Vintage is in, and won’t be going away anytime soon! Vintage fonts can help you with added retro vibes to create timeless designs. However, high quality fonts aren’t always easy to get online, which brings us to this handy little guide on how to search for the best vintage fonts on the good ol’ Internet.
Here’s what you’ll want to look out for when searching for fonts in general:
Whether the font has regular and stylized font families, or either one
Whether there are any special vector graphics or clipart included
Specific themes to emulate the design style you are going for
So let’s get into the top 5 vintage fonts to create timeless visuals!
Inspired by vintage packaging and handmade vintage sign lettering, Bignord brings you 5 different letter styles so you can replicate the true vintage vibes on each letter swash. Perfect for designing packaging, think of vintage book covers, liquor labels (or labels in general), Bignord will give other vintage typefaces a run for their money. And if you’re leaning toward designing typographic posters, or getting into the branding scene with logos or the like, this font will slap the vintage into your design structure like no other. Accompanied by the extras included in the pack, look out for ornaments, frames, lines and even editable vector layouts that come with the font Bignord.
Bignord is a font that supports multilingual characters, too, so that’s something you can definitely look forward to if you need to type in another language.
Can something retro be modern and minimalist? Oh yeah. That’s Frankey for you. Think about barber shops, tattoo parlors, food and beverage stores, indie groceries. Whatever design you’re aiming for, Frankey is perfect for all your signage needs. Don’t stop there! There’s plenty of other designs you’ll be able to create with Frankey too. Posters, t-shirt designs, general typography, custom wedding invitations and plenty more visuals that require an extra creative kick. Experiment with your own creativity.
This font features basic characters, numbers, international alphabets, ligatures and swashes! Get all of these and more when you purchase and download the Frankey font.
Celestial is a beautiful vintage font that speaks of steampunk notes and stunning patterns that make you think of movies like Hugo, Abraham Lincoln The Vampire Hunter, Sherlock Holmes (the one with RDJ in it!) and The Golden Compass. Satisfy your inner steampunk movie buff with this incredible typeface! Featuring both uppercase and lowercase letters, numerals, punctuation, and various vintage ornaments that you can use to create your own steampunk style patterns. With accents that allow for multilingual character usage, you’ll be able to use this font for posters, t-shirt designs, and a plethora of interesting visuals with a steampunk theme.
Who doesn’t love a vintage two in one font? Featuring a monoline script style that’s perfect when paired with a bold, hand-drawn sans serif, Season Times includes multilingual support. You got that right, there’s all Western, Central and Eastern European characters available for easy usage.
Here’s a little slice of technical information from the font store owner: Season Times is coded with PUA Unicode. This allows full access to all the extra characters without having special designing software. Need to view and copy any of the extra characters to paste into your favorite editor or app? Mac users can use Font Book, and Windows users can use Character Map.
Do you have Open Type capable software? The alternates are accessible by turning on ‘Stylistic Alternates’, ‘Swashes’ and ‘Ligatures’ buttons on in Photoshop’s Character panel. It’s also accessible via any software with a glyphs panel, e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop CC, Inkscape.
X-Men comic buffs rejoice! How much customization are you looking for in a typeface? Get this: Magneto is an incredible font that features 12 creative fonts styles. Think regular + grunge, inline + inline grunge, bold & outline bold grunge, bold inline & bold inline grunge… Looking for added depth? Magneto features shadow, inline shadow, bold shadow, bold inline shadow. One giant tongue twister, with plenty of features in the pack. Need I say more? Check out the typography styles you can get away with down in the image below.
Good elements make for good design! That includes the 5 best vintage fonts you can use to create timeless creative art. Find all of these and more on TheHungryJPEG. Interested in exploring other font themes and graphics? Check out grunge themed fonts and textures right here, or Halloween themed graphics and fonts over here.