Infusing beautiful typography into your design is the one of the most effective ways to communicate as a brand. That’s why keeping up with the latest font trends is absolutely essential.
Creative fonts can not only carry your message, but they also make a visual impact and evoke emotion. Typography can express joy or fear, loud or quiet. Or it can make you laugh, cringe, gasp—and everything in between.
Let’s take a look at the latest font trends in 2019, so you can use them in your own designs.
9 font trends that will be huge in 2019
1. Extra-loud bold fonts
2. Minimal sans serif fonts
3. Nostalgic vintage fonts
4. Evolving script fonts
5. Outline fonts
6. High-contrast serif fonts
7. Quirky fonts
8. Messy fonts
9. Unique hand-lettering
In 2019, extra-loud, dramatic, bold fonts will continue to grow in popularity with designers looking to leave an impression. These typographic superheroes dominate designs as the main design element and are an obvious choice if you want your message to scream and shout.
Bold fonts make your logo pop on whatever you put it on. Posters and flyers will be visible from afar. And your website will be packed with a ton of personality.
Meet the introverted siblings of bold typography: simple sans serif fonts (that’s fonts without serifs, the little feet on the corner of each letter), which will continue to be a huge favorite for minimalistic designs in 2019. Thanks to their simplicity, these fonts are incredibly easy to work with. They’re not visually demanding and are very powerful when used well.
Simple sans serifs make compositions look airy and soft with a sense of calm and tranquility. Give them room to breathe and the space they need or you risk taking away their charm.
The more we dive into the future, the more appealing the past gets. That’s true of fashion, interior design, and yes, graphic design. So, it’s no surprise that in 2019 we’ll see lots of fonts that are imitating and trying to recapture the past.
Using a vintage font can make a logo or package design look elegant and serious. Or bold, yet nostalgic and intricate. If you want to bring a classic touch to the modern world, this style is definitely for you.
Script typefaces will never be outdated. They imitate the fluidity of handwriting and are built on the elegant letterforms of calligraphers. However, script fonts have evolved a lot and in 2019 they’ll come in many different shapes and styles. They can be classic or quirky, serious or playful, monoline or varied weight. When it comes to scrips fonts, anything goes this year. No matter which style you choose, the visual result is going to be filled with a sense of wonder.
Whether you’re looking to pump up your header, highlight some copy or make a composition feel airy, outline fonts have you covered and they will be popping up everywhere this year. Their modern, industrial look makes brands look cutting-edge and mature. Look for them in all sorts of different shapes and sizes: big or small, regular or bold, condensed or italic, rustic and handmade or sleek and sharp.
High-contrast serifs are loud, yet elegant and in 2019 they will be everywhere. You’ll recognize their extremely contrasting weights: the upstroke of a letter is usually thinner than the downstroke, and these fonts exaggerate this difference, creating a dramatic effect.
This contrast makes them very bold, kind of raw, with an element of “fancy.” When you use this typography style, you’ll easily class up your design.
Look for more playful typography in 2019 that’s rough, clumsy, but still charming. People are attracted to quirky imagery that is uneven, unexpected and even funny because it offers them a break from the sleekness and heaviness that surrounds them.
Quirky fonts are easy-going and are perfect for materials that are meant to put a smile on your audience’s face. Check out these examples that turn print and digital messaging into a fresh and joyous experience.
Bold, serif and script fonts all have messy counterparts and can be used as basis for the rough and messy font trend. They abandon what’s “pretty” as we know it, and create a new form of beauty—one that doesn’t care.
Expect to see a lot more of these effortless and underground fonts with a punk attitude that’s cool without even trying. If you feel like you need to break out from the ordinary—and if you can handle the mess—these are for you.
We’ve talked so much about actual fonts, but let’s not forget that hand-lettering is getting increasingly popular as well. Custom-made typography is charming, unique and special, and more and more brands are realizing it, making 2019 the year of unique and distinctive fonts.
Hand-lettering can do anything. Any shape and size. Any style. But most importantly, you’ll always get something one-of-a-kind, which adds a huge amount of personality to your brand or product.
2019: The year of “anything is possible”
Just like every year, creatives all over the world are looking to push the boundaries, create and reinvent! Expect to see a little bit of everything—from subtle to bold, handwritten to digital, elegant to messy (and everything in between). And it all exists in perfect typographic harmony.