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When it comes to fancy fonts, the Blackletter typeface often comes out as one of the most popular. You may be more familiar with the terms Old English or Gothic. Regardless of what name you know these letter styles by, one thing remains the same – this is one dramatic typeface that could bring the kind of impact you’re hoping to achieve.

Some Blackletter History

If you feel that this typeface is old school, you’re absolutely right. It came from the middle of the 12th century, used mostly around Western Europe. You’ll notice that one distinct character of the Blackletter typeface is the transition between thin and thick strokes. For some of the more elaborate font styles, you would also notice intricate swirls that add a more graceful touch.

The Blackletter typeface was actually used in the Gutenburg Bible, which is one of the very first books to be published in Europe. But just like any other typeface, it evolved through the years, with other font families formed under it.

By the 1500’s, Italic and Roman typefaces became more popular simply because they are easier to read especially when it comes to heavy body text. They are also easier to print. Almost everybody in Europe readily made the switch, although Germany still continued to use Blackletter, as well as other German-speaking countries.

It was around the 1920’s when designers and publishers from Germany started to opt for the less elaborate sans serif typefaces. Hitler, however, still stuck with the Blackletter typeface, favoring the specific font family “Fraktur”, which he called as the “people’s font” or “Volk”. Because of this, a lot of people associated the entire typeface to the Nazis.

Blackletter Today

Despite its intricacies, the Blackletter typeface is still among the most commonly favored by designers simply because it creates a serious and scholarly look. You’ll see the font in use on certificates, diplomas and the like, as well as in popular names like The New York Times, Corona, and Disneyland.

Other fonts based on this centuries-old typeface have also emerged in recent years, showing that people are still fascinated by this style and are still trying to replicate its form. Not surprising at all, considering how quickly this typeface transports you to the classics, back to the time when people actually took the time to sit and work on the way they wrote each word.

Here are 20 beautiful blackletter fonts that you could use as inspiration for your next project:

Modern Gothic Font

modern gothic font-min

Modern gothic blackletter font. Best work in big font size, such as 60pt and bigger.

Buy $12

AZ Wings

AZ Wings-min

This font was designed solely for use as a headline with unique complementing ascenders and decenders.

Buy $20

Blackbird

Blackbird

A modern and stylish blackletter font. Blackbird can be used for t shirts, posters, bands and others.

Buy $8

QUGER

QUGER

Quger is a horror font perfect for any horror movie, band logo, branding materials, ect.

Buy $8

Harsh Typeface

Harsh Typeface-min

A new typeface with classy, elegant and vintage feel character set. To create the beautiful combination, just mix the uppercase and lowercase then mix with the alternative glyphs.

Buy $15

Clobot Typeface

Clobot Typeface-min

Clobot was inspired from clean and elegant graphics, made with a simple style and elegant look. The typeface includes a full set of uppercase and lowercase letters as well as multi-lingual and currency support, numerals, punctuations, alternates, ligatures and some extra glyphs.

Buy $17

Screter

Screter-min

A fresh blackletter font with a progressive edge. Comes equip with ligatures and opentype alternates that can be used for various purposes.

Buy $22

HURACÁN

HURACAN-min

A typeface inspired in tattoo letters, vintage signs, and street art. It works well with normal size text, but it works even better for large displays, short words, or even just to incorporate a few or single characters in a design. Suitable for many creative products & tattoo designs, like posters, t-shirt, street wear, logo, signage, headlines, etc.

Buy $15

Aseina Typeface

Aseina Typeface-min

Aseina typeface is new typeface with classy, elegant and vintage feel character set. To create the beautiful combination, just mix the uppercase and lowercase then mix with the alternative glyphs. The aseina typeface includes a full set of capital and lowercase letters, as well as multi-lingual support, currency figures, numerals, punctuation & some extra glyphs.

Buy $15

New Capricorn

New Capricorn

Capricorn is a new font with a classy, elegant, and vintage character set. To create the beautiful combination, just mix the uppercase and lowercase then mix with the alternative glyphs.

Buy $12

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

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