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Best Display Fonts

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Best Display Fonts – Paid & Free

Best Display Fonts

If you are looking for the best display fonts, chances are you need a font that will stand out. A typeface that will draw the eye and impact the viewer. No matter what medium, from editorial design to branding, logos to signage, web design to print, display fonts are crucial for making a design successful. Before we get into it, let’s cover the basics.

What Is A Display Font?

A display font, or typeface, is defined by its intended use at large sizes for headings and titles. While there are many different styles of display fonts, their main purpose is to grab the viewers’ attention and convey a certain mood. Display typefaces should not be used for body text, because the visual characteristics make it hard to read at a small scale and in paragraphs.

At the end of the day, there are so many fonts out there. And they are all designed for a specific purpose. In this article, I will give you a curated list of my favorite display fonts. In addition, will cover a few FAQs regarding display fonts, later in the article.

Brandon Grotesque

Designed by Hannes von Döhren, Brandon Grotesque is an award-winning geometric-style sans serif typeface that comes in 12 styles. This functional and warm looking display typeface that is flexible in application. You can pair the bold or black weights with the other four weights; medium, regular, light, and thin. Italics are also available. This font family built well, including extended character sets to support Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Western languages.

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Futura Now

Futura Now takes what was great about the original Futura to another level. Any designer who has tried to use the original Futura, they will know that it wasn’t optimized for digital media. And that’s understandable considering it was created in 1927 when Art Deco and Bauhaus was on-trend. Futura Now takes this legendary typeface to the digital era, with a much-needed refresh.

In addition to tuning and optimizations for digital media, the Futura Now font family comes with an epic 102 styles. It also includes five variable fonts, eight sub-families which include Text and Headline, new weights, and new styles for display and script. Monotype really went above and beyond, with decorative versions including inlines, outlines, shadows, and stencil.

Futura Now can be used worldwide with 89 language support. This in combination with such a range of variants in this font family, give designers so much flexibility. I highly recommend any designer add Futura Now to their typographic toolkit.

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Resolve Sans

The Resolve Sans font family features several variants that are excellent display fonts. This typeface combines a sophisticated modern and timeless look, in a functional package with a massive range of 124 styles. You get the following styles including thin, ultra-light,  light, medium, bold, extra bold, black, available in condensed, italic, narrow, wide, and extended. Resolve Sans fonts come with Open Type features such as kerning, alternates, ligatures, small capitals, and many numeral styles.

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Gilroy

Another one of the best display fonts has to be Gilroy. Specifically, the heavy, black, and bold weights are perfect in cases where you need an impactful modern geometric look. Gilroy is also flexible, with 20 styles and extensive opentype features. This font family is perfect for Graphic Designers working in web, signage, and editorial design.

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Benzin

Designed by Roman Postovoy, Benzin is an impactful sans serif display font that is perfect for posters and large headlines. This font comes with 5 styles that make it flexible enough to use for headers and body copy. Benzin will give you convenience with its custom kerning, where bolds are tighter and regular is more spaced.

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Aestetico

Aestetico is a typeface that puts a modern take on a classic sans serif. What’s great about this font family, especially when looking for display fonts, is that you get 3 individual styles for one typeface. Two of the styles are more a more traditional serif, while the informal style is a bit more quirky because of its rounder look. With 54 styles in total, you get the flexibility to use it on a variety of applications from branding to editorial, digital, and print.

As expected from publisher Linotype, Aestetico comes with a plethora of OpenType features, such as support for 200 languages, and it comes with 395 glyphs.

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Neue Haas Grotesk

If you need a swiss-style typeface like Helvetica for display headings, but felt something wasn’t quite right with Helvetica, Neue Haas Grotesk should be your go-to. While hard to see from the untrained eye, Neue Haas Grotesk has key differences from Helvetica. Designers Christian Schwartz, and Max Miedinger considered this project as a digital restoration of the original Neue Haas Grotesk typeface that was the original Helvetica. This project was originally commissioned in 2004 by Mark Porter from the redesign of The Guardian, but it was never used.

Heavier weights in this font family are great for display usage. The reason being, Neue Haas Grotesk features tighter spacing and a lower x-height. Overall, Neue Haas Grotesk is a better, more refined version of Helvetica.

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The Whiskey Font Collection

Best Display Fonts Whiskey

If you are looking for a display font with that vintage look and feel, The Whiskey Collection by Husstle Supply Co is a great option. This product is a pairing of two typefaces, “Wheat” and “Barley”. The two typefaces come in three different styles; Regular, Rough, and Aged, six styles total. These two combine to give you a perfect, vintage look for logos, packaging, signage, and apparel.

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Nexa

Best Display Fonts Nexa

Nexa is a well-known geometric sans serif typeface that is excellent for display usage. After receiving several updates, Nexa is more refined and comes with additional weights – Extra Light and a new subfamily Nexa Text which is optimized for longer text. It also comes with a futurist stylistic set of Nexa for a different display look. In total, you get 36 fonts that consist of 98 weights. Nexa is flexible and functional with multiple OpenType features.

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Din Next

Best Display Fonts Din Next

All the issues and limitations of the original Din have been resolved with this new and improved version – Din Next. Designers Akira Kobayashi and Sandra Winter have taken this timeless font and modernized it to meet the needs of current times. The designers made slight changes to the design, rounding the previously squared-off corner angles to humanize the look. With such a timeless typeface, and considering how functional Din is for both digital and print, there will always be a demand for the DIN. And now with this updated version, Din is more functional than ever.

Din Next comes with 7 weights ranging from light to black. All weights have italic and condensed. In addition, Din Next comes with 4 rounded designs giving designers more flexibility. Din Next also included small capitals, old-style figures, subscript, superscript, and several alternate characters.

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Avenir Next

Best Display Fonts Avanir Next

Another one of my favorite sans serif display fonts, Avenir Next is a fresh take on a classic typeface. This updated font is a comprehensive expansion of the original design. The 32 font collection gives you the flexibility for any design project with weights that are perfect for display usage and thinner weights for proper readability on body copy.

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Hansief

Best Display Fonts Hansief

Hansief is a bold sans serif display typeface from Kautsar Rahadi. It features a distinct vintage-inspired style and comes with 2 styles – Regular and Rough. This typeface features a distressed textured fill and unique characters. There are also extended Latin characters for even broader use.

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Henrik

Best Display Fonts Henrik

Another sans serif with a distressed texture, Henrik is an excellent typeface for display use. This typecase was created by type specialists Hustle Supply Co. & Font Forestry. This font is extremely versatile while achieving a vintage aesthetic. It features textured upper case characters and select punctuation that will work great in branding, badges, labels, apparel, headlines and much more!

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Anguita Sans

Best Display Fonts Anguita Sans

Anguita Sans is a condensed sans serif font family that works well for display use. The total 16 style family comes with 8 weights with matching italics. The typeface is characterized by rounded terminals, a large x-height, and a condensed composition. This allows you to create impactful headings. Anguita Sans is a versatile typeface that is perfectly suitable for a wide range of applications.

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Univers

Best Display Fonts Univers

Anguita Sans is a condensed sans serif font family that works well for display use. The total 16 style family comes with 8 weights with matching italics. The typeface is characterized by rounded terminals, a large x-height, and a condensed composition. This allows you to create impactful headings. Anguita Sans is a versatile typeface that is perfectly suitable for a wide range of applications.

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Bison

Best Display Fonts Bison

Bison is an impactful and sophisticated sans serif display font. Bison includes twelve all-caps fonts in .TTF: Four weights, two outlines, six italics. Bison works nicely for branding, logos, magazines, editorial designs, and signage. There are different weights that give you full flexibility, while the outlined fonts can give you a modern feel to any design project.

Please note that Stylistic Alternates will require design software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, or Inkscape.

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Best Serif Display Fonts

Quincy CF

Best Display Fonts Quincy

If you are looking for a smooth and eloquent serif display font, Quincy is a great choice. Quincy can pair well as a clean sans serif typeface such as Greycliff CF and Work Sans. It comes with 18 styles, consisting of 8 weights and an italic for each.

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Recoleta

Best Display Fonts Recoleta

Recoleta appears to be a modern and refined take on the 1970s typefaces like Cooper. Recoleta gives you a bold, yet gentle and soft look that is ideal for display type usage. The font family offers heavy weights for impactful headers and lighter weights that can be used for body copy. It also comes with an alternate version that will give your designs a unique look.

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Juana

Best Display Fonts Juana

Juana is a stylish serif display font, designed by Eli Hernández. I love the contrast between thick and thin strokes. The font family consists of 24 styles in total. There are 8 weights with matching italics and it includes an alternate version. Juana is flexible to use globally with a large character set that supports over 200 Latin-based languages. This typeface is capable, particularly for headings, in a variety of design situations such as editorial design, branding, logos, web, and print.

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Kage

Best Display Fonts Kage

Kage is a modern and luxurious serif display font that is new and on-trend this year. Kage has 11 styles from thin to black. This font is supported in 131 languages. Kage is a versatile font that you can use for branding, logos, magazines, social media, packaging, and more.

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Silver South

Best Display Fonts Silver South

If you are looking for the best script display fonts, Silver South, by Set Sail Studios, should be considered. This font comes with two cursive script fonts and a complimentary serif. As you can see in the preview image, these typefaces pair nicely. This font combo is ideal for branding, logos, wedding designs, social media, advertising, and product designs.

The elegant serif font comes with upper and lowercase characters, numerals, and a large amount of punctuation. The script fonts include 38 ligatures. With this, you can replicate a more seamless and natural hand-drawn flow in your designs.

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TT Ramillas

Best Display Fonts TT Ramillas

Another font family that has a beautiful display font, TT Ramillas is a fully reconsidered high contrast transitional serif, designed to meet the needs of modern requirements. TT Ramillas is ideal for use in editorial design, the fashion industry, and branding for premium products and services.

This typeface is flexible in a variety of situations due to its 20 styles: 7 weights, 7 true italics, 2 outlines styles, and 2 variable fonts. In addition, 180 languages are supported. There are 25 OpenType features in each style, except in the 2 outlines styles.

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Playfair Display

Best Display Fonts Playfair Display

Playfair Display is a functional serif display font that is free for commercial use. This transitional typeface takes influence from John Baskerville and Scotch Roman designs. It comes with 12 styles, 6 weights. The Playfair Display family includes a full set of small caps, common ligatures, and discretionary ligatures.

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Emberly

Best Display Fonts Emberly

Emberly is a free display typeface inspired by the Dindone style. This serif display font has 3 widths and 54 styles. This typeface is a perfect choice for large headlines in editorial design, magazines, signage, print, web, and more.

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Best Script And Cursive Display Fonts

Bandung

Best Display Fonts Bandung

Bandung is another quality script font that can be used for large headings and display purposes. It will give your designs a natural elegance with its flowing brush script look. This font comes with lots of swashes and flourishes to accentuate your designs and give that hand-made look. Bandung also comes with Aceserif, which works well when combined.

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Rustico

Best Display Fonts Rustico

Rustico from Hustle Supply Co is a great display font if you want a brush style hand-lettered look. The bold look, brush texture detail, and italicized stance make it look realistic. This font is perfect for apparel, branding, social media, signage, and more. Important to mention, this typeface is all-caps only.

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Madina Script

Best Display Fonts Madina Script

Madina Script is a fun yet elegant script font that looks captivating as a display font. This font is ideal for giving that hand-made look. It works perfectly for invitations, quotes, logos, social media, cards, packaging, headers, and more. Madina Script is also flexible as it comes with a complete set of lower case alternates and a bonus ornaments font for adding stylish finishing touches.

Madina Script has been updated to include 2 more styles; a rough, textured brush style, and a clean and smooth version. This gives you the flexibility to switch the style of your font at the click of a mouse.

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Northwell

Best Display Fonts Northwell

Northwell is a rustic, flowing handwritten font with a personal charm. With dry strokes and a hand-signature style, Northwell is ideal for branding projects, homeware designs, product packaging – or simply as a stylish text overlay for quotes and social media. Northwell includes 2 styles; an organic textured version, and a clean and smooth version.

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Best Hand Lettering Display Fonts

Burford

Best Display Fonts Burford

Burford is a hand-lettered display font designed by Kimmy Kirkwood. This typeface was inspired by the creators’ travels through Europe and sketched in Amsterdams Vondel Park. Burford comes with 18 styles that are set up to be layered. There are 5 base layers, 3 top layers, 5 bottom layers, and 2 sets of graphic elements. This is handy if you don’t have access to professional design software.

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Bourton

Best Display Fonts Burton

Another hand-lettering style font designed by Kimmy Kirkwood, Bourton is the sans serif variant to Burford. The main difference to Burford is the fact that it’s a sans serif. In addition, Bourton offers more layering options, stylistic alternatives, graphic extras, and a bespoke script font. If you like the look of Burton, but want a more hand-drawn look, check out Bourton Hand.

Bourton comes with 6 base layer fonts, 6 top layer fonts, 6 extrude layer fonts, 5 drop shadow fonts, 2 line fonts, and 2 scripts fonts. Not to mention, it comes with extra graphics such as ornaments, banners, frames, borders, flags, and a line break.

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Sevastian

Best Display Fonts Sevastian

Sevastian is a layered display font that looks like vintage hand-painted sign lettering. The font comes with 7 separate fonts which are essentially layers that combine to make this cool 3D look.

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Display Font vs Text Font – What’s The Difference?

Display fonts are designed for large sizes and headers, with the intention of drawing attention. Text fonts are designed to be easy to read.

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