The best header and display fonts making an impact

An image saying Fearless Type in an optical inline typeface
(Image credit: Commercial Type)

Choosing the right display font for your headers is one of the most powerful ways of setting the tone for your entire project. Whether the pieces you’re designing are print or digital, making an impact is always important. However, many of the most successful fonts are both impactful and nuanced. 

Often, the brand or campaign you’re designing for will have a layered message. In today’s economy, many organisations have cutting edge and traditional aspects they want to convey. Because of this, many of the fonts in our list combine a retro feel – often a mid-century vibe – with a contemporary finish.

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Garrick Webster

Garrick Webster is a freelance copywriter and branding specialist. He’s worked with major renewable energy companies such as Ecotricity and the Green Britain Group, and has helped develop award-winning branding and packaging for several distilleries in the UK, the US and Australia. He’s a former editor of Computer Arts magazine and has been writing about design, creativity and technology since 1995.