handwriting font that isn't totally ridiculous

zach h.'s picture

I'm looking for a display font for a book about American folk art. I want something funky and handdrawn, but not novelty or wedding-invitation-y. Seems like the vast majority of script faces out there are just silly.

Storm's Rondka is really close, but too slanted for my purposes. I like that it's deliberate, not like dashed-off handwriting, and not too ornamental.

Any suggestions?

thierry blancpain's picture

i really love mahogany script, but its not really what you're looking for i think?

Miss Tiffany's picture

Mark Simonson's Coquette

Stefan H's picture

I have one called Montessori script which is a free font... if you like it please go ahead and use it up! But on the other hand you might consider it too silly? ;-)

http://www.identifont.com/show?7UL

Cheers

zach h.'s picture

Thanks all for the suggestions. Sadly none of them are quite right. Stanyan Autumn is way too casual, Coquette too stylized (though I've always loved it), Mahagony Script too journal-y. Stefan, Montessori is really nice and not at all silly, but also not quite what I need.

I'm really looking for something that looks like it was labored over, but labored over by an amateur. Something like a Brothers Quay title card. Something like the attached image, which is a portion of a piece in the book...

paul d hunt's picture

I’m really looking for something that looks like it was labored over, but labored over by an amateur.

then maybe you want something from www.dafont.com? >^P

zach h.'s picture

Those are both awesome links. Thanks!

ETA: OK, actually Stephen's was awesome. Paul's hurt my tender eyes.

andyclymer's picture

LTR Salmiak is pretty tasty...

paul d hunt's picture

lol. my recomendatioin was made tongue-in-cheek. my line of thinking: what better to look amature than fonts made by ametures? heh

zach h.'s picture

my recomendatioin was made tongue-in-cheek.

I figured that out...but not soon enough!

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Also try: Yanone Tagesschrift. Its free too.

Mikey

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

fontplayer> I thought of that too... but I think he wants something rougher.

Mikey

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

GaryW> Great one!!!

Mikey

blflm's picture

if this is just for the cover, or not too many different places, why dont you just draw it yourself and scan it?

fontplayer's picture

Check out Fortunaschwein here:

http://www.anke-art.de/e_fonts.htm

timd's picture

http://nicksfonts.com/

Handlettering section maybe Heberling or Speedball?

http://www.veer.com/products/typedetail.aspx?image=UMT0000054

Olduvai
Neither amateur in feel though
Tim

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

timd> great choices! Olduvai is lovely.

Mikey

timd's picture

Olduvai was critiqued here a while back (Google cached search result).
Tim

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