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Design Trend: Experimental Typefaces & Fonts

One of the biggest trends in website design is experimental typefaces. These funky, unique, and always special fonts can serve as the backbone of a project or provide a special spark.

Experimental typefaces come in a variety of formats from handwriting styles to interesting serifs to color or animated fonts. There’s something for everyone with fonts that are a little bit different (or even customized).

来看看这个s design trend and how to make it work for you.

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What is an Experimental Typeface?

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这些文本方式的第一印象包括古怪的线条,颜色和Letterform。他们有风潮和充足的个性。

此外,实验性字体具有很强的视觉存在。也许X高度的字符差异或信件形状和间距的规则被抛弃。可能有一个动画或丰富的颜色。

Many of these typefaces are immensely unusual. That makes them beautiful and visually appealing.

What might be most important when thinking about, designing, or using experimental typefaces is the push and pull between uniqueness and readability.

Many of these typefaces are immensely unusual. That makes them beautiful and visually appealing.

因此,当我们谈论实验字体时,重要的是考虑显示排版。

值得注意的是,虽然一些实验字体具有完全抛光和完善的感觉,但许多是不完美的,并且没有与Helvetica这样的东西相同的技术精度。虽然家庭和字符集往往更有限,但您可能会发现更多的字形,睫毛或行为,以便您无法找到更传统的字体。

While this category of typography is “newer” to website and digital design, it is not new. Experimental typefaces have been at the root of poster design for decades. Just look at the cool type treatment for the promotion of “Vertigo” (1958, above).

搜索“标志性电影海报”,您将被淹没在几十年的实验排版的例子。虽然排版的趋势发生变化,但很多定义这种风格的趋势保持不变。

实验形式的特征

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A key characteristic of the style is overall creativity that shows words, letters, and individual characters in a different way.

Sometimes this means they can be difficult to read.

在使用这种类型的元素时,排版为艺术和排版之间存在微妙的平衡,以传达消息。使用具有足够支持元素的实验字体 - 背景,视觉线索或图像,其他字体中的文本 - 即使显示类型需要刻录的瞬间,也可以确定消息传递是清晰可理解的。

与其他字体一样,实验款式可以以相当多的形式出现。实验形式可以提供各种角色,设计设计纯粹是专为特定的商业或显示目的,或者引起对项目的关注。

您可以注意到实验字体可以是:

  • Edgy and funky with strange lines, missing strokes, or unusual swashes
  • Animated or function with motion
  • 三维
  • Include illustrations as part or as the whole of the typeface
  • 颜色字体
  • 可变字体
  • 真正的自定义,风格只出现在一个地方
  • Tips for Using Experimental Typefaces Well

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    Experimental typefaces aren’t for everyone or every project. They work best when you have a specific typography goal in mind – such as creating a specific feel or using type as art.

    这些类型的许多样式可以创造强烈的情绪振动或限制可读性,因此目标是关键。

    谈到使用实验的字体,请记住这些事物:

    • The experimental typeface is your one design “trick;” keep the rest of the project streamlined visually.
    • Support experimental typefaces with highly readable secondary fonts to ensure your message gets across.
    • Create ample contrast, including color and space, for experimental options. Color and animated fonts may need more room to breathe than some other styles.
    • 大多数实验性字体最适合显示使用,应在身体副本或长块中避免。
    • Play with lettering and the actual words you plan to use. With highly interesting and unique styles, some fonts might not look great with some letter combinations. Work with ligatures, swashes, and overlaps to ensure you have the best typeface for your words.

    5 Places to Find Experimental Typefaces

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    您可以在传统上寻找字体的所有地方找到实验字体。找到他们是一个知道它 - 当你看到它的东西。

    There are free and paid options out there with many independent type designers offering experimental options. Mainstream foundries and typography vendors also have options in the style and some type houses even focus primarily on experimental styles.

    If you are struggling to find an experimental option that works for you, try one of these five sources.

    • Typelab:The studio includes more than 20 type designers and their projects. (They have a fun space promotion running now with cool animations of various typefaces, above.)
    • Future Fonts:Find funky and high-quality fonts that are brand new and don’t have a lot of use. There’s plenty of experimentation happening here and you can buy typefaces before they are finished and get updates.
    • Font Space:Browse more than 124 free typefaces that have been tagged experimental by the designer.
    • myfonts:随着数百个高级选项,此列表包括来自现代设计到最适合艺术的刻字的所有内容。
    • Envato Elements:With 48 options to choose from, you’ll find anything from scripts to variable fonts to animated styles.

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    5 Designs with Beautiful Experimental Typefaces

    Caravana

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    圣地亚哥设计周

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    Antyfest

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    杰西卡拜耳

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    Fiddle.Digital

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    Conclusion

    关于使用实验性字体的最佳部分是您可以尝试新的东西。您将显示一个不使用过度的Helvetica或Roboto的字体,并为您的项目创建个性。

    While these fonts aren’t for everyone, they can add a perfect finish to some projects with flair.