Top 3 Gothic Fonts for Free Download (2017)

Gothic List by: Rade   ·  Updated:

There are a lot of specific fonts out there, and not just the kind we think of when the time comes to write an essay for a class. Like most things that exist in abundance, fonts come in a variety of categories that help set them apart in a way that is more manageable for everyone that uses them. There are many of these categories of well, and knowing a bit about them as a whole is probably something that anyone that works in graphic design should know. One such category is Gothic, though it’s not what it sounds like.

There are many fonts out there that have the word gothic in them, but that does not in and of itself make that a gothic typeface. There are very specific qualities that make any particular font gothic. First off, contrary to what many people think, gothic lettering does not have anything to do with the two kinds of gothic most people think about, that being a certain personal aesthetic or ancient medieval architecture.

In fact, gothic font does not originate from anything of the sort, but rather something called grotesque, which originated in 1900. This particular form originated in Scandinavia, where it was applied to many Bauhaus principles, hence the term ‘gothic’ in pretty much anything that is related to it. It can also be seen as something heavily related to Sans-Serif, though they are not exactly the same. Their particular aesthetic style varies just slightly.

In essence, there is no true definition of gothic lettering or fonts. There is a certain aesthetic feel to them, but even so it is more of a simply accepted notion of appearance rather than anything concrete. Surely, you could look into what exactly gothic style entails, but even then you’d be operating under mostly arbitrary ideals of what it should be.

In this sense, there is nothing truly special about gothic fonts. They do not have anything about them that makes them superior to any other font for any specific purpose. They are not necessarily better or worse than say, retro or Arabic fonts for titles, headings, or simple aesthetic value. Whether or not you think gothic fonts are worth anything depends simply on your own personal aesthetic preference. Still, it probably wouldn’t be best to use a gothic font or typeface for anything professional, or even for anything that you expect the average reader to comprehend at the same speed as a normal font. Since gothic includes so much finesse and fine detail, especially in the form of curves, it can be kind of hard to read at any decent speed unless you are used to it in particular, just like cursive. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a very specific appeal, perhaps something that harkens back to the Middle Ages even though it truly has nothing to do with it, gothic fonts and typefaces can serve you very well, as long as you use them properly.

The Best Gothic Fonts List for 2017

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

Best Free Gothic fonts in 2017
Bonbon Bleu TrueType 4.7
Genzsch Et Heyse Paul Lloyd TrueType 4.1
Kingthings Gothique Kingsthings TrueType 4.1

Bonbon Bleu Example

1. Bonbon Bleu Font

Named 'the next classic within the Gothic group', Bonbon Bleu is a whimsical typeface that was built by designer. Feel free to use it in commercial projects, or as a webfont via CSS.

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Genzsch Et Heyse Typeface

2. Genzsch Et Heyse Font by Paul Lloyd

Announced as 'the next classic among the Gothic style', Genzsch Et Heyse is a bold typeface that was created by Paul Lloyd. If you're into Gothic fonts, you should definitely check it out.

4.1  ·  304,186  ·  630  · 

Kingthings Gothique Letters

3. Kingthings Gothique Font by Kingsthings

Kingthings Gothique's creative expert should be proud of this gothic typeface he built, as it is really gorgeous and beautiful. We find it is solid, easy to read and easy to read. This free Gothic comes in a truetype format.

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