Thin Fonts For Sheer Elegance

I love the look of thin fonts. There’s just something about them that gives a design the appearance of elegance instantaneously. When combined with a heavy weight font, you get the ultimate amount of contrast that makes any design or logo stand out. When thin fonts have a bold or black weight in the same type family, it gives a huge amount of variation, but does it with a degree of consistency. This makes them great for logos, titles, and headlines where you want extra attention. Let’s take a look at the best thin fonts that give you a lot to work with.

Bariol

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Bariol has always been a favorite of mine, and that’s before it has all of the weights it does now. With different weights, and even italics, Bariol is an excellent choice for a balanced look.

L’egoist Corbeau

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L’egoist Corbeau looks like it hopped right out of 1930s France and onto your screen. When you want that extra delicate touch, this is a great choice.

Maven

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Maven Pro is a collection of three thin fonts, all well-balanced elegant.

Lato

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I just used Lato in the logo design for Designer-News. It has a great look, while giving you a lot of versatility.

Walkway

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GatsbyFLF

GatsbyFLF-Thin-fontsIt’s not the Great Gatsby, but it will have to do. It has that 1920s and 1930s era look and feel.

Quicksand

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Quicksand has a few variations. Some you’ll get use out of, some you won’t, but the thin version still looks excellent.

Melbourne

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Melbourne is a tall font with multiple weights. The rounded corners are a nice touch.

Satellite

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Satellite is a geometric font for technical applications. It would be great where you have to represent mathematic applications.

Hero Light

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Hero Light has both uppercase and lowercase letters. Its dimensions are geometric in nature.

Infinity

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Infinity is a thin font that makes me think of technical applications, like drafting and infographics.

Dekar

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Dekar has a wider stance that Infinity, but it follows the same idea.

Code

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Thin and geometric, Code Light has a strong presence. Code Light is a no-frills font that just gets right to it.

Mensch

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Mensch has 4 different weights, making it great for a variety of different projects. The contrast in weights gives you plenty to work with.

Gota Light

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Gota Light is totally unique in style and application. It’s a very precise and consistent font, with the s being turned on its side to be used as the letter n.

Novecento Wide Light

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Novecento blew up for a while as being a sought-after typeface. People just couldn’t get enough of the look. I can see why. I would use this one for a variety of projects.

Ostrich Sans

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Ostrich Sans is great because it has a few varying weights. The outline version is a great way to contrast against the thin version.

Titillium

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Titillium is a very technical looking font. I could see it being used in exploded diagrams of cars or electronics. it is very modern, but balanced.

Lavanderia

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Lavaderia is close to a hand-tooled script typeface. It looks like fancy handwriting from long ago.

Riesling

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Riesling makes me think of the 30s and 40s, and is a great Broadway style font. I could see using this in posters for plays that take place in that era.

Rothman

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Rothman is certainly a tall font. I would use this for special cases, but it definitely has a distinct look you’ll want to use.

 Conclusion

Which one of these thin fonts are your favorite? I’ve always been partial to Bariol, but I love Infinity, too. In the right designs, thin fonts can create an elegant, modern presence that is just as striking as a bold font. I want to hear from you! Leave the name of your favorite thin font in the comments section below.

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