Having access to great ingredients can be the key to a chef's success. As a designer, having access to versatile and well-made design elements can help you to design solid projects. Type can do a lot of the heavy lifting for a design, but building a library can take time and a lot of money. Here are 5 versatile typefaces that won't break the bank, but are solid players in a versatile typography library.
Gibson: A humanist San Serif Family:
At 48 dollars for the entire family, Gibson is a total steal. Many well crafted fonts will cost that for just one weight but Gibson comes with 8 different styles and weights to define a typographic hierarchy on your next project. A humanist sans serif brings readability and style to any design while complimenting content rather than overpowering it.
Franchise: A Sturdy Display Face
Though franchise is limited to only caps, it's angular details and stout stature make up for it. A fantastic headline font, Franchise is great for making a statement. Sparingly use,d Franchise is great for short chunks of copy, T-shirts, or large call-to action-buttons. A great addition to any library.
Sverige: A Swashy script
Good scripts are hard to come by and when you do they can cost a lot because there is a lot to making them beautiful. There are only a few that are well done and free so they are very overused. If you are looking for a relatively new font with an affordable price Sverige is elegant but not too calligraphic. At 5 dollars for a personal desktop license this font is a great addition to your library
Sofia Pro: A Geometric Sans Serif
When building your library you can save money by buying a few weights or styles of a very a moderately priced face. A versatile geometric sans serif can go a long way and Sofia Pro has a very distinct modern feel that can take on many different personalities. A fantastic building block to any library I would recommend starting with a light, medium and bold face, each at $25.
Linden Hill: a Stylized Serif
If you are looking for a stylized serif with lots of personality, look no further. I have blogged about The Open Source efforts of the League of Movable Type before and find that their work is just amazing. Another free face, this is a gem in the rough for any elegant composition.