Expressive Fonts

Last week I received June’s newsletter from They featured several lovely fonts, and I thought I’d share my favorites.

BROWNSTONE – by Alejandro Paul

Brownstone, the face born from these explorations, is an original 21st-century design, yet one subtly infused with historical and cultural references — keen observers might spot influences from decorative typefaces of 19th-century foundries. And just as faces from that era were influenced by contemporary architecture, the frames included with Brownstone echo the ornate iron railings of Park Slope’s row houses. (There’s also a slight 1960s vibe to Brownstone, of novelty swash-sans photocompositing faces, that can be played up at your discretion.)


What I like about BROWNSTONE is the sleekness of the font coupled with simple, circular swashes. It gives a fun and playful quality but at the same time it can be quite sophisticated. I can image using this font to brand an ice cream parlor, the kind that serves shakes and malts and floats…the kind that has barstools at the counter…the kind where servers wear striped bow ties and starched white aprons.

AIRE – by Maximiliano Sproviero

The overall impression that the font gives is lightness and delicateness; that’s the reason the designer chose to call it Aire, or Air, in English.

The inspiration came from his own past creations: “The heavy strokes of Reina were shouting for a more delicate thing. Something more feminine. More fragile. Something which had a lot of elegance and fresh air inside”.


This is a lovely font. The swashes are sweeping and airy just as its name suggests. A lot of wedding invitations incorporate calligraphy with grand swirls and loops. This font reminds me of that. Very elegant without feeling overbearing.

FUNKYDORI – Laura Worthington

“I am a child of the Seventies. I grew up rocking the rainbow striped bellbottoms, decorating my room with posters of Unicorns and watching ‘The Electric Company’. Funkydori is my nod to the groovy and far out days of this decade.”


Fun! Funky! Definitely seventies.

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