The 100 Best Fonts (in a Huge Sortable Table)

An Inspiring Collection of Fonts

FontShop sold a typeface collection called “100 Best Fonts” for a limited time in Germany a little while back. The website for this special promotion generously listed the names of all 100 best typefaces for graphic design with background information in German. When the typeface collection was no longer available, the promotional site itself retained a life of its own, serving as a go-to reference for graphic designers looking for inspiration. The PDF on the promotional website is a beautiful piece of design work, a nice visual resource, and just plain fun to look at even if you don’t read German. (NOTE: You can click the typeface names for more info)

How could this great list be improved? I was interested into what categories and classifications these classic fonts were placed, what foundries they were from, and what interesting insights might avail themselves if I could see all the data in one place. I also wanted one place to see examples of all these great typefaces, so I put those together too.

Some of the data was hard to come by, some of it was a little fuzzy, and some of it was guesswork. If you have a correction, suggestion, or insight, please leave a comment below and I’ll update the list accordingly.


How to sort the list of 100 Best Fonts

To sort the list, simply click on a column header. Use the jump list at the right to quickly find a particular font. Click the arrow in the far right column to be taken back to the top. Use the gray arrows to advance or rewind the list one font at a time

And don’t forget to pop over to the homepage at bonfx.com and look for other typography research articles, typography books, and graphic design apps.

BTW: The Big Book of Font Combinations wants you to stop by and check out its samples. So many fonts, so little time...

The 100 Best Fonts (in a huge sortable table)

Rank Typeface Name Date Type Designer Category Classification Foundry

48 responses to “The 100 Best Fonts (in a Huge Sortable Table)”

  1. Jacob Cass

    Nice improvement Douglas, thanks for putting together a much more eye pleasing list ;)

  2. Eric

    Where’s comic sans?

  3. Sam

    Nice list. But the sentence is wrong. There is no ‘S’. It should be ‘jumps’ over the lazy dog to make it correct (to have all alphabets).

  4. khoir

    i love trajan. I Think Sabon is diversification from Trajan Pro. But Sabon is best to

  5. Raja Sandhu

    no comments or suggestions really – just a thank you!

  6. ambareesha

    nice list.

    ? i didn’t know that the oldness of baskerville.

    ? at start i thought one of my favorite georgia will also appear in this list. finally it was not there.
    still i ? it.

  7. Debashis Nayak

    Really appreciate your effort making this easy for most of the designers to get the best fonts from the rack. Got few more fonts that I prefer personally but didn’t find in here, could be proposed if the table accommodates more than 100 fonts :)

    But truly, love the collection (@Fontshop), Douglas. Cheers !!

  8. Florian

    “The website […] listed the names of all 100 typefaces—but nothing more”

    Well, 100besteschriften.de is in German only, but have you ever tried clicking the names? There is actually a wee bit more to discover than just the names.

  9. Almekhlafi Abdulsalam

    very nice fonts

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  10. Phyllis

    Beautiful list, thanks for posting! :-)

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  12. daniel

    great overview! thanks for putting this together.

  13. cmac

    What about Meta? Not my favorite typeface but better definitely in the top 100

  14. cmac

    Must have tripped on the feet of Walbaum and right over Meta

  15. logostudio

    interesting list …
    very good

  16. Fazreen

    this is my first time visiting your blog. Being a typography fan make me fall in love with your blog..Keep them coming man!

  17. surdoslav

    OMG i cant find comic sans O_o

  18. Patricia

    yay! My favourite font, Baskerville, is on the list! :)

  19. CreativColor

    a very thank you very much for the sortable list.. :)

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  22. Copperplate

    1. At LEAST you had Copperplate Gothic on this list as one of the top fonts of all time.
    2. Clearly it was an omission that Copperplate Gothic Bold was not at the top of the list. Helvetica? Really?
    3. Comic Sans is a joke, we all know that isn’t a real font.

  23. Marie Christine

    Useful list and good to know about which fonts are mostly used by professionals. Thanks

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  25. tcgplayer

    You should use “t” instead of “T” in the second line. Nice collection. Very much appreciated :)

  26. Catherine Begle

    Wonderful list, thank you. But you had Proforma listed as a sans serif and Copperplate Gothic as a sans serif, and by the looks of them, they both have serifs.

  27. Sabine

    English version of the official website by FontShop: http://www.100besttypefaces.com/

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  29. Rob

    Obviously whoever compiled this list has never seen Sansation.

  30. Omega

    Very nice list! Thank you!

  31. Jason Burnett

    I was surprised that Goudy didn’t make the cut. And there are a number of fonts that pretty much shocked me that you included: Reporter not Spring? Hands not Good Dog Cool? I know the list could go on for days and I couldn’t agree more with most of the first 30, but towards the end…I think some newer fonts were given preference over their older counterparts not because they were better, but rather because the list needed to seem up to date/modern. Still, beautiful presentation and an absolute treasure for font selection and inspiration. Great job. Thank you.

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