Trending fonts for 2024

Trending fonts

In the fast-paced world of graphic design, choosing the right font is important. It can set the tone for your brand, enhance user experience, and even influence conversions. So, what fonts are designers buzzing about in 2024? This article explores the hottest font trends, from bold geometric statements to elegant script styles, helping you stay ahead of the curve and make informed design decisions.

Font trend 1:
Sans broad-nib style

Broad nib font example 1
Broad nib font example 1 for Devoción coffee
Broad nib font example 2
Broad nib font example 2 for current book titles
Broad nib font example 3
Broad nib font example 3 for fashion brand Ecdysis, New York. More on logotype design.

Font trend 2:
Reverse-contrast typefaces

Big Swiss book title
Big Swiss book title
Good Weird New York font
Good Weird font, New York
poster reverse contrast font
Poster font, New York
Santos restaurant logo font
Santos restaurant logo font, New York

Font trend 3:
Fonts with individual letters that stand out

Logo font for Ora, Acupuncture shop in New York
Wordmark in contrast font with special letter R for Ora, Acupuncture shop in New York
Sans-serif typeface, slightly extended with special letter A for Lunar
Slightly extended sans-serif typeface with special letter A for Lunar
Water font style (rounded counters) paired with special-design letter M for Good Move, New York
Water font style (rounded counters) paired with special-design letter M for Good Move, New York
Humanist typeface with special letter H for Holden, New York
Humanist typeface with special letter H for Holden, New York
Special letter accent in an organic style for the letter E
Special letter accent in an organic style for the letter E

Font trend 4:
Extended fonts

modern extended sans serif logo font for Ceremonia
Modern extended sans serif logo font for Ceremonia in contrast with broad-nip, folded logo font for Therabody
Extended poster font, Lower East Side, New York
Extended poster font, Lower East Side, New York. A similar extended typeface from our shop is Bauhaus Byrl
Bold extended font for Rare Bodega
Bold extended font for Rare Bodega, New York

Font trend 5:
Rounded and bubble fonts

Food packaging
Food packaging, lightly rounded sans-serif font
Beauty packaging
Beauty packaging, rounded bubble font

The food, design (including art, architecture, culture), and fashion industries are known to pull in lifestyle pioneers.

Food branding and design is likely the most diverse and fun space to get creative in. It includes brand identities for restaurants and the packaging of food products on shelves. Logos for restaurants and food products usually live without any symbols. Instead, brand character gets added by picking a typeface that’s memorable and mirrors the features and positioning of the brand.

Font lists you might find helpful

For food-related branding, get inspiration from this list of whimsical fonts and playful type.

For luxurious typefaces that might be interesting for fashion projects, check out this list of elegant fonts.

Finally, this collection of architecture typefaces works well for geometric and generally modern designs.

Fonts for title and logo designs

Book cover designs are a great resource when looking for font trends. Book titles are made from only type and usually don’t include logo symbols. Cover designs are often short-lived—they must appeal to the readership for a few months or perhaps one or two years.

Unlike cover titles, company marks have a much longer life span, at least five years, but they’re usually designed to look contemporary for ten years. That’s why logo fonts and wordmarks often take a more classy or minimal approach, such as a timeless serif or sans-serif that will remain relevant for a few years.

If you’re working on a campaign logo meant to be around for a shorter period, such as an event logo or a seasonal sub-brand, you can opt for a trendier, less classy font.

Retro styles:
Art Deco, 70s, and Y2K fonts

Fonts with a strong retro feel remain popular because they stand out from the minimalist crowd and convey a particular character. The most popular typefaces are in the following three categories:

  • Art Deco fonts: Art Deco is a design movement from the 1920s and 30s that followed the romantic, nature-influenced Art Nouveau period: Art Deco was informed by industrialization—modern, geometric forms and materials.
  • 70s type: When we think of fonts from the 70s, we think of bold serif fonts with large, rounded terminals and sweeping swooshes, perhaps a slight wobbly distortion, letter counters shifted up or down, and thick soft-brushed handwriting. While 70s fonts are their own category, there’s a significant overlap with Boho logo designs [/boho-logos] and their fonts.
  • Y2K fonts: Another popular font category is Y2K—typeface designs from the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s. The Y2K style is characterized by bold font weights, bubbly and rounded but with a squarish look, taking inspiration from the techno, cyber, and internet world. They are the quintessential display fonts—loud, playful, and rather hard to read. Y2K fonts can be highly decorative—outlines, swooshes, drop shadows, halftone patterns, and gradients all support the graphic style of the millennium.
Art Deco font on restaurant poster
Art Deco font for display on restaurant poster, Lower East Side, New York

Custom fonts for exclusive branding: Why and how much they cost

Thanks to the growing interest in fonts—due to simplified licensing, easier technical implementations, broader usage of design apps such as Canva, and generally a more curious design audience through the growth of Instagram and co—cool typefaces are more in demand than ever.

For big brands, custom fonts might, first and foremost, bring a financial advantage—licensing fees for large teams and various design applications may supersede the cost of a custom typeface, which can start at around $50k.

But just like the logo and the color palette, brand typography is also a primary contributor to a brand’s visual identity. Depending on the design asset, it might be the most memorable one.

Continued technical font trend

One ongoing trend that’s based on the technical progress of modern browsers since 2016 is called variable fonts.

Sometimes, variable fonts are called flexible fonts because of the way they are marketed. Often, variable fonts are animated to show the nature of the font, for example, going from being condensed to extended in style—this makes fonts look flexible.

What’s a variable font?

Variable fonts are fonts that have at least one variable axis that allows the designer to fine-tune that specific feature. A standard variable axis is the weight axis. So, instead of selecting a light, regular, or bold font weight, the designer can now select a weight between two other weights, for example, between semibold and bold. There are different, more creative variable font designs; one of my favorite projects from 2021 is called the Climate Crisis Font, showcasing an axis of destruction by year.

Variable fonts can be great for web design because they are often smaller in file size, making websites load fast.

However, in practice, variable fonts make it more complex for the untrained design eye to suggest design options. The type designer predefines regular, non-variable typefaces by setting weight and other boundaries, creating a recommended restriction for how the graphic designer should use and apply the font to designs.

To try out modern logo fonts, type in a title or brand name below. For exploring fonts, visit our font shop.

1. Type company name2. Select design3. Modify logo