Script Fonts

Megan asked me if I knew of any great script fonts out there & I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to publish it here for everyone to see.

Script fonts are a funny thing. They can be fantastic or they can be horribly awful. It’s not often I come across a script that is in the middle. Another thing, you often times get what you pay for with script fonts. If they’re free, they’re typically nasty. My advice? look around & find a font you like a lot. Invest in it. Don’t just download a bunch of mediocre free ones.

With that said. Here’s a list of some great script fonts. Some are free, some cost money, but they’re all totally worth every cent.

  1. Poem Script, $89 – this gorgeous font has a million alternates & is incredibly fancy= readability is not a priority. Use it in small doses for a major punch.
  2. Lavanderia, $donation – this is my favorite “free” script font, hands down. It’s gorgeous! Please, support the designer behind this gorgeous font. At least send $10 his way, k? There are some fantastic alternates in this one.
  3. England Hand, $0 – here’s a standard copperplate-style script font. Nothing terribly new or exciting about this one, but it’s well designed. Free for commercial use.
  4. BlackJack Script, $0 – informal retro-type script. I like it for its readability. Could be used in longer titles.
  5. Wisdom Script $donation - another great retro script. I like the more masculine/angular lines on this one. simple. readable. Again, DONATE!!
  6. Rythm, $42 – I really like the white stripe running down each letter. Not totally a script, but in between.
  7. Zierfische, $29 – it’s sort of masculine, fairly easy to read for a script & just different than what you usually see out there. Pretty cheap font for Veer.
  8. Filmotype, $29 – great for retro styling & signage. I love the weight & angle of the letters!

A couple of things: never use a script for paragraph text. EVER. Script fonts are best in small doses! They’re meant to add personality & style, not necessarily readability (as a general rule). Never use a script font in ALL CAPS. It’s inscrutable. If you’re using a script font in your blog styling, be sure to use it as a flourish, not a staple. If you choose to use it for your post titles, write your titles out in sentence case, not title case (Hello, there. not Hello, There). Make sense?

If you find you’re having an impossible time finding the right script for you, email me for rates on custom calligraphy. I’d be happy to do some work for you!

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. . . And one last thing! I’m looking for an assistant/intern to help me with marketing/advertising stuff so I can spend more time crafting & playing with kiddos. See the below & email me if you’re interested. Thanks!

The requirements:

  • detail oriented person
  • willing to work up to 5 hours per week scheduling ads & emailing potential sponsors
  • tech savvy & quick learner
  • has their computer
  • has transportation to Orem for weekly meetings
  • marketing experience preferred

The perks:

  • commission-based payment
  • learn more about social media & its platforms: wordpress, twitter, facebook, pinterest
  • learn basic design/photoshop skills
  • make valuable connections in the PR & marketing industry
  • learn more about sewing, calligraphy, crafting, photography
  • access to my studio for projects
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    1. Nikki says:

      Thanks for the recommendations. I was looking for a good cursive font this week. I might have to redo one of my projects now!

      Good luck finding a new assistant. I’m totally awesome, but too busy with my own kids. Sorry. ;)

    2. megannielsen says:

      ooooo thank you sooo much Melissa!! You have no idea how much you’ve helped me! These are all gorgeous, I”m going to have a tough time choosing! Thanks hun! big hugs!! xoxo

    3. Kayla says:

      Black Jack is one of my most favorite fonts.

      Sad I don’t live in Orem…that would be so fun!

    4. Shaela says:

      Beautiful script fonts! One of my favorite is P22 Corinthia. I like using script fonts for single words in titles of my digital layouts. Unfortunately, PSE9 doesn’t let the letters “run” together like a true script – they’re separated into single letters. I can’t for the life of me figure out how to fix it!! :(

    5. Penny says:

      Love this scripts…I can think of a “million” projects I could put them to use!

    6. Elizabeth E. says:

      Thank you thank you for telling people not to use script font for paragraph, or all-cap titles. I get so many church program things which are completely unreadable (even italics gets old after reading a paragraph or two). Yay! for you. I wish I lived near Orem–too fun to be your assistant.

    7. Kaitlin says:

      I love all of you work, I wish I was closer than Ohio so I could apply!

    8. Jenn says:

      I wish I had seen this last week! I was making puppy stockings for our dogs and embroidered their names on the back. I spent a lot of time scouring for free script fonts that I could use as a template for the embroidery that had clean lines that could easily be stitched without losing the “fanciness” … #2 would have been PERFECT!!
      Oh well, now I know for future embroidering adventures. Thanks for the fantastic insight :)

    9. Gabrielle says:

      wish we lived in ut (not wa) just so i could think about sending you my info to be your assistant but we don’t. c’est la vie.
      i loved font 2 btw. thanks for the share!

    10. Thanks for sharing– these are beautiful!!! I love blackjack!

    11. Kathryn C says:

      thanks!!! I downloaded (and donated :) ) for the lavanderia – but I’m wondering how you avoid the tails from going back up into the fonts? Like on your “y” above. My “y” ends up creating a huge space between the letters.
      thanks!

    12. Sarah Jane says:

      Oh to be your intern. I wish. 2 kids ago! ;)

    13. Wonderful script fonts!!! Thanks for share Melissa!!!

    14. Jaclyn says:

      These are great, I love the second one. Your site is amazing, I love your design style and am so glad I came across your work.

    15. Mullica says:

      Oh my god. I wish I could be your intern. You’re awesome.

    16. Elisha says:

      I love these fonts! They are gorgeous!

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