19+ Cool Cursive Fonts: Best Free Downloads in 2017

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What are Cursive Fonts?

You may get overwhelmed when you look at all of the font choices that you have to choose from. What is the purpose of all of these different typography styles? How are they different? There are so many different categories in typography out there that choosing the right one can be difficult for many. However, every font does have its own unique uses. For instance, cursive fonts have their own specific uses. You would never consider using cursive style fonts for formal papers that are to be handed in at school. Here is a closer look at the history of this font as well as uses for it.

When to use a Cursive Font?

What makes cursive typefaces unique is that it very much resembles that of when people use handwriting. The origin of this type of font really goes all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries. They often replicate the styles of such masters as George Shelley, George Bickham, and George Snell. The form of the letters looks as though it was made by a quill or some other well-made pen when writing. That is because these both have fine and thick strokes that create a unique look to them when writing. The typefaces that were created based upon this writing style were created in the late 18th century and early 19th century. There have been a variety of more contemporary revivals of this type of font that created a split in this category of both formal and casual script type.

The formal scripts tend to follow the more traditional style of fonts that have been discussed above from the early centuries. These are typefaces that tend to be used for more formal situations, such as for the diplomas or for invitations. You will typically see this style on wedding invitations or thank you cards for wedding or showers. Now casual scripts are a more recent design form, which really started back in the early 20th century. The style here looks more like a brush stroke rather than a person writing with a pen. This is a font that you will not really see in formal situations. It is primarily used for advertising purposes, something that really became popular in the 1970s. You can typically see this type of font for things like logos, store signs, and other similar fashions for branding and advertising purposes. This typeface is constantly evolving, allowing a lot of variations of this type of font.

Summary: Cursive Typography Definition

Cursive fonts are very stylized fonts that have very specific purposes. This is a font that is primarily used for the purpose of either advertising purposes or formal situations that require this very traditional script style of writing. Understanding that there are different cursive types to choose from can really help you find out which type of font best suits your needs. Formal cursive typefaces are the perfect choices for things like showers, graduations, and weddings as well as any invitation associated with these events. Casual cursive fonts are a great choice in marketing materials for a business.

The Best Cursive Fonts List for 2017

If you’re in a hurry and can’t cover the whole list of hand-picked Cursive typefaces we've prepared for you, here's a list of our top 5 picks:

Best Free Cursive fonts in 2017
FONT DESIGNER TYPE RATING
Freebooter Apostrophic Labs TrueType 4.8
Holla Dieter Steffmann TrueType 4.8
Monika TrueType 4.8
Aquiline TrueType 4.7
Cac Champagne American Greetings Corporation TrueType 4.7



Blackjack Example

1. Blackjack Font by Typadelic

A breathtaking and elegant Cursive typeface, Blackjack has been created by creative professional and creative professional Typadelic. It's free and comes in a truetype format.

4.6  ·  327,696  ·  678  · 


Angelina Typeface

2. Angelina Font

Angelina is built by a great artist and, according to the community, 'tries to create a free alternative to the established fonts from the Cursive fonts category'. Thinking of using it in commercial client work? No worries, it's allowed.

4.6  ·  285,861  ·  592  · 


Learning Curve Letters

3. Learning Curve Font by Blue Vinyl Fonts

This is one of the most incredible typeface, and was created a well known designer. We find it is bold, highly adaptable and solid. This free opentype font can be used online.

4.1  ·  195,556  ·  405  · 


Old Script Characters

4. Old Script Font

Idea for the charming Old Script typeface came from a one-night's inspiration of who working tirelessly to make this popular typeface a reality. Versatile ligatures makes it perfect for merchandising, letterheads, posters and editorial design. The font can be used for both personal and commercial purposes but it cannot be redistributed or sold.

4.4  ·  203,349  ·  421  · 


Journal Cursive

5. Journal Font by Fontourist

A cursive font with a modern twist, Journal was developed by type designer, digital professional and typographer Fontourist. You can use it for both personal and commercial projects.

4.0  ·  206,499  ·  428  · 


Cursive Ballpark Weiner

6. Ballpark Weiner Font by Mickey Rossi

Ballpark Weiner's type designer should be proud of this cursive typeface he created, as it is really great and unique. Unlike some of the previous Cursive font this one is ideal for leaflets. Ballpark Weiner is available as a free download and can be used privately and commercially.

4.0  ·  130,574  ·  270  · 


Aquiline Download

7. Aquiline Font

A cursive typeface with a modern twist, Aquiline was developed by creative expert, designer and type designer designer. It can be used in commercial designs or included in your CSS as a webfont.

4.7  ·  257,492  ·  533  · 


Cac Champagne free

8. Cac Champagne Font by American Greetings Corporation

Cac Champagne was created by American Greetings Corporation and, says the author, 'tries to create a free alternative to the better known typefaces from the Cursive fonts category'. It comes in a free file that is suitable for a wide array of applications.

4.7  ·  115,261  ·  239  · 


Cursive typography Chopin Script

9. Chopin Script Font by Dieter Steffmann

Called 'the next classic among the Cursive classification', Chopin Script is a highly adaptable typeface that has been created by Dieter Steffmann. Dieter steffmann placed a 'free' price tag on this truetype typeface.

4.7  ·  316,477  ·  655  · 


Marketing Script Font

10. Marketing Script Font by Dieter Steffmann

Marketing Script is built by Dieter Steffmann and, based on the community, 'is trying to create a free alternative to the established fonts from the Cursive fonts category'. It's free and comes in a truetype format.

4.2  ·  300,365  ·  622  · 


Desyrel Example

11. Desyrel Font by Apostrophic Labs

Called 'the next classic in the Cursive style', Desyrel is a aesthetically appealing typeface that was created by Apostrophic Labs. The font can be used for both personal and commercial purposes but it cannot be redistributed or sold.

4.3  ·  138,456  ·  287  · 


Freebooter Typeface

12. Freebooter Font by Apostrophic Labs

Described as 'the next classic in the Cursive classification', Freebooter is a solid font that was created by Apostrophic Labs. This free truetype font can be used online.

4.8  ·  249,936  ·  517  · 


Miama Letters

13. Miama Font by Linus Romer

Created by Linus Romer, Miama font was developed and have pledged: to create the best typeface for use in mobile apps and blogs. While mobile usage is surpassing desktop in all parts of the world, you should definitely check out Miama. This cursive typeface is a great use in catalogs and social media assets.

4.1  ·  389,527  ·  806  · 


Jacoba Characters

14. Jacoba Font by Christine Mauerkirchner

A cursive font with a modern twist, Jacoba was designed by graphic designer, type designer and type designer Christine Mauerkirchner. It's free and comes in a truetype format.

4.4  ·  213,675  ·  442  · 


Monika Cursive

15. Monika Font

Cool feature of Monika is how it's glyphs create a mix of lines to form a unique slant, so it looks like as if the designer was trying to maintain a synergy from it's lines while creating ligatures for this typeface. This free truetype font can be used online.

4.8  ·  180,611  ·  374  · 


Cursive Blazing

16. Blazing Font by John Cosgriff

Cool feature of Blazing is how it's glyphs create a mix of lines to form a unique proportion. Making it look like John Cosgriff was trying to create a synergy among it's lines while designing ligatures for this typeface. Thinking of using it in commercial client work? No worries, it's allowed.

4.1  ·  321,414  ·  665  · 


England Hand Download

17. England Hand Font by DATA BECKER GmbH

England Hand is a free typeface that was developed by the great DATA BECKER GmbH. Versatile ligatures makes it perfect for leaflets, product labels, merchandising and branding. It should be noted that it comes in a truetype file format.

4.6  ·  215,530  ·  446  · 


Holla free

18. Holla Font by Dieter Steffmann

Holla is a free typeface from a well known designer. Unlike some of the previous Cursive typeface this one is ideal for editorial design. Holla is available as a free download and can be used privately and commercially.

4.8  ·  280,965  ·  582  · 


Cursive typography Forelle

19. Forelle Font by Dieter Steffmann

A talented artist is the established typographer behind the Forelle typeface. A great choice for flyers, catalogs. This free Cursive comes in a truetype format.

4.6  ·  153,650  ·  318  · 


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