With so many blogs on the internet today, figuring out how to stand out becomes a challenge. One way you can differentiate yourself from competitors is by using unique typography. Cursive fonts are an excellent choice for headings or images. They add a bit of flair and give your site a more conventional look. Because most blogs go with serif or sans-serif, people sit up and notice when you use a script instead.
According to Internet Live Stats, about 2.7 million blog posts get published each day. People have plenty of reading material to keep them busy from sunup to sundown. If you want your site to be the one they read, everything must be on point — including the type on your page.
There are hundreds of thousands of different fonts available. Even when you narrow the choices down to cursive fonts, the selection might seem overwhelming. We’ve looked at some of the most popular typefaces as well as unique ones not used as often. Here are 16 options to get you started:
Jump to: Allura | Flower Child | Bonavista | Southern Aire | Faustine | Fhoota Mhorgana | Lobster | Dancing Script | Milkshake | Alex Brush | Groovy Script | Palace Script | Hot Salsa | Lucida Handwriting | Resgold Willgets | 5th Grade Cursive
This striking font scales perfectly for both large and small screens. It isn’t too ornate, so it is still readable. Even those who might not be as familiar with cursive should be able to read this font without trouble. If your audience is mainly Generation Z, then this less flowery font is an excellent choice. Designer Rob Leuschke created the typeface, which is free for commercial use.
2. Flower Child
If you’re looking for whimsical cursive fonts, Flower Child is an interesting choice. It has a look reminiscent of calligraphy, making it the perfect font for a wedding or event blog. The lowercase letters are connected, just as how children were once taught to write in script. The type has a brush look, so it appears hand-drawn. The font’s baseline is not straight, which adds to that effect. There is a fee to license this font through Creative Market.
If you’re looking for a font with open, bold strikes, Bonavista is only $1 to license for commercial use. This font has an informal feel but is still fancy. It’s elegant enough for a formal invitation and quite different than other fonts.
It would work well for a banner image at the top of a blog post. You could also use it to promote a new post on social media via a display ad.
4. Southern Aire
This font is thick and has open signatures, making it feel warm and welcoming. It is free for personal use, but you must buy a license for commercial use. If your blog makes money, then you’ll need a commercial license. Most cursive fonts are fairly light in stroke weight, but this one looks almost as though it comes from a thick marker or brush. It conveys a mood similar to the 1950s airline industry, which would work well on a travel blog.
If you need a modern script, Faustine has imperfect swooshes that give it the appearance of a personal signature. The ligatures vary, depending on the letters you choose and the style you implement. This font would work well for a personal portfolio or any type of blog where personality is more important than the topic at hand.
6. Fhoota Mhorgana
Fhoota Mhorgana has an unusual name and is also one of the most unique cursive fonts out there. No collection of script fonts would be complete without adding this one to the mix. If you want to stand out from the crowd, this is an excellent choice. Though it is a cursive style, it has an informal look. The lines are unique enough to use in branding your blog. This type comes with characters, glyphs and ligatures and would work well for an online retail fashion store.
As part of Google’s collection of cursive fonts, Lobster comes in several styles, including Regular 400, which is script-style. The font is display-friendly and works well as a blog header. Each letter varies but depends on the text around it. The cap height is relatively short, giving the letters a squatty look. Because of that aspect, the font does not work well for body text.
8. Dancing Script
Another Google font, Impallari Type designed Dancing Script. The font offers flowing ligatures and open letters for a friendly vibe. If you want a heavier look, Medium 500 or Semi-bold 600 adds some weight to an otherwise thin script. The type works well for nearly any kind of blog content.
Milkshake is another thick script in our selection of best cursive fonts. The designer, Laura Worthington, says she wanted a friendly font. She hand-sketched the design, giving it an informal look. It works well against a photo backdrop for casual use. It comes with 650 glyphs, 87 swashes and 10 ligatures. The kerning varies, giving the text a handwritten look.
10. Alex Brush
The finials on Alex Brush are long and tapered at the ends, creating a regal look. The cap height is tall, and the bars have a hand-drawn appearance. Although there is a separation between the capital letters and the lowercase ones, the lowercase ligatures are thin and avoid distracting from the overall typeface. The font works well in both headings and subheadings.
While there are many retro cursive fonts available, Groovy is in a class all its own. Reminiscent of the soda shop, the font stands out well on restaurant and cooking blogs as one of uniqueness and nostalgia. The letters’ finials fall below the baseline, giving it a unique painted look.
12. Palace Script
The cost to use this font starts at $35, but if you plan to use it regularly in your headlines, it is a great investment. Note the swooshes going past the cap height and the serifs. The endpoints on the starting and ending letters look like a feather pen and ink were used to start and stop the design.
The script is quite beautiful and regal looking and has a more formal feel than some other fonts out there. Palace Script features a slender X-axis and a tall Y.
13. Hot Salsa
Inspired by brush lettering on signs, Hot Salsa is a calligraphic script font. It is the first typeface by designer and lettering artist Ximena Jimenez from Columbia. He collaborated with Alejandro Paul for the studio Sudtipos. The font comes with alternate ligatures so you can create a unique look for your blog. It embodies a mix of modernity and vintage charm. This quality makes it perfect for bloggers who want to show off their history but also indicate they understand new trends.
14. Lucida Handwriting
Lucida Handwriting is one of the more common cursive fonts on this list. It has a mix of standard and cursive letters. Note how simple the letter “L” in the title is, while the lowercase letters join together with soft ligatures. The font features serifs over many of the letters, such as the “D” and the “H.” This characteristic gives the type a traditional look while meshing the more modern straight lines of the beginning capital letters.
15. Resgold Willgets
With an unusual name, Resgold Willgets captures readers’ attention with its beautiful, flowing lines. Resgold Willgets is a calligraphy-based script font with alternative characters to customize the look. The font is quite elegant and feminine. We think it would work well for a women’s fashion blogger or beauty business site. Additionally, it would be the perfect script for quotes and logos, so it could work well at the top of your blog.
16. 5th Grade Cursive
Out of all the cursive fonts, this one has the closest appearance to the way teachers demonstrate the formation of cursive letters. Note the little serifs serving as circles for many of the letters. We added the capital letter “H” to the image so you can look at the crossbar and see how it swirls around in a circle. The pen never leaves the page with this style. This font works well for educational blogs and anything related to youth.
What Does Your Font Say About You?
Fonts have personalities, and cursive fonts can say a lot about your topic before you ever write a single word on a post. Think about who your target audience is and which scripts align most closely with their preferences. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and try out different typefaces. Conduct split testing for each combination until you find the perfect mix of readability and style.
About The Author
Eleanor Hecks is the Editor-in-Chief of Designerly Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing in-depth content from the design and marketing industries. When she's not designing or writing code, you can find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, burning calories at a local Zumba class, or hanging out with her dogs, Bear and Lucy.
Great information regarding cursive typefaces, how they are best for heading purposes. Really impressed by the hot salsa font. Looking forward to utilizing this typeface in my designs and projects.
Amazing collection of cursive fonts.
Keep it up!
Great collection. Keep shraring.