In the 12 years or so that I’ve been a graphic designer, I’ve always found it somewhat challenging to find really great script fonts. There are an abundance of techno fonts, grunge fonts, and straight forward block fonts out there, but (at least for me) good script fonts are hard to come by.
Here are 20 of the best I have on my system:
1. Almond Script Cost: Free www.fontpark.net
This font has a familiarity that I can’t quite describe. I’m sure I’ve seen it used before. I love the casual handwritten feel.
2. Angelica Script Cost: Free www.fontpark.net
While still somewhat classy, this font has a nice quirky feel with its curly ends and flourishes. Nice for somewhat lighthearted designs.
3. At Fleming Script Cost:Free www.fontpark.net
When I think of a script font this is usually what I picture–something that looks like it would have been produced with a french curve (anyone remember those?) back when fonts were hand-created. There are wedding invitation books filled with nearly identical cousins to this font. Great to have when you need that look.
4. Ballantines Script Cost: Free www.fontpark.net
As far as script fonts go, this one is really well done. Nice consistent widths and thicknesses. I just found this one and look forward to using it.
5. Bickham Script Cost: Free www.fontpark.net
Another standard looking script font that appears to be made for celebrations like weddings and anniversaries.
6. Bickham Script Fancy Cost: Free www.fontpark.net
I’m so glad I found this font! The caps characters in this font are so beautifully done. It’s time consuming to create those kinds of flourishes, so this font (which I found when writing this post) will come in very handy.
7. Biorst Cost: $2 www.buyfonts.com
Not quite as fancy as some of the others, but a nice option to have for more contemporary designs.
8. Cherish Cost:$25 www.fonts.com
This one is a long time favorite of mine. It’s got a pseudo hand drawn feel, but has enough script to make it work in a lot of applications. I only wish there was a bold version.
9. Counsul Script Cost:Free www.fontpark.net
This font reminds me of old 1950’s supermarket signs. It’s smooth cursive feel makes it a great choice for all sorts of designs.
10. Edwardian Script Cost: $26 www.linotype.com (similar free fonts at www.fontpark.net)
This font works very well for invitations and many things of a celebratory nature. I especially love the flourishes on the capital letters.
11. Freebooter Script Cost:Free www.fontpark.net
I just found this one. Kind of has a colonial feel. Type “John Hancock”, you’ll see what I mean.
12. Fresh Script Cost: Free www.fontpark.net
I’m almost certain this is the same font on the California license plates. This really has more of a hand drawn feel than a more elegant script feel, but I like it and thought it would be good to add to the list.
13. Halifax Cost: Free www.fontpark.net
I’ve had this font forever. It’s got a great rustic feel which makes it great for adventure/ancient uses. Best of all it’s free!
14.Kunstler Script Bold Cost: free www.font-zone.com
This was one of the first decent script fonts I found after getting started in graphic design. It’s kind of boring, but is a fairly solid choice.
15. Lily Wang Cost: $16 www.fonthaus.com
I just discovered this font a couple of weeks ago when I saw it in church. I think it may become a favorite fairly quickly. A great cross between scripty and handmade.
16. Porcelain Cost: Free www.dafont.com
One of the edgier fonts on the list, this font has gotten a lot of play in the last several years. It has a loose freeform feel that makes it work well with highly textured designs.
17. Scriptina Cost: Free www.dafont.com
I rarely use this font but like having it in my list. It’s just a bit too thin for my taste, but every now and then I find a use for it.
18. Selfish Cost: Free www.dafont.com
This font is almost identical to Porcelain only it has a bit of a bolder feel. Sometimes you need bold. It’s also a bit more upright.
19. Splendid Cost: Free www.urbanfonts.com/
I wasn’t even sure I wanted to put this on the list, but it got me to 20! It’s really too thin, making it hard to read. I might use it for print, but I’d avoid screen use.
20. Zaphino Cost: $40 (Also¬¨?Preloaded on Macs) www.linotype.com/
Before I found a lot of the other fonts on the list I’d use this every now and then since it came preloaded on my computer. It’s decent, but a bit awkward and too thin for many purposes. If you’re not on a Mac, I’d skip this one and download a free font from wwww.fontpark.net, or www.dafont.com.
What’s your favorite script font and why?