The hottest typography design trends for 2012

16. OpenType experimentation

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Loudline Condensed comes in two widths, each with a set of stylistic alternates

With the popularisation and sheer amount of options with OpenType, typeface designers are experimenting and providing the designer with a raft of variations on a single font.

One such face is Loudline Condensed by Pintassilgo Prints. It comes in two widths, each of them with a set of stylistic alternates: just turn on the feature in InDesign to see filled counters and slightly different letter shapes. Loudline is just one example of type designers using OpenType glyphs to the full.

17. Sharp lines

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Violent Elegance's own font is typical of the trend for sharper lines

Graphic designer and Violent Elegance founder Stefan Schuster designed a bespoke font for the apparel company. And it's typical of the trend for sharper lines and almost abstract minimalism.

"The font is inspired by the punk era of the 70s and 80s, and the whole associated culture," he told Computer Arts Collection earlier this year. "The sharp lines are reminiscent of retro band shirts and punk rock record covers."

18. The modular approach

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Idler is a lovely example of the trend for modular fonts

The fascination with modular fonts could perhaps be summed up by Christian Schwartz in a 2005 interview with typeworkshop.com: "I think they're appealing because they give a peek behind the curtain, letting people who are not type designers understand how letters are constructed," he told the site.

A lovely display face is Idler by Lamesville. If you want to create your own modular fonts, try the excellent Fonstruct by FontShop.

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19. Angular elegance

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The typeface designed for A Practice for Everyday Life incorporates angular shapes

For a great example of what we mean by angular elegance, take a look at the typeface designed by A Practice for Everyday Life for The Hepworth Wakefield. Strong and elegant, the typeface incorporates angular shapes taken from the local wharf building's roof and makes up part of the identity, signage and print materials the agency devised for the gallery.

20. Anything by Trochut

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Anything Alex Trochut does inspires type designers the world over

Alex Trochut has become one of the most sought-after designers on the planet - and you can see why. His Neo Deco typeface designed for Hypefortype in 2009 (was it really that long ago?) has become somewhat of a benchmark for creative, bold display face. Its use on Stylist's 2011 fashion special was extremely powerful.

But his most recent bespoke font, Trojan for Wallpaper*, is a true thing of beauty. Gothic, elegant, fragile and powerful; it's, for want of a better word, amazing.

Words: Rob Carney

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