As designers, we’re careful about choosing our fonts because it’s not just what you say, but how you say it. And, sometimes, it’s important that the message steps off the page or out of the screen to take on a life of its own. Selecting the best 3D font for your project is one way of achieving this.

Primarily, 3D fonts are there to make an impact. That’s one of the key criteria we’ve looked for when selecting the 12 that appear on this list. But we’ve gone further than the wow factor, and tried to find fonts that generate visual interest in other ways. Having three dimensions can give lettering weight, substance and tangibility – how do typographers utilise this? We’ll take a look.