Using script fonts correctly in graphic design

In typography, fonts mimic historical or modern handwriting style. They look like they were written with a variety of writing instruments, from calligraphic pens to brushes. The typical characteristics of the script type are connected or nearly connected flowing letterforms and oblique rounded characters.

Using script fonts

In the 18th century, almost everything was written in italics, including business letters. Today, most script fonts are best suited for greeting cards, wedding invitations, capital letters, and other documents where they are used sparingly. Script fonts look best when combined with non-script fonts and match the overall tone of the document. Do not capitalize script fonts; most become unreadable if all letters are capitalized.

Formal fonts usually look neat, flowing and formal. The informal writing can be messy or playful and is more like contemporary handwriting and typewriting styles.

Formal scripts such as Gravura, Edwardian Script, and Commercial Script are based on 18th-century brass, English roundhand, and Spencerian handwriting styles. Random scripts are a modern introduction to typography. Because script fonts vary so much, you should not use more than one font in a project.

Script Font Classifications

“Formal” typefaces are derived from the formal writing styles of the 17th century. The lines connecting the letters are a common feature. Examples are:

  • Shelley Allegro

  • young baroque

  • Bickham script

  • lament

  • mahogany script

“Random” the fonts are casual and friendly. Letters may or may not be merged. Most letters in random fonts have a slightly rounded appearance.

  • brush script

  • Comic Sans

  • Limehouse

  • nadienne

  • free style

  • blooms

  • tekton

“calligraphic” fonts can have connecting or non-connecting letters. In general, they mimic flat-tipped calligraphy. They can be formal or casual in nature.

  • marriage script

  • mistral

  • Vivaldic

  • strong current

  • flame

The “Blackletter and Lombardic” scripts look like handwritten handwritten letters. The term “Old English” applies to many (but not all) of these fonts. These illustrative fonts are suitable for certificates, titles, and capitalization. Most are difficult to read. Combine them with a legible font for the text parts of the project.

  • Gouda text

  • Lucida Blackletter Regular

  • Old English Engraver

  • Kreshi Roundabout

  • Old English Regular

  • Lombard

  • Monmouth Regular

“Decorative” script font styles are new fonts that are used for headings, characters, or capitalization instead of blocks of text. The team is diverse. These eye-catching fonts can be nostalgic, evoke a specific period of time, or represent a specific mood or cultural trend.

  • airflow

  • moonshine script

  • aftershock

  • Frivolous up

  • DR emphasizes

  • Very secret

  • chocolate bar

  • Old Town No. 536 Normal

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