5 Beautiful Fonts Architects Can’t Do Without

30 Jan

Among all types of designers, architects have proven to be especially picky in terms of typography. Mies van der Rohe once stated “God is in the details” and apparently us architects pay a lot of attention to the fonts we use. However, we are loyal only to a few. According to a survey I’ve been doing this week, there are 5 fonts architects can’t do without, regardless of our nationality and where we’ve studied. Have a look!


Virginia Duran Blog- 5 Beautiful Fonts Architects Can't Do Without - Isocpeur
Download: Isocpeur



Virginia Duran Blog- 5 Beautiful Fonts Architects Can't Do Without - Helvetica -
Download: Helvetica Neue



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Download: Courier New



Virginia Duran Blog- 5 Beautiful Fonts Architects Can't Do Without - Ostrich Sans
Download: Ostrich Sans



Download: Eaglefeather

Other fonts architects like are: Avantgarde, OCR, Arial, Bauhaus 93, Gill Sans and Proxy
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25 Responses to “5 Beautiful Fonts Architects Can’t Do Without”

  1. Gallivanta January 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    How intriguing! Courier New would be my favourite of the five and Eaglefeather would be my second choice.

    • Virginia Duran January 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      I love all of those, couldn’t have a favourite haha. However, I’ll admit all of these fonts have very similar features: simple but elegant. “Less is more” I guess. Did you know Eaglefeather was inspired by the handwriting of Frank Lloyd Wright?

      • Gallivanta January 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

        I didn’t know Eaglefeather at all till just now. But that is interesting. Fonts create such an important first impression. Have you heard of the work of Eric Gill, long ago?

      • Virginia Duran January 31, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

        Actually I don’t know much about Eric Gill besides being a typeface designer. Any curious facts?

  2. lensandpensbysally January 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Very nice analysis–I knew of Eaglefeather (because of FLW), and 2 and 3. But 1 and 4 are new-minted in my eyes. I really like the long modernism of Ostrich–makes sense.

    • Virginia Duran January 31, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Isocpeur is my favourite font ever :)) I always use it for everything. And that is exactly what I like of Ostrich Sans, that is a modern font in a very classic ways! Do you like any other fonts that aren’t here?

  3. David January 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Back in the 70s when I was in school Microgramma was all the rage :-)

    • Virginia Duran January 31, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

      I had to Google that one. Like it a lot actually, it’s classic and elegant :)

  4. montymodi January 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    ¡Cuidado! El enlace de la Helvetica lleva a EagleFeather.

    Otra que he visto MUCHO es INTERDIMENSIONAL (se me olvidó ponerla en la encuesta!)

    un beso

    • Virginia Duran January 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

      Marta! Gracias por el detalle, ya está corregido. No la conocía pero me encanta. Soy una obsesa de la tipografía así que descubrir algunas nuevas me encanta. Sí se te vienen a la mente otras ponlas por aquí ;)

  5. gallivance.net January 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    Virginia, this is a side of things in architecture that I hadn’t considered. I can certainly see that for architects, that when it comes to fonts, “less is more”. Didn’t Mies van der Rohe say that as well? ~James

    • Virginia Duran January 31, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      Haha he did, “Less is more” is another quote by Mies and I guess it reflects the style of those fonts too- no ornament or strange curves are allowed. Do you like any other fonts that aren’t on the list?

      • gallivance.net January 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

        I must admit that I’m woefully ignorant of fonts Virginia. I usually just go for readability and simplicity. Terri (the creative part of Gallivance) is our font expert. ~James

  6. disperser January 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    WHAT!? . . . no Comic Sans?

    • Virginia Duran January 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

      Hahah!! In fact, I am unable to read any text on Comic Sans, I get distracted by its form!

      • disperser January 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

        See, I don’t get that . . . the argument above is predicated on being aware of the fonts, not vice-versa.

        As such, I don’t know what makes Comic Sans an awful typeface. The only explanation I heard that makes somewhat sense is that it was overused (whatever that means), and it fell out of favor. Perhaps why one of the tags for this post is avantgarde.

        Sadly, CS has been replaced with the equivalent of droopy jeans and backward baseball caps; you know, stuff the hip crowd deems “in”, but which is usual nothing more than a desperate cry for saying “Hey! Look at me!! I am different” in place of actually being different.

        I’ve read CS is “inappropriate” in a formal setting, so naturally it’s set as my default on my regular e-mail, a venue where I often discuss things of tremendous importance to the human race, and it was the default for my work e-mail, a venue where decisions involving many tens of dollars are discussed and consented to.

        Really, all the arguments I’ve read are the equivalent of stuffy literature professors finding science fiction not to their liking, and for that we are being told we should avoid it.

        I, for one, know CS is not useless . . . at the very least it serves very well to annoy designers with discerning eyes.

        I also suspect people who diss CS also look down on Provolone cheese in favor of Gouda, and sneer at Boone’s Farm in favor of some snooty French wine, and deride comfortable polo shirts in favor of some dark turtleneck creation designed to make men look like emaciated ghouls.

        Anyway, to each his (or her) own, but I for one . . .


        Disclaimer . . . this was written for comedic effect in a burst of creative zeal. It should be taken with a grain of CS.

      • Virginia Duran January 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

        hahahaha this image made me laugh!! I understand what you say and I have to agree with “the message is the only important thing”. However, I wasn’t saying these fonts are used because of its beautiful appearance but for their simplicity- “Less is more”. Architects pay a lot of attention to the detail and that the font wouldn’t draw more attention than the drawings themselves. This is why I can’t stand Comic Sans among many others with curvy forms and such ornaments.

        I hope some CS don’t look down on Provolone cheese in favor of Gouda hahaha ;)

  7. Clanmother January 31, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    To me, fonts create unique stories. If I read a poem in one font, it seems different when I use another. We see words, sentences, punctuations, and understand thoughts and ideas, but sometimes we forget the artistry in the letters.

    • Virginia Duran January 31, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      That’s so true, I didn’t think of it in that way because I just write information concerning the plans. However, when I read a poem I get a different feeling depending on its typography. And that also creates a very diverse first impression. Any fonts you love? (They don’t have to be on this list)

      • Clanmother February 1, 2014 at 6:16 am #

        I have been looking for fonts that look like cursive writing. Just discovered Bradley Hand ITC. But I have heard that there are programs that can make fonts out of my personal writing. Not certain whether that would turn out, but it is an interesting idea.

      • Virginia Duran February 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

        Oh really? I didn’t know about that but sounds like a good idea. It would be fun to type something on a screen which looks exactly like your handwriting. Do you remember the name of the program?

      • disperser February 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

        There are a number of them, but the better ones cost money, and there are rules regarding start and ending of the letters if you plan on using them as cursive. Even then, you need to “clean up” and tweak the letters, which is usually where extra fees come in.

        A quick Google search brings up a number of free ones (http://bit.ly/1eoAYCm), but if I remember correctly, the free versions get you mixed results. Some of them require fees for the full package, and others require memberships for the additional modules that let you fine-tune the resulting fonts.

        . . . I keep meaning to play with them, but have not had time. If you do look into it, perhaps you could do a post reporting on the experience . . . even provide a free font to replace Comic Sans.

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  9. kathryningrid February 4, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    Eaglefeather’s roots in hand-crafted writing are evident (and whose writing, indeed)—so it’s hands-down my favorite! ;)

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