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13 Fonts From the Dark Side

Don’t be afraid of the dark! Use these fonts for creating distinctive, impactful impressions with type.

InDesign Magazine Issue 90: InDesign Nightmares
This article appeared in Issue 90 of InDesign Magazine.

There are countless design briefs that call for heavyweight, assertive fonts. These hefty designs, which are usually reserved for display usage, make a powerful statement while attracting the viewer’s attention with ease. While many of these substantial typeface designs are serious in tone, others can be friendly, ghoulish, and even humorous. I have selected thirteen of my favorite “fonts from the dark side” to share with you. They include black weights that are part of large families as well as single-weight styles. Some are current releases, while others are vintage, historic, or just timeless designs that never get old. But they all make a statement when used appropriately.

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Ilene Strizver

Ilene Strizver

Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio, is a typographic consultant, designer, writer, and educator specializing in all aspects of visual communication, from the aesthetic to the technical. Her book, Type Rules! The designer’s guide to professional typography, 4th edition, has received numerous accolades from the type and design community. She conducts her widely acclaimed Gourmet Typography Workshops internationally.
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