fonts for editorial design

When it comes to editorial design, choosing the right magazine fonts can be quite a struggle.

Pairing the best typography font to best suit your editorial project is vital!

And we know that searching for the best fonts is a never-ending story. Scrolling through an endless list of fonts to find that perfect one is definitely a frustrating experience.

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I’ve been there, and you’ve probably been there also. So I put together a list of magazine fonts that will come in handy for your next editorial design project. Thank me later!

8 best magazine fonts for your next editorial project:

  1. Butler
  2. Paris typeface
  3. StagSans
  4. Municipal
  5. Bebas Neue Pro
  6. Replica
  7. Didot
  8. Bodoni

1. Butler

A free font inspired by the Bodoni Family, Butler is often used to bring a bit of modernism to any editorial design. Its designer, Fabian De Smet worked on the curves of classical serif fonts, adding an extra stencil family.

A headline font, for sure! Butler is perfect for books, magazines, posters or other fancy stuff being suitable for many foreign languages with its added glyphs.

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2. Paris Pro

Ever wondered what fashion magazines like Vogue use as typography? Wonder no more, Paris typeface is one of the fashionable fonts Vogue is using in its editorial design. Designed by the Israeli type designer, Moshik Nadav, Paris typeface is inspired by the world of fashion, of course. It includes awesome ligatures, sexy numerals, and fresh typographic posters.

As you might expect, this magazine font is luxurious, elegant and stylish!

Paris typeface includes 9 different styles: Paris Regular, Paris Regular Exit, Paris Regular Strip, Paris Regular White, Paris Ultra Light, Paris Bold, Paris Bold Exit, Paris Bold, Strip, Paris Bold White.

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3. StagSans

I first came across this contemporary typeface in Esquire magazine.

Stag is a complex font packed with distinctive details, the perfect complementary font to the original Stag. A sans that is interesting enough for headlines but yet not distracting at text sizes.  Publications that focus on fashion, style, and culture for men are a perfect match for this font.

I’d say that this font is perfect typeface for an elegant and powerful men’s magazine like GQ or Esquire

Stag Sans includes various different styles, perfect for any editorial design project: Thin, Thin Italic, Light, Light Italic, Book, Book Italic, Medium, Medium Italic, Semibold, Semibold Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, Black, and Black Italic.

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4. Municipal

A solid and powerful retro font that makes a statement. Municipal is a great typeface when it comes to newspapers or magazines that tackle more serious subjects, such as consumerism or politics today.

So, if you are looking to find a good magazine font that will speak louder than words, Municipal is the right magazine font for your next editorial design project. Best used for headlines.

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5.Bebas Neue Pro

The “Helvetica of the free fonts”, Bebas Neue is a sans serif font originally designed by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, a font that has been popular for 10 years as an uppercase-only font

Now the family has four new members, to help you add diversity to your typography designs. – Thin, Light, Book, and Regular – added by Fontfabric Type Foundry.

Bebas Neue Pro can be used for a multitude of publications. From design magazines to minimalist book covers, it suits many styles, depends on what you pair it with.

Here’s an example of Bebas Neue Pro in a technology magazine.

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6. Replica

Replica is a geometric sans-serif typeface. With a classic, grotesque feel to it, Replica could be the perfect font for a modern architectural magazine. Or when branding a small, hip, architecture or design studio located in Berlin, Vienna or New York. Like one of the biggest design studios in the world, SAGMEISTER & WALSH.

This is the font that you would almost expect to greet you in an architectural magazine, which means it’s perfect for the job.

Replica is available in four weights with matching italics.


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7. Didot

One of the most popular font choices when it comes to editorial design is Didot. And for good reason. Didot is particularly suitable for text and headlines in books and magazines, as well as correspondence, posters or advertisements.

Elle magazine uses this font for the branding of its magazine. The logo is often covered by the cover photography. But nonetheless, the strength of the brand remains steadfast.

Elle magazine also likes to play with Sans Serif Didot for the rest of their cover lines, to create a visual hierarchy. The most important is the text in Serif.

Didot pairs well with sans serif fonts with modern face proportions like Helvetica, Univers or more American, grotesque fonts like Vectora or Trade Gothic.

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8. Bodoni

It will come as no surprise that I included Bodoni in this list of best magazine fonts for editorial design.

A classic font when it comes to magazine design, for sure. Bodoni is a strong contender as one of the classic magazine fonts you can successfully use in your designs. Moreover, whether we talk about an auto magazine, lifestyle or even culture, Bodoni has many styles that you can work with.

Bodoni is a serif font. And it pairs well with Brandon Grotesque, Playfair Display, Graphik, DIN, Trade Gothic, PT Sans, Source Sans Pro, Gill Sans, and Sentinel.

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To sum it all up

There is a seemingly endless amount of fonts that you can use for your next editorial design project. Therefore, the key is to pick one that is both unique and one that fits your branding and style of the magazine.

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Maintaining your brand’s image is also super important. That’s why Flipsnack offers a very helpful typography feature. With this feature, you can set text styles for specific text types. For example, if you want all your headers to look the same, you can set your default header style to have the same font, size, and so on.

If one thing is for sure, the wrong font can easily turn a readable and entertaining magazine into one that someone might not even flip open. So, please take your time, and enjoy the process; you could be making the next big name in the magazine industry. To make it all easier for you, start with a magazine template that you can customize to fit your style.

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. Paris Pro by Moshik Nadav has an extensive font license that only allows for personal use – at a very high cost ($80)

    • Hi,

      Yes, Paris Pro by Moshik Nadav is not a free font. But if you feel like you need it in your projects, it’s definitely worth paying for. Or look for free alternatives.

      Thank you for your comment and for reading Flipsnack’s blog.


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