Review: Script Fonts

Is Laurence King's latest visual encyclopedia the perfect type guide for designers?

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Our Verdict

Script Fonts is a handy and well-researched reference guide for designers. It's also a brilliant free font resource, complete with 122 typefaces to download and use.

For

  • Well organised
  • Free fonts included
  • Beautiful examples of typefaces in use
  • Nicely sized
  • Minimal copy

Against

  • Would've liked more illustrated examples of typefaces in use

Review: Script Fonts

Love them or hate them, script fonts can bring personality and authenticity to a design. Much like retro fonts, they evoke another age and designers have been using them to do just that for years.

These days, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of script fonts available to choose from. So where do you start? That's where visual encyclopedia Script Fonts comes in very handy. Published by Laurence King and authored by designer Geum-Hee Hong, Script Fonts features over 300 fonts based on handwritten scripts, some of which are best selling typefaces.

The book is separated helpfully in to seven chapters, which include English Copperplate and Italian and French Italics, to make it easier to find exactly the style you're after. Each typeface has a dedicated page, complete with the alphabet and numerals, as well as sample text that shows exactly how each works in the context of a paragraph.

There are also over 100 examples of the typefaces as used in manuscripts, posters, in advertising and other various designs. These are undoubtedly a highlight and, ideally, we'd like to have seen one for each typeface. That said, the sample text provides a good enough example of the typeface in use.

Review: Script Fonts

Script Fonts features over 100 examples of the typefaces as used in manuscripts, posters, in advertising and other various designs

At the top of each page you'll find the name of each typeface, it's designer, year of creation and where you can find it online. There is no other copy on the design itself, Hong has let the typefaces do all the talking – a minimal approach, which we really like.

Thick but small and compact, this hardback would fit nicely on any bookshelf and, featuring a bright red spine, you're not going to lose it in any hurry. The book is also accompanied by a CD containing 122 free fonts to download and use.

Script Fonts goes on sale on 4 April but is currently available to pre-order.

Script Fonts

The Verdict

8

out of 10

Script Fonts

Script Fonts is a handy and well-researched reference guide for designers. It's also a brilliant free font resource, complete with 122 typefaces to download and use.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kerrie Hughes is associate editor at Creative Bloq. Her employment at Future Publishing began in January 2010 as staff writer for 3D World magazine. Since then, she's written regularly for other publications, including ImagineFX and Computer Arts magazines.