51. Abraham Lincoln
There are no vampire hunters in sight, we're afraid; just an awesome font created by designer Frances MacLeod. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Frances creates stunning typography and has worked with book covers, leaflets, posters and more.
She created this Abraham Lincoln font to resolve a constant search for a condensed serif. The promotional specimen featurrs the font in use and folds out to a poster of Abraham Lincoln's address to the 166th Ohio Regiment in 1864 on the reverse. You can see the examples on her personal website.
This is Vernon Adams' reimagining of a traditional 1930s slab serif by Heinrich Jost. The letterforms have been digitised, reshaped and optimised for the web, with more open counters and stronger stems to ensure that Bevan functions as an ultra-bold display font that suits modern browsers.
For the past year, designer Uve Guerrero has been working on the design of a typeface called Fea. "It is an hybrid between a humanist and a transitional serif based on the letter forms of the late XV century," he says. :It is a perfect match for editorial projects and to work in small sizes thanks to the optical corrections I've made for it."
Mattox Shuler designed this font in a few days, and it lacks accents and support for some common characters, but as a heading font – especially for graphic design work – it's a great, free option.
Designer Jeff Schreiber describes his typeface Muchacho as "a western-style serif font with quirky legs". Based in the Netherlands, Schreiber's design contains all capital letters, numbers, diacritical marks and most punctuation marks. Muchacho is a free version of his Wild West-inspired typeface Gringo.
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