The Most Minimalist: Typeface

When designing web sites, especially minimalist sites, typography is a big thing. So inevitably the question arises: What is the most minimalist typeface? And right after: Can it even be said that some typefaces are more minimalist than others?

Three possible answers:

  1. Yes, the one that use the least ‘ink’ is the most minimalist
  2. Yes, the one that is built up from the least and most simple forms is the most minimalist
  3. No, each typeface is a symbol with its own elegance; changing it would be changing the typeface

Each of these are true. The last one is the least interesting in this context of course, and I’ll leave that one for what it is. I’ll elaborate on the first two with some examples.

1. Typefaces using minimal ‘ink’

Bradford Ulrich, a webdesigner from Oklahoma, U.S.A., tried to cut out the unnec­es­sary parts of the let­ters while still keeping them leg­ible:

Somewhat similarly, the typeface below is a study of how much (or how little) of each letter is needed for legibility. It’s called FF You Can (Read Me) and was designed by Phil Baines.

It is for download at FontFont.