Our August 2016 issue of Fontspring Five features the fonts we love to use ourselves, including Foro from Hoftype, Tenso from Exljbris, Motiva Sans from Plau, Newslab from Latinotype, and Brandon Text from HVD Fonts!

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Fontspring: Fontspring Five Newsletter | August 2016

We’re in a unique place when it comes to choosing fonts to use in our own projects. We often feel the pressure to make sure our font choices are absolutely perfect...after all, we’re a font company! At the end of the day though, we have to remember that much of what goes into choosing a font is opinion, so we just design with what feels good to us. That said, we think we know a thing or two about fonts, so if you’re curious, here are some of the fonts we use on a daily basis.


Foro handles our headlines, and previously handled much of our text itself. We love the character that this Hoftype font adds, and it has enough subtlety to look great when blown up. Add a slew of features and it’s the perfect headline font when you don’t want to look like everyone else.




We’re big fans of Jos Buivenga over at Exljbris, but we like to be different, so we fell in love with one of his lesser known fonts, Tenso. It has its own quirkiness that matches our own, but retains a legibility that we need given our smaller text sizes.

exljbris Font Foundry



Motiva Sans is a font I personally fought for. Plau has made a font that’s not only easily readable, but makes big blocks of text so much cleaner. We put it into our blog and instantly fell in love. It looks even better on retina screens!

Motiva Sans



We knew we wanted Motiva Sans for our blog, but we needed a good solid Slab to pair with it. After cycling through a large list to find the right one, we ended up with Newslab. It made for some really chunky headlines and we found it a perfect companion to the more streamlined Motiva.




You’re looking at Brandon Text right now! We use it in our header images for this very newsletter. It could have easily been Brandon Grotesque, since the caps are so similar, but sometimes you just have to go with your gut and what feels better.

Brandon Text
HVD Fonts


the fine print

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