When it comes to a more personal, human touch of talking about fonts, our thoughts fly right away to script lettering. Inspired by our handwriting, script first appeared as a font in the eighteenth century. But how did it become so popular and how can we use it? With no further ado, let’s find out its story!

Formal, casual and calligraphic

Script lettering can be broken into three categories: formal, casual and calligraphic.

Firstly, formal scripts are those really fine written fonts, inspired from the seventeenth and eighteenth century letterforms. Back in the days, people used to write with pens equipped with metal nibs. Due to this kind of nibs, letters came out with modulated strokes and forward-leaning stress, depending on the pressure the writer applied to that nib. They look great on wedding invitations, menus or graduation diplomas. One great example is Virtuosa Classic. Check it out down below.

Formal scripts in Virtuosa Classic.

Secondly, casual script is a more natural, relaxed kind of writing. Just think about your local coffee shop’s handwritten menu. This style appeared in the twentieth century and advertisers made it popular by using it in lots of popular pulp magazines. Check out down below the ITC Weber Hand font to really get a hang of the casual type.

Casual script on ITC Weber Hand.

Last, but not least, calligraphic script can easily pass as a combination between formal and casual. To put it another way, if one particular script is too difficult to categorise, then you can easily consider it a calligraphic one. It looks good on formal items such as invitations. A good example that can help you picture calligraphic scripts easier is Suomi Hand Script.

Calligraphic script in Suomi Hand Script.

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