39 free retro fonts

Transport your designs back in time with this compilation of retro fonts – and they won't cost you a penny!

There are hundreds of paid-for and free fonts available online, and we've got details of all sorts here on Creative Bloq – including tattoo fonts, cursive fonts and handwriting fonts. But for this article, we're going to focus on retro fonts.

Retro designs have the ability to transport audiences back in time so it's important to choose a typeface that reflects the era that you're representing. Here, we've selected some of our favourite retro-style font designs that won't cost you a penny!

01. Noir

Add a touch of elegance and style to your designs with Noir

Add a touch of elegance and style to your designs with this beautiful retro font Noir, by designer Matthias Guggisberg.

FORMAT: TTF

02. Say It Fat

Free retro fonts: Say It Fat

Designer Timo Titzmann is behind free retro font Say It Fat. A bold, slab typeface, Say It Fat is great for creating eye-catching retro-style posters and much more.

FORMAT: TTF

03. Portico

Free retro fonts: Portico

Portico is a display typeface, which includes an urban and rough version

Created by designer Mehmet Reha Tugcu, Portico is a display typeface, which includes an urban and rough version – perfect for any retro-style designs.

FORMAT: TTF

04. Monthoers

Free retro fonts: Monthoers

Add a touch of vintage style to your designs with Monthoers typeface

Retro-style typeface Monthoers was created by graphic designer Agga Swist'blnk. She comments on Behance: "Monthoers is the latest version of Rochoes typeface, which I made almost a year ago. It is free for personal and commercial use."

FORMAT: TTF

05. Hamster

Free retro fonts: Hamster

Hamster is a cursive typeface inspired by brush lettering and traditional sign painting

Hamster is a cursive typeface inspired by brush lettering and traditional sign painting. Crafted carefully to equalise its dynamic flow and legibility, Hamster is free to download for both personal and commercial use.

FORMAT: TTF

06. Lazer 84

Free retro fonts: Lazer 84

Transport your designs back to the 80s with Lazer 84

Transport yourself back in time with Lazer 84. Created by art director Juan Hodgson, 80's-inspired Lazer 84 is a retro-style brush font that comes complete with numbers, symbols and accents.

FORMAT: TTF

07. Ansley

Free retro fonts; Ansley

Graphic designer Kady Jesko created typeface Ansley after being unable to find a retro font that suited

Graphic designer Kady Jesko created typeface Ansley, after searching for a free retro-style font and couldn't find one that suited. Jesko now generously offers it as a free download for both personal and commercial use, with donations, as ever, gratefully received.

FORMAT: TTF

08. Berlin

Free retro fonts: Berlin

Berlin is inspired by classic geometric typefaces

Berlin was created by Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator Antonio Rodrigues Jr. "Berlin is a group of display fonts, inspired by the classic geometric typefaces from early last century," he explains. So far Rodrigues Jr has created four versions – Berlin, Berlina, Slaberlin and Uberlin – all of which are available in regular, bold and x-bold.

FORMAT: TTF

09. Sabo

Free retro fonts: Sabo

Need an arcade-themed font? Give Sabo a go

Sabo, by graphic designer Philippe Moesch, is a striking pixel-style font. Available in two styles – inline and filled – Sabo is great for any retro arcade-themed design.

FORMAT: OTF

10. Bobber

Free retro fonts: Bobber

This slab serif is inspired by bobber motorcycles

Looking for a unique typeface, designers Lucas Almeida and Dmitry Goloub decided to create their own. Inspired by bobber motorcyles, the duo developed this slab serif. With a cool, vintage design, this grid-based font is free to use for both personal and commercial projects.

FORMAT: .AI

11. Glasoor

Free retro fonts: glasoor

Sergiy Tkachenko's Glasoor is perfect for posters and logos

Created by type designer Sergiy Tkachenko, Glasoor is an experimental font with a playful retro design that's perfect for posters, logos and more.

FORMAT: TTF, OTF

12. Zebrazil

Free retro fonts: Zebrazil

Zebrazil's elegant forms and bold serifs give it a wonderful 1920s feel

Zebrazil was created by Burmese graphic designer Zarni. This deliciously retro font features lovely thin letterforms married to bold serifs, and is one of many created by Zarni, who generously offers his design as a free download.

FORMAT: TTF

13. Unique

free retro fonts: Unique

A retro-contemporary offering from designer Anna Pocius

Unique was created by designer Anna Pocius aka Artmaker. She describes her design on Behance as 'a display hybrid typeface, which is a little bit flashy, retro but still contemporary font designed specially for headings and logotypes'.

FORMAT: TTF

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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.

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