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The 100 Best Fonts of All Time, According to the Germans.

Ranking fonts is an obviously hard task to say the least. So how does one measure aesthetic quality, the benefit of the item, its value and so on?

Well, according to this particular German website, the judges ranked the fonts by their objective and various other weighted measurements:

* FontShop Sales Figures: 40%
* Historical Value/Meaning: 30%
* Aesthetic Qualities: 30%

It is also worth noting that this evaluation consisted exclusively of licensed or commercial fonts only. Free fonts or operating system fonts were not considered, nor were fonts integral to standard software (i.e. Arial, Verdana, etc.). Font variations, which over the centuries have been individually interpreted by various Foundries, were uniquely evaluated as a specific class and the best variant was entered into the main judging process.

While you might not agree with all the fonts on this list, I have to say that most of the ones listed here have had a serious impact on the graphic design industry from their point of release. I can see where the judges were coming from with this list, and I admit a big chunk of these fonts are permanently loaded on my computer.

Below is a preview of the top 33 fonts and beneath this image you can find the full list of the 100 best fonts.

Top 100 Best Fonts Of All Time

Below you will find the full list of the best 100 fonts along with the designer & the year in which they were designed.

1. Helvetica [1957 – Max Miedinger]

2. Garamond [1530 – Claude Garamond]

3. Frutiger [1977 – Adrian Frutiger]

4. Bodoni [1790 – Giambattista Bodoni]

5. Futura [1927 – Paul Renner]

6. Times [1931 – Stanley Morison]

7. Akzidenz Grotesk [1966 – G nter Gerhard Lange]

8. Officina [1990 – Erik Spiekermann]

9. Gill Sans [1930 – Eric Gill]

10. Univers [1954 – Adrian Frutiger]

11. Optima [1954 – Hermann Zapf]

12. Franklin Gothic [1903 – Morris Fuller Benton]

13. Bembo [1496 – Francesco Griffo]

14. Interstate [1993 – Tobias Frere-Jones]

15. Thesis [1994 – Lucas de Groot]

16. Rockwell [1934 – Frank H. Pierpont]

17. Walbaum [1800 – Justus Walbaum]

18. Meta [1991 – Erik Spiekermann]

19. Trinit [1982 – Bram De Does]

20. Din [1926 – Ludwig Goller]

21. Matrix [1986 – Zuzana Licko]

22. OCR [1965 – American Type Founders]

23. Avant Garde [1968 – Herb Lubalin]

24. Lucida [1985 – Chris Holmes / Charles Bigelow]

25. Sabon [1964 – Jan Tschichold]

26. Zapfino [1998 – Hermann Zapf]

27. Letter Gothic [1956 – Roger Roberson]

28. Stone [1987 – Summer Stone]

29. Arnhem [1998 – Fred Smeijers]

30. Minion [1990 – Robert Slimbach]

31. Myriad [1992 – Twombly & Slimbach]

32. Rotis [1988 – Olt Aicher]

33. Eurostile [1962 – Aldo Novarese]

34. Scala [1991 – Martin Majoor]

35. Syntax [1968 – Hans Eduard Meier]

36. Joanna [1930 – Eric Gill]

37. Fleishmann [1997 – Erhard Kaiser]

38. Palatino [1950 – Hermann Zapf]

39. Baskerville [1754 – John Baskerville]

40. Fedra [2002 – Peter Bil’ak]

41. Gotham [2000 – Tobias Frere-Jones]

42. Lexicon [1992 – Bram De Does]

43. Hands [1991 – Letterror]

44. Metro [1929 – W. A. Dwiggins]

45. Didot [1799 – Firmin Didot]

46. Formata [1984 – Bernd M llenst dt]

47. Caslon [1725 – William Caslon]

48. Cooper Black [1920 – Oswald B. Cooper]

49. Peignot [1937 – A. M. Cassandre]

50. Bell Gothic [1938 – Chauncey H. Griffith]

51. Antique Olive [1962 – Roger Excoffon]

52. Wilhelm Klngspor Gotisch [1926 – Rudolf Koch]

53. Info [1996 – Erik Spiekermann]

54. Dax [1995 – Hans Reichel]

55. Proforma [1988 – Petr van Blokland]

56. Today Sans [1988 – Volker K ster]

57. Prokyon [2002 – Erhard Kaiser]

58. Trade Gothic [1948 – Jackson Burke]

59. Swift [1987 – Gerald Unger]

60. Copperplate Gothic [1901 – Frederic W. Goudy]

61. Blur [1992 – Neville Brody]

62. Base [1995 – Zuzana Licko]

63. Bell Centennial [1978 – Matthew Carter]

64. News Gothic [1908 – Morris Fuller Benton]

65. Avenir [1988 – Adrian Frutiger]

66. Bernhard Modern [1937 – Lucian Bernhard]

67. Amplitude [2003 – Christian Schwartz]

68. Trixie [1991 – Erik van Blokland]

69. Quadraat [1992 – Fred Smeijers]

70. Neutraface [2002 – Christian Schwartz]

71. Nobel [1929 – Sjoerd de Roos]

72. Industria [1990 – Neville Brody]

73. Bickham Script [1997 – Richard Lipton]

74. Bank Gothic [1930 – Morris Fuller Benton]

75. Corporate ASE [1989 – Kurt Weidemann]

76. Fago [2000 – Ole Schafer]

77. Trajan [1989 – Carol Twombly]

78. Kabel [1927 – Rudolf Koch]

79. House Gothic 23 [1995 – Tal Leming]

80. Kosmik [1993 – Letterror]

81. Caecilia [1990 – Peter Matthias Noordzij]

82. Mrs Eaves [1996 – Zuzana Licko]

83. Corpid [1997 – Lucas de Groot]

84. Miller [1997 – Matthew Carter]

85. Souvenir [1914 – Morris Fuller Benton]

86. Instant Types [1992 – Just van Rossum]

87. Clarendon [1845 – Benjamin Fox]

88. Triplex [1989 – Zuzana Licko]

89. Benguiat [1989 – Ed Benguiat]

90. Zapf Renaissance [1984 – Hermann Zapf]

91. Filosofia [1996 – Zuzana Licko]

92. Chalet [1996 – House Industries]

93. Quay Sans [1990 – David Quay]

94. C zanne [1995 – Michael Want, James Grieshaber]

95. Reporter [1938 – Carlos Winkow]

96. Legacy [1992 – Ronald Arnholm]

97. Agenda [1993 – Greg Thompson]

98. Bello [2004 – Underware]

99. Dalliance [2000 – Frank Heine]

100. Mistral [1953 – Roger Excoffon]