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12 essential offbeat fonts

The right choice of typography isn't a life or death decision for creatives; it';s far more important than that. Here's your guide to 12 of the very quirkiest and most thought-provoking typefaces available.

A solid typeface is the designer's best friend, with the right font playing a crucial role in any form of information and graphic design.

What we've collected here, though, are examples of the oddest, most creative and most random fonts and typefaces available.

From skin-modelled fonts to vegetable-based outlines, to typefaces which use less ink, creative typography appears to be getting bolder, broader and odder by the day. Here's our pick of the weird and wonderful fonts available.

Skinographie

Skinographie

Probably the most flinch-inducing typeface around - we'd love to see how this was created. On second thoughts, maybe not€¦

 

EcoFont

EcoFont

A concept so simple it causes headaches; reduce the amount of ink used - and allow yourself a degree of eco-smugness - by using the EcoFont, which requires 20 less ink than a regular typeface.

 

Pyramid

pyramid

From the creative mind of Jacob Nylund comes Pyramid, a font designed from the birds eye perspective of pyramid letter forms. Regardless of the detail, it looks awesome.

 

MOD

MOD

A beautiful chunky design font created to allow background imagery to bleed through./ Just take a look at the smoke and milk examples to see how effective it is.

 

Cube

cube

Cube is a gorgeous, 3-dimensional typeface, available in a range of vivid colours. It's crisp, clear-cut and looks as though it's been shaped from folded cardboard boxes.

 

Plasti-Puzzle

Plasti-Puzzle

Hurrah! This is the type (ahem) of font we like. Playful, imaginative and genuinely practical - while looking al nice and plasicky all at once.

 

Cinderella

cinderella

This decorative font drays on the Brother's Grimm's fairytales, incorporating both swirls and medieval flourishes with witty elements incorporating the stories themselves. See how many you can spot.

 

Sausage

Sausage

More from the Just-My-Type stable of Jakob Nylund, this simple sausage-based face looks, er, delicious€¦

 

Crafty

Crafty

Now this really is weird. Crafty looks like a mash up of every children's book font created, and is appropriately chock-full of funny and inventive lettering combinations.

 

Sunday Morning Garage Sale

Sunday Morning Garage Sale

We like this. Oh yes we do. Fulfilling all the demands of a well-executed design font, Garage Sale is a witty and actually useable example of a sketch pad font.

 

Laurent HW

Laurent HW

This is another ace example of a scribbled handwriting font which actually has a practical a design. Comes complete with splat characters to boot.

 

Scramble

Scramble

The assumption is that licensing restrictions leaves Scramble with a less obvious name. Nevertheless, if it's a cool, creative and evocative design font you're after, Scrab, sorry, Scramble might just be it.

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