One of the questions I’m asked the most is, “What font are you using?” And it’s usually asked when I’ve used a handwritten font. That’s because handwritten fonts really stand out from the font crowd.
Many of you are stuck with the default computer fonts. So you end up with elearning courses that all use the same familiar fonts. When you do want a font that’s less formal, you’re kind of stuck with comic sans, and we all know how much people like comic sans.
Sure, you have the option of purchasing more fonts. But font packs can cost a lot; and many of the so-called “free” fonts are only available for non-commercial use. That means you either buy them or you can’t use them.
Personally, I consider free to mean free, without a bunch of legal, small print gobbledygook. So what I am doing today is giving you some 100% Grade A free handwritten fonts created by me…and my family. Use them as you wish.
Create Your Own Handwritten Fonts
Before you get to the free fonts, let me tell you how I made them. I have a Tablet PC and Microsoft has a simple font creation tool. It’s free. You can find it here in the TabletPC PowerToys list.
Here’s a quick Screenr video to show you how it works. As you can see, it’s easy to use and only takes a few minutes to create the fonts.
If you don’t have a TabletPC, you can still create your own handwritten fonts. Check out the link below. You complete a template, scan it, and send it to the site to download a handwritten font. I haven’t used the site, so I can’t speak to the quality or the process, but it sounds interesting.
- YourFonts: $9.95 for custom fonts
Hand Drawn Arrows
Hand Drawn Circles & Lines
Links to other “free” fonts.
You’ll need to check out the licensing agreement for some of the fonts because many seem to only be free for personal, non-commercial use.
- 70+ Seriously Useful Handwritten Fonts and Inspirational Showcases: also has some good info to go with the fonts. That’s where I got the Barista web site.
- 50 Free Handwritten Fonts for Web Designers and Logo Artists: link courtesy of Matthew Bibby.
- 40 Pages of Handwritten Fonts. Lots of free fonts. Make sure to read the license agreement.
Are You Up for a Challenge?
Now, here’s the challenge to you as a community. If you have a TabletPC (or want to use one of the font creation links above) create a handwritten font that we can share with the community. I’m sure that with close to 45,000 readers we can come up with quite a selection. Besides, they don’t all need to be fonts, they can be arrows, shapes, or icons. If you happen to know how to create fonts in other ways and want to share those, feel free to do so. The only stipulation is that you make them available for commercial use.
Think about it. You create one font, share it with the community, and then we’ll have access to potentially hundreds of truly free handwritten fonts. If you take me up on the challenge, let me know. I’ll collect all of the fonts and make them available in an upcoming blog post.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and collect links to additional free fonts. Feel free to add them to the comments section.