35 Timeless Neon Fonts To Electrify Your Designs
Classic Komplex is one of the greats. Apart from being split into two strokes, its also made for the type of aesthetic where the neon is faded a bit.
6. Lineat III Font
Stand out from the rest when you use this innovative typeface by Sentavio. It’s ideal for tech, business, fashion, sports, and entertainment themes that require making a big impression at first glance.
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7. Signyard Family
Inspired by old restaurant and hotel signs, Albatross brings to you this timeless display family that you can easily customize. It also comes with 6 styles, 4 layers, symbols, and OpenType features so you have everything you need right at your fingertips.
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Transform those plain photos into interesting vintage collections by adding this font created by Sproviero-Type. Influenced by vintage signage scripts seen in Galerías of Buenos Aires, it’s highly decorative and can take any image to unexpected heights.
Make contemporary neon signs easily with this typeface from TGIF.STD. Featuring narrow, condensed letterforms, the pack also includes bonus vector icons as well as retro signs.
Fuse Realistic Neon Typeface
Fuse is a decorative neon font inspired by real world neon light signs. It features geometric letter forms with smooth rounded corners, true to real neon tubes. This typeface is perfect for music promotion, film titles, Youtube tutorials, gig posters, editorial use, logos, signage, or bold headings for your design projects. The possibilities are endless!
A gorgeous multilingual font with a sweet back story, Bülent Yüksel shows off a unique style in this decorative font family that works well with slogans, ads, stationeries, and invitations.
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Neons Display Typeface
Missing the roaring 80s? Avalon Design presents this display typeface that comes in two fonts – Neons and Dotted – you can either use together, or on their own to help re-create the look of that era.
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This monoline all-caps font from Letrasupply comes with over characters, alternate letters, as well as a handful of Extras for a simple but elegant typeface you can use with confidence.
This high-quality, easy-to-use customizable font from Catarina Pinto is great for headlines, labels, posters, logos, or basically just anything that needs that classic retro vibe.
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Fenotype presents this script and sans font family that includes 15 styles, plus plenty of Extras to make your designs even more stunning. Use each font alone, or combine them with one another to see interesting arrangements!
Gods Own Junkyard
Inspired by the story of Chris “The Neon Man” Bracey, Simon Stratford offers this playful typeface that consists of upper and lowercase letter forms, 92 glyphs, and a Photoshop Action to make your creations glow.
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Bring the party at your place with this star from popskraft. This decorative neon font certainly contains the energy and life of authentic neon signs of the 20th century – and now, they’re here to light up your designs!
Influenced by real world neon light signs, Medialoot presents this minimalist typeface with smooth rounded corners to help you create the perfect logos, signs, labels, posters, ads, and more.
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This realistic neon typeface is as cute as it is functional. Designed by Catarina Pinto, use it to create eye-popping cards, posters, invitations, logos, headlines, etc.
Download Neon Type
PSD Neon Font
See things in a whole new light with these high-quality 3D models from Gk-creative. This all-caps font is all ready to use and also include a set of 30 backgrounds to turn your ideas into dazzling works of art!
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Designed by Emil Bertell and published by Fenotype, this elegantmonoline font family contains 4 weights of Script and Sans, totalling to 8 brilliant fonts you can mix and match, or use on their own.
This minimalist, stencil font by bb-bureau comes in 5 weights (Thin, Light, Regular, Medium, and Bold) that still manages to remain legible even if you use it in small sizes.
If you enjoyed the original Havelock, then you will adore this variant by XO Type Co. It introduces new weights that will definitely broaden your design horizons!
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Created by Superfried, this experimental, retro display typeface showcases 2 styles that you use as a classic neon signage, or to spice up any bland project.
Sketched by hand, this graceful signature style connected script by Fenotype is a sight for sore eyes thanks to its natural beauty, and sophisticated strokes.
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Realistic Neon Light Font
The perfect vector font for Adobe Illustrator, this gem from Revelstockart captures the simplicity of neon lights. Simply use swatches to change colors and even adjust brightness.
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Neon Outline Font Bundle
This bold, all-caps sans serif by Big Cat Creative is a set that includes 5 unique fonts Regular, Solid, Outline, Shadow, and Double – for all your urban, contemporary, or even retro concept needs.
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Palm Beach Font Duo
Ivan Rosenberg proudly presents this font duo that comes in sans serif and script. Each comes with Clean and Rough versions that will look amazing on posters, postcards, labels, invitations, business cards, as well as branding projects.
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Meteoric Light Font
Make something fun and futuristic today with this soft, rounded sans by NunoDias. Add it on comics, retro posters, cool logos, and even mobile games to help them blast off to success!
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A bold, chunky lettered, retro display font by Almarkhatype, it will light up your creative projects in a flash!
Make your designs come alive in this sweet and flowy font with a handwritten feel, created by EKNOJI.
Download Neon Bines
With several alternates and swashes, this monoline script from Nasir Udin oozes fun and playful vibes that you can’t help but play with!
Download La Patio
Tomorrow is in your hands when you use this sleek, cool, and futuristic display font by Fcvkreativ Std.
This nostalgic neon sign display font from BeastDesigner has been carefully handcrafted to elevate any kind design from ‘just fine’ to ‘fantastic’.
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Inspired by old shop front lettering and vintage wall-paint advertisements, this typeface from Dharma Type is all about sticky bubble gum days and warm, starry nights.
Download HT Neon
Revisit the joy of the Cold War era with this propaganda style lettering. Perfect for video games, books & magazines. Includes 36 bonus alternates. Choose as your free bonus gift with any purchase.
Download this Alphonse Mucha four panel vector set, free with any purchase. Expertly drawn by Patrick Kalange. Includes both outline and color versions. Select Mucha Panel Set 1 at checkout.
Beautiful fluid flourishes contrast with bold strokes to create an extremely well-balanced typeface by David Parr.
Download this beautiful flourished 'and' sample vector from the David Parr's LHF Tributary font set for free! This is only a small sample of the quality that David put into his Tributary set.
Patrick Kalange & the journey of a letter (in this case LHF Nugget) from initial sketch to finished font.
Inspired by late 's American bottle labels, cigar bands and tobacco packaging, this versatile font from Mark Searfoss, combines a unique mix of both decorative and basic characters for added design flexibility. Set includes 7 versions: Regular, Block Shadow, Cast Shadow, Drop Shadow, Lined Inset, Mesh Inset, and Solid Inset.
Inspired by old cigar labels and billheads, Patrick Kalange's latest font features 3 versions, Regular, Fancy, and Shadow. Each version contains decorative caps and over 30 bonus alternates.
Inspired by old letterpress specimens, LHF Swindler immediately evokes the authentic feeling of the Old West. Mark Searfoss expertly crafted this unique font set with every letter in mind to ensure that overall balance and tone were correct. Download all 3 versions: Regular, Spurs and Weathered, for only $49.
Master sign artist Dave Correll has just completed his 22nd font. Type aficionados will appreciate this hand drawn, spurred script set which includes Regular and distressed Historic versions.
Patrick Kalange shows how to use Adobe Illustrator's Layers Panel to stack the various versions of LHF Versatile Bold to create a 3D text effect.
Denise Bayers' font, Amethyst features large decorative caps with Regular and two Shadow versions. Use the Regular version alone or finish your design with one or both of the Shadow versions.
Download this fully hand drawn vector .EPS panel free with any purchase. Expertly drawn by Patrick Kalange. Select Vintage French Panel at checkout.
Inspired by early American cigar box lettering, LHF Robusto is the 5th vintage style font by artist Mark Searfoss. This bold, 6 part multi-layered font features Regular, 2 Inset, and 2 Block Shadow versions, plus 20 bonus alternate characters to help you design with ease.
For a limited time, download LHF Desire for only $59 (Reg. $99). This beautiful typeface offers an expansive set of over alternates for the designer, making it the perfect choice for books, magazines, packaging, branding and signage. Plus, download Borges Catchwords 1 for free with purchase.
Vintage Crayola Panel
Download this fully hand drawn vector .EPS panel free with any purchase. Expertly drawn by Patrick Kalange. Pieces can be separated as shown to suit your needs. Select Vintage Crayola Panel at checkout.
This authentic period style was inspired by old fashioned train car lettering & coffee tins. Mark Searfoss designed the letters with a bold appearance, yet allowed for ample space inside the letters for easy readability. In addition to the Regular version, this 8 part set includes 2 Block Shadow fonts, a Lined Shadow font and 4 Decorative Inset fonts.
Retro car emblem inspired style from Patrick Kalange. Set includes two fonts for your choice of wide or close spacing. Bonus: You'll also receive Patrick's special Chrome Effect Smart Object for Photoshop free.
Create Easy Chrome Effects
Patrick Kalange shows you how to use his free Smart Object to create chrome text effects easily using LHF Chromeliner.
This updated set includes 3 versions: Flash Script 1 with large decorative caps, Flash Script 2 with smaller casual caps, and an all new Swash version with each letter corresponding to a unique swash.
Denise Bayers' modern spin on a Gothic style. Includes a separated lined drop Shadow font as well as 2 newly updated & stackable block shadow fonts. LHF Phantom is a perfect balance of graceful curves and sharp corners.
Designing Iron Lace: Part 3
In this short video Patrick Kalange shows how he uses Adobe Illustrator to add decorative elements to letters in his upcoming font LHF Iron Lace.
This unique set from veteran sign artist, Steve Contreras includes Regular and Bold weights with separate Inset fonts to make it easy to change colors quickly. Each font contains over alternates.
Based on lettering from Henderson's Modern Signwriter book from , Signwriter Roman is a complete, well-balanced font with added spurs and other important modifications. Includes 2 versions. There is a free update for customers who purchased before 7/31/ View update details.
Banshees and Chaparrale Renamed
A big thanks to the winners of our re-name contest: Luke Scott for suggesting that we rename "Banshees" to "Bandolier" and Cliff Butner for suggesting we rename "Chaparrale" to "Folklore". For their help, they receive a free copy of the fonts. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Sometimes as designers, we forget that purely informational subcopy must be designed too. In this quick tutorial, Patrick Kalange shows you a few tips for getting information across quickly to the reader.
Gold Text Effect Tutorial
Patrick Kalange shows you how to use his free Photoshop Smart Object to create eye-catching gold effects using any font.
Any designer doing classic designs will find this set to be very versatile and a time saver. A free update for customers who purchased before 6/5/17 is available. This update contains essential improvements. Click here for details.
From the imagination of John Studden and Patrick Kalange comes this authentic vintage lettering set inspired by mirrored glass signage. Font set includes 4 multi-part versions, Inset, Regular, and 2 Block Shadow versions which can be stacked to get a "split-shade" effect.
Free with purchase of $99 or more, download these ready to use vector dimensional letters. Quickly drag and drop them into your designs. Contains CS and Legacy versions with full alphabet, numbers and punctuation.
Photoshop Gold Effect
Download this free gold effect designed by Patrick Kalange for Photoshop. Simply change the text to any word you want. Shown here with Roebuck, the effect works with any font.
This masterfully-crafted typeface from Steve Contreras, contains over beautiful glyphs including several OpenType features and ligatures.
Inspired by the 20's and 30's, this Art Deco style font from Denise Bayers has a light, jazzy feel. Set includes Regular, Inline & Shadow versions and an Extras font containing decorative panels and corners. This font has a free update for customers who purchased before 2/14/ Please follow these steps for updating your fonts.
This friendly and relaxed font from veteran sign painter Jeff Marshall is a brushed, single-stroke letterstyle. Set includes both Regular and Inline versions.
Francis Lestingi's latest addition, LHF Duetta, is classic calligraphy in font form. You'll find Duetta to be bolder and more readable than most calligraphic typefaces. Set includes 2 fonts: Regular and Inline.
Perfect for any project that requires a personal and friendly touch. Set includes 2 interchangeable versions. Download for only $
Jeff Marshall Script
Veteran sign painter Jeff Marshall has been hand-lettering this script for several years. Now, for the first time, dazzle your own clients with this useful, eye-catching script.
Authentic period style inspired by old coffee and cigar box labels from Mark Searfoss. Set includes 6 fonts to be creative with: Regular, Shadow & 4 Insets.
Signmaker 2 from Dave Correll is here. Set includes 6 fonts, including 3 Inlays, and a Spurs version.
LHF Elixir includes 4 fonts: Regular, Shadow, Inset 1 and Inset 2, each with over 50 bonus alternates.
This style was popular around the late 's. Very versatile and easy to read. Includes full punctuation, accent characters and numerals.
Indian Script 2
Inspired by the classic Indian Motorcycle logo. Includes two fonts: LHF Indian Script 2 and LHF Indian Script 2 Swashes. The Swashes include 52 unique accents designed to attach to the ends of the Indian Script Letters.
Dave Correll crafted his new font to have bold flowing strokes which taper to sharp ends, giving it a hand-lettered feel. Includes separate Cornbread Casual Inline font so you can change the color easily.
Lovers of beautiful calligraphy and type will especially appreciate this elegant font family from John Davis. Set has 10 fonts and 19 bonus alternates.
This 60's-era font set from Denise Bayers features lowercase letters set slightly lower. Alternating between upper and lowercase will give you a fun, bouncy feel.
Part beatnik, part cowboy, this versatile set from Denise Bayers has a 50's/60's vibe with a Western flair. Set includes 5 fonts. Free update for customers who purchased before 12/21/
3 extraordinary typefaces inspired by period style billheads and letterheads. Each typeface is uniquely different, yet they have also been designed to interchange with one another.
Patrick Kalange demonstrates how to make a vintage design using LHF Elixir by new contributor Mark Searfoss.
Beautiful and ornate style, perfect for book covers or posters. Features ornamental caps on upper and lowercase letters. See more examples.
Set now features new Distressed and Shadow versions for a total of 4 fonts. Free update for those who purchased before May 4th. Simply login to re-download.
Sanborn Panel 1
Download this free vector scroll panel with any purchase. Expertly drawn by Patrick Kalange. Select Sanborn Panel 1 at checkout.
Old Iron Tutorial
Patrick Kalange demonstrates how to make a vintage design while accessing the alternate characters of LHF Old Iron by Steve Contreras.
2 fonts consisting of the best old fashioned ornaments from Mike Jackson & Golden Era Studios' "Americana Collection CD". Each font contains 36 expertly drawn decorations, corners and accents for a total of 72 ornaments.
Denise Bayers' late 's inspired multi-part font features 4 versions. Regular, Shadow, Spurs and Full (Shadow and Regular together).
Dave Correll brings back the good ol' days of sign painting, when all a man needed was a few cans of paint, a bottle of turps and 2 or 3 quills. Today, this versatile 2 font set is your modern day signkit.
Old Stock is inspired by lettering seen on old stock certificates. Chuck Davis designed this commanding font to have thick strokes so you can apply bevels and other creative decoration.
John Davis was inspired by the Boston Red Sox logo, which itself is modeled after old circus poster lettering from the late 's.
62 hand drawn "Thes" expertly crafted and ready for your designs. Each letter corresponds to a different "The" - a useful addition to the designer's toolbox.
John Davis' useful set includes 4 fonts that work together to create quick and professional monogram designs.
Old Tom from Tom Kennedy, is a condensed vintage style originally inspired by a late 's "French Condensed" sign painter's style.
LHF Bella Vista is perfect for designs requiring an air of sophistication. Set includes Regular, Shadow and Inset versions.
Patrick Kalange designed this Art Deco style font to be widely spaced, allowing for the subtle beauty of the letters to shine.
Download this free vector scroll panel with any purchase. Expertly drawn by Patrick Kalange. Goes well with our LHF Bank Note font.
Inspired by the old Packard car logo, this set includes 3 fonts: LHF Packard Script Regular, LHF Packard Script Fancy and LHF Packard Script Swashes (to attach to the ends of the letters).
This hand-lettered script from Chuck Davis, looks especially nice when used in conjunction with bolder letter styles for good contrast.
Denise Bayers gives us this modernistic style, complete with sharp corners and eye-catching, bold letters that command your viewer's attention. Includes Convex version.
A classic Sign Painter's Gothic developed by Greg Reid and Charles Borges. LHF Workhorse utilizes Contextual Alternates to create random variations of the capitals and lowercase letters.
Retro style script that naturally draws attention. Includes 2 versions and alternates.
Inspired by an old stock certificate, Boot Camp includes 7 versatile and easy to read fonts. In both distressed versions, upper and lowercase letters are different giving designs with repeated characters an authentic aged look.
Great for all forms of advertising where a brush script is needed. Includes 8 lower case alternate characters, numbers, full punctuation and accents.
Denise Bayers' Victorian style font was inspired by an old advertising letter style used throughout the late 's and early 's.
Authentic hand-lettering circa 's. Is it a font or hand-lettered? This old sign painter's Gothic from Duncan Wilkie would fool even a trained eye. A must have for sub-copy. 3 fonts included.
An old sign painter's Gothic. Reminiscent of hand painted letters from the 40's and 50's. Ideal for sub-copy.
Over 70 of the finest panels from Mike Jackson. Each letter generates a finished panel, so all you need to do is add text and color.
Fresh off the brush and into your computer. Your sure to find lots of uses for this bold and lively script from sign artist Dave Correll.
An authentic Western style set featuring 3 different versions: Regular, Spurs, & Fancy. Small caps differ slightly and are raised a bit higher than the uppercase letters.
Denise Bayers' stylish font has top and bottom spikes to give it a masculine, Gothic appeal. See all 6 styles.
Inspired by an early 's handbill from the Hamilton Bank Note Engraving & Printing Company. This font is the first of two fonts inspired by that handbill (the other is Hamilton Nailhead).
Only from Letterhead Fonts: Set of 26 catchwords crafted from several of Charles Borges' fonts. Add these to your favorite fonts for extra impact.
Sign painter Brian Grant and Charles Borges bring you this unique Western style reminiscent of truck lettering from the 70's. Have fun experimenting with bonus alternates!
John Studden and David Parr bring you 2 different Sanborn Map style fonts. Get them separately or as a set.
Extended Western font with 3 different decorative insets and a 2 part shadow effect. Watch the tutorial.
Inspired by advertising tins and signs of the early 's with all the quirks of hand lettering.
Hell on Wheels Signs
The show "Hell on Wheels" is definitely eye-candy for lovers of period type. We're proud that Letterhead Fonts were used for several signs on the set. Sad to see this show end.
This unusual Art Deco style is inspired by legendary sign painter E.C. Matthews.
A timeless classic with a slight Western appearance. The unusual curves and bends make these letters a focal point.
This highly unusual Sanborn Map Company style from Denise Bayers includes Regular and Spurs. Both also feature lined shadow versions.
A perfect blend of vintage and modern styles. Bold and readable at any size, which make it great for titles or headings.
Inspired by Alf R. Becker, Patrick Kalange has re-imagined this classic 's Western style font, complete with new rounded characters and an overall balanced feel.
John Davis' useful set includes 4 fonts that work together to create quick and professional monogram designs.
A ragged jagged speedstyle from Chuck Davis. This font is perfect for any mad scientist or extreme design.
Powerful square style from Chuck Davis. The sharp serifs in this set draw the viewer in for a second look.
Easy to read Asian style set from Chuck Davis. With 2 versions and tons of useful alternates, you'll find many design options.
With a total of 67 different ornamental panels, scrolls, and frames, this set is a must have for the professional designer. See more from Tom Kennedy.
A new take on a classic typeface. Use this where a condensed sans serif is essential. Includes Regular and Poster versions.
Easy to read old fashioned typeface that gives an instant classic feel to any design. Includes 2 versions.
This bold Chuck Davis classic is a good choice for book covers, headings and titles.
This 's era style includes 3 versions: Regular, Spurs and Distressed. Distressed version has been carefully designed to ensure no overlapping points or flaws.
Centennial Panels 3
36 hand-crafted old fashioned panels from Mike Jackson. Each letter generates a unique panel, like the one shown above. See them all.
A sign painter's script that is used for city & state lettering on Truck doors. Looks good wherever a hand-lettered look is needed. This font has over characters which includes alternates, ligatures and special end characters.
Extended style with jumbo decorative caps from Chuck Davis.
Beautiful Calligraphic font from Francis Lestingi with meticulous attention paid to the flow of the letters. The words created appear organic and hand-lettered.
A timeless classic with a slight Western appearance. The unusual curves and bends make these letters a focal point.
Mike Jackson's currency typeface is perfect for replicating the style of money and old stock certificates.
Authentic Western typeface from sign designer David Parr with 6 styles, giving you many options for creative uses.
A unique hand-lettered Calligraphic typeface with hints of Gothic styling. Set includes 3 fonts: Light, Bold & Antique.
Ultra modern and crisp. This eye-catching font is perfect for stylish apparel and cosmetic products.
Classic Victorian styling makes this the perfect font for refined designs requiring an early 's look.
Distinctive retro 50's style inspired by an old Zenith radio magazine ad. Includes 6 bonus alternates.
Charles Borges created this versatile hand-lettered script with a hint of retro styling and lots of punch.
This collegiate-style font is perfect for team uniforms and shirts. Easy to read classic lettering fits just about any sport. Find out how to get it for free.
David Parr's creation is a unique, Western style with graceful, well-balanced curves. Features large & small caps with several alternates.
Veteran sign painter Pierre Tardif and lettering artist Charles Borges have teamed up to bring you these fun to use retro fonts. Each font includes alternate characters and swashes to choose from.
Inspired by E.C. Matthew's, circa 's. Includes small caps, numbers, full punctuation and accents.
Inspired by Alf Becker, this font by John Davis includes 2 versions: Regular and Inline. Large lowercase letters & bonus automatic ligatures ensure easy readability. Perfect for modern designs.
Broadway Panels 1
36 panels from Mike Jackson's "Broadway Collection." Typing each letter generates a different design.
Dan Sawatzky and Charles Borges got together to turn Dan's famous whimsical lettering into a font you'll enjoy playing with. Lots of fun!
This classic style font by Tom Kennedy was used on old advertising tins in the late 's. Includes 2 fonts.
This versatile style from John Davis is perfect for projects requiring an easy to read,less formal approach.
Nice eye-catching letters good for sales, promotional designs or any application where a more serious typeface would not have the same appeal. Set includes Regular & Italic fonts.
An old-fashioned typeface set which includes 4 different fonts: Regular, Fancy, Shadow, and Distressed. Each font includes alternate characters on the lowercase letters, designed to allow you to be creative and choose your favorite letters.
Mystery Font is part Art Nouveau, part Fantasy. Set includes 2 fonts with 12 alternate characters and 13 automatic ligatures. You'll find many uses for this highly unusual and creative font.
Charles Borges' unusual western style has slightly raised (and smaller) caps on the lowercase keys. Features 22 bonus alternate characters for maximum creativity. Experiment and have fun!
Main Street Ornaments
2 fonts consisting of the best old fashioned ornaments from Golden Era Studios' "Main Street Collection CD." Each font contains 36 expertly drawn decorations, corners and accents for a total of 72 ornaments.
Carefully distressed by hand (no autotrace or filters used) to ensure an expertly clean result. Contains no overlapping or stray points. Use LHF Distressed Block to easily create aged and worn looking t-shirt designs and unique logos.
Originally inspired by a sign painter's Art Deco style, LHF Metro 39 is perfect for designs requiring a period feel. Set includes an Inline version that is reminiscent of letter styles that were used during the 's Art Deco revival period.
You'll love this Daniel T. Ames inspired font (circa ). Highly unique typeface with large & small caps giving it a commanding presence.
Happy Fun Ball
2 very happy fun fonts named after the famous SNL parody commercial. Lots of personality and bounce. Perfect for lighthearted applications or designs that need to appeal to kids.
Rawson & Evans
Formerly named Cigar Shop, Rawson & Evans includes 2 vintage-era fonts: Rawson & Evans and Rawson & Evans Alternates.
From renowned sign artist Francis Lestingi. You'll find many uses for this beautiful hand-lettered calligraphic font.
Unusual Gothic style inspired by Sanborn Map Company designs from the early 's.
This condensed style from Dave Correll features 4 versions. Small serifs and notches on the curves give it a distinct personality.
Chuck Davis' unusual modern typeface comes with 2 fonts: Regular and Slanted. Perfect for tech or futuristic designs..
Centennial Panels 1
One of four fonts consisting of the best old fashioned panels from Golden Era Studios' "Centennial Collection CD." Each font contains 36 expertly drawn panels.
Similar to architect's Speedstyle but with modern touches. Ideal for modern logos and designs. Use lowercase for a friendly appearance and uppercase for a more utilitarian appeal.
Originally created for Mike Meyer's Letterhead meet, now you can put this handy font to use in your own projects. Features Art Deco styling, but one of the few styles of its kind to contain lowercase.
Classic Panels 2
A vast array of 39 expertly-drawn decorative vector panels in the form of a single font. Each letter generates a different panel so you can simply insert your own text for a quick design your clients will love.
This 6 font set from Arthur Vanson was inspired by legendary showcard writer and designer Mike Stevens. A smart alternative to Optima with lots of personality.
Classic sign painter's casual. Perfect for children's books or light hearted designs. You receive 3 fonts: Regular, Medium & Bold.
Bold, extended letters command attention. Includes Convex fonts to create 3D prismatic effects by laying them on top of the Base fonts.
John Studden brings us this unique font inspired by an old film title. This condensed style is easy to read and ideal for vertical spaces.
A serious Roman font inspired by 30's era sign painter Alf Becker. Features beautifully balanced strokes courtesy of Dave Smith.
Broadway Panels 2
36 panels from Golden Era Studios' "Broadway Collection". Typing each letter generates a different design.
This easy to read, versatile letterstyle was inspired by Al Imelli's "Advertiser's Square" (circa 's). Modifications were made and alternates added.
Inspired by Walter Corrie's book featuring illustrations, lettering and ornamental panel designs from
Loose marker style created as a tribute to the Magnum 44 markers used for graffiti. Slight variation of style for the lowercase keys.
Bold sans serif font from Rob Cooper. Originally hand-lettered on a magnetic sign for an alarm company.
Inspired by a tattoo sign Rob Cooper did in Thailand. Includes numbers, full punctuation and accents.
Originally created for a project requiring a 40's retro look. Bold strokes make it perfect for headings and blocks of copy.
An old turn of the century style commonly used on billheads, letterheads, certificates, etc.
Golden Art Elements
2 fonts consisting of the best old fashioned elements from Golden Era Studios' Americana, Broadway, and Centennial collections. Each font contains 36 expertly drawn decorations and accents for a total of 72 ornaments. Each letter generates a different design.
Another casual retro font inspired by Cecil Wade. Wade Dynamic gives off a friendly vibe without appearing cartoonish.
Whimsical serif typeface from Mike Erickson with calligraphy style nicks and cuts in each letter for a hand-lettered appearance.
Mike Jackson serves up 62 expertly-drawn decorative ribbons from his Americana Collection CD. A perfect companion to Americana Panels font set. At only 84 cents each, you're sure to find unlimited uses for these old fashioned ribbons. Each letter generates a different design.
A fun to use casual style reminiscent of Neuland. Perfect for not-so-serious signs and logos.
LHF Silent Movie has been created by carefully studying the styles of lettering artist of the early 's. Suggested uses include greeting cards, signs and old labels. LHF Silent Movie invokes a spirit of the early 's while remaining quite easy to read and surprisingly versatile.
Classic sign painter's workhorse alphabet. Used especially in the early 's. All the greats like Atkinson, Imelli and Matthews had their own version. Includes numbers, full punctuation and accents.
Yet another beautiful creation from the mind of John Studden. Includes 2 fonts, with full punctuation and numerals. LHF Victoria 2 contains alternate caps.
An unusual and fun to use script with many alternate ending characters for a custom hand-painted look. Especially suited for vehicle signage.
John Studden created this typeface specifically to match old lettering for the Burbank City Fire Department in California. Includes Regular and Block Shadow versions, full punctuation & accents.
A Modern typeface well suited for applications where an extended letterstyle is needed. Regular & Convex versions. Includes numbers, full punctuation and accents.
Inspired by the Casablanca ceiling fan company logos and signage.
Arthur Vanson invented this semi-script with influence from the great Cecil Wade.
Unusual condensed style from legendary sign artist John Studden. Bold, strong letters with thick strokes allow for numerous design treatments such as lines or bevel effects.
Resolute is an elegant, yet very readable layered font set from Mark Searfoss. You'll enjoy experimenting with the lined Shadow and Outline fonts intended to be layered behind the Regular font. The large, decorative caps are a nice compliment to the smaller caps placed on the lowercase keys. Includes 43 bonus alternates.
This lean and lanky font was inspired by lettering discovered on an old rusty floor finish tin. Spindly is great for signage, book covers, short headlines and more. Includes four layered fonts: Regular, Outline, Shadow 1 and Shadow 2.
Styled after stock certificates from the late 's, Olde Hickory from Mark Searfoss features tall, thin letters with small serifs set at a slight angle for added personality. Includes 4 fonts: Regular, Shadow, Spur and Spur Shadow.
Jeff's Word Pack
Australian signwriter Jeff Marshall hand-painted several useful words and phrases for you to use in your own designs. Only $29 each or $42 for both.
LHF Counselor features 7 fonts intended to be used together to create show-stopping vector bevel effects and 3D block shadows. Click here more details and to see why we're so proud of this latest creation.
4 or More Package
Create your own custom discount package. For a limited time, add 4 or more qualifying fonts to your cart for only $35 each. Order as many as you like with no limits. Create your package now.
You'll be thrilled with the possibilities of this extensive font set from Mark Searfoss. Champ features 8 stacking fonts, including prismatic versions and 2 non-stacking versions for a total of 10 inspiring fonts.
Download this fully vectorized .EPS Art Nouveau Lady illustration, free with any purchase. Expertly drawn by Patrick Kalange. Includes both outline and color versions. Select Mucha Lady at checkout.
Creating Prismatic Parts
In this short 4 part series, Patrick Kalange shows the steps he took to create the Prismatic version of the upcoming LHF Counselor font.
Spend your time designing, not hassling with inferior fonts. Our Lifetime Guarantee promises that we'll repair any defective font or issue a refund or credit immediately. Rest easy knowing that we've got your back - for life. Details here.
The letters in this Chuck Davis font have been carefully designed to flow together and interact with each other so well that your customers will probably think you created their design by hand.
Illustrator's Find & Replace
Patrick Kalange shows how to stack multi-part fonts in Adobe Illustrator CS6. Then he shows how to quickly change multiple layers of text, using the "Find and Replace" function. Learn more about our upcoming courses at Northwest Institute of Type & Design.
Letterhead Fonts exclusive! This modern style by Charles Borges, contains a whopping 2, glyphs and supports over languages. alternate characters allow for maximum creativity for your logos, signs, and packaging. Letterhead Fonts customers get it first.
LHF Razer features sharp corners juxtaposed against curves & tall vertical strokes. This eye-catching font from Denise Bayers is perfect for truck lettering and signs. Set includes 5 versions: Regular, Shadow, Inset, Inset Shadow, and Spurs.
A font with a fade effect? Yes! Just add color. Everything you need to create eye-catching designs with fade effects, shadows, and outlines is included in LHF Scarlet Script from Denise Bayers. Download this 5 font set for only $49.
Create Easy Vector Fade Effects
Denise Bayers shows how easy it is to create vector fade effects in Adobe Illustrator CS6, using her new font LHF Scarlet Script.
Albury from the talented Steve Contreras has a definite retro 70's vibe that makes it perfect for album covers, posters and generally anything artistic and handcrafted. You'll enjoy experimenting with the 4 layered fonts included. Each font includes 49 bonus glyphs and 17 bonus ligatures.
LHF Versatile is the long-awaited stacking font set from Charles Borges that stands out with its warm and natural feel. Its generous x-height aids in legibility and function. The forms are modern, yet classic allowing this font to live up to its name as a truly versatile typeface for your next design or layout. For a limited time, download the Complete 21 font set for only $
Inspired by s era coffee tins, LHF Emporium lends itself to authentic turn of the century designs. Mark Searfoss carefully designed this 11 part set for maximum creativity. You'll have fun experimenting with 3 different types of shadows, 3 insets, and a spurred version, complete with 3 insets of its own.
Amarillo2 is the perfect balance of readability and style. Set includes 3 weights: Thin, Regular, and Bold. Each weight includes layered Shadow and Rustic (distressed) fonts for you to be creative with. Special upgrade price for previous customers.
John Studden and David Parr collaborated on this friendly, retro style script evoking the spirit of the 50's hand-drawn advertising world.
Photoshop CC Glyph Palette
In this short video, Patrick Kalange shows how to access your font's alternate characters using the Glyph Palette in Adobe Photoshop CC.
Aussie signwriter Jeff Marshall does it again! Fans of his Jeff Marshall Script will appreciate the hand-lettered touches that make Dixon Script appear as though it flowed right off the brush.
Using Flash Script Swashes
In this short video Patrick Kalange shows you how easy it is to add a decorative swash to the end of your lettering using our LHF Flash Script font set.
J.B. Vaughn Panel
Download this fully hand drawn vector .EPS panel free with any order of $99 or more. Expertly drawn by Patrick Kalange. Pieces can be separated as shown to suit your needs. Select J. B. Vaughn Panel at checkout.
Lonerider by Chuck Davis is a much-improved version of Fancy Full Round, featuring Regular and Spurs versions in 3 weights: Light, Medium, and Bold for a total of 6 fonts.
Denise Bayers has updated LHF Cavalero with an all new version featuring decorative uppercase, complete with an inset version and 2 stackable block shadows. With the addition of this new version you receive 8 fonts total.
Mastercraft from Chuck Davis, is one of the most versatile fonts you'll ever use. From its fanciful decorative caps to the easy to read lowercase letters, we're certain you'll find many uses for this unusual 7 part set.
Denise Bayers designed the multi-layered LHF Bandolier font set to have a robust yet friendly feel. We're sure you'll find many uses for this hand-crafted font set. Set includes a Regular font and 2 stackable Shadow fonts.
LHF Desire by Charles Borges offers an expansive set of over alternates for the designer, making it the perfect choice for books, magazines, packaging, branding and signage. Plus, download Borges Catchwords 1 for free.
62 More Thes
The sequel to our 62 Thes, these hand drawn variations of the word "The" have been expertly crafted by David Parr, and are ready to compliment your designs.
62 More Ands
The sequel to our 62 Ands, these hand drawn variations of "And" & "Ampersand" have been expertly crafted by David Parr, and are ready to compliment your designs.
Mister Kooky 2
A revision of the original Mister Kooky and Mister Spooky fonts released in , these new fonts from Chuck Davis have been completely redrawn and feature lowercase letters. Download free with any purchase over $
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Black Rose Script
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35+ Best Fonts for Signs
Whether you’re working on a sign design for a coffee shop or a luxury boutique, choosing the right font for your sign will go a long way to make your signage look more professional and unique.
When designing different types of signs, you are often forced to work with specific standards and font layouts. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and use unique fonts in your designs.
Finding a great font usually means spending hours scouring the web and getting disappointing results. To help you save time and find a creative and stylish font more quickly, we handpicked the best fonts for signs (for all kinds of businesses and shops), as well as a few helpful tips for designing signs!
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San Marino Urban Font Family
Designing trendy signage for urban shops and stores will get so much easier when you have this font in your arsenal. It features a trendy and clean design, making it appropriate for all kinds of brands from small businesses to luxury shops.
The font comes in 4 different font styles, including regular, outline, italic, and sans serif. It’s also an all-caps font.
Why This Is A Top Pick
The classic clean look of this font is what makes it stand out. The font is perfect for designing titles for signs that show off professionalism. The multilingual support is also an added bonus.
Sabang Island Narrow Font For Signs
Sabang is the perfect example of a clean and narrow title font. Its tall letter design makes it a great choice for designing signage of all kinds. It also comes in two styles featuring clean and rough designs. The font includes both uppercase and lowercase letters as well.
Fonseca Art Deco Font Family
At first glance, you can see this is a great font for designing signs for luxury brands and high-end businesses. The font features a modern design inspired by art-deco styles from the 20th century. It comes in 8 different font weights featuring alternates and obliques.
Ambattur Modern Signature Font
Check out Ambattur, a calligraphy-style modern signature font that will look stunning on business cards, posters, invitations, and other branding materials. It comes with tons of glyphs, alternates and ligatures, and much more.
Sign Marker Classy Sign Font
Next up, we have Sign Marker, a brush pen style signature font that youll be hard-pressed to not consider. It comes bundled with a full set of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, and multilingual support.
Beagle Sign Handwritten Sign Font
If you are looking for a signage font that really stands out, take a leap of faith in Beagle Sign, a stylish and unique typeface that will pay for itself many times over. Try it out for your next branding project!
Orlando Free Signature Font
Wanting to get your hands on a luxurious-looking signage font without having to spend a penny? Look no further than Orlando, a script typeface featuring large dramatic capitals, and a wide range of alternates and ligatures to help you completely customize your work to your liking.
Ranormal Free Signature Font
Perfect for a variety of design projects, Ranormal is a stunning font choice that is available as a free download for both personal and commercial use. Its one of the best fonts for signs, so hurry up; get your hands on it now!
Bant Achillers Vintage Singage Font
If you’re working on a sign design for a casual or hipster brand, this font is perfect for you. It features a modern-vintage design that comes with a monoline layout. It includes uppercase and lowercase letters as well as glyphs for crafting unique signage of all kinds.
Makuton Japanese-Style Vintage Font
This is a unique font that comes with a design inspired by Japanese culture. It includes a handmade lettering design that’ll fit in well with casual and modern sign designs. It’s most suitable for designs related to creative brands and agencies.
Manufaktur Bold Fonts for Signs
Manufaktur is a bold typeface that comes in 5 different font weights, 3 font styles, and 3 widths. It features a design inspired by the Swedish industrial machine. The font is perfect for designing signage related to corporate businesses and industries as well as modern brands.
Nevrada Free Font for Signs
Nevrada is an elegant and free font you can use to design signage for luxury and high-end brands. This font features a stylish design that makes it especially suitable for fashion and design brands.
Gamine Free Signage Font
Gamine is another free font featuring a luxury design. This font is perfect for all kinds of modern signage design. The best part is you can use the font for free with commercial projects.
NORMAL Minimal Sans Serif Typeface
If you’re working on a signage design for a modern business or a luxury brand, this font will help you make a minimal and attractive sign with a clean design. It comes in 5 different font weights ranging from extra light to extra bold. The font comes with a web font version as well.
GATSBY Unique Display Font
Featuring a mix of modern and vintage looks, Gatsby is a stylishly minimalist font you can use to design unique signage for luxury and apparel brands. The font comes in 4 different styles, including normal, outline, retro, and distorted.
Boomerang Script Signage Font
Boomerang is a fun and creative font with an attractive design. It includes both uppercase and lowercase letters featuring handbrush style character design. The font also comes with ligatures, alternates, and multilingual support as well.
Lineat Creative Font For Signs
This is a creative and stylish font you can use to design signs for modern businesses and unique stores, especially including sports and fashion related brands. The font comes with lots of OpenType features as well.
Frank Bold Font Family
Frank is a big bold font that comes in 5 font weights and 4 styles, making it a total of 20 typefaces. It includes several different choices for you to make an attractive sign for all kinds of modern businesses and stores.
Gallagher Free Vintage Sign Font
Gallagher is a vintage font that can be used to make retro-style signage and badges. The font features all-caps letters and you can use it for free with personal projects.
Valenciaga Free Signage Font
Valenciaga features a bold and unique design. It’s ideal for sign designs related to modern casual and hipster brands. The font is free to use with personal projects.
Vulturemotor Vintage Font For Signs
Designing a sign for an automotive company, vehicle dealer, or a garage? Then grab this stylish font to design a vintage-themed sign that’ll surely attract attention. It comes in various styles along with a bonus back of vector elements and backgrounds.
BAHN Pro Narrow Font Family
Bahn is a modern font with a rugged design. It includes 3 different font styles and glyphs. The bold narrow font makes it a great choice for signage, especially for designing signs for men’s apparel and fashion brands.
Durbank Industrial Font
Durbank is yet another rugged font that comes with an old-school industrial-themed design. It’s an all-caps font that’s most suitable for making signage for vintage apparel brands and businesses.
Regius Creative Display Font
Regius is a creative display font featuring a unique design of its own. The font design is inspired by the typefaces used in old English pub signs. It’s great for designing signs for restaurants, pubs, and much more.
Krisha Free Bold Font For Signs
Krisha is a display font with big bold lettering. It’s a great choice for making sings and billboards. Especially for making them clearly visible from afar. The font is completely free to use with commercial projects as well.
Zeky Luxury Font For Signs
Zeky is a modern font that comes with an elegant design made specifically for crafting signage for luxury brands, fashion boutiques, and lifestyle shops. The font features a classic character set.
Adelia Modern Logo & Signage Font
Adelia is a modern and creative font you can use to design both logos and signage for many different types of businesses, including fresh foods, restaurants, juice bars, and more.
Pirates Vintage Display Font
This vintage display font can be used to design signs for pubs, restaurants, and more. It comes with lots of stylistic alternate characters, ligatures, and support for both uppercase and lowercase letters.
Garde Luxury Signage Font
Garde is a modern logo and signage font featuring a unique outline design. The creative design style of this font makes it a great choice for crafting signs for luxury and lifestyle businesses.
Author Type Brush Script Font
Author Type is a creative brush font that comes with uppercase and lowercase letters as well as swashes and punctuations. The font is most suitable for making signage for creative brands, agencies, and even startups.
Riverside Creative Font Duo
Riverside font comes in two different versions—monoline and sans. It features a classic vintage design which will look great on pub, automotive, adventure, sports, and outdoor themed business and store signs.
Chillvornia Vintage Condensed Font
This is the perfect font you can use to design signage for an alcohol business. It also looks ideal for making signs for pubs, restaurants, and more as well.
Indigo Modern Chunky Font
Indigo is a modern font that comes with an attractive chunky design. The font is available in 2 versions—regular and outline. The combination of the typefaces will allow you to create unique signage for modern lifestyles and fashion businesses.
MM Cruella Luxury Display Font
This minimal monolinear font lets you choose from 5 different font weights to design creative signs for beauty, fashion, and luxury product stores. The elegantly rounded design of the font will surely add a unique touch to your signage designs.
Luxe Bold Luxury Font
Luxe is a bold poster style font featuring thick serifs. It’s perfect for making eye-catching signs for luxury businesses and jewelry stores. The font is available in OpenType and TrueType versions.
Modeka Minimal Extended Font
Modeka is a minimalist and modern font you can use to design signage for creative brands and businesses. It’s available in bold and regular font weights, which you can combine to create stylish sign designs.
Gope Logo & Signage Typeface
Gope is a modern font with a luxury design that’s most suitable for making logos and signage for high-end businesses and stores. The font will especially look great in luxury fashion and jewelry store signs.
Ember Rough Stencil Font
Design urban-style signage for modern businesses and brands using this creative font. It comes with a stencil design featuring a rough textured look. The font features all-caps letters and it’s available in 2 different versions as well.
Aspal Elegant & Modern Font
Aspal is an elegant font that features a high-end premium design. The font comes in both regular and stencil style typefaces, allowing you to create unique signage and logos for luxury brands and businesses.
5 Tips for Designing Signs
There are many different types of signs ranging from shop signs to billboards, display signs, promotional signs, and more. Whichever sign you’re designing, these tips will help you make it more effective and professional.
1. Aim for Better Readability
Your main goal in designing any signage is to make it easily readable. Especially to make it readable from a distance. After all, what’s the purpose of a sign that’s hard to read.
The key to making a sign with better readability is using the right font. There are occasions where you can use stylish script fonts in signage. But in general, using a clean sans-serif font with a bold font weight is the best approach to designing a great sign.
2. Leverage Psychology of Color
The colors you choose for the sign have a much bigger effect than you’d think. According to the psychology of color, specific colors can evoke emotions and even influence human reactions.
For example, have you ever wondered why most “For Sale” signs are designed using the color Red? That’s because Red is a color that attracts attention. It simply makes you stop and look no matter where you are.
Make sure the colors you pick for your sign design fits its purpose.
3. The Size Matters
When it comes to design, the size always matters. Think about how and where your sign is printed and used. Is it being printed in large billboard size or is it a small shop sign?
Depending on the size and location of the sign, you’ll have to pick appropriate colors, fonts, and font sizes for the sign. For example, if the sign is to be used outdoors, you may have to use large font sizes and pick colors that stand out in natural lighting conditions.
4. Stick With a Minimal Design
Usually, the best approach to designing an effective sign is to use a minimal and clutter-free design. Just use either a light or dark color background and let it highlight your sign title and text.
It may not work for all signs, but it gets the job done for most types of signs. So when in doubt, go for a minimal design.
5. Follow the Trends
Depending on the type of sign you’re making, you can also find inspiration in current trends to make it stand out from the crowd. For example, one of the most popular trends in shop signs is using retro and vintage badge-style designs.
Trends are popular for a reason, so why not use them to your advantage.
For more amazing fonts inspiration, check out our best big poster fonts collection.
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Typeface designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert for British Railways
Rail Alphabet is a typeface designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert for signage on the British Rail network. First used at Liverpool Street station, it was then adopted by the Design Research Unit (DRU) as part of their comprehensive rebranding of the company.
A modernised font Rail Alphabet 2 is planned to be used across the Great British Railways network, whilst the double arrow logo will also be restored as the primary brand identifier for the network.
Rail Alphabet is similar to a bold weight of Helvetica, but with some differences in character shapes, stroke width and x-height to aid legibility. The font also has some similarities to Akzidenz-Grotesk, which had earlier provided the same designers the broad inspiration for the Transport typeface used for road signs in the United Kingdom.
The font was designed specifically for signage and the designers included features to support this such as a bespoke letter-spacing system and two slightly different weights to provide optimum visibility on both light and dark backgrounds.
In the Railway Executive decided on standard types of signs to be used at all stations. Lettering was to use redrawn versions of Gill Sans lettering on a background of the regional colour. This style persisted for nearly 15 years.
In the early s, British Rail trialled new signs at Coventry station that made use of Kinneir and Calvert's recently launched Transport typeface. While Transport has since been an enduring success on road signs, it was designed around the specific needs of road users - such as visibility at speed and in all weathers. The subsequent creation of Rail Alphabet was intended to provide a style of lettering more specifically suited to stations where it would primarily be viewed indoors by pedestrians.
The Design Research Unit's rebranding of British Railways included a new logo (the double arrow), a shortened name British Rail, and the total adoption of Rail Alphabet for all lettering other than printed matter including station signage, trackside signs, fixed notices, signs inside trains and train liveries.
Key elements of the rebranding were still being used during much of the s and Rail Alphabet was also used as part of the livery of Sealink ships until that company's privatisation in the late s. However, by the end of the s, British Rail's various business units were developing their own individual brands and identities with use of Rail Alphabet declining as a consequence. The typeface remained in near-universal use for signs at railway stations but began to be replaced with alternatives in other areas, such as in InterCity's Mark 4 passenger carriages which made use of Frutiger for much of their interior signage.
After British Rail
The privatisation of British Rail from accelerated the decline in use of the typeface on the railway network with most of the privatised train operating companies who now manage individual stations choosing to use the fonts associated with their own corporate identities for station signs and publicity. More recently, the custom Brunel typeface introduced by Railtrack for signs at major stations and adapted by Network Rail as NR Brunel was recommended as a new national standard for station signs by a report commissioned by the Secretary of State for Transport, and was used extensively by South West Trains and East Midlands Trains. Meanwhile, Helvetica Medium has replaced Rail Alphabet as the industry's preferred typeface for safety notices within passenger trains due to the ready availability of the former and for consistency with British Standards on general safety signs.
Some train operators continued use of Rail Alphabet long into the privatisation era. Arriva Trains Wales used the font until the end of the franchise in , with First Great Western also making extensive use of Rail Alphabet for signage until the firm's rebranding to Great Western Railway in Merseyrail continues to use the typeface for station signage. Its use is also still prescribed for trackside warning signs and safety/operating notices.
The National Health Service in England, Scotland and Wales adopted Rail Alphabet for its signs. It is still the dominant typeface used on signs in older hospitals. It ceased to be used in new builds in the late s. NHS England now uses Frutiger, while NHS Scotland uses Stone Sans.
Rail Alphabet was widely used on signs by the British Airports Authority and by Danish railway company DSB.
Road signs in Iran used Rail Alphabet typeface for English texts.
Digitisation and updates
New Rail Alphabet
In , a newly digitised version of the typeface was publicly released. Created by Henrik Kubel of A2/SW/HK in close collaboration with Margaret Calvert, New Rail Alphabet features six weights: off white, white, light, medium, bold and black, with non-aligning numerals, corresponding italics and a set of Eastern European characters.
Rail Alphabet 2
In , it was announced that Network Rail had commissioned an updated version of the typeface. Designed by Margaret Calvert and Henrik Kubel, Rail Alphabet 2 includes lighter versions of the lettering as well as italics for signage along with accompanying versions for use in printed matter and online. The redesign also includes new pictograms to depict services and facilities which did not exist in the s when the original font was conceived - such as gender neutral toilets and vaping areas. In October , Network Rail announced that starting with London Paddington, the updated Rail Alphabet 2 font will replace Brunel for all signage on all Network Rail managed major stations on the network. Network Rail will also begin using the font for corporate communications.
In May , as part of the Williams Rail Review, it was announced that the new Government body Great British Railways will introduce Rail Alphabet 2 on the rail network, replacing the many different fonts used on railway signage since privatisation.
Alphabet sign fonts
font used in the US for highway signs
Highway Gothic (formally known as the FHWA Series fonts or the Standard Alphabets for Highway Signs) is a sans-seriftypeface developed by the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and used for road signage in the Americas, including the U.S., Canada, and Latin American countries, as well as in Asian countries influenced by American signage practices, including the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Variants, minor and major (but not the exact US typeface) are used in countries like Turkey, Mexico, Australia (AS fonts), Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, New Zealand, Macau (written in Portuguese), and some signs in countries like India and Saudi Arabia, when written in English. The typefaces were developed to maximize legibility at a distance and at high speed. Computer typeface versions known as Highway Gothic or Interstate (a separate typeface), which are for sale to the general public, include punctuation marks based on a rectangular shape. However, on signage the official FHWA Series punctuation is based on a circular shape.
The typeface consists of six fonts: "A" (the narrowest), "B", "C", "D", "E", "E(M)" (a modified version of "E" with wider strokes), and "F" (the widest). The typeface originally included only uppercase letters, with the exception of "E(M)", which was used on large expressway and freeway guide signs.
The typefaces are officially defined by the FHWA's Standard Alphabets for Traffic-Control Devices, originally published in (reprinted ). Changes to the specifications were published in , , and The specifications differ from earlier versions in the shapes of a few letters and in the inclusion of lowercase letters for all alphabet series.
FHWA Series A through F were developed by the Public Roads Administration (which later became FHWA) during World War II. Draft versions of these typefaces were used in for signs on the Pentagon road network. Between and , as part of a research program into freeway signing carried out by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Series E Modified was developed from Series E by thickening the stroke width to accommodate button reflectors for ground-mounted signs, while a lowercase alphabet was developed to allow mixed-case legend (consisting initially of Series D and lowercase letters) to be used on externally illuminated overhead signs. The lowercase letters, paired with Series E Modified, later became the basis of a national standard for mixed-case legend on freeway guide signs with the publication of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) signing and marking manual for Interstate Highways.
Series "A" has been officially discontinued in the United States due to poor legibility at high speeds, though it continues to be specified for certain signs in New Zealand. In , the FHWA published lowercase letters for all of the typefaces and made changes to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which allows their use.
There was an expectation that over the next few decades, the new Clearview typeface, also specifically developed for use on traffic signs, would replace the FHWA series on some new signage. However, the FHWA announced in that it was rescinding its interim approval of Clearview in the United States; while existing Clearview signs could stay up, new signs would have to go back to using Highway Gothic. On June 7, , a bill challenging this decision was introduced in the United States House of Representatives, which would have ordered the FHWA to reinstate the interim approval for Clearview. This bill passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act,  The Federal Highway Administration makes no recommendation or endorsement of the Clearview typeface with the reinstatement of their interim approval.
Tobias Frere-Jones designed the typeface Interstate, based on the FHWA series, during the s.Overpass is an open-source replacement for Interstate commissioned by Red Hat.PBS previously[when?] used a custom derivative, "PBS Explorer".
In , URW++ released the SAA Series typeface, a digitized version of the early FHWA Series typeface.
Greece-based Parachute Type Foundry designed the PF Grand Gothik typeface, which also based on the FHWA Series typeface, with OpenType features.
Tom Oetken designed the free to download for commercial and personal use Traffic typeface, which also based on the FHWA Series typeface.
Typically, one- or two-digit Interstate, U.S. Highway, and U.S. state route signs use the Series D font for the numbers, while signs with three or more digits use either a narrower font (Series B or C) or have smaller numbers in the Series D font. Series E and F is most commonly used on U.S. speed limit signs, although older signs often use narrower fonts. Street name signs usually feature white Series B, C or D letters (which may either have all capital letters or a combination of capital and lowercase letters) on a green background (which can also be substituted for other colors, such as blue or brown); freeway guide signs use Series E(M) on said backgrounds. On white (regulatory), orange (construction) and yellow (warning) signs, black letters and numbers are used instead. Georgia uses both Series C and D fonts for the Interstate Highway signs. Beginning in when the interim approval for Clearview was rescinded, the Arizona Department of Transportation is now using mixed case (non-Modified) Series E for freeway guide signage, mixed case Series D for guide signage on non-freeway roads, and mixed case Series C for street name signs.
By the mids the FHWA series of typefaces was used as a source of inspiration for a multi-weight print typeface designed by Tobias Frere-Jones of Font Bureau. Frere-Jones made accommodations for smaller print reproduction and Font Bureau released the face under the name Interstate. It has been adopted by many companies for branding; for example, NBC used it for NBC Sports graphics packages from to , and TV Guide uses the typeface on its cover. Also, The Weather Channel utilized this typeface extensively, both on its weather maps and for its local forecasts. The logo of the premium cable channel Epix also uses a lowercase version of this typeface. NESN uses this typeface for on-screen graphics. The New York Mets use this typeface at Citi Field. The gossip magazine InTouch has been using this typeface since Films such as 8 Mile also use this font. Entertainment Tonight has been using this typeface since its 34th season. The soft drink Sierra Mist used this font on its logo from to It was also used in most Hannaford stores. Gridlock!, a pricing game on the American game show The Price Is Right in which the contestant can win a car, also uses the font in its logo and price displays.
The FHWA typefaces are also used predominantly on road signs in Canada. The province of Ontario used an in-house modified version until the late s that featured slightly different characteristics, such as flat-top numeral 3's and numeral 1's without a serif). The city of Windsor began replacing its Helvetica signs with Highway Gothic in Peru (under different series labels), Australia (under the Australian Standard AS typeface), New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico and other countries use Highway Gothic. Still others use typefaces that are either derived directly from the FHWA series or very similar in appearance. There are a few of them in South Africa, Lesotho, Colombia, the Philippines, and Thailand.
In Portugal, a variant of Highway Gothic—the Rodoviária typeface—was used on road signs since the s until the introduction of a new signage model in – It is still used in the road signs of Macau.
In Argentina, new road signs based on the Manual de Señalamiento Vertical—Edición recently used the Highway Gothic typeface.
In mainland China, the font has been adopted for use in signs on new Chinese national expressways, beginning with the Jingjintang Expressway, which uses the font for the first 17 kilometers (11mi) in Beijing and possibly more expressways in China.
In Taiwan, the former FHWA Series E and the recent Arial are also used for English text.
Indonesia formerly used the typeface from until , regulated by Ministry of Transportation's law No. 62 year  However, in , Ministry of Transportation passed a regulation to introduce new road signs, being replaced with the new Clearview typeface.
In Spain, Series E is the base for Autopista typeface, used on Spanish motorways and freeways (Autopistas/ Autovias).
The Netherlands uses a derivative of the FHWA Alphabet Series typeface designed by the ANWB and the Dutch highways and waterways authority. The original set included two of the six series in the original typeface—RWS-Ee (wide, based on Series E (M)) and RWS-Cc (narrow, based on Series C) or ANWB-Ee (regular) and ANWB-Cc (condensed). Since the signs placed by the ANWB have used a new font called ANWB-Uu. Signs of other manufacturers continued using the old fonts. Since the ANWB-Uu font is not used any more on new signs; it has been replaced by RWS-Ee and the newly-designed RWS-Dd (based on the FHWA series D).
The Interstate typeface, clearly inspired by Highway Gothic, designed by Tobias Frere-Jones, has been used by various companies for signs and other graphic design elements. Examples include the United Kingdom, where the font has been adopted for signage by companies such as supermarket Sainsbury's and railway company c2c. In Russia, Channel One used this font for its clock ident from to
In addition, the font has been adopted for runway and taxiway signs at most of the world's airports.
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Best Script Fonts: 35 Free Script Fonts
Script fonts are beautiful typefaces that resemble handwritten and calligraphic lettering styles. They can either be formal where they’ll appear elegant or informal where they’ll appear more playful.
Script fonts can also be connected, semi-connected or unconnected. This refers to the flow that exists between each letter. Connected fonts are designed with a careful approach to ensure each letter flows into the next in a smooth, continuous manner.
These types of fonts are mainly used on invitations, headings for announcements or advertising. They’re rarely used on the web as a body text and work best when used for their intended purposes.
Here are 35 free script fonts.
Alex Brush is connected, brush-script font designed by TypeSETit. Its a calligraphy font that works great when used for formal purposes. It comes in a single style and with over glyphs.
Pacifico is a connected script font designed by Vernon Adams. It has a retro appeal as it resembles typefaces used around America in the first half of the 20th century. It comes in a single style with just over glyphs.
Great Vibes is an elegant, calligraphy-style script font designed by TypeSETit. Each letter is designed to connect to one another elegantly no matter what word you choose to type. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Lobster is a script font by Impallari Type. The studio spent a lot of time carefully designing this font to be as connected as possible that each letter transitioned smoothly to the next no matter what letter combinations you type. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Allura is yet another elegant script font designed by TypeSETit. This one, though still elegant, is less careful and tight as the previous two fonts by this designer. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Kaushan Script is a contemporary script font whose letters have a calligraphic style while the font has a modern appeal as a whole. The font comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Grand Hotel is a casual script font designed by Brian J. Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles of Astigmatic. It was inspired by the typeface used on the title screen of Cafe Metropole, a film starring Tyrone Power. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Windsong is a condensed, calligraphic script font by Bright Ideas. It has a classic calligraphic style that resembles historical writing. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Sofia is a casual, semi-connected script font designed by Latinotype. Its a semi-connected script font as some letters connect elegantly with one another while others do not. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Black Jack is a casual script font with a brushed design. It was designed by Typadelic. Its a simple font that comes in a single style and only a little over glyphs.
Lobster Two is the lighter, more upright form of Lobster. This one is also designed by Impallari Type. It comes in four basic styles that have over glyphs.
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Dancing Script OT is a casual script font by Impallari Type. It was inspired by typefaces used around the s. Its a simple font that comes in a single style and over glyphs.
Arizonia is a playfully elegant script font by TypeSETit. It was inspired by the flowing forms created by a sign painters camel hair brush. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Tangerine is an elegant, calligraphic script font by Toshi Omagari. It was inspired by the italic chancery typefaces used in the 16th and 17th centuries. It comes in two basic styles that include over glyphs each.
Freebooter Script is an elegant yet extravagant script font by Apostrophic Labs. It comes in a single style that includes over glyphs, but it also comes with a set of alternate characters.
Euphoria Script is an informal script font. It features the endings of a brushed script but started as simple letterform sketches, making it more playful and casual than most script fonts. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Rochester is an elegant, semi-connected script font by Sideshow. It was inspired by the calligraphic forms of the Victorian and Art Deco eras. It comes in a single style that includes over glyphs.
Miama formal, calligraphic script font by Linus Romer. It comes in a single style that includes over glyphs.
Dynalight is a decorative script font by Astigmatic. It was inspired by the lettering on a vintage luggage tag on the Southern Pacific Daylight steam locomotive. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
HenryMorganHand is an extravagant yet format script font by Paul Lloyd. It comes in a single style with barely over glyphs.
Scriptina Pro is a somewhat playful yet still classic script font by CheapProFonts. Its the updated form of the Scriptina font as the designer wanted to do something special for their th font. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Bilbo is a calligraphic, non-connected script font by TypeSETit. It was designed to be a display font, but the designer states it can also be used in body text when a touch of warmth is needed to get a message across. It comes in two styles, one of which includes swashes with capital letters.
Ruthie is a stylized, semi-connected script font by TypeSETit. Its a formal font that features ornate caps. It comes in a single style with over glyphs.
Promocyja is an elegant and even somewhat fancy script font by GLUK fonts. It comes in a single style that features over glyphs.
Burlington Script is a handwritten script font by ShyFonts. It features a permanent marker design rather than a calligraphic style. It comes in four different styles, each one a heavier font weight than the previous one. It comes with over glyphs.
Dobkin is a non-connected script font by David Rakowski. Its a calligraphic font that comes in one style and with only 88 glyphs.
Sevillana is a decorative script font by Brownfox. It was inspired by the lettering on commemorative plates that exist on the walls of Andalusia, Spain. It was inspired by the folk musical styles of Seville, the capital of the region. It comes in a single size with over glyphs.
League Script is a pencil-style connected script font by Haley Fiege. Its an elegant yet casual font that resembles handwriting done with a pencil. It comes in a single style and includes over glyphs.
Condiment is a soft and somewhat retro script font designed by Angel Koziupa and Ale Paul of Sudtipos. It comes in a single style that includes over glyphs.
Aguafina Script is a semi-formal, semi-connected, elegant script font by Sudtipos. Its not as formal as some of the other calligraphic fonts on this list, but its also not too casual, either. It comes in a single style that includes over glyphs.
Italianno is a soft, calligraphic script font by TypeSETit. The designers suggest using it for warm, inviting situations. It comes in a single style that includes over glyphs.
Kingthings Wrote is a casual script font by Kingthings. It features playful swashes and shapes. It comes in a single style that includes over glyphs.
Qwigley is a contemporary script font designed by TypeSETit. Its an elegant, calligraphic script font that features stylized lettering. It comes in a single style that includes over glyphs.
Milkshake is brushed-script font designed by Laura Worthington. The font was designed with a careful approach, the result being a typeface that’s fun and captivating yet still highly readable and versatile. It comes in a single style that includes over glyphs.
QumpellkaNo12 is a decorative script font designed by GLUK fonts. It comes in a single style that includes just under glyphs.
We hope this list gave you a few new script fonts to use in your projects, whether personal or commercial. Check out our other font lists if you need more typefaces for the toolkit:
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- Indian dealership denver
- No dig posts
- Pine tree apartments
- Connect mcgaw
- Sugaring master
- Tumbler grit supplies
- Airdate arrow
- Dirt rally g27
- Goldman sachs 2022 summer analyst
- Hands free voice recorder
- Route 21 ohio
6 Best Fonts for Signs and Banners
There are literally hundreds of thousands of fonts to consider in your search for the best sign font. Business sign design generally requires creativity, but when it comes to choosing the best fonts for banners and signs, we don’t recommend thinking outside the box.
After almost 75 years in service, our sign company in Houston has some valuable insights on finding the optimal font. In this article, we cover some of the factors you need to consider before choosing a font, and six of the best fonts for signs.
Factors for Choosing the Best Sign Lettering Font
The best font for large signs all depends on their unique purpose. While there is a shortlist of popular sign fonts that you should stick to, the one you choose will ultimately depend on what it aims to achieve.
As a rule of thumb, successful businesses with refined processes have generally invested in professional branding and design at some point in their lifetime. Building a brand is an important part of creating a resilient organization. The brand guidelines that your business adheres to cannot be tossed out the window when it’s time to choose lettering for signs, posters, and banners.
You must try to follow the acceptable fonts that your branding expert laid out for your company. If your brand uses serif, comic sans, or other script-like fonts that are considered poor letter styles for signs, you may have to make accommodations. Fonts like Optima or Bodoni that are vaguely script-like and playful can be a good compromise.
Usage of Sign
Where is your sign being used? Are there legal standards (like ADA signage requirements) that limit you to certain fonts or minimum sizes? The World Wide Web Consortium also sets a contrast ratio of for large-scale text under success criterion that must be met if you’re representing your signage on your website as well.
The best warning sign fonts for construction site signs serve a very different purpose than the best font for retail signs. The best font for real estate signs is also very different because this signage is typically viewed from a vehicle while the former examples are frequently seen by pedestrians.
The main thing to keep in mind is that there is no single answer to the question, “What is the best font for signs?” The best sign font ultimately depends on its use.
Capitalization Standards for Signs
Fonts have different strengths and weaknesses when you consider their upper-case vs. lower-case letters. A great outdoor sign font for a short message should generally be in all caps, while longer, more text-burdened messages benefit from lower-case letters.
Considering the length of your message in the context of your brand guidelines and sign usage can help you determine the optimal font for your signage.
6 Best Sign Fonts
This font is incredibly geometric and easy to read from a distance. With the right layout and color use, Futura is simple to comprehend from a distance. The clean and modern feel of this lettering makes it a great choice for most brands.
Helvetica is considered a very appropriate font for business usage and political campaign signs. This classic font generally wont’ stray far from most brand style guides and can catch the eyes of both pedestrians and drivers with the proper design.
The strokes in this font provide great contrast within each letter by seamlessly flowing from thick to thin. This contrast, paired with a partial serif, lands Bodoni among the best fonts for signboards and banners while remaining highly stylish.
This sans-serif font lends itself wonderfully to both indoor and outdoor signs that need to attract attention. It’s proportions and weight stress are like Garamond (covered below), though Optima features flaring instead of serifs – making it a great option for headlines and attention-grabbers.
This is one of the best display board fonts, partially since it was designed specifically for Adobe – a tool of choice for many designers today. As a testament to how modern this font is, consider its use by Apple Inc. Myriad is a great font for headlines as well as body text in the right circumstances.
This serif font works well for the details on your signage, though we may generally avoid using is as an all-cap headline. It makes wonderful use of negative spacing within its letters and is very elegant and visually-pleasing.
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