If you’re a member of Adobe’s Creative Cloud service you now have access to hundreds of new fonts courtesy of Typekit. When it first launched, Typekit was mainly for web typography, but since being acquired by Adobe back in 2011 the service has evolved into a full-fledged desktop font solution as well. While you won’t be able to get the entire Typekit font library loaded onto your desktop (yet), there are still a wide variety of typefaces to choose from. In this article I’ll show you 10 Typekit fonts every designer should sync to their desktop.
Clavo is a simple serif typeface that can really be used for multiple purposes because of the different styles & weights that are available within its family. Personally, I like to use Clavo for headlines and usually pair it with a thin sans-serif font for better contrast. Click here to view Clavo on Typekit.com.
2. Proxima Nova
Proxima Nova is one of my go-to typefaces for body copy. I think it’s readable at just about any size or weight, which makes a great candidate for using it all throughout a design. Click here to view Proxima Nova on Typekit.com.
Effra is another multi-purpose typeface that I use a lot. While I mostly use it for body copy, I think the heavier weighted style works well for headings too. Click here to view Effra on Typekit.com.
Next up is a nifty little serif typeface called Adelle. While many people use the heavier weighted style for headings, I actually think Adelle works best for body copy. Pair this one with a bold sans-serif heading and you’ve got yourself a great typeface palette, in my opinion. Click here to view Adelle on Typekit.com.
5. Adelle Sans
Let’s stick with the Adelle family and check out Adelle Sans. Unlike its sister, the sans-serif version of Adelle lends itself well for both headings and body, I think, and wide variety of weights & styles make it a superb choice for just about any application. Click here to view Adelle Sans on Typekit.com.
6. Museo Slab
I’m a sucker for a good slab-serif typeface, and Museo Slab is exactly that. Obviously this one is great for headings, but I’ve seen people use the lighter weights in body copy as well, and it seemed to work out just fine. Click here to view Museo Slab on Typekit.com.
7. Refrigerator Deluxe
I’m not a huge fan of “novelty” typefaces, but Refrigerator Deluxe is quite nice. This typeface is actually a reboot of an older one (originally called Refrigerator) and it boasts improved spacing and kerning, and character styling which make it much more pleasing to the eye. You won’t be using this one for body copy, but it’ll make a unique headline in a pinch. Click here to view Refrigerator Deluxe on Typekit.com.
I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard about this typeface until I started using Typekit. Iskra is a unique sans-serif typeface with a ton of weights and styles. I love using this for all kinds of applications, and I think it’s one of the most versatile typefaces on this list. Click here to view Iskra on Typekit.com.
9. FF Tisa Pro
FF Tisa Pro is a unique serif typeface which features a larger-than-normal x-height and unique stylings throughout the family. Personally, I think this typeface works best in heading applications, but I could see it being used for many different purposes. Click here to view FF Tisa Pro on Typekit.com.
10. FF Tisa Sans Pro
The final typeface on our list is FF Tisa Sans Pro. While it can be paired with other typefaces, I really think it shines when paired with it’s serif counterpart. Either way, this is a legible typeface that is perfect for long blocks of text at just about any font size. Click here to view FF Tisa Sans Pro on Typekit.com.
There are still several typefaces I’d love to see added to the desktop library on Typekit, but until that day comes, these should be enough to get your started. What are some of your favorite Typekit fonts? Drop me a line here on the blog or shoot me a message on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Thanks for reading!