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In our final installment of our “Best Collection FontFonts for …” series, we look at the tricky topic of posters and billboards. Using some of the very largest letterforms in print, posters and billboards are often only seen very briefly. So how to you create the biggest impact using a typeface? Here are a few hints and tips and some examples of our Best Collection FontFonts suitable for posters and billboards.
Image on poster: fStop/Dual Dual (1121.001)
Image on poster: fStop/Tobias Titz (
Despite their tremendous size, posters and billboards are typically viewed from a distance, and often only seen for a single moment. As a result, they rarely have much on them, in terms of text. But the text has to be memorable for the work to do its job.
Popular typefaces for these super-sized applications tend to be heavy and narrow. In larger families, the Bold Condensed weights are going to be the area to look. Make sure to pack your letters together tight while you’re setting your type – whatever typeface you pick.
Sans serif typefaces are far and away the variety most often used on posters and billboards. Instantaneous legibility plays much less of a role in poster design than on billboards, however. Posters function almost like canvases for graphic designers; they present an opportunity to let creativity run wild. For either kind of application, though, a family with multiple weights or styles is still good start.
Catch up on our previous intended use posts:
- Best Collection FontFonts for editorial and publishing
- Best Collection FontFonts for music and nightlife
- Best Collection FontFonts for sports
- Best Collection FontFonts for book text
- Best Collection FontFonts for logo, branding and corporate identity
- Best Collection FontFonts for advertising and packaging
- Best Collection FontFonts for festive occasions
- Best Collection FontFonts for small text