Although the days were grueling and, at times, it felt as though my eyes were going to completely shut down due to information overload, I was happy to be around like-minded souls. At the end of each day, my fellow judges and I would assemble at the hotel bar and talk, talk, talk. The topic of discussion was always design. Good or bad, new and different, boring and overused. We were never left wanting for material.

It felt good to talk shop morning, noon and night. I loved diving into minutiae with other designers who honestly care about the weight of a font or the pedigree of a face. I was completely in my element and loving every minute of it.

Do you have a favorite font? I pulled out my pen just in time to catch the list of judges’ favorites and jot them down. Oh, and a special thanks goes to Jeri, who was so kind as to spell-check for me.

In no particular order, here’s the list of favorites we compiled:

  • Gill 262
  • Helvetica
  • Akzidenz Grotesk
  • Bodoni
  • Torino
  • Didot
  • Baskerville ITC
  • Futura
  • HTF Gotham
  • Trade Gothic
  • Optima
  • Fedra