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Free Fonts: Script Typefaces

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In this fourth part of the free font series about the various categories of typefaces, we’ll now be featuring the Script Typefaces. Script typefaces are based upon the varied and often fluid stroke created by handwriting. They are organized into highly regular formal types similar to cursive writing and looser, more casual scripts.

Formal scripts

A majority of formal scripts are based upon the letterforms of seventeenth and eighteenth century writing-masters like George Bickham, George Shelley and George Snell. The letters in their original form are generated by a quill or metal nib of a pen. Both are able to create fine and thick strokes. Typefaces based upon their style of writing appear late in the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. Contemporary revivals of formal script faces can be seen in Kuenstler Script and Matthew Carter‘s typeface Snell Roundhand. These typefaces are frequently used for invitations and diplomas to effect an elevated and elegant feeling.

Casual scripts

Casual scripts show a less formal, more active hand. The strokes may vary in width but often appear to have been created by wet brush rather than a pen nib. They appear in the early twentieth century and with the advent of photocomposition in the early-1950s their number rapidly increased. They were popularly used in advertising in Europe and North America into the 1970s. Examples of casual script types include Brush ScriptKaufmann and Mistral.

[resource: wikipedia]

Free Sans Serif Examples and Downloads

Lobster

A lovely Bold Condensed script fully loaded with hundreds of ligatures and alternates. To make the perfect bridges between letters, Argentinean type designer and web developer Pablo Impallari drew various versions of each letter and letter-pairs (ligatures).

Also available as a Web-font, served by Google, Typekit, Font Squirrel, Kernest and many others. (The Google version is recommended).

Designer: Pablo Impallari

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Jacoba Font

Extraordinarily beautiful…! Never the less, the signs “@”, “#”, “{” and “}”, look grotesque

Designer: Christine Mauerkirchner

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Marcelle

Marcelle font wouldn’t be available without the great work of StereoType. There are some that say that Marcelle is a distressed (type treatment) version of  ‘Monotype Script Bold’ (trademark of Linotype GmbH), … hmmmm, they do look very simular?

Designer: StereoType

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Adorable Script Font

Very simple calligraphy style, elegant smooth curves with neat lines. Frank Hainze used to sell typefaces such as Adorable and a lot more forged commercial fonts.

Designer: Frank Hainze/MicroLogic Software, Inc.

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League Script

League Script #1 is a modern, coquettish script font that sits somewhere between your high school girlfriend’s love notes and handwritten letters from the ’20s. Designed exclusively for the League of Moveable Type, it includes ligatures and will act as the framework for future script designs. Designed by Haley Fiege and available in OpenType format.

Designer: Haley Fiege

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Rocket Script

Blasting at you from out of this world is this extra speedy new retro script font Rocket Script! Rocket Script comes in one weight (regular) and has 257 characters.

Designer: Stuart Sandler (Font Diner)

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Musa Ornata

This typeface, with its cheerful characters, could be a good fit for event announcements, grocery stores and public transport signage.

Designer: Carvente Dice

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Marketing Script

Marketing Script is a nice family of three versions of a unique hand drawn brush script from German type designer Dieter Steffman. The addition of the inline and shadow versions of this make it highly usable for big bold headlines, posters, anything you need an easy-to-read script for –  a TrueType font categorized as a calligraphic font

Designer: Dieter Steffmann

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Forelle

An old german informal script font from hot-metal times, created by Dieter Steffmann. Forelle is a compact and dense script font that’s elegant and versatile. The name for this font comes from Schubert’s “Die Forelle” (the Trout). This font is also designed by Erich Mollowitz for Mecanorma Studio, with the name MN Forelle (also known as ‘Rhinegold’)

Designers: Dieter Steffmann

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Pullman Script

Pullman is based on turn-of-the-century lettering reminiscent of the signage on some luxury Pullman-style train cars of that period. It is a heavy script font with a lot of character and an authoritative, elegant look.

Designer: Dave Nalle

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Louisianne Black

Available in TrueType format (.TTF) for Windows & Mac. This interesting bold script font by Dieter Steffmann, a professionally trained typesetter, appears almost retro in aesthetics.

Designer: Dieter Steffmann

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Wrexham Script

This extended Character Set for the Welsh Language, Wrexham Script, is designed by Roger White. Roger White is a quite prolific author of fonts for use on computers. Wrexham Script has been produced from hand drawn original artwork which has been scanned and the resultant image cleaned up before being compiled into a font. Hinting and Kerning pairs have been added in order to deliver a high quality font to the end user.

Designer: Roger White

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Ballpark Weiner

The Weiner version of Ballpark is a fun funky script that maybe you would see on a logo for a hotdog at a baseball park – pretty neat stuff! Ballpark Weiner is very much inspired by the typeface Kestrel. Kestrel was a font designed by Alan Meeks for Letraset in 1984. But there is no digital version of it, until now. I’m glad Michel Rossi has done this Revival!

Designer: Mickey Rossi

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Creampuff

Letraset Eclat — provided the inspiration for this typeface. A mover, a shaker and a money-maker, ideal for when when you want to make a strong but elegant statement, a very bold script font that feels retro in appearance. The name? Eclat … Éclair … Creampuff … seemed like a natural progression.

Designed by: Nick’s Fonts

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If you want more script typefaces, be sure to check fontsquirrel, loads of beautiful script types there. I would love to hear what your favorite free script typefaces are? If I like them too, I’ll promise to update this article and find out more interesting stuff about the font and the designer.

 

Author: Jan Rajtoral

Jan Rajtoral AKA Gonzo the Great is the Founder of and Designer at gonzodesign, providing design services across the full spectrum of Brand Identity, Graphic Design, Print and Advertising Design & Website Design.

11 comments

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  1. These are really professional fonts! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Brett,

      .. and these fonts are for free, sounds like a win/win-situation to me! Thanks for stopping by, Cheers & Ciao ..

  2. Hi GTA5,

    Welcome back! Yeah, love Ballpark Weiner too, but love the Pullman script even more, it just has some more flair, is bolder and therefore a great display typeface (or for a logo).

    Thanks for your comment, Cheers & Ciao ..

  3. Hi Jan! What a nice free fonts collection! I just used Ballpark Weiner font for a logo! It’s my favorite font in this list with Louisianne Black :)

  4. Hi Jason,

    Yep, a very retro feeling creeps up when you see these typefaces. The main reason is that in the ’40-’50 these fonts were used everywhere.

    Luckily these fonts are trendy again, so let’s enjoy the nostalgia of those days!

    I myself love Script Typefaces due to the fact that they all are inspired by calligraphy and handwriting, the most ‘personal’ typefaces!

    Thanks for your comment, Cheers & Ciao ..

  5. I get a very 1950’s feel off of most of these fonts, some would be great if i had to recreate something from that era.

  6. Hi кран,

    Thanks for your comment, glad you liked the extra information about e.g. the origin of Script Typefaces, much appreciated!
    Cheers & Ciao ..

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