The 10 most stylish fonts to download right now

Hit exactly the right note in your designs with these stylish fonts.

Looking for a stylish font to take your design project up a notch? Perhaps you need to convince a client of a concept at pitch level; maybe the final execution needs a touch of typographic magic to communicate your message more effectively

Whatever stage of the creative process you're at, if you're looking for a stylish font – and Helvetica just isn't cutting it – look no further. We've already got the 100 best free fonts for designers, now here are the 10 most stylish fonts to download right now…

01. Pluto

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Pluto is an incredibly stylish font

Type designer Hannes von Döhren created Pluto, a friendly, informal family consisting of 32 stylish fonts. Perfect for display settings, Pluto also works well at small sizes thanks to its large x-height.

Pluto is also suitable for complex typographic use. The OpenType fonts have an extended character set to support Central and Eastern European as well as Western European languages.

You can download Pluto – and its straight companion Pluto Sans – from HVD Fonts for £25.99/font.

02. Tungsten

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Add confidence to your designs with Tungsten

Compact and sporty, Tungsten is a flat-sided sans serif that oozes with confidence, without being pushy.

The modular letters give a nod to to sign painting, making Tungsten particularly popular with poster designers. The normal version is relatively condensed, while three additional weights take the font into even more compact territory.

The family is available through the Hoefler&Co website.

03. Calluna

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Calluna is a contemporary font that's full of class

Famously a by-product of the design process leading to the release of Museo, Jos Buivenga's stylish serif text font Calluna is a robust, clean and contemporary face that works equally well at large and small point sizes.

Packed with personally – thanks to Buivenga's concept of "slab-serifs with a direction" – Calluna is as stylish as they come. Eight styles of Calluna are available on Font Spring from $21.95, or one font for free.

04. Idler

Starting from $9.99, Idler is an arresting all-caps, modular display typeface that comes in six weights – Idler Detail and Idler Plain are the main ones.

Designed by Lamesville, aka Mark Butchko, Idler featured throughout Computer Arts Presents' six-part series of design manuals – get yours here.

05. Akkurat

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Akkurat is becoming an iconic font

Grotesque sans-serif typeface Akkurat was designed by Swiss designer Laurenz Brunner and released in 2004 through the Lineto type foundry.

Available in three weights – light, regular and bold – each with matching italics, Akkurat works especially well in editorial design when you need a stylish, classic feel, and is increasingly be used online.

06. Labyrinthus

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Add impact with Labyrinthus

Looking for a stylish font for a logo or identity work? Labyrinthus is a decorative font that's perfect for vectors and 3D compositions - so it's also perfect for posters.

Created n 2011 by Italian designer Antonio Cerri, it's available on HypeForType for £17 – or you can get both Regular and Inline fonts for £23.

07. Greyton Script

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Greyton Script is a classy choice

If you're after script letting, try South African designer Gerhard Schwekendiek's bold, ribbon-like face, Greyton Script.

At £23, it's a stylish choice for eye-catching headlines, and available from HypeForType.

08. Kondolar

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Kondolar is one of the most stylish fonts out there

Bangkok-based designer Ekaluck Peanpanawate created Kondolar, a stylish take on the increasingly popular genre of slab serif text-and-display fonts.

A versatile font, Kondolar works equally effective as a text and display typeface in print or as a web font. It'll set you back £16.99/font.

09. Gotham

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Stylish editorial design? Gotham is your font

Gotham is a hard-working family of geometric san-serif typefaces. Designed by American type designer Tobias Frere-Jones in 2000, it was originally commissioned by GQ magazine and balances a reasonably high x-height with wide apertures.

Gotham boasts four widths, eight weights, and separate designs for screen display. You can chose from a range of purchasing options available on the Hoefler&Co website.

10. Enyo

Buenos Aires-based graphic designer Julia Martinez Diana created Enyo, a decorative display typeface with an informal, handwritten feel.

Free for personal use, it's an incredibly stlyish font. If you'd like it for commercial purposes you can pick up individual fonts for £13 from HypeForType, or all six for £71.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julia Sagar is a commissioning editor and writer for Creative Bloq, Computer Arts, net, 3D World and IFX magazines. Tweet her @JuliaSagar