Some Awesome Extra-Bold Fonts that Can Make an Impact
Font design and font choice is a pivotal decision that can make or break a design. Whether it’s for publication, a school project or just something you’re experimenting with, fonts are very influential in how your piece will be viewed and received. So much so that there is a lot of research that goes into font choice. With that in mind, I’m going to list sources of some bold fonts that can make an impact in any design.
The rise of advertising brought us bold fonts. Before printed ads, there was no such thing as bold. It was all lightweight and the advertising industry invented bold weight to add emphasis and strengthen the call to action. Now we use them all the time and a lot of thought goes into font choice.
This is a useful resource on the history and use of fonts and worth a read if you’re into design.
Bold fonts that can make an impact
I’ll do the same here as I do in my other list articles. Rather than point you to individual fonts, I’ll point you towards collections of fonts. All have been sorted for quality and I’ll only list those I think stand out from the crowd in terms of design, impact and quality. I hope you like them.
Font Space is a huge repository of fonts for all kinds of use. This page of bold fonts stands out for me. Many are in handwritten style with flourishes yet are easy to read and not hard on the eye. That is very difficult to do with a font and most of those listed on this page stand out for that reason. This style of handwriting font is big right now in signwriting and print and is catching on in digital thanks to its legibility.
Hubspot Marketing isn’t the first place you would usually look for fonts but this particular page has a bunch of really good ones. They include sans serif and handwriting style. There is a real mix here but they all have some things in common. They are all clear, easily legible and would work in print or on digital.
Smashing Magazine has a page dedicated to professional fonts. Again, it’s a real mix of styles and types and all are free to use. There are a few traditional fonts as well as some newer designs and some that really don’t seem to work. Within the collection are plenty that do work and work exceptionally well which is why I’m listing this page.
Hongkiat is a real mixture of a website covering lots of different stuff. This page has a ton of extra bold fonts that really do add emphasis. There are some very good ones on here that would look good on screen or in print. Some are weaker than others but there is a good mix of contemporary design and traditional pastiche and the majority of them are well worth using.
If you’re into typography, Da Font should need no introduction. It’s a huge site with thousands of fonts. All free, all easy to use and many are of a high quality. This particular page has a bunch of handwriting fonts that make an impact for different reasons. They offer personality that could make a real difference in a design. They do the seemingly impossible, take design with flourishes and make it legible from almost any distance. For that alone they are worth seeing.
1001 Fonts has a page dedicated to bold fonts that also make an impact. There is a real mix of the usual, ordinary and some that stand out. There are thousands of fonts on this site and the simple categorization menu at the top make sorting the good from the not so good simple. There is bound to be something on here that you feel is worth using.
Creative Bloq is a great source for designers. Not only does it contain lots of good information about design, it also has inspiration, tutorials, reviews and samples too. This page of fonts for designers stands out for me. It contains so exceptionally good fonts that I would love to use myself.
Font choice is very individual which is why I much prefer to link to collections rather than individual fonts. What works for me won’t necessarily work for you but I defy anyone to not find a font on each of these pages that they don’t like. Remember to check the license terms before using commercially though. Most of them are free to use as you like but there are always exceptions!