixed and doesn't read well. Also in that same paragraph, last sentence, I think you mean "sharp" not "share." While some people might consider this picky, consider that words, like design, communicate, and when either are off or sub-par, the message suffers. I've found Creative Market to be an impeccable site; I would think the craft of wordsmithing would be an integral part of that excellence.

  5. Hi there, great piece, well-written... just one or two "lapsus digitus" in your piece that you may wish to tidy up:

    (1) place a clear emphasis on simplicity, minimalist and intelligibility.
    (2) The fonts that will become popular due to flat design are ones that are share and crisp
    (3) Combing a bunch of different fonts
    (4) Some other god examples are Jacquico.com and Cirq.com.

  6. Ohhhhhhh since we are in May already... ...I am after 2015 trends... ...where do I go for that?

    I may need to start my own blog.

    Watch this space.

  7. A little late, but I only now came across this awesome post! Thanks for featuring my font "Barber Shop" :)

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