As times change so do different cultures and trends. There are certain things that fade away or that lose their touch and other things that find new breath or find a new life completely. These are the types of cultures and trends we look to when we design fonts, fashion pieces, and many other different creations.
The result of this then is that we find a huge mixture of different trends from different eras in modern works of art. Artists of today still look to Picasso for inspiration, but they also focus on developing their own styles. This doesn’t only stretch as far as influences are concerned but it can involve the combination of different genres, different art periods, and different cultural meanings.
Has graffiti culture influenced font designers?
As with everything, the fonts of the world are also stained with other aspects of the past and maybe even the future. In fonts you will see that designers draw inspiration from their immediate environments or from a different time period. Cursive fonts may have travelled back to the Middle Ages for help and fonts like Ubuntu have delved into African culture to find the roots behind the meaning of their typeface.
Graffiti is a cultural norm that has also found its way into online typeface design.
Graffiti was once a method of self-definition; a way in which groups identified themselves with each other. It was a way for them to mark their territory so that when other groups decide to venture into the perimeters, they know who they are dealing with. It has not only become a way of life for these groups, but it has also evolved into a sub-culture and there are many people who belong to it; who are defined by it.
Please don’t use graffiti fonts in your next CV!
There are many different types of cool graffiti fonts available, and they look cool as headers in certain projects. However, this is where these fonts must stay. They aren’t as easily accepted by the professional world and it is difficult for them to be read in a formal sense of the word. This doesn’t mean that they are subordinate or inferior to other fonts. It just means that it is better read in other spheres of writing.
Generally speaking, cool graffiti fonts are very difficult to read in small and larger fonts. When designing a logo or writing a professional document, the reader may not be able to make out what it says and turn away rather than stay and read it.
The graffiti fonts on Fontex look really hip and funky, but they aren’t suited for the professional industry. They are all free graffiti fonts so if you want to download it for other purposes, feel free to do so. We combine all the best graffiti fonts available online on one website. Here are a few that will look cool elsewhere, but not necessarily on the business side of things.
Graffiti font #5 → Van Berger
The Van Berger Font is a very futuristic stencil font that brings the future of the world to you. It combines the use of graffiti and traditional stencils in order to create this cool graffiti font. Where the characters of letters and numbers turn on the page, gaps are left, giving it a totally geometrical look. It is clean, clinical, and uniformed, and works best on websites as headers. You may experience some trouble when writing in a smaller font, but it is not completely impossible. It has been formatted mainly for graphic design purposes used in Adobe creator programmes and it supports different operating systems like Linux, Microsoft Windows, or Mac.
Graffiti font #4 → Cut Outs
Where regular graffiti fonts are primarily focussed on writing in capitals, Cut Outs font is a breath of fresh air. It is writing in both uppercase and lowercase, and it provides a neat look to the document. Even though this look might not be best suited for professional purposes, it looks good on websites and as headers for logos. It was initially designed to be used as a car insurance advertisement font, but it soon seeped into the internet. It can be used for both commercial and personal design, or to accompany certain types of illustrations.
Graffiti font #3 → Aldo
The Aldo font is a bold typeface that reminds you a bit of the 1980s, but it looks a little bit more futuristic. The letters leave open spaces between another giving you ample space for easy reading and writing. Graphic designers love this free graffiti font, because it lends a uniqueness to their work. Each individual letter contains a number of spaces that act as dividers to give it a sectional look. It combines geometric with the abstract by portraying a selection of curves and square corners. It is quite a thick font and would be best used in a larger size.
Graffiti font #2 → Trendy University
The Trendy University font is where the lines and boundaries absolutely don’t meet. This leaves space for a lot of creativity to flow freely between words, between letters, as well as between individual letters. The characters don’t connect with each other, giving it a rebellious look by ignoring all trends, laws, and rules of writing. This is so true to the university and the university student: those who don’t play by the rules and who end up become absolute success stories. This font is quite difficult to read in a smaller size and would best when made larger.
Graffiti font #1 → Octin Spraypaint
This is the truest graffiti font on Fontex’s website. It holds the basic essence of street art true to its core in the sense that it resembles spray paint. Graffiti in general is a very haphazard thing when it comes to tagging on walls and there aren’t really any formations or rules to adhere to. There are often spray paint lines over the letters that don’t belong, but still give it a certain type of feel. Octin Spraypaint font is a font that portrays that exact type of can-do attitude.