16 calligraphy fonts every designer should own

Calligraphy fonts can bring charm, elegance and a handcrafted feel to a project.  These fonts take their cues from the nib-and-ink lettering that has been around for centuries. There are plenty of types of calligraphy fonts to choose from online, but finding a good quality one can prove difficult. To help you out, we've picked a variety of our favourites for you, which start from free, so are suitable for a range of budgets.

The best calligraphy fonts can be used for both personal and commercial projects. Styles range massively – calligraphy fonts can be formal, casual, modern, retro or add more of an antique feel to your work. A lot of the calligraphy fonts on this list include optional ligatures and alternates you can swap in to create an organic-looking, unique script for your project.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.