Fonts every church designer & creative should have in their toolkit.

Every creative knows that a font can make or break a good design. There are a ton of creative fonts out there, but we wanted to find out what fonts are so versatile that they can be used in a majority of designs effectively. We asked the Pro Church Media Community Group to share their TOP fonts from the last year and we came up with an impressive list of usable fonts. Out of those, we choose the top 5 that are original fonts (got to support our design community!), versatile, easy-to-read and can be used in any kind of church media project!

 

What all of these fonts have in common…

They are all sans-serifs. Sans Serif Fonts are especially effective for many different forms of church media communication because they tend to be easier to read at any size. This can be particularly important in the church media world since messaging is often cross-platform (from print design and social media all the way to the stage. 

They come in multiple weights and styles. Another important component of a strong font is it’s versatility. Every font picked by our community has multiple weights from thin, italics, bold, heavy and even some outlined fonts. This keeps designs consistent and clear while giving creators better tools to create a hierarchy of information and visual interest in a design.

Top 5 Fonts Used By Church Media Creatives

1. Gotham

 

About this font:

The bold architectural capitals that inspired the iconic Gotham typeface are merely the cornerstone of a versatile family of fonts. Four different widths in a range of weights, plus deep character sets, extended language support, and versions for different media, combine to make Gotham a powerful and indispensable design. – Hoefler & Co

You can purchase this font and learn more about it from Hoefler & Co.

2. Lato

 

About this font:

Lato is a sans serif typeface family started in the summer of 2010 by Warsaw-based designer Łukasz Dziedzic (“Lato” means “Summer” in Polish). When working on Lato, Łukasz tried to carefully balance some potentially conflicting priorities. He wanted to create a typeface that would seem quite “transparent” when used in body text but would display some original traits when used in larger sizes. He used classical proportions (particularly visible in the uppercase) to give the letterforms familiar harmony and elegance. – Łukasz Dziedzic, creator 

You can download this font for FREE and learn more about it from Google Fonts.

3. Bison

 

About this font:

Bison is a strong font family and sophisticated sans serif. Inspired by the animal, it’s sturdy uncompromising style is felt through the controlled letterforms and modern touches. A balance of hard lines and smooth curves. Each font in the family can stand on its own, dynamic and authoritative in their own right.Bison works great in any branding, logos, magazines, films. The different weights give you full range to explore a whole host of applications, while the outlined fonts give a real modern feel to any project. – Ellen Luff, creator 

You can download this font and learn more about it from Creative Market.

4. Montserrat

 

About this font:

The old posters and signs in the traditional Montserrat neighborhood of Buenos Aires inspired Julieta Ulanovsky to design this typeface and rescue the beauty of urban typography that emerged in the first half of the twentieth century. The letters that inspired this project have work, dedication, care, color, contrast, light and life, day and night! These are the types that make the city look so beautiful. The Montserrat Project began with the idea to rescue what is in Montserrat and set it free under a libre license, the SIL Open Font License. – Julieta Ulanovsky, creator 

You can download this font for FREE and learn more about it from Google Fonts.

5. Proxima Nova

 

About this font:

Proxima Nova (2005) bridges the gap between typefaces like Futura and Akzidenz Grotesk. The result is a hybrid that combines modern proportions with a geometric appearance. I originally released it in 1994 as Proxima Sans (now discontinued). I expanded the original six fonts (three weights with italics) into a full-featured and versatile family of 48 fonts (eight weights in three widths with italics). In the last few years, Proxima Nova has become one of the most popular web fonts, in use on thousands of websites around the world.  – Mark Simonson, creator

You can sync this font for FREE with a subscription to Adobe CC. To learn more about Proxima Nova and alternative ways to purchase this font, visit Mark’s portfolio site Mark Simonson Studio.

What fonts do you like to use for your designs?

Join us every week in the Pro Church Media Community Group to share about design trends happening in the church!

 

Want to learn more?

At Pro Church Media Univeristy we teach essential skills for churches and creatives to develop strong communication and outreach for their church through design, animation and effective communication. We are coming out with new courses all the time, so be sure to take a look and find ways to keep pushing you and your creative team’s skills to the next level!