Font Friday

Thunder (free font)

The striking display typeface Thunder set in in the title and the pull quote on a mobile phone

Display typeface

by Rajesh Rajput

Variable Font

3 axes (weight, contrast, italic)

36 styles (instances)

9 Weights: Thin to Black
each in High and Low Contrast
with matching italics

License for web & app usage

Free

Best for

  • Headings (display text)
  • Long reading text (body text)
  • User Interfaces (functional text)

Specialty

Vast design space for striking headings from loud to elegant.

My thoughts on Thunder

I immediately fell in love with the beautiful contrast Thunder brings. Designed by Rajesh Rajput, who already has quite an amount of interesting display typefaces in his portfolio, it is available for free, and beautifully presented on Behance. I appreciate how the variable font comes with the ability to seamlessly adjust weight, contrast, and slant, giving you plenty of design space to find the right visual voice.

Thunder is clearly made for display text, and to me looks best in all caps. However, it also provides lower case letters and covers multiple languages.

I don’t think that Thunder is perfect in every detail, though. The vertical and horizontal metrics are a bit off, the italics feel slightly distorted, and the word space is too wide for the narrow proportions of the typeface. But if you use it in all caps, you might be good to go in most cases. For anything else, the typeface needs manual adjustments. So definitely not something that works out of the box.

elegant & fancy this looks cool. Thunder High Contrast works best in very large sizes. This just looks horrible. The high contrast style only works in really large sizes and for very little text. Dear typography lord, how noisy this is! You could immediately throw up. You feel uneasy. It is brutal. See how harmful bad typography can be? Typography as visual torture. Thunder High Contrast set in small sizes
Don’t you dare using Thunder High Contrast as running text.

Also, bear in mind, that you should only use the high contrast style for very short and large text – as you can see in the torturing example above. Overall, Thunder is ideal for little text, like striking headings, and cool animations, which makes it definitely worth trying out.


What do you think? Is Thunder something for an upcoming project? Tell me in the comments below!

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7 Comments

  1. Ummm, not so sure about this one Oliver🤔 Thunder Medium High Contrast is the only one I would use. The HIGH contrast is very HIGH 😄 The characteristic that diversifies it. But we must appreciate the efforts to make font that stands out, aren’t we?
    I see it on packaging and/or cartoon for the children of 3-7 age. They don’t have to read, it’s enough to look funny and animate them.

    1. Yeah, I’m not so sure about it either. I think the extremes work well. Low Contrast Black or Thin. Packaging for kids seems appropriate 😉.

  2. I couldn’t find how to download the font. It was a myriad of Tech complexity that seemed to be designed to trap someone into a data harvesting trap.
    I gave up.

  3. 641 / 5.000
    Vertaalresultaten
    Well Oliver, I’m a kid of the seventies. And even then I didn’t want anything to do with letters like the ‘Stadio Now Novarese’, ‘Stadio Now Poster Italic’ and ‘Stadio Now Weirdo’. In fact, the ‘Eurostyle’ was banned in the studio. I am therefore a traditional typographer where readability and legibility are the most important conditions. The expression of this font in these styles, such as the unusual curves and the reverse contrast, go over the edge in my opinion. Just like the old ‘Saloon/cowboy’ typefaces’ or the ‘Bosozoku’ (from 2015). the ‘Monolnea’ and the ‘Text’, on the other hand, are good to use.

    1. Hey Philipp, thanks for sharing your thoughts on that! I heard a theory once, that if we are socialized as a designer in a certain period of time, we try to avoid that kind of aesthetics. Since I’m a kid of the late 80ies, I encountered a lot of system fonts in my early design days, which makes me despise them 😂.

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