A few things I want to clarify from the get go. I am not affiliated with Design Cuts in anyway. I don’t get any kind of reimbursement from them. I am, however, I huge fan of their bundles and believe most are worth grabbing.
You can purchase the bundle here for $29. This is a limited time bundle, so grab it before November 10th (not great at math, but I am pretty sure the bundle Expires on November 10th).
I plan on doing an individual review of each typeface and explaining how you can apply these to your own designs (for both ebooks and print). That’s another great thing about bundles from Design Cuts; they all come with an extended license, which means you can legally embed them in your ebook!
Okay, so the first thing I do when I look through their bundles is try to find a reason not to buy it. In the Definitive Designer’s Typography bundle, there is not a single clunker. There are a few I am not likely to use because they don’t fit with my personal tastes (I have problems with the legibility and readability of some scripts), but I can’t discount any of those as a clunker.
At first glance, this bundle appears to be sans heavy. And it is, but they are all different enough that you aren’t buying a bundle with a bunch of similar sans serifs that are interchangeable. At a quick glance, Aalto, Hartwell, Magdelin, and Cocomat are going to find a lot of use. Four sans serif typefaces in a single bundle that can be used for different projects and will likely be used for a long time. They have the classic look of a good ol’ work horse, but the character and voice to make them distinct from so many of regularly used sans.
The bundle also comes with some really interesting displays. Display typefaces are great for titles, chapter displays, headings, ads, or limited text in copy. Sunflower kind of reminds me of the 70s flavored typefaces from ITC. The stress on the lowercase letters is interesting enough to grab attention without being unrecognizable to most readers. Campora is another fun display, great for chapter headings and drop caps. Morison is a great display and is strong enough to carry a brand. Apply any of these displays to a series, and you have the beginning of strong branding that can extend well beyond books. (There are more displays, but I’ll cover them in detail in future posts.)
A quick look at the scripts, and all of them have readability, something that doesn’t always exist with scripts. I’m not particularly partial to brush fonts, but I do like the looks of Wonderstory.
And finally, there is the serif. I love a great serif that can be used in both print and ebooks, but they are hard to find. Hermann, which came from the W Foundry and was available in a previous bundle, was one of those typefaces. Kiperman might be another one of those typefaces. I plan on exploring it and going into much greater depth in a future post, but this might be one of those special typefaces that can carry the load in both print books and ebooks. It also has the additional benefit of being space conserving. If you want to keep your page counts down, this might be a great typeface.
Now, I haven’t mentioned every typeface in the bundle, but just from those I have listed, I think their inclusion in the bundle makes it well worth the purchase price.
I strongly recommend grabbing this bundle.