In this brief walkthrough, we've outlined what is a modern font, so that you have some historical and stylistic context when choosing fonts for your next project.
What is a Modern Font?
It's a common misconception that "modern" fonts are all new, but in fact, the first modern fonts were developed in the 18th century. These sharp and stylish typefaces corresponded with advances in printmaking technology. A French printer named Firmin Didot created the first official modern font in 1784.
The quintessential modern font has slender horizontal serifs, a pronounced contrast between thick and thin strokes, small apertures (i.e. openings in letters), and vertical lettering.
Popular Modern Fonts
If you’re looking for more examples of modern fonts, check out these twenty-five cutting edge modern fonts!