Matej Latin Jun 7, 2021 ~ 4 min read
There weren’t as many web fonts to pick from when I started my freelance career in the early 2000s, still I was always overwhelmed by the number of fonts to choose from. With no formal education in design or typography, my choices were uninformed and limited.
It’s kinda funny to look back and realise that it was harder for me to choose fonts when there were fewer to choose from than now. I had moved away from being a freelance graphic designer in the years since then, but I still do branding, web design and graphic design work for my own projects. I acquired enough experience and learned so much about web typography in my career that I naturally came to the conclusion that many designers had reached before me—all you need is 5 fonts.
Massimo Vignelli was one of the best visual communicators of our times. His work had a huge impact on the graphic design of the 20th century. He’s one of the designers, if not the designer, who made Helvetica as popular and common as it is (or was).