UPDATED: Handwriting fonts are more popular than ever – here are 40 you can own for free.
If you need a handwriting font for your project, look no further. When we talk about handwriting fonts, we're not just referring to one style of typography; they can come in a number of various executions. They are in the same area as cursive fonts but with even fewer constraints and often based off freeform illustrations.
More recently, this style of typography has been making more appearances than ever before, with print and digital alike favouring it over more traditional offerings. Here, we plucked some top free fonts in a handwritten style for you to download and enjoy.
In need of an authentic handwritten font for your latest project? Bellaboo by Marcelo Reis Melo may be just what you're looking for. A bold design, Bellaboo is great for creating eye-catching headlines, posters and more.
Today's typeface of choice is handwritten design Fofer, created by Mousse Creative founder and creative director Angie Raess. "Sometimes the best projects are the ones created from a problem," Raess comments on Behance. "We needed a specific font and couldn't find it. What better way to solve a problem than to use our own handwriting?"
Fofer is available to download over on Behance, all Raess asks for in return is a simple tweet.
03. California Sans
California Sans is a handwritten font, created by Mexico-based designer Noe Araujo. Available as a free download, the design includes a full case of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and various special characters.
04. Ruffle Beauty
If you're on the hunt for a playful handwritten font, today's typeface of choice Ruffle Beauty by Anis Iday could be just the solution. Ideal for poster designs, Ruffle Beauty is free for both personal and commercial use.
05. Novito Nova
Novito Nova was created by Russian designer Nina Z. "This font was made for making people happy," she comments on Behance. A whimsical design, Novito Nova is great for providing projects with an authentic handmade feel.
Freelance designer David Ellis created handwritten font Dickie using MyScriptFont, an online tool that allows you to create a vector font from your own handwriting. "It’s a great starting point as there aren’t that many great handwriting style fonts out there and it’s a pretty quick process," Ellis comments.
07. Mink Type
Mink Type was created by New York-based art director Filiz Sahin. "Mink Type is a cool, handpainted display typeface that was developed using brush tools in Illustrator," she comments. "Each letter has three variations including upper and lower cases so you can create a custom feel for your designs."
A condensed sans-serif font, VersionType was created by senior designer Victor Coreas. "It is meant to be playful and very loose," he comments. The typeface includes a full set of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters, and it's free for personal and non-profit use.
Created by student and freelancer Claire Joines, Billy is a font made from her own handwriting. "Because it's my own handwriting it didn't take me long to make," says Claire, "So I decided to put it online for other people to use freely!"
It's free for personal and non-profit use (although attribution or a thank you would be nice); if you want to use it commercially, get in touch with Claire. She'll normally ask for attribution and a small donation.
10. Happy Fox
This Happy Fox font design was a collaborative effort between illustrator Laura Caldentey and Fran Llull. Wanting a thin font to use in their projects, Caldentey drew an alphabet and a selection of glyphs, and worked closely with Llull to refine into this final design.
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