In this post, we bring to you a collection of high-quality vintage and retro fonts to add a touch of nostalgia to your work.
When designing influenced by the art and culture of a particular era, it is best to choose fonts that visually represent that time period. And that is why we have included typefaces inspired by the aesthetics of different times, whether it is classical style from the early 1900s, the pop art style of 50s and 60s or the movies, music and visuals from the 80s and 90s, you have it all!
You will find a mix of different styles of fonts, from retro script fonts to brush typefaces, bold all caps fonts to narrow condensed fonts, from monoline scripts to multiline fonts, pixel fonts, vintage wedding font and many more. These fonts are perfect for your vintage and retro style design projects such as flyers, banners, invitations, t-shirts, posters and logo design.
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Our collection has both free and premium fonts and we have put them in different sections for easy browsing. The retro 80s and 90s designs are trending now, you’ll find below a pretty good selection of both free and paid fonts that are influenced by the font styles from these iconic decades. Please note that some of these links may contain affiliate ids. Read on to get a preview of these fonts as well as the links to their download pages.
Free Vintage & Retro Fonts
All these fonts are free for personal and/or commercial use. A couple of them like Pacifico and Lobster are also available on Google Fonts from where you can embed them in your websites. We have included the links to Google Fonts directory wherever applicable.
Streetwear is bold and stylish retro inspired script typeface suitable for logo, poster, branding, packaging and t-shirt design. It looks like 1960s and 70s fashion and sport related typeface, unique and fun at the same time.
You can access Streetwear’s alternate characters by using OpenType savvy programs such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Designed by Artimasa Studio.
Sabo is a free 8-bit pixel font inspired by the pixelated font styles of the 80’s. Available in two styles- Filled and Outline that you can combine to create a 3D effect. The font is perfect for your retro arcade themed designs for games, t-shirts and posters.
Designed by Philippe Moesch, Sabo is available for free download in OTF format.
A vintage look Bernier is an all caps font. This free font comes with 3 different styles (Regular, Distressed & Shade). It is perfect for vintage badge, old school style typography, and logotype.
We used its regular and shaded styles in creating our free poster: Stay Hungry Stay Foolish – Inspirational Quote Poster.
Font designed by Ryan Pyae. Available for free download in TTF format.
Streamster is an 80’s style inspired script font designed by Youssef Habchi. The font is perfect for creating retro style posters and headlines. Available for download in TTF format, Streamster is free for use in personal projects.
Carosello by Unio is a marker font inspired by the vintage ads. Created with a real sharpie to preserve and show typically hand-written imperfections.
This highly versatile hand-made font is perfect for creating stunning 1950s hand-lettered quotes, inspirational phrases and vintage designs. Font formats: OTF & TTF.
Ansley Display is a slab serif retro inspired typeface made by graphic designer Kady Jesko. Designed for headlines and large displays.
This free font comes in 6 different styles – regular, bold, black, inline, outline and light as TTF font files.
Good Times Regular
Good Times is a 1980’s techno headline font inspired by the lettering used on Pontiac cars from about 1989-1994. Uniform weight lines and disconnected strokes give its letterforms a futuristic feeling. It comes in 15 styles and its regular weight is available for free download in TTF format. Designed by Typodermic Fonts.
Related read: 25 Sci-Fi and Techno Fonts
West Side from Artimasa Studio is a block-styled handcrafted typeface inspired by the 1980’s handmade poster designs and illustrations. West Side retro font is free for use in personal and commercial projects. Font Format: OTF.
Still Time is a free 1980’s rock and roll inspired display font. The font license allows free commercial use. Designed by Typodermic Fonts, Still Time is available for download in TTF format.
Lobster is a bold condensed script font that includes hundreds of subtle ligatures and alternates.
Created by Impallari Type, Lobster is also available on Google Web Fonts Directory from where you can embed it on your website. Font Format: OTF.
Lazer 84 by Juan Hodgson is a free retro style brush font inspired by the 80’s. The font includes numbers, symbols and accents. Available in TTF format.
Alt Retro Typeface
Alt Retro Typeface by Andreas Leonidou is a multiline font that reminds of old colorful disco signages. It is a unicase font with rounded characters.
Alt Retro is available in 5 weights – Thin, Light, Regular, Bold and Black. Font Format: TTF.
A stylish thin font, Lorena features sharp serifs and is available in 3 weights – Regular, Medium and Bold.
Created by Arnold Hoepker, the font can be downloaded for free in TTF format.
Designed by Vernon Adams, Pacifico is a fun brush script handwriting font inspired by the 1950s American surf culture. Pacifico is also available on Google Fonts for use in your web design project. Font Format: TTF.
Metropolis, by Josip Kelava, is an Art Deco style font inspired by the industrial movement of the 1920’s.
Featuring double lines, Metropolis is a bold typeface perfect for when you are working on a retro or retro-futuristic look in your work. Available for free download as OTF file.
Charming is a hand drawn font inspired by the vintage American and folk lettering. It is suitable for logos, signage design, ads, posters and lettering quotes.
Designed by Anastasia Dimitriadi the font is delivered in OpenType format and supports Latin, Greek and Cyrillic character set.
Nickainley is a monoline script handwriting font with a touch of classic and vintage in uppercase, lowercase characters, numeral, and punctuation.
Created by Seniors Studio, this font can be used for various purposes such as logos, badges, wedding invitations, t-shirts, signage, posters, etc. Font format: OTF.
A formal cursive font, Marketing Script features flowing, connected characters with excellent legibility. The font comes in 3 styles – Regular, Inline and Shadow.
Designed by typographer Dieter Steffmann, the font can be downloaded completely free as TTF font files.
Arkana Script Vintage Font
Arkana is an elegant brush script font with a wonderful vintage look. It comes in two styles – vintage and rough to give your designs an authentic handcrafted feel. Arkana Script would perfectly suit for your stationery, logos and much more.
The download package includes TTF, Open Type, and Web Fonts formats. Font designed by Maulana Creative.
Maxwell by Ryan Pyae is a family of 3 font weights – Light, Regular and Bold.
Sporting a vintage look, this font is applicable for any type of graphic design for web, print, motion graphics etc and is perfect for headlines and logotypes/wordmarks. Font format: TTF.
An uppercase only font, REN is a free retro font by designer Andreas Leonidou.
The font comes in four different styles: Regular, Duo, Retro & Shadow and is best suited for posters, logos, and motion graphics, etc. Font format: TTF.
Narrow and condensed, Matchbook is a set of two typefaces – a serif and a sans-serif version. Sporting rounded characters, each set includes all accented characters and works beautifully at larger scales.
Designed by One by Four studio, the font is available for download in OTF format.
Grand Hotel by Astigmatic finds its inspiration from the title screen of the 1937 film Cafe Metropole. This condensed upright connecting script has a classic vintage vibe to it.
It has a wonderful weight to it that feels subtly tied to Holiday and Bakery themed designs, even though it can work outside that genre. Font format: OTF. Grand Hotel is also available on Google Fonts.
Devious Typeface – a simple, minimalistic font with retro feel by Graptail that is absolutely free. Full of alternative characters, this font is suitable for greeting cards, posters, labels and invitation design whenever you aim for a hand drawn vintage look. Font formats – OTF & TTF.
This unicase font has a romantic feel to it and is perfect for designing vintage wedding invitations. You may also want to check out our collection of romantic & wedding fonts and these handdrawn laurel wreath vectors if you’re working on wedding themed projects :)
Intro free font from FontFabric comes in two styles – Inline and Regular. It belongs to the Intro font family that consists of 72 unique font styles and weights. Free download includes 4 font files.
The font family is characterized by excellent legibility both in print and on the web, a well-finished geometric design, optimized kerning, etc. Font format: OTF, TTF, EOT and, WOFF.
Endless Bummer by Aaron May is a radical hand drawn font based on 80’s skateboard graphics, brands, and culture. In upper and lowercase, it can be downloaded for free in OTF format.
Premium Vintage & Retro Fonts
Below you will find the best selling retro and vintage fonts from CreativeMarket. Most of these fonts sport OpenType features like ligatures and alternates and many of them come with some special bonus items too, which we think adds value to the premium fonts over free fonts. On purchasing these fonts, you also get free access to all their future updates.
A hand-made brush typeface inspired by 80s-90s music, retro, disco, and pop culture. Sporting a grungy look, Thunderstorm is perfect for use in designing poster, logo, clothing, books, invitation, logo, etc.
On purchasing this font, you will get TTF, OTF files and AI file for extra retro vector art. Font designer: Aiyari Studio.
Movie titles from the 80s and early 90s inspire the design behind Copper typeface from Drizy. Its edgy font style with tapered strokes and sharp corners will work especially well for band logos, event posters and invitations. The font comes in both TTF and OTF formats.
Another premium retro font from Aiyari Studio, The Moonlight combines ball pen handwritten style with 1990’s influence in its design. The purchase includes two font files in OTF format, one for regular font and the other for swashes and a bonus retro style vector graphic pack.
The Artisan Collection
The Artisan Collection by Hustle Supply Co. includes 4 versatile vintage fonts that work together semalessly. A condensed small caps font Holtzman, vintage script with alternate swashy characters Barley Script, sans serif Heinberg and condensed serif trade Supply. All these fonts are available in multiple styles including clean, rounded and textured.
All typefaces include western characters. Suitable for digital lettering, prints, logo, poster, t-shirt and packaging. Font format: OTF. Download also comes with bonus vintage shapes and logo templates.
Aprille, a display vintage font by Victor Barac, comes with tons of cool characters, symbols, and OpenType Features. Aprille Typeface is perfect for quotes, logos, apparel, advertising, wedding invitations and packaging design.
Bayshore by Sam Parrett is a monoline script font that will give your text a ‘straight out of the 80’s’ look. Perfect for creating slick and stylish lettering for logos, product packaging and much more.
10 neon glow effects (as seen in the image above) are also included with the purchase as Photoshop styles. The font is available in OTF format and comes with extra end and underline swashes.
Veneer Font Family
Veneer from Yellow Design Studio is a high resolution hand-crafted letterpress font that’s vintage and authentic with a touch of grunge.
Download package includes 8 fonts in OTF format: Veneer, Veneer Italic, Veneer Two, Veneer Two Italic, Veneer Three, Veneer Three Italic, Veneer Extras, Veneer Extras Italic. It’s highly customizable with six distress options for every letter and three for all other characters. You can mix and match as desired to create realistic letterpress type.
Alitide, a vintage font with modern western style. It comes with many stylistic alternates. You can use this font for various purposes such as logo, t-shirt, posters, lable, letterhead, book cover, etc.
Font designed by Alit Design. On purchasing, you will get fonts in two styles – Alitide and Alitide Stamp in both OTF and TTF formats.
Outrunner Retro Script
Outrunner by TSV Creative is a retro script font that brings you back to the 80’s era! This font is suitable for your retro, classic and also modern design such as signature, logo, branding, invitation, merchandise and more.
The font comes with alternate glyphs and is available for download in OTF and TTF formats.
Fibre – Vintage Font
Fibre is a handwritten vintage feel font with grainy texture. All its basic characters are unique and not one has the same noise. The kerning and font metricks are designed to suit the best reading experience an all caps font can have.
Designed by Wild Ones, the font can be downloaded as OTF font file.
Groovy Retro Script
Groovy script is a bold sporty font that draws inspiration by the retro typography designs of the late 1960’s and 70’s. The font comes bundled with regular and extrude font files so you can easily create retro extrude effect as seen in the above image.
Designed by Hendra Pratama, Groovy retro script font includes 593 glyphs with open type features including stylistic alternates, swashes and ligatures. Font format: OTF.
Anaheim Gothic Font
Anaheim Gothic is a bold, geometric, sans serif display font inspired by and designed for vintage logo & packaging design.
Created by Vintage Type Co., the font comes with full upper & lower case, including a couple of basic ligatures, and also comes equipped with multilingual support. On purchasing, you’ll get OTF and TTF font files.
Ocean Twelve Font
Ocean Twelve & Ocean Twelve Script, by joelmaker, is a playful duo of modern display and handwritten fonts inspired by vintage typography on posters, books and CD covers.
You can use it for your next handcrafted projects: Poster, Banner, Illustration, Cover, Flyer, Card Name, etc. On purchasing, you’ll also get bonus Ocean Twelve catchwords. Available as OTF, TTF and Web fonts.
Mystery Tour Display Font
Mystery Tour is a americana-inspired, layered display face that comes with a bonus sans serif. This font is great for packaging, cover design, posters and logos.
Included with your purchase are: Mystery Tour Clean, Mystery Tour Decorative, Mystery Tour Shadow and Mystery Tour Sans fonts in OTF format.
Celestial Fonts & Vintage Pattern
Made by Celcius design, Celestial Typeface combines modern and classic Victorian typography of the 1800s. It includes alternates, ligatures, old style numbering. It comes with bonus Illustrator vintage patterns, ornaments and decorative borders.
Suitable for wine packaging, labeling, logo, classic shop, coffee shop, movie title, etc. Available for download in OTF format.
Les Paul Font Family
Les Paul is a retro font family inspired by post cards and advertising from 50’s and early 60’s. It has 7 styles – lined, normal, outline and 4 different inline styles that you can combine to produce stunning typography. It also includes some extra retro ornaments.
Made by Vintage Voyage Design Co, this display font is available for purchase in OTF format.
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