Our monthly Featured Fonts Series is an opportunity to highlight some of our favorite typefaces, from hugely popular bestsellers to sometimes overlooked and hidden gems. This month, we have a classic text typeface with beautiful ornaments, a modern-day classic, a heavy-hitting display face, and a must-have brush script.
First to bat is a text typeface that I first mentioned on the ILT blog back in 2009! Anziano is great text face that comes with scores of beautiful ornaments, fleurons, dividers and borders. Designed by Stefan Hattenbach of MAC Rhino Fonts, Anziano is a small-family text face in regular, bold and italic. To my mind, it’s also worth it for the ornaments alone.
Jeremy Tankard’s Fenland is a beautifully crafted modern-day classic. There really is a lot to unpack in the details of this typeface; e.g., in the dynamic and tension generated by internal and external curves — or you can just use it and love it.
A brilliant brush script designed by Ben Kiel and Jesse Ragan for XYZ Type. Cortado is a lovely and lively script that you’re sure to want in your font library. Some Opentype magic introduces some variety and handwritten authenticity to the typeface. For example, there are options to turn connections on and off, or to alternate connected and non-connected letter-pairs. Cortado, a brush script messential!
Let’s wrap up with a no-nonsense single style heavyweight all-caps font sporting geometric curves and sharp corners. Recovery designed by James Puckett of Dunwich Type Foundry, where Art Deco meets Modernism and Brutalism. An all-caps alphabet that really packs a punch.