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Handwritten Typography (Uses+Inspiration+Free Fonts)

Handwritten Fonts:

Handwritten fonts are hugely popular in the design world, and perhaps nowhere more so than in the field of web design. Particularly in the recent years of ‘grunge design’ trends, handwritten fonts have been pushed to their very limits, often with fantastically creative outcomes.

We’re going to look at just how to integrate these awesome fonts into successful designs, and get the most out of the trend that is handwritten typography.

20 Best Free Handwritten Fonts

I’ve narrowed down the 10 best handwritten fonts. These free fonts are sure to give your work a professional look!

1. Ginga

2. Dirty and Classic

3. Olho de Boi

4. Green Piloww

5. Dear Joe

6. Positiv-A

7. Handwriting

8. Cricket

9. Mr B


10. Honey I Stole Your Jumper

Handwritten Typography in Web Design:

Handwritten typography can give an impression of detail and preciseness to a web design. Additionally, it can denote creativity, and naturalism.

The 10 websites below show excellent examples of handwritten typography:

Barista use handwritten typography to create a fun atmosphere that engages the viewer. The combination of handwritten text and hand-drawn arrows entice the user to click on the various parts of this website.

Many web design agencies utilize handwritten typography, and VSplash is a great example of this. The combination of standard web fonts and handwritten typography subtly signify a fusion of creativity and function.

BrandNew use handwritten typography to fit with their easy-going, creative philosophy. The way that their menu navigation appears to be simply scrawled on a wall shows how they are able to think outside of the box, a sentiment that is echoed on their about page, and in the homepage video.

Alex Saunders’ portfolio combines handwritten fonts and bright colors to create a very approachable, friendly atmosphere within his website. The website is almost child-like in this respect, but in terms of design is highly professional and deliberate.

SprocketHouse has combined the styles of handwritten, grungy and retro to great effect. This design shows how handwritten fonts can really give a sense of authenticity to more retro designs, as regular fonts would spoil the effect.

Further Reading

Beautiful Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy

Hand-Drawing Style in Modern Web Design

HandWritten Typographers

20 Free Handwritten Fonts and Resources


About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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18 Comments:

  1. Gisele says:

    Great post! Really liked the positiva style.

  2. xea says:

    Thanks very much for the relevant information! ;)

  3. Tom says:

    Thanks guys, I’m glad you enjoyed the post :)

    Gisele: Yeah, Positiva is an awesome font.

  4. Simon says:

    Nice article. I really like the wonderfully named ‘Honey I Stole Your Jumper’ font :)

  5. Tom says:

    Thanks Simon! Yeah that font name made me laugh :)

  6. Salmen says:

    Nice roundup :)

    i love the positiv-A

  7. RJ says:

    This is super! Just yesterday I was searching for some good fonts for use in my project. Perfect timing!

  8. Great post. Awesome idea to include some of the better handwritten fonts in it.

  9. I’m really liking Honey I stole Your Jumper – reckon I can use this typeface on a site sometime. I also find Notepad to be a clear, simple handwritten typeface.

  10. Really like the cricket font. Thanks!

  11. Micah Chock says:

    Thanks for taking the time to find these. Much appreciated!

  12. Webbo says:

    Thanks, this is a really helpful post. Currently working on this style for my website redesign – so this info is very much appreciated.

    Keep up the good work.

  13. Franz Jeitz says:

    I love this style and am always on the lookout for organic, hand-written resources and inspiration. Thank you!

  14. alex says:

    Great lists thanks!! hope can see more web site examples

  15. Graham says:

    Nice article! I designed the Barista website, so when I stumbled over this article it made my day! Thanks for the wrap. :)

  16. I really love good handwritten fonts. They can actually make your design unique…in fact…they can help you to achieve dramatic effects. I particularly liked Dear Joe. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I love handwritten fonts. Gives your design a more rustic, less formal and personal feel. Thanks for these.

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