Font Watch #1

Font Watch No 1 - Studio 404

I talk about fonts a lot, and I occasionally share the ones that I’m admiring, but I’ve never done an actual list of multiple fonts I’ve been admiring or using lately. So today I’m happy to introduce you to my new Font Watch series, where once in a while, I’ll gather up my favorite fonts and list them out for you. I know, in advance, that purchasing fonts can get pricey, especially with super font families but remember Christmas is around the corner. There’s nothing wrong with putting fonts on your wishlist. 😛 I hope you’ll like them as much as I do!

Olivier Font

Olivier is a fantastic font based on black ink hand lettering by type designer Ursula Hitz. Released in March, Olivier has been on my list due to my love of hand lettering. While I’ve been enjoying brush lettering myself, it’s great to have a quick digital alternative.

Bodoni Egyptian Pro

As my love for Archer has been evident for quite some time, I’ve been looking for an alternative and Bodoni Egyptian Pro was perfect. Designed in 2010 by Toronto-based Nick Shinn, it’s a shame that I didn’t come across this years ago. I live for the italics in this font family.

Rams Font

After seeing the font details of Rams on Behance, I knew I needed it. Released in April by Ramiz Guseynov, Rams is a bit edgier than my normal sans serif favorites which is why I love it.  It’s sharp, clean, and the R is fantastic.


As you can see, Hernandez is best in its display form but when it’s good, it’s great. There’s no secret when it comes to Sudtipos and their many fantastic font choices including Buffet Script. Hernandez was also released in 2010 and I remembered thinking nothing of it at the time. Three years later, I can’t find enough projects to use this on and it looks fantastic printed.


Described as a high-style alternative to the Swiss sans, Agenda is one of those super font families you just need without questioning why. The entire family is a little expensive but look at those letters. Is there any excuse? Agenda was probably best recognized in the old Envato branding but I can’t say I don’t blame them for the upgrade.  Avenir Next Rounded is an excellent choice currently on my wishlist as well.


I have a major type-crush on Giuseppe Salerno which I wasn’t surprised to fall in love with Mina when I saw it. A font family of 15 scripts, Mina is rightfully priced on the high end but rightfully so. You guys know how much I like my scripts to have great curves.

ATC Rosemary

ATC Rosemary is one of the debut fonts by new name-your-price type foundry, Avondale Type Company. I love this typeface because it taught me that didone was a word and I love hairlines so much. I haven’t found a good, cheap, didone font in a while so ATC Rosemary is perfect. You won’t regret the download. Plus the guys at ATC rock!

Olivier / Bodoni Egyptian Pro / Rams / Hernandez / Agenda / Mina / ATC Rosemary

Do you have any favorite font recommendations?

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Angelica Yarde
My name is Angel Yarde. I am a designer, front-end developer, and speaker. I am the editor and designer of Studio 404 whic was founded in December 2006. In January 2014, I launched Studio 404 Paper, a paper shop which includes type-focused greeting cards, note cards, and prints. I currently reside in Celebration, Florida where I co-own a branding strategy studio, Sevenality, with my husband.
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  1. Oh girl, that Rams font is pretty! It just got me in my font feels — those feels you get when you see the PERFECT font — I felt that when I discovered Futura, hah!

    xo Jessika

  2. I have NO idea how to download and use fonts from the web, but I love seeing them.

    Sidebar: I am still looking at the the proposal! I didn’t forget, just got busy at work. 🙂

  3. Mina caught my eye immediately! But $300 is a bit too much. But one thing to consider is that he offers 15 variations of the font, and that’s A LOT of work. So, I’m not saying it is overpriced. It’s rightly priced, most likely. Just out of my reach. 🙂

    • I agree, 15 fonts is definitely worth the money and I do love it. I wish there were more character variations but the alternative styling is great on its own. If you ever invest, I recommend it 🙂

  4. Great font collection!
    I also have my eyes on Mina font like you! I can see there’s one sale for individual font for $39 🙂 I might treat myself with beautiful font!

    • You should definitely by the normal weight if you’re thinking of purchasing one style. I would steer clear of the calligraphic styles. While they are great, the shadowing just looks odd to me? Thank you Hyemi!

  5. I need that Bodoni font in my life. And that Olivier. I am constantly on the lookout for new fonts. So, please, keep these posts coming because you’re the only person I trust to recommend/ find fantastic fonts.

    I would recommend one myself but I have to get over my obsession with Playfair Display. Black Italic is the only way I like it but it’s such a nice font. I would marry it. Or use it on my announcements, either or, lol.

    • Playfair has a lot more variety than ATC Rosemary but I love the hairlines in Rosemary so so much. It’s fantastic! I’ll be sure to keep this series since it was well received. 🙂

  6. I LOVE Rams! I’ve used it several times and have had great success with it. Olivier looks like so much fun – definitely adding it to my arsenal! Excellent finds as usual, my dear!

  7. and I swore I wouldn’t be buying or downloading any new fonts in 2013! These are all so fantastic but I think Rams is seriously my font crush of the month.

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