Thousands of 2016 releases didn’t find their way into this year’s Favorites. Think of this collection as a sort of “editor’s picks” — typefaces that I personally felt were worthy of selection but that didn’t happen to be among the writers’ favorites.
This list gets shorter each year as I try to highlight only the most exemplary and original designs. Dozens of other useful, well-made fonts came out in 2016; this is just one person’s view of the most interesting work.
Suggested by experts in global scripts who contributed to this year’s Favorites.
29LT Adir Arabic Adrien Midzic, Naji El Mir
Begum Devanagari, Tamil Manushi Parikh
Coiny Tamil Marcelo Magalhäes
Fakt Arabic Thomas Thiemich
Fedra Arabic Display Khajag Apelian, Peter Bil’ak, Bahman Eslami, Kristyan Sarkis
29LT Hazal Pascal Zoghbi
Hubballi Kannada Erin McLaughlin
Khetab Arabic Mostafa El Abasiny
Lalezar Arabic Borna Izadpanah
M Ying Hei PRC/HK Chinese
Murty Sanskrit released in 2016 John Hudson, Fiona Ross
Rasa Gujarati Anna Giedryś, David Březina
29LT Ravi Reza Bakhtiarifard
Salish Salishan Aaron Bell
Sharad76 [info] Devanagari Kimya Gandhi
Shrikhand Gujarati Jonny Pinhorn
Symbio Arabic Rui Abreu
Skolar Sans Arabic, PE (Greek, Cyrillic) David Březina, Sláva Jevčinová, Titus Nemeth
The Notable Releases asterisk is from Fino.