20 Stunning Circus Fonts to Design Labels, Signs, and Cards

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.

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Humoresque Layered Mini Font

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.

Fictoria Typeface

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 Layered Typeface

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.

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Edmond & Bonus

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.

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By Spencer & Sons Co. in Fonts

Rodrigo Typo Bundle

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.

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Lakester Font Family

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.

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Gooberville Typeface

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.

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Hustlers Clean & Rough

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.

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By Spencer & Sons Co. in Fonts

The Witch Typeface

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.

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Gentleman Clown

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.

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Dusty Circus Five-Layer Font System

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.

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Crazy Circus Typeface

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.

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Chesterfield Typeface

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.

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By Imagi Type Co. in Fonts

Historica Typeface

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.

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By wubstudio in Fonts

Circus Freak Font

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.

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Cabrito Inverto

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.

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The Freaky Circus Font

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.

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By Gleb Guralnyk in Fonts

Mystery Tour Display Font

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.

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By Vintage Type Co. in Fonts

Latinidad

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.

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Shelton Slab

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.

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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.

Swiss graphic designer Dafi Kühne’s stunning book True Print shows how to merge analogue and digital to stunning effect

24th March in Inspiration / Graphic Design

We’re longtime fans of Swiss graphic designer Dafi Kühne, who works under the moniker Babyinktwice, and the end of last year heralded the release of his stunning publication True Print.

Published by Lars Mueller, the volume showcases Kühne’s superb printmaking skills across poster work. These demonstrate a deft ability to experiment with type, colour and layout; and what’s most remarkable is that the majority of them are created using analogue letterpress print processes and typesetting, tools that the designer uses alongside digital techniques to create his dynamic and innovative work.

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A new home for the home of design: London’s Design Museum introduces Kensington base

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For design lovers everywhere the wait is finally over. The brand new home of the Design Museum opens its doors in Kensington today, marking a milestone in history for the iconic London attraction.

The building, which was once the Commonwealth Institute, has been overhauled by design practice OMA in partnership with Allies & Morrison. The exterior has been fully restored, and the interior is clad in timber and flooded with light.

Designed by John Pawson, the museum’s new home is set to be “the world’s leading institution dedicated to contemporary design and architecture”, something I believe only further adds to the wealth of creativity on our doorsteps.

The re-opening of the Design Museum reminds us of the sheer amount of free creative resource available to us in the UK’s major cities and towns. In London, museums and galleries such as the V&A, Tate Britain and Tate Modern are inspiring spaces available to anyone and everyone. And outside of the larger galleries, designers are more exposed than ever to innovative window displays, street art and pop up exhibitions.

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The museum opens with two exhibitions, Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World (24 November 2016 – 23 April 2017), and Beazley Designs of the Year (24 November 2016 – 19 February 2017).

Fear and Love presents eleven installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today. The newly commissioned works are said to explore a “spectrum of issues that define our time, including networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads”.

The exhibition shows how design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture, but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. Expect works by OMA, Hussein Chalayan, Kenya Hara and Neri Oxman.

For Beazley Designs of the Year, you can enjoy the Design Museum’s annual exhibition and awards celebrating the world’s best designs with nominees including the last David Bowie album cover, a robot surgeon and a drinkable book. There are 70 nominations in total, covering six categories including architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product and transport.

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Discover more about these exhibitions and the new Design Museum in Kensington at designmuseum.org.

All images credited to Gareth Gardner & courtesy of Design Museum