34 Beautiful Cursive Fonts to Enhance Your Website

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Choosing the right font for your website is always an important decision. And while there may be aspects of site development that are more important overall, font selection does rank up there.

Think about it: the fonts you choose will determine how site visitors experience all of your written content. Choose poorly and people will have a hard time reading the messages you’re trying to get across. Basically, not good.

Though you’ll usually want to select non-script fonts for body text and your main content. You should ensure they’re web safe, too. However, cursive fonts can add a touch of elegance to your site’s design.

Before we get into a healthy list of cursive font options, let’s first discuss where script or cursive fonts come from as well as a few examples of best use cases.

A Brief History of Script Typefaces

Cursive fonts are formally referred to as script typefaces and they’ve existed for several hundred years. We’re talking long before typewriters and word processing here. Rather, script typefaces are inspired by physical cursive handwriting that was used around the 18th century. This type of curlicue, scroll-laden handwriting you’d find in manuscripts written with a quill and ink.

During this period of time, British aristocracy was quite fond of calligraphy, which was made entirely possible by the use of a pointed nib. This elegant lettering was then engraved onto copper plates, which could be used in printing. This same style found a revival in the 1970s, where script flourishes dominated advertising across every niche.

1976 Jean Patou 1000 Perfume Ad – Image source: eBay

Brush scripts, on the other hand, found their beginnings in Asia. Calligraphy was created using a brush, which resulted in a feathery, delicate style of writing.

When replicated in digital format nowadays, brush script fonts mimic this lightweight style, which carries numerous imperfections and brushstrokes, lending it for use in anything that needs a personal or authentic touch.

Better Together Script Font. Image source: dafont.com

The script typefaces as we know them today found in printed materials and online were developed in the 20th century and are often a bit more relaxed than their predecessors. They’re more casual and easier to read than both cursive handwriting and early examples of script typefaces.

Of course, some script fonts are still rather illegible. For instance, Gaelic style script typefaces are blocky yet maintain elements of cursive on some occasions making it difficult to read. Likewise, calligraphic fonts can go heavy on the flourishes at times, obscuring the letters.

Script typefaces have been used in a variety of ways in the modern era. From wedding invitations to ads, script is no stranger to printed



This article was written by Brenda Barron and originally published on Blog – Kinsta.

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