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Vintage used to have a different appeal. You mention vintage in any crowd and they think old, tired, and uninspiring. People were in such a rush to move into the future that anything related to the past was considered as a hands-off zone.
It’s a good thing that design trends evolve through time. Otherwise, vintage designs would never have received the kind of attention that it deserves.
Mention vintage nowadays and a different impression comes to mind. People hear the word ‘vintage’ and they see something classical, something that’s handpicked and considered superior, something that has been tested through time, something that will never go out of style.
It is this definition of vintage that has inspired so many designers all over the world, allowing them to make the most out of what the earliest designers created.
It is this kind of inspiration that is seen when you use different vintage fonts, showing you that the forefathers of design definitely knew what they were doing.
The Impact of Your Font Choice
What does your font choice have to do with anything?
Well, vintage design is not just about faded images and rough textures. It’s not just about the use of old photos and neutral colors. It has to be about the design as a whole, with each small element having that vintage touch.
You want your audiences reading the text on your design as if they were back in the Old West, waiting for the next carriage to come along.
You want them remembering milk shakes and burgers at the diner with all those roller skating waitresses moving around in time with the boogie music. You want them walking around when skyscrapers barely reached half of the tallest buildings today.
This is how huge the impact of your font choice is. Everything else behind and around it may look vintage, but applying a modern font on top of it all could ruin the daydream for most of them.
Beautiful Vintage Fonts
Below are 35 beautiful vintage fonts that you can use for your design.
Look at how well they work with your design ideas and see how big if a difference they can make on your overall design. These fonts disprove the belief that written content is not exactly part of the design team’s problem. These fonts show that when it comes to creating impact in design, the words do have it as well.
Morning Glory inspired from Victorian age, take a culture of fashions, politic and art its really great font for your band, company, label, clothing company, vintage or classic stuff, etc.
This font was inspired by lettering found on old stock certificate on the 19th century and comes with two guilloche borders, which makes national currency very useful.
Gin by Fort Foundry
Gin is a vintage display typeface was inspired by the likes of old serifs and classic bottles of whiskey and gin.
Baker Street by Kimmy Design
Baker Street delivers a multitude of Opentype features, primarily including hundreds of discretionary ligatures that connect letter pairs through varying flourishes.
These distinct ligatures are used in combinations between two capital letters, two lowercase letters, uppercase to lowercase pairs and specific number combinations.
For a number of capital and lowercase letters, large swashes expand above and below the characters. Contextual swashes are also applied to some characters when placed at the beginning or end of a word.
Enigton is a revival monogram typeface based on virkotype combination monograms issued by the American Type Founders in 1920’s. Once dominated the printing industry, the typeface is now in the hands of public domain due to the defunct of ATF decade ago & lacking of active descendants.
MB Picture House by M-B Creative
Small caps art deco font inspired by the golden age of Hollywood and childhood trips to the Majestic Cinema. Two styles, each with three weights. Picture House One is sharp and crisp, Picture House Two has a slightly ‘Out of Focus’ look to it. Both come with extended language support and oldstyle numbers, giving a lot of scope for may uses.
Journal Sans New by ParaType
The Journal Sans typeface was developed in the Type Design Department of SPA of Printing Machinery in Moscow in 1940–1956 by the group of designers under Anatoly Schukin.
It was based on Erbar Grotesk by Jacob Erbar and Metro Sans by William A. Dwiggins, the geometric sans-serifs of the 1920s with the pronounced industrial spirit. Journal Sans, Rublenaya (Sans-Serif), and Textbook typefaces were the main Soviet sans-serifs.
So no wonder that it was digitized quite early, in the first half of 1990s. Until recently, Journal Sans consisted of three faces and retained all the problems of early digitization, such as inaccurate curves or side-bearings copied straight from metal-type version.
Introducing the new Multazam Typeface, another display serif font with handdraw style. Handdraw style and a touch of ornament makes this font look old and stylist. Plus OpenType features with Stylistic Alternates in some characters that allows you to mix and match pairs of letters to fit your design. This font good for vintage design, t-shirt, logo, labels, posters and etc.
Caston is a revival typeface based on Morris Fuller Benton’s modified litho – initially designed and issued by Inland Type Foundry back in 1907, later modified and issued by American Type Founders in 1917 after the merge.
Not only the typeface is now in the hands of public domain due to the defunct of ATF decade ago & lacking of active descendants – no known digital font was found in the web, until now.
Magnifika inspired by the vintage lettering with lowercase and also a bit taste of victorian. This fonts especially for the display, but it’s still good when you use for long wording. Magnifika best use for the Posters, Headlines, Logos and with vintage design.
Insurance Maps Font
This font was inspired by the Sanborn Map Company’s 1909 insurance map catalog.
Holden typeface is a vintage font, useful to create a vintage apparel design, logotype, and labeling. the uppercase is in shadowed style. available in otf and ttf.
Lakester is a layered type family inspired by vintage american west poster, loaded with 300 glyphs. This family best for logotype, gig poster, letterhead, dropcap, titles, and any artworks.
Highbinder Display Font is the newest font from SEAN Co. and was inspired by prohibitionist era typography. The font comes in a clean and rough style, supports latin languages, and is perfect for Logos, Posters, Mock-Ups, and much more!
Sherlock Pro delivers a multitude of Opentype features, primarily including hundreds of discretionary ligatures that connect letter pairs through varying flourishes.
These distinct ligatures are used in combinations between two capital letters, two lowercase letters, uppercase to lowercase pairs and specific number combinations. For select capital and lowercase letters, large swashes expand above and below the characters.
Contextual swashes are also applied to some characters when placed at the beginning or end of a word. Stylistic Alternatives offer smaller swashes on leading capital letters.
Introducing the new Splandor Typeface, another display serif font with hand-draw style and a touch of ornament makes this font look old and stylist. Plus OpenType features with Stylistic Alternates in some characters that allows you to mix and match pairs of letters to fit your design. This font good for vintage design, t-shirt, logo, labels, posters and etc.
Voltage by Laura Worthington
Voltage, created by award-winning typeface and lettering designer Laura Worthington, is an unexpected and energetic standout in the world of script fonts, breaking free from formal classifications while retaining the degree of personality we treasure in hand lettering.
Her primary goal was unique: readability with personality. Gone are the large loops, the frilliness, and the choice of beauty and elegance over utility.
Core Deco by S-Core
Core Deco is an Art Deco Fonts Family which consists of various styles, inspired by some art deco posters from late 1930’s to 1950’s. There are two major styles of this type family. One is thin and elegant, and the other has strong contrast.
Each style has alternative shape-like 3-D structures, patterns, outlines and so on. Except for Core Deco, others are named Core Deco A,B,C as their styles. Basically every single font of Core Deco family has geometric shape and two width variations of characters, narrow and wide.
Centrifuge by Midwest Type
Originally inspired by manufacturer badges on old laboratory equipment, Centrifuge sports soft geometric shapes, wedge serifs, and sharply-angled terminals.
Quirky but versatile, Centrifuge can appear anywhere from formal and elegant to funky and chunky depending on how it’s set. Centrifuge is suitable for short-form text and headlines but really sings in an all-caps setting with generous tracking.
Stay Gold by Decade Typefoundry
Stay Gold Script is a highly usable, powerful typeface. Perfect for everything from street wear brand to wedding invitations, sports team logos to band logos. Use it however you see fit. Just one thing – it’s not designed for all-caps settings.
Roper by Andrew Footit
Roper is a western styled font that comes in a sans and a serif version, each version has a regular, press light and a press heavy option. The press versions are a letterpress/stamped style.
Although Roper is an all caps family of fonts and was designed as a display font, it can be used in many ways. Roper gives the user many options to choose from with regards to styling, this helps bring whatever it is you are creating with Roper font, come to life.
Back to 1880-1900. When a number of events were coming together ; the country was evolving from a local market economy to mass merchandising, rail systems were being built and color lithography was becoming more affordable.
The first rail cars full of oranges were being shipped from Southern California to the East – what a treat during a cold winter’s day. Labels were pasted on every fruit crate and these labels had large images of oranges and orange groves.
With technological advances in soldered cans, canneries popped up all over the country. In order to market their products many California Canneries pooled their resources to form the California Fruit Canners Assn. in 1899. This font was inspired from that era. Loaded with alternates, swashes, stylistic and multilingual support.
Almost 300 Alternate Glyphs Added include Small Capitals Features.
Felisha is a multipurpose bold typeface which can be used in both modern or vintage design style. Felisha comes with 2 different styles: Regular and Rough. They are suitable for retro sign, vintage-style, badge, branding, poster, etc.
Palm Canyon Drive
Mid-century California was a magical place. Post-war optimism fueled the popularity of everything from Hollywood to roadside diners. Palm Canyon Drive is a monoline script inspired by retro matchbook covers, travel postcards, Tikki bars and Hollywood. With a classy yet unpretentious tone Palm Canyon Drive is as comfortable on a Tikki bar matchbook cover as it is on a Hollywood movie poster.
Schwager by Latinotype
Schwager is a steampunk slab serif typeface with an industrial accent in a contemporary tone. Its strong structure and male, makes it ideal for titles, headlines and brands of male lifestyle, technology and trend. This typeface contains alternate glyphs that help to emphasize text or headlines.
This one-of-a-kind product includes, not only a the Seaworthy font, but over 80 original, hand drawn vectors, which are perfect for wedding invitations, logos, packaging, flyers and more! Use the elements in any project you want, personal or commercial.
Carol Gothic by ParaType
Carol Gothic is a traditional blackletter face closest to Linotype’s Old English. Typefaces of that style were used quite frequently in the 19th century English typography, so Carol Gothic fits perfectly for Victorian–looking designs but it is also suitable for any layouts which need blackletter. The type is designed by Alexandra Korolkova and Alexander Lubovenko and released by ParaType in 2015.