10 Fonts to Help You Design Awesome T-Shirts
Let’s face it, everyone loves a good print font. And what defines a “good font” is up for debate, depending on who you talk to. But one character trait that everyone can agree on, is its legibility. A font that is easily read near and far greatly increases the chances of nabbing your targeted audience’s attention.
This collection contains a variety of fonts, a mix of funky to traditional, but they are all powerful and easy to read in their own way. Enjoy!
1. Perpetua Roman
Perpetua is a font I have loved for close to a decade. It’s elegant, romantic and crystal clear. It is easy to read from far away or up close because of its delicate circle-like composition and dainty serifs.
Plus, it is a font that can be used for almost any project. Don’t believe me, try it out!
At first glance you may believe Amperisk doesn’t have anything to offer you, but that is not the case. Created by several students who believe a designer only needs a few fonts, Amperisk is truly a quirky font to have in your collection.
Because all the letters are a different font, it’s an unique font to use for quirkier or younger feeling posters, prints, invitations or headers. I definitely think about kids when I see this font, but kids could translate to adults with Amperisk.
DIN is a font best used in all caps since the straight lines and clear flow make it ultra easy to read and disarming to see in all capitals. Unlike other chunkier fonts, all caps seems somewhat innocent in DIN, but doesn’t look its power to attract. And pairing the all-caps with lowercase is a great combo, because they look oddly different in a near perfect way.
4. Jembo Hands
You may be wondering why I chose this font, but Jembo Hands is one of the few handwriting types that can be read easily by anyone, and can stimulate all kinds of emotion. It handles an array of colors vibrantly and will add a personal touch to all kinds of print projects, especially posters and event announcements.
The true Helvetica is close to being a work of art, font-wise. It’s sleek, straightforward and perfect for literally, every project. Using Helvetica may sound boring because you see it listed everywhere, but that is because it is one of the few universal fonts that everyone likes. The clean lines make it clear for every age group and it compliments the fussier, prissier fonts designers like to use for headers.
The first time I saw Miso, I loved it. Miso soup is incredible because of its simplicity, and the font is exactly the same. The sans-serif has rounded tips and curvy spines that scream for modern projects. It’s not a classic, it can’t be used for everything, but it can take your print project from cool to trendy in a second flat. Whether its Miso Skinny or Miso Chunky – you’re sure to add some pizazz with this one!
If your project needs a calm serif to add a historical feel or classic approach, Walbaum is your font. Similar to New Times Roman, Walbaum infuses a readability trait to a stealthier body that is stronger for headlines, but can flow through body text as well. It could be excellent for luxurious invitations, important announcements or musically related events.
Tommaso is awesome. But what it is not, is a body text font. The tall, thin lines and calligraphy-esque letters make it one of my favorite header or leading text fonts. It’s brilliantly soft, yet projects a power with the widening and slimming of the letters. And if you don’t need another header font, check out the numbers because they are gorgeous! Can’t go wrong with Tommaso!
Oh my, Melbourne! Melbourne is similar to Miso, but has a velvet touch in the letter shapes and is easier to adapt for body text. This sans-serif font can be used in almost every type of project and pairs nicely with serif fonts. It will be best utilized in retro projects or simplistic designs that appreciate the airiness of Melbourne’s curves.
My very favorite font is Futura. It is simple, easy and classic. You see it everywhere – signs, posters, advertisements, announcements, event listings, online blogs – everywhere. It’s one of the most used fonts, ever. It makes a great body and header text and the variations were created so perfectly that they combine together without looking overdone. Suffice it to say, Futura is amazing!
Additional Font Resources
DaFont.com has a list of tons of fonts
This font website is a list of over 1000 fonts that you can download for free.
Font Squirrel: Free fonts have met their match. They’ve done the hard work, hand-selecting these typefaces and presenting them in an easy-to-use format.