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How do you define a hipster?
A hipster is a person who stays updated with the latest trends; someone who is hip. Yet another definition for hipster means having a retro or a throwback vibe. Quite confusing, to be honest, but in graphic design and typography, being “hipster” may mean having a unique and somewhat vintage look without being outdated.
I think of it as in between the old and the new. Old in the sense that the designs aren’t too flashy or high-tech looking, but new because instead of looking grimy or way too grungy, the designs retain texture without looking antiquated. I believe that simplicity plays a huge role on having a hipster design and for fonts, certain typefaces look more hipster than others.
Remember the typefaces you saw on pinup posters or those which come from black and white photos?
Those are hipster fonts.
Hipster fonts remind me of the days when speedball pens and paintbrushes were used to achieve appealing fonts. Stencil-type letters are also great candidates for hipster-looking texts. Calligraphy fonts can be considered hipster as well.
When you’re looking for something which isn’t mainstream, more unique, and charming in its own quite old but kinda new way, I believe the following fonts are for you. Below you will find 70 fonts that scream hipster.
If you have presentations which need that bit of a hipster touch or perhaps you’d like to make a card with that hipster vibe, you can use these fonts for your project and make your finished product look instantly hipsterific.
Remember to play a bit with the colors and maybe even try combining these fonts with various textures to give your work a unique. For example, this parental control app used our fonts for their newsletter.
The power of fonts should not be underestimated. For just a quick example before diving into our topic – fonts are an important choice for any number of different activities that organizations like charities engage in, and every major charitable organization will have their own font family that they standardize their brand on.
In fact, most of these charities have entire brand identity kits, detailing exactly how their visual representation should look. One of the best known charities in the US – the American Red Cross – even discusses when and how specific fonts should be used to represent their brand. You can see a lot of this kind of creative thinking going into their current holiday giving campaign.
Looking for more free fonts? Check out our font roundup articles:
- 75 Free Fonts You’ll be Tempted to Download
- 85 Free Retro Fonts for Your Design Toolbox
- 60 Free Vintage Fonts for Design Entrepreneurs
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