Suggestions for fonts for Children?

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

Doing some design for a product for children. Need some kid friendly fonts. Not child-handwriting fonts, or any kind of schoolbook font that is designed to be easy to read necessarily, but display fonts that look like they belong on kid products.

Karl Stange's picture

What kind of product?

hrant's picture

And what age group?

hhp

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

10 year olds. promotional t shirt for a dirt bike team.

Paul Cutler's picture

Burbank by House Industries. Just fun enough, but really legible.

pbc

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

Hrant, that font is a screen printers nightmare. Paul, Burbank is kind of close. Kind of semi-sloppy lines. Playful. This kind of vibe:

Okay, yeah I know the serif is really different from the other two, lol. But if you just think of it in terms of line..

Joshua Langman's picture

Postino.
Myriad Tilt.
Able (if it can be used for anything anymore).

Also, if you like the Dr. Seuss look, why not hand-letter it?

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

no time. time after time. time after time.. greats recc's though.

Able was used on the Harry Potter book covers, no?

quadibloc's picture

If you're not looking for a child-handwriting font, I would have felt that by age ten, normal typefaces are appropriate - Franklin Gothic, or Venus Extrabold Extended, for example.

Joshua Langman's picture

Yeah, Able is the Harry Potter font, though I've seen it used for other things. The Yahoo! logo, for instance.

kentlew's picture

10 year olds. promotional t shirt for a dirt bike team.

http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/asphalt/

oldnick's picture

Most of the stuff in my library: Hasbro, Sega Europe, Electronic Arts, Walt Disney Pictures and Burger King agree...

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

asphalt condensed looks to be my choice. very nice..

a modern blackletter, BTW..

hrant's picture

Ryan, you misunderstand what blackletter means.

hhp

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

BWAH HA HA HA!! I SHALL CHANGE IT!!!! IN MY EVIL NEMISARIAL WAYS!!! HA HA HA HA!!!! I SHALL RE-BRAND IT!!!

but that is another story..

oldnick's picture

Ryan—

I sincerely hope that your "maniacal idiot" persona is an act. However, since this is a typographic forum and not a performance art venue, I suggest that you polish your shtick somewhere else, where your efforts will be better appreciated. From my personal experience, I can tell you that the Craigslist Philosophy Forum has some pretty stiff competition…

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