Script typefaces are based upon the varied and often fluid stroke created by handwriting. They are organised into highly regular formal types similar to cursive writing and looser, more casual scripts. Typical characteristics of script type are connected or nearly connected flowing letterforms and slanted, rounded characters.
There are many different classifications including Brush Script, English Roundhand and Rationalized Script. However, the broadest forms of classification are Formal Script and Casual Script. Formal Scripts are based on the developments and writings of 17th and 18th century handwriting masters such as George Bickham, George Shelley and George Snell. Formal script typefaces are generally neat, flowing, and formal in appearance. Casual Scripts developed in the 20th century as a result of photo-typesetting and are more varied and the inconsistencies appear to have been a result of using a brush rather than a pen nib. These typestyles may be messy and look more like the varied cursive and print handwriting styles of today.
Script type may not be for everyone and they are best used sparingly, as an accent or focal point. They rarely work well in large blocks of text.Before choosing a script typestyle, look it over carefully and check the legibility of both the capital and lowercase letter shapes. The elaborate design of many script capitals make them difficult to read and their spacing is designed to work with adjacent lowercase letters.
32 Script Fonts to Download
Here are a list of great script typestyle, some free for commercial use:
Hey Pretty Girl
Love & Trust
Wolf in the city
What are your favourites?
Try out these typestyles and let us know what you think. Do you have any favourite script typestyle? Let us know in the comments below.