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The top 8 font trends for 2021 are:

  1. Alternating baselines
  2. Disco revival
  3. Dynamic lettering
  4. Extra sharp angles
  5. Standout letters
  6. Solid shadows
  7. Typewriter font evolved
  8. Rounded block fonts

1. Alternating baselines

Red and black hand-lettered book cover with uneven typography

By Rocío Martín Osuna

Blue and red hand-lettered book cover with uneven typography

By kostis Pavlou

Hand-lettered book cover design with uneven typography

By machus4u

All caps text is useful for more than just shouting matches on the internet. In crucial contexts such as titles and brand names, it is often necessary. It makes words feel more important and grownup, but all caps lettering also comes with a price.

Hand-lettered logo design with uneven typography

By rohmankind®

Hand-lettered logo design with uneven typography

By deer203A

From a design perspective, capitalized words tend to form a boxy shape, which can read as less visually interesting than the height variation provided by lowercase forms. But by taking advantage of uneven sizing, font designers are writing outside the box in 2021.

Hand-lettered beer label design with uneven typography

By Wintrygrey

Red hand-lettered book cover with uneven typography

By arté digital graphics

This trend alternates the cap height and baselines of capitalized letters in order to create variety. Designers can also intensify this by changing the thickness between letters and even tilting their axes. The result is letterforms that are full of surprises while maintaining the uniform emphasis of capitalization.

2. Disco revival

Colorful 70s style mushroom pouch packaging design
By Fahrenheit 32
Vintage 70s style hand-lettered label design

By :-DiegoGuirao

70s multicolored hand-lettered t-shirt design

By iamyuana

Multicolored trippy 70s style typography stickers

By A n a s t a s i a

Retro style multicolored typography album color

By kseniasoldatenkova

If we see the past through rose colored lenses, we see the 70s through rainbow colored ones. The 70s in our collective memory feels like a decade-long party. We imagine the shimmer of disco balls, the strut of platform shoes, and the time-honored dad dance: The Lawnmower. Likewise, 70s style typefaces remain popular for all the festive vibes they convey.

70s style cursive hand-lettering

By Polly_

70s style hand-lettering for vegan t-shirt

By Aida Nazirova

70s style pink hand-lettering

By ALINAsINK

70s style trippy hand-lettered antiracism sweater design

By Fahrenheit 32

The resurgence of disco fonts comes in the form of multicolored type, thick curves and psychedelic effects. These are typefaces which demand a double take, and they will be the font of choice for groovy themes in 2021.

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3. Dynamic lettering

Dynamic hand-lettering composition

By ranletterz

Dynamic hand-lettering with action lines based on Doors lyrics

By Mateusz Witczak via Dribbble

Dynamic hand-lettering with movement lines for t-shirt design

By Wiswid

Book cover with motion blur typography

By BINATANG

Writers and typographers around the world have always known that words have a life of their own, but this is becoming a tangible reality through 2021’s trend of dynamic lettering. Dynamic letters create the illusion of movement using fluid shapes, textured shading, and action lines—like a mid-motion snapshot.

Hand-lettered logo design with motion blur

By max-z

Dynamic logo design with a stretch illusion

By sergiOne Ⓢ

Book cover design with dynamic hand-lettering resembling smoke

By BINATANG

Hand-lettered label design with glitch effect

By Wintrygrey

This trend is an analogue compliment to last year’s kinetic type, reminding us technology was never a necessity for moving art. Dynamic lettering can not only transition well into real animation, it will trick you into thinking it already has. The tradeoff is that dynamic type is more difficult to read, but designers whose projects involve illustrative hand-lettering and large, singular words might easily find themselves swept along with the movement of this trend.

4. Extra sharp angles

Hand-lettered logo design with sharp angles

By Kristopher Navarro

T-shirt hand-lettering design with sharp angles

By STUDIO AG

Hand-lettered logo design with sharp angles

By Bruno Nascimento

Hand-lettered logo design with sharp angles

By sanjar

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “Words are alive. Cut them and they bleed,” but nobody expected words to cut back. Many fonts in 2021, however, are being designed to accentuate their sharpest edges, proving the old adage that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Cursive hand-lettered script logo design with sharp angles

By suntype

Hand-lettered logo design with sharp angles

By Arda

Hand-lettered logo design with sharp angles

By detectype

Hand-lettered logo design with sharp angles

By ke.Win

Aside from being notable for the easy attention their extreme angles invite, these are fonts with a literal edge. They feel rebellious and pair well with dark colors and devilish concepts. If your brand is bound for the dark side, you’ll want to make sure you bring something sharp.

5. Standout letters

Modern sans serif blue wordmark logo design
By zahada
Modern thick serif wordmark logo design

By gestalt ™

Sans serif wordmark logo design

By fatboyjim

Logo wordmark design for organic vegetarian brand

By Project 4

Hand-lettered wordmark logo design for Mexican food brand

By digitalbotox

For better or worse, fonts are designed to fade to the background. While this may come across as dull, it’s what allows letters to read well, putting the meaning of the words ahead of the designer’s ego. Typically, fonts achieve this through a predictably uniform style, but in 2021, many designers are creating wordmarks with individual letters that stand out from the rest.

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Logo wordmark with a standout letter
By goopanic
Typography based book cover design

By Boja

Coffee wordmark logo design

By Electra℠

Logo wordmark design for skin care brand

By BlueBerriez

Alien abduction scifi concept logo wordmark design

By R A H A J O E

Take for instance goopanic’s curly ‘z’ in the Razor Babes logo or the sneaky lowercase ‘I’ in BlueBerriez’s Fleur Skin logo. These letters manage to break the mold without breaking the reader’s attention. The approach can also be more pronounced for a more emphatic logo as in the ‘I’s abduction in RAHAJOE’s Alien. The end result is a visual focal point for the viewer and a renewed creative license for the designer.

6. Solid shadows

Hand-lettering design with solid shadows
By Mary Kate McDevitt via Dribbble
Hand-lettering design with solid shadows

By Mky

Hand-lettering design with solid shadow

By vymai.nguyen

For a thing you can’t touch, shadows have great power. Even the simplest shadow will launch a design into the third dimension, and this year the font designs of 2021 are lifting off with the aid of extra weighty shadows.

Book cover design with typography with colorful solid shadows
By nevergohungry
Hand-lettered wordmark logo design with solid shadows

By Stephenf24

Hand-lettered podcast cover design

By Subeh

Colorful wordmark logo design with solid shadows

By casign

Logo design wordmark with long solid shadow

By MW Logoïst

These shadows are solid enough to embed their fonts in stone while their angular projection gives letters the appearance of flight. Bright colors contribute to the feeling of lightness and freedom. All in all, this is a style that comes across as undeniably positive, resembling more of a ray of light than a backdrop of darkness. Though it can be a useful accent to a logo design, we expect to see more solid, bright shadows on creative hand-lettering projects where optimism is the message.

7. Typewriter font reimagined

Book cover design with messy, colorful typewriter font

By mar99d

White minimalist book cover design with typewriter font

By BINATANG

Logo design with typewriter font

By kriledins

Logo design with typewriter font

By CHAMBER 5

For a font grounded in defunct technology, there is something special about the enduring appeal of typewriter font (Courier, for all the typeface nerds out there). Like the mistakes on typewritten manuscripts, you can’t get rid of this font so easily, and in 2021, designers are reinventing it for the digital age.

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Historical website design made with typewriter font and old paper
By Hiroshy⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Paper cutout style book cover design with typewriter font

By arté digital graphics

Minimalist poster design using typewriter font

By Dora Lazarevic via Dribbble

Although this typeface is made for machines, it is far less perfect than those made for computers. These imperfections are ideal for grungy textures, smears and blotches of ink, and faded, timeworn letters.

It was originally intended for body copy, but we are finding it featured more often on book covers, posters and even logos—where its thin, unassuming letters enhance a minimalist aesthetic or it is blown up to emphasize its texture. Despite the grittiness of this font, it paradoxically possesses a quaint, vintage appeal designers seem to be finding solace in amidst our increasingly digitized world.

8. Rounded block fonts

Hand-lettered colorful logo design with rounded block font

By Julié9

Label design with hand-lettered rounded block font

By guppyfish

Colorful logo design for musician with rounded block font

By R A H A J O E

Book cover design with large rounded block fonts

By ERosner

In prose, big blocks of text tend to feel daunting—more like a chore to read than a pleasure. But ever up for a challenge, the font designers of 2021 are pursuing an aggressively blocky look for wordmarks and titles.

Hand-lettered logo design for hot sauce brand
By GREAT.
Hand-lettered t-shirt design with rounded block fonts

By khieriek

Hand-lettered poster design for cannabis cafe

By MOONWORK

Specifically, we are seeing an increase in thick sans serif fonts that look as immovable as stone but contain rounded corners for a softened, retro look—reminiscent of classic curvilinear fonts like ITC Bauhaus. As a staple of digital design, rounded corners also convey an immediately modern, hi-tech aesthetic. And when paired with thick letters, the result is fonts that make their subjects feel bold and approachable at the same time.

Product label design for elixir with rounded block font
By Lindsey Reeves
CBD packing design with large rounded block fonts

By ERosner

Book cover design with large rounded font

By kostis Pavlou

Ready for the biggest font trends 2021?

With the new year nearly upon us, the font trends of 2021 are already spelling out a new destiny for the young decade. Fortunately for us, that destiny appears to be a positive one, as these trends emphasize bright colors, the thrill of disco, and extra special letter variations. With these bright and moving trends, we expect to see fonts take center stage in 2021.

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