60 Free Retro and Vintage Fonts
High-quality free fonts are hard to find – especially when it comes to retro and vintage fonts. But exceptional free font downloads do exist (like the brilliant Optician Sans inspired by historical eye charts created by ANTI Hamar seen above); it just takes time to find them.
To help, we’ve created an epic collection of 60 free retro and vintage fonts for you to bookmark, and browse through, whenever you next need the perfect typeface for a new project.
In this list, you’ll find the very best free retro script fonts, calligraphy fonts, cursive fonts, handwritten fonts and more.
As you’ll see, some of the retro and vintage fonts are free for personal use but not for commercial projects – so please read the license, and support these hard-working designers by purchasing a commercial license when required.
Read on for our hand-picked selection of 60 free retro and vintage fonts...
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Palm Canyon Drive is a popular monoline script inspired by retro matchbook covers, travel postcards, Tikki bars and Hollywood. With a classy but unpretentious tone, Palm Canyon Drive is as comfortable on a Tikki bar matchbook cover as it is on a Hollywood movie poster – and you can pick up one of the weights for free.
02. Zing Rust
You can download six free retro fonts from the fantastic Zing Rust family, designed by Fontfabric. In total there are 521 handmade fonts in the layered type system, including four sub-families: Zing Rust, Zing Script Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Goodies Rust.
You can combine sans serifs, scripts, icons, and ribbons with shadows, rust, halftone dots, lines – it’s particularly good for logos and headlines.
Another free retro font from FontFabric, Intro is a strong yet elegant in-line font with a geometric structure. It’s free for both personal and commercial work, and if you want the full font, you can purchase it from $29.
Nexa Rust – by Fontfabric Type Foundry – is a rough version of the popular Nexa and Nexa Slab families, with added new matching Nexa Script and Nexa Handmade fonts. It’s a warm, rough, multifaceted font system consisting of sans, slab, script, handmade and extras – and you can download five of the full 83 fonts for free. It works particularly well for vintage logos.
Seattle-based art director and designer James Lafuente crafted Parker, an all-caps vintage-style custom typeface that works particularly well for vintage logos, posters, T-shirts and more. It’s free for personal use, and can be licensed for commercial projects for $12. (“Use caps-lock when testing it out,” advises James.)
If you’re after a decorative free retro font, try Stiff Staff. Designed by Bulgaria-based Borislav Petrov, the font features clean lines and distinctive angles that give a nod to constructivism.
This free retro font has no closed endings. It was designed by Hans Renzler, an art director in Vienna, Austria, and a free display version - Lovelo free font – can be downloaded from Font Fabric in three styles. The free geometric sans serif consists of a basic Latin alphabet, numerals, punctuation and an extended Latin alphabet too.
According to Brazil-based graphic designer Adilson Gonzales de Oliveira Junior, Ailerons was inspired by aircraft models from the 40s. With a clean, stylish, retro vibe, and an unusual mix of sharp and rounded edges, the font was created for an experimental design project and is now available for personal use.
This geometric all-caps font from Madrid-based designer Ion Lucin comes in two versions: bold and ultra light. In tandem, the pair provide an eye-catching contrast that could be applied to stunning effect in all kinds of retro and vintage projects. Big John / Slim Joe comes with numerals and glyphs, and is free for both personal and commercial use.
Jack Harvatt’s rounded sans serif has two weights, light and bold, and is free for personal use. It includes a set of extended glyphs, and has gone down well on Behance – it’s received over a million likes so far, and rising.
Laura Pol’s retro-futuristic free font Aqua Grotesque has a mysterious feel to it. It comes in one weight, regular, and doesn’t have any glyphs - but if you’re looking to add a scientific edge to your retro and vintage designs, it could just do the job.
Laika rocks a vintage cartoon vibe. Designed by Chilean type designer and illustrator Rodrigo Araya Salas, and inspired by the Russina alphabet, it’s a caps-only offering that will quickly add a retro aesthetic to your work.
Mats-Peter Forss created Hello Stockholm, a fun, modern brushed script font with a vintage twist. Inspired by Scandinavian minimalism, it features upper and lowercase characters, is suited to a wide variety of designs - from wedding invitations, to posters, apparel and more. It’s free for personal use, while a commercial license is $14.
Buenos Aires-based font designer created Obake, a free font that works well for headlines. A textured, condensed sans serif with a retro drop shadow, Obake will bring an aged feel to your designs. It’s free for personal projects and comes with a commercial license.
Originally created for a student project by London-based designer and illustrator Kisty Mea, Retro Display TypeFace is a hand-lettered typeface that’s packed with personality – and you can use it for free in your personal projects.
German graphic designer Ludwig Übele is giving away two extreme weights - heavy and hairline - of his beautiful geometric font Helsinki, which is inspired by the Finnish traffic sign typeface. The free fonts cover the Western and Central European character set, and come for desktop and web.
Looking for a free script font? Try Roseline by Alexey Potapov. With beautiful curves and a textured, hand-drawn feel, it’ll add a friendly, vintage touch to your design or illustration projects.
Sometimes you need a quietly retro font: step up Supria Sans, by HVD Fonts’ Hannes von Döhren. Inspired by the utilitarian clarity of Swiss type design, Supria Sans is a versatile workhorse of a font – and you can get the regular and regular italic weights for free.
Perfect for headlines and large display type, this retro-inspired slab serif has a modern twist. It was created by designer Kady Jesko and is free for both commercial and personal use, but a donation would be appreciated.
Designer Jeremy Vassey created this free condensed font, Cast Iron. Its geometric structure and industrial aesthetic make it ideal for high-impact logos or headlines, and the sans serif is also free for commercial use.
Recreate vintage signage with Decade Type Foundry’s free Hustlers Rough demo font. (The commercial version, which isn’t free, comes with clean and rough options, and more than 300 glyphs.)
Add a touch of elegance to your retro designs or illustrations with free, geometric, sans serif font Noir, created by Switzerland-based designer Matthias Guggisberg.
Duwhoers is a modern brush font with a vintage handmade feel. It’s free for personal and commercial use, but Indonesian designer Agga Swist-blnk asks for a donation.
Smaq is a decorative font that’s ideal for posters, logos and more. All eight beveled styles are completely free.
Swiss designer Philippe Moesch is the brains behind Sabo, a pixel-style retro font available in two styles - inline and filled - and perfect for an arcade-style game.
Profonts studio took Swiss designer Hermann Eidenbenz’s idea of a very narrow, economic headline font to the next level with Graphique Pro Next. There are eight weights in the family, and you can get Graphique Pro Next Comp free (the others are £24 each).
Warm, weathered, free font Gist Rough is the letterpress version of Gist. It has a vintage look with modern twist, and all-caps typesetting has an especially retro edge. Gist Rough Light Three is free; the other weights are £13.99 each.
Alt Retro is an eye-catching, multi-lined, five-weight typeface that oozes retro charm. Created by Cyprus-based designer Andreas Leonidou, it’s free for both personal and commercial use.
Described as a “typographic picnic”, Typnic is a retro calligraphy font family with eighteen different styles. Typnic Titling is the free version, and will add an elegant vintage script effect to your designs.
Evoking early 20th century cinema, Lichtspiele - designed by Stefan Huebsch – is a vintage free font that’s packed with character. Of the five styles, Lichtspiele Trailer is free.
Designer Morgan Knutson has applied a pay-what-you-can personal use license to his condensed uppercase typeface, Mensch. There are four weights - regular, thin, inline and bold - and a one-five commercial license is $40.
A reversed-stress typeface designed for display use, Orwellian is guaranteed to add atmosphere to your designs. It was inspired by the concepts explored in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four, and is another font that comes with a pay-what-you-want personal use license.
Another free font from Decade Type Foundry, American Brewery Rough is a quirky retro typeface that’s ideal for vintage signage and labeling, and free for personal use.
Free for personal use, Hooverville is a vintage 1920s-1930s era font that’s perfect for adding a retro touch to your illustrations.
This elaborate free retro font features rounded flourishes for a strong, vintage look. Created by West Wind Fonts, and the second 'Cast Iron’ font in this list, it’s free to download.
Sho-Card-Caps is well-suited to drop caps and headlines. An adaptation of standard 1930s font Futura Display, it’s inspired by “hand-lettered posters from a bygone era” says designer Nick Curtis.
Krinks is a retro script font with decorative capital letters. It’s free for personal use only.
Fenwick is a stunning sans serif, display font family published by Typodermic Fonts Inc. Of the eight weights available, Fenwick Outline is free.
This angular geometric free font is a versatile creation that’s well-suited to a variety of uses, from graphic design to motion and apparel.
The first ever typeface from lettering artist Simon Walker, Matchbook is characterised by extended forms and rounded serifs, and includes a textured version reminiscent of letterpress type. It has a pay-what-you-want personal use license, or you can get a commercial license for $30.
With a personality-packed vintage aesthetic, Hand Shop Typography C30, by Fontscafe, is free for personal use.
A sans-serif hand-letting font, Savu has four styles: regular, bold, condensed and condensed bold. Savu Condensed is free.
Melon Gradient is the free font in this heavyweight retro family designed by Jonathan Hill. It’s ideal for use on print, web, motion, T-shirts and apparel, and the additional weights will set you back £21.95 each.
A premium letterpress family with rectangular letterforms and authentic, hand-crafted texture, Sucrose is a distressed font with two free weights.
Variane Script is a friendly retro font with rounded terminals and a graceful rhythm. It’s free for personal use; for commercial use you need to contact the creator, Work Ins Studio.
Clear line is a retro script font with a unique style, designed by prolific typeface designer Måns Grebäck. It’s free for personal use only.
Add a vintage touch with retro font Marmellata Jam. Designed by FontsCafe, it’s free for commercial use and other weights are available with a commercial license.
According to designer Brian Bonislawsky, Yesteryear is a “flat nib connecting script font” loosely based on the title screen from 1942 film, The Palm Beach Story. Free for both commercial and personal use, it has a sharper feel than the source and is reminiscent of the chrome scripts of vintage automobilia.
Graphic designer Ben Dalrymple’s Avril features strong lines with rounded, soft terminals. The result is a versatile collection of strong, friendly letterforms, which you can use with a pay-what-you-want personal use license.
Based on 1960s advertisement scripts, Måns Grebäck’s elegant vintage font Yaquote is free for personal use only.
Like Yaquote, but prefer a more distressed design? Esplanade Script - also by Måns Grebäck - is perfect for when you need some vintage calligraphy handwriting.
Ranger is a weighty display face created by designer Evan Huwa. It comes in four styles, and has a pay-what-you-want personal use license.
An all caps, condensed typeface, Canter makes for a contemporary retro free font available in six different weights. It’s perfect for vintage titles, headlines and posters.
Alexey Frolic’s wide contemporary slab serif Silverflake balances an old-style vibe with modern curves for a retro, yet up-to-date aesthetic. The all-caps font is free for personal and commercial use, and contains some alternative characters.
Fancy Me is the first font from Marie-Michelle Dupuis, who describes the vibe as “edgy, yet feminine”, and says it’s free for personal and commercial use.
Nautilus is a modern script with smooth contrast and a vintage twist. Perfect for use in headings, logos and posters, the font contains a lot of ligatures, stylistic alternates and swashes, and is free for personal use.
Another cracking vintage display font from Andreas Leonidou, REN is available in four weights, supports Greek, and is free for commercial and personal use.
For a handmade decorative typeface with a retro twist, try Curely by Jakarta-based Konstantine studio. The makers say the design is “cuteness overload”, but we think in a certain light it also has a Halloween feel. Lovely stuff.
Free for both personal and commercial use, King Basil is a free brush font designed by Missy Meyer. It’s ideal for retro and vintage design or illustration projects, where you need to add a hand-drawn aesthetic.
The LogMAR chart is the chart you see at the optometrist office to test your eyes. Optician Sans is a font inspired by historical eye charts bring a classic, intellectual touch to your next project.
Looking for the perfect typeface to create a vintage logo, branding or packaging project? Step up Sonder, a curvy free font that comes with both serif and sans-serif characters, in distressed and non-distressed form, and in black, bold and regular weights. A sample version is available for free, and the full typeface can be purchased for commercial use.
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