Greatest fonts countdown: 95 - Bello Pro

We're counting down the 100 greatest typefaces in existence. Here we present number 95...

FontShop AG, the renowned type foundry, conducted a survey based on historical relevance, sales at, and aesthetic quality. With a few additions from the experts at Creative Bloq and Computer Arts magazine, the best fonts ever were selected for the new book, 100 Best Typefaces Ever.

Here we are counting down the 100 greatest fonts, but you can read interviews with some of the typefaces' creators, a brief history of type, the anatomy of a font, and much, much more in the book – find out how to get your copy in print or digital formats at the foot of this post.

But without further ado, here's the 95th best typeface ever...

95. Bello Pro

Bello Pro‚ thanks to OpenType‚ features 62 common English words that appear with a shadow automatically (and a range of neat ending swashes) when typed. It’s a beautiful, and bold script
  • Underware, 2005

Bello is an incredibly memorable, sturdy brush typeface from Underware – a Netherlands-based graphic and type design company founded in 1999 by Akiem Helmling, Bas Jacobs and Sami Kortemäki. With two contrasting styles, 'Connected' and 'Block Capitals', the carefully kerned and spaced design makes words set in Bello appear as one harmonious scripted unit.

This is all made possible in part by more than 60 ligatures, as well as beginning and end strokes that are automatically applied. As a further bonus, Bello Words – pre-designed catchwords – can be given a coloured shadow.

Bello is a sign painter’s script and small caps all in one typeface‚ and it takes full advantage of OpenType’s alternate glyph and ligature substitution

Room booking company Airbnb ( uses Bello Pro in its logo

Bangkok agency Farmgroup created these Bello-based Christmas and New Year decorations for Siam Center (a shopping centre in Thailand) using drinking straws. See for more

The 100 Best Typefaces Ever

This is an extract from The 100 Best Typefaces Ever, the definitive guide to the greatest fonts ever created, in association with FontShop AG. Over 180 premium pages, the book dissects the world's greatest typefaces, bringing you some insightful background on each and interviews with their creators.

You can pick up the book at all good newsagents today or order it online. Or you can download a digital edition directly to your iPad from the Computer Arts app on iTunes.