By Creative Market on May 3, 2017 in Inspiration
With everything from high-flying trapeze artists to clowns crammed into tiny cars, the circuses of years past promised excitement, fun and feats of skill. Circus-themed fonts combine vintage circus poster style with modern sensibilities to bring the spirit of the Big Top to design projects of all kinds. Here are 20 stunning circus fonts for labels, signs, cards and more.
Humoresque is a Victorian revival-style mini font family that’s inspired by modern hand lettering and turn of the century decorative type. Humoresque has a limited character set but features 12 weights, an extended Latin character set and extra currency symbols.
Inspired by antique and vintage advertising on product tins, the Fictoria Vintage Typeface comes in four styles and features stylistic and contextual alternates. The Fictoria Typeface set also includes a bonus set of badges in AI and EPS form.
Nusantara Typeface is a layered typeface that takes inspiration from vintage signboards. Featuring embellished letterforms and a full character set, Nusantara also includes a set of alternates and a guide to using layered fonts.
Edmond is a hand-lettered, vintage-style typeface that includes uppercase and numeric characters as well as some punctuation. Edmond also comes with a bonus EPS file of vintage-style vector eagles.
A bundle of 15 fonts including Konga, Polly Polly and Ria, the Rodrigo Typo font bundle features letterforms with a casual, retro feel. The Rodrigo Typo set also includes a set of vintage styled dingbats and Laika Pro, a font set for Cyrillic and Greek.
Inspired by vintage posters from the Old West, Lakester includes a four-font system for layering to create various effects. Lakester comes with 300 glyphs, discretionary ligatures and a bonus vector image.
Gooberville is a sans serif display font that brings to mind the quirky style of vintage American postcards with a hint of circus flair. Gooberville comes in three styles with nearly 400 glyphs and support for many European languages.
Hustlers echoes the carnival, circus and tattoo shop signs of the late 1800s. With a full set of upper and lowercase letterforms as well as numerals, Hustlers comes in both regular and rough styles.
Inspired by shop signs and posters of the late 1800s, The Witch is a layered font family with four styles, including regular, outline, gradient and 3D extrude. The Witch comes with a full character set plus ligatures and stylistic variants.
Gentleman Clown is a vintage shop sign-style font with three different weight and fill levels – full, half and outline. The Gentleman Clown set also includes a full set of numbers and symbols for each version of the font.
A five-layer stacking display typeface, Dusty Circus brings to mind vintage Western posters and circus signs. The fonts in the Dusty Circus Five-Layer Font System can be mixed and matched for a variety of styles and effects.
Designed with labels in mind, Crazy Circus is a vintage style typeface that includes five fonts with options for texture, shadow and distressed effects. The Crazy Circus set comes with a bonus EPS file of graphic material from product screenshots.
Inspired by carnival and tattoo shop signs from the late 1800s, Chesterfield is a sign painter typeface that also works well in normal sized text. Chesterfield comes in three styles with multilingual support and includes a bonus pack of 30 vector shapes.
Historica suggests the posters and signage of 19th-century circuses and magic shows. With five styles including regular, outline, shadow, gradient and 3D extrude, the Historica Typeface also comes with a bonus pack of 12 vintage corner vectors.
With inspiration from vintage chromatic wood type, Circus Freak is a retro-look typeface that comes in four styles that can be layered to get a chromatic color effect. Circus Freak includes an uppercase character set and 384 glyphs as well as a set of high-resolution textures.
A “reversed” version of the Cabrito font, Cabrito Inverto is an inverted stress font that suggests the look of the Old West and cowboy culture. Cabrito Inverto comes with a bundle of swash and titling alternates, compact caps and glyphs for 72 languages.
With its dirty, handmade textured look, The Freaky Circus brings to mind hand-lettered circus signs of the last century. The Freak Circus set includes 15 ligatures and a set of vector EPS files containing all material from the product screenshots.
A display font inspired by the posters and signs of vintage Americana, Mystery Tour Display includes both regular and sans serif forms. The Mystery Tour Display set includes three layers and multilingual support for most Latin-based European languages.
An eye-catching display font, Latinidad features all uppercase letters in a layered, multicolored style reminiscent of circus posters and mariachi music. Each character is encoded in two image formats, and Latinidad can be used only with apps that support color bitmap fonts.
An all-caps typeface with an eroded, printed look, Shelton Slab captures the feel of vintage wooden signs. Each letter has an alternate character, and Shelton Slab also includes an extended character set that supports Central and Eastern European languages plus special glyphs.
Circus-themed fonts combine the exuberant style of vintage circus posters and tattoo parlor signs with a modern sensibility. Layered, textured, embellished or colored, these fonts add high visibility, personality and flair to just about any design project.