Paul Shaw over at the design site Imprint has posted his list of the top 10 typefaces of the decade (2000 to 2010).
(Shaw was the author of the list "top 100 typefaces of all time" which was published in 1998 in the newsletter of the Type Directors Club. This later was modified by Ben Archer as 100types, who tried to track down digital versions of each font.)In his top 10 list, Shaw made it clear he didn't mean "best" or "most popular" but "important" for one reason or another. He didn't at first give a rationale for each choice but, prompted by comments on the post, he then provides his own capsule commentary on each face.)
The example at the top is Clearview, which Shaw says is
the first professionally designed typeface to be accepted for use in American road signage. This is a landmark moment in graphic design and typography, an instance where both professions will have a broad impact on the average American who will have no idea that he is a beneficiary.Of course, there will be disagreement...