Type Tasting serves up the trends for 2018
By Sarah Hyndman

The Type Tasting launch event for 2018 served up a typeface four ways: as a cocktail, confectionery, scent and sound. Each taster was announced with an explanation designed to provoke discussion as guests engaged with the experience, at the end they received a menu-style trend report.

The typeface starring in the event has been selected to encapsulate the mood and visual themes predicted by trend forecasters for 2018. Predictions were combined with survey results which Hyndman cross-referenced with historical typefaces to make the final selection. Her chosen face is intended for ephemeral usage best suited to here-today-gone-tomorrow Instagram and social media posts.

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What typography trends are forecast for 2018 and how can you use them?
Trend 7: fashion
By Sarah Hyndman

This is the final part in a series of posts looking at typography trends that we predict will influence graphic design in 2018, and explaining how you can incorporate each trend into your work.

1. Vernacular2. Neutrality3. Personality4. Serifs5. Colour6. Variable fonts / 7. Fashion

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6. FASHION FONTS

How to use this trend: use a fashionable font to appear on-trend, but be careful to stay ahead of the curve as fashions date as quickly as they appear.

Fashion fonts are ephemeral, often appearing on Instagram, street fashion and music apparel. In 2017 Cooper Black became a brief Instagram sensation and added a touch of 1970s nostalgia to slogan t-shirts. Kanye West took the lettering used by New York street gangs in the 1980s as the inspiration for his ‘Beazley Designs of the Year’ nominated Life of Pablo range.

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What typography trends are forecast for 2018 and how can you use them?
Trend 6: variable fonts
By Sarah Hyndman

Part 6 in a series of posts looking at typography trends that we predict will influence graphic design in 2018, and explaining how you can incorporate each trend into your work.

1. Vernacular2. Neutrality3. Personality4. Serifs5. Colour6. Variable fonts / 7. Fashion

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6. VARIABLE FONTS

How to use this trend: variable fonts will enable you to use type in a more flexible way with an infinite range of options within a single font file—keep up to date with developments if you would like to embrace this innovation.


Typo Labs 2018 Brand Identity by Bernd Volmer

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What typography trends are forecast for 2018 and how can you use them?
Trend 5: colour fonts
By Sarah Hyndman

Part 5 in a series of posts looking at typography trends that we predict will influence graphic design in 2018, and explaining how you can incorporate each trend into your work.

1. Vernacular2. Neutrality3. Personality4. Serifs5. Colour6. Variable fonts / 7. Fashion

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5. COLOUR

How to use this trend: incorporate layers and colour to add depth, dynamism and innovation to your work.

The rise of the emoji has pushed technology to evolve and enable these colourful symbols to be included in running text. Excitingly, this innovative OpenType-SVG technology now means that it is also possible to place multiple colours, layers and gradients into font files creating colour (or chromatic) fonts on the web. Each layer is assigned its own colour, resulting endless combinations within flowing text. This is technology in its early days, not yet supported across all platforms, but it will evolve quickly as designers explore the possibilities. Typographer and writer Nicole Arnett Phillips (http://www.typographher.com) says, “I think we are in for radical changes (and hopefully some exciting new experimentation/innovation) ahead with these formats”.

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What typography trends are forecast for 2018 and how can you use them?
Trend 4: the return of flared and serif typefaces
By Sarah Hyndman

Part 4 in a series of posts looking at typography trends that we predict will influence graphic design in 2018, and explaining how you can incorporate each trend into your work.

1. Vernacular2. Neutrality3. Personality4. Serifs5. Colour6. Variable fonts7. Fashion

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4. SERIFS

How to use this trend: add a flared or a serif typeface to create warmth and convey your depth of knowledge.

Flared letterforms and serifs are making a reappearance on the main typographic stage and this is a trend set to continue as the serifs get more pronounced. These have warmth and personality, “I think this is a reaction against the cold, sterile neo-grotesques like Helvetica that seem to be dominating the design landscape.” says Typewolf’s Jeremiah Shoaf. In addition, traditional sign writing has had a resurgence in recent years. As a result the flared styles often created when using a paint brush are increasingly reappearing on the high-street and also being taught to graphic designers in sign writing workshops. Below is the work of London’s Pete Hardwicke featured in Spitalfields Life. Throughout history styles from different mediums have influenced each other, as is also happening with chromatic type (to be featured in trend 6).

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What typography trends are forecast for 2018 and how can you use them?
Trend 3: personality
By Sarah Hyndman

Part 3 in a series of posts looking at typography trends that we predict will influence graphic design in 2018, and explaining how you can incorporate each trend into your work.

1. Vernacular2. Neutrality3. Personality4. Serifs5. Colour6. Variable fonts7. Fashion

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3. PERSONALITY

How to use this trend: choose a sans serif typeface with rhythm and contrast to give your tone of voice a visible personality.

Despite the continuing reign of the neutral sans serifs, change is in the air. The perfect geometric shapes are giving way to styles with contrast between the thick and thin strokes, personality and individuality, and sometimes a hint of history. Type Tasting research shows that letterforms with contrast are associated with content being more interesting or better informed.

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What typography trends are forecast for 2018 and how can you use them?
Trend 2: neutrality
By Sarah Hyndman

Part 2 in a series of posts looking at typography trends that we predict will influence graphic design in 2018, and explaining how you can incorporate each trend into your work.

1. Vernacular2. Neutrality3. Personality4. Serifs5. Colour6. Variable fonts7. Fashion

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2. NEUTRAL & UNIVERSAL

How to use this trend: select a neutral and easy-to-read typeface family when you wish to be clear, accessible and for type to function like an invisible carrier of words. You may wish to combine this with a more decorative typeface for titles or headings, or to add a complimentary serif typeface to vary the tone of voice.

Geometric and neutral sans serif type styles continue to be ubiquitous, both as existing styles licensed from type libraries and for bespoke typefaces commissioned by companies. The current top three most popular typeface in the Typekit library are geometric sans serifs (Proxima Nova, Futura and Museo Sans). At number one is Proxima Nova Designed by Mark Simonson, which is a huge family of 48 sans serif fonts that gives a great deal of flexibility for designers to use across all touchpoints. Some font superfamilies also have serif fonts paired with the sans serifs, giving you the option to mix and match type styles harmoniously.

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