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What comes to your mind as you think of archives, retro correspondence, and the ambiance of offices somewhere in the 1900s? I’m pretty sure this will be a typewriter, a powerful symbol of creators of all times, and an important political attribute. Hasn’t any of you thought of a document typed on the yellowish paper and stamped “Confidential”?
If you consider yourself a huge lover of grunge typography, you’ll get under the charms of the typewriter fonts and their rough feel. Let’s take closer look at the versatility of such fonts: from bold vintage to modern ones.
Of course, there is a tiny chance that you never treated typewriter fonts seriously — as they may seem all the same. And again, let us convince you otherwise and show the magnificent versatility inside this genre. In fact, typewriter fonts come in multiple styles: serif, sans serif, cursive, mono and others.
Our Team’s Top Pick
Introducing Merchant Ledger, an immensely versatile type family. By capturing the subtle nuances and imperfections of the hammer keys, it retains all the honesty of the real machine; slightly misaligned letters and baselines create authenticity, without sacrificing legibility.
The Honeysuckle Market Fonts
The Honeysuckle Market type pack is great for those designers who keep farmhouse style in their heart. In the archive of typewriter fonts you download you’ll find a classic typewriter font in 3 weights, including a textured version. It also provides multilingual support, so you can deliver your message to the whole world!
Appareo is based on vintage books and the pages within. It is a worn serif type that comes in three weights. Each weight has a varying degree of distress, from Black, in which the press and ink are fully set into the page, to medium, light and extra light, where the texture is heaviest. Each weight also has a custom italics version of each character.
The Bree Serif can’t go unnoticed — with its originality, charming appearance and versatility it will help you achieve your design goals. The typeface comes with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation marks and symbols. It will suit any graphic design project: from postcards to social media layouts.
Wave Time Display Font
If you are looking for a formal display font, meet Wave Time. This typewriter font is great for any works, such as your poster, card, book title, the headline of news and so on. The file includes OTF, TTF, WOFF and WOFF2 files. The type has a standard character set, so you’ll be able to bring your creative ideas to life!
Lucky Typewriter Font
It may be hard to find free typewriter fonts, but we found the perfect on! Lucky is a free for personal use type but after you purchased it you can use it for commercial projects, too. It includes lower and uppercase letters, symbols and numbers, so there is nothing you can’t do with this tool in hand. It will be ideal for invitations, posters, headlines and any other design.
Writer’s Desk — Illustrations & Font
Writer’s Desk is a trending modern typewriter font made from a rusty typewriter. It includes 305 glyphs and you can also find vector illustrations and frames, raster watercolor, and paper textures inside the package. The illustrations are delivered as Adobe Illustrator vector files.
Perfect Thoughts Font
Meet the Perfect Thoughts, the pack featuring three typewriter fonts in different styles. One includes realistic, ink-made stamp marks, another is a straighter and more serious font. And finally, the third one is a funky, irregular baseline font that will get your design jumpin’.
Petite Fleur Font SVG Regular
Introducing Petite Fleur — a minimal handwritten typewriter font, available in SVG and regular formats. The authors found their inspiration in poetic quotes with a retro, vintage feel, this typography is a great choice for wedding invitations and feminine websites. The SVG version has a lovely authentic inky-like texture, while the regular version is solid with rough edges.
Friary Pro Typeface Web Fonts
Friary Pro is a modern and minimal sans serif typeface that can keep your artwork in a minimalistic style. It is a perfect choice for headlines, paragraphs, subheadings, notes, or even big banners, so you can go wild with this tool! The pack includes OTF, TTF and web formats of the typewriter fonts.
Catalina family is a 6-font family that comes complete with light regular and bold as well as upright and italics. The inspiration was found in typewriter print styles, but with a hand-drawn twist. A catchy slab, minimal sans, or a classic typewriter font will help you create perfect rustic compositions.
PRINTF is a display typeface based on vintage telegraph, teletype, and computer printers. It has unique letter pairs, which gives it a more realistic, less repetitious appearance. The typeface includes sets of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation and symbols to give you as much artistic freedom as possible.
Wigenda Typewrite Font
Wigenda Typewrite is a modern typewriter font with clean and thin-thick strokes. It’s perfect for invitations, cards, book or movie titles, posters, etc. The font comes in three weights, each in TTF format. So don’t wait anymore, add it to your creative ideas and notice how it makes them stand out!
Simple Things — Cute Little Font
Simple Things was created with an vintage typewriter from a local store, this font is exceptional, filled with nostalgic charm — unlike most of typewriter fonts on the list. It includes alternative characters, and bonus illustrations. Perfect for the logos and typographical posters.
Mess in Keytic
Mess in Keytic is a classic font inspired by typewriter fonts. This type can be used to create text or paragraphs but is also great for creating titles on the cover of a magazine or the headline of a newspaper. Mess in Keytic has the standard letter set. You’ll get OTF, TTF, WOFF and WOFF2.
Dogtown Typewriter Font
Feel the magnetic vibes exuded by this modern typewriter font. Dogtown can work well to bring a bit of ease and fun to your designs — which is quite a rare feature for such typography. Feel free to pick it for personal projects, and don’t forget to reach the author to use Dogtown commercially.
Smith-Corona Galaxie Typewriter Font
This vintage typewriter font is based on vintage cursive machine types. Probably, from all the listed typewriter fonts here, this one has the most vigorous retro feel. Feel free to use it for logotype design, website designs, projects that need a special retro look, such as digital collages.
Effortless — Typewriter Font
Effortless is a handwritten typewriter font with a messy look, typical for marker drawings. It includes TTF and OTF files, and there are accent characters to support most Latin languages. Effortless is perfect for quotes, invitations, and other projects, seeking some sloppy charm!
Modern Typewriter Font
If you are looking for a font that looks just like the typewriter ones, this type is perfect for you. Plus, it is a whole pack: it has upper and lowercase letters, alternatives, numbers, punctuation marks and symbols, so you will have nothing to worry about while working on your outstanding designs.
Albertsthal is a grunge typewriter font, coming with uppercase and lowercase symbols, punctuation, numerals, and special accents for extended multilingual support. It is carefully crafted for a clean look and legibly, the best choice for vintage postcards and retro design effects.
Amateur Typewriter Monospaced Font
Amateur Typewriter is a mono typewriter font, sampled from a real vintage typewriter. Each letter and number includes 3 versions that are slightly different. Inside, you’ll find a regular version of the Amateur Typewriter font with an Italic variation along with over typewriter fonts.
Consul Polish Typewriter Font
Consul is an vintage typewriter font generated out of typed letters with an ancient and dusty typewriter, many of us keep at the attic. You all know these vintage typewriters and their typical “tack-tack-tack”. This font will give you this feeling back to your computer.
Beattle: Hand-Lettered Font
The Beattle handmade font was created to embody the recent typographic trends and classic typewriter lettering style. Compared with other typewriter fonts, Beattle creates a timeless feel while tipping its cap to the past with its vintage-inspired lines that mimic the muddy ink.
Oceanside Typewriter Font
Add some nostalgic feel to your artworks with Oceanside Typewriter font! It is just perfect for postcards, invitations, retro posters or titles. The typeface provides upper and lowercase characters, alternates, symbols and punctuation. Its unique letterforms will make your project truly outstanding and memorable!
Old Computer Manual Monospaced Font
When we think of typewriter fonts, we naturally associate them with retro charm and the typography of the 30th-50th. However, there are different options, too! For instance, this mono font was created to reproduce old Apple Computer manuals to give your works a nostalgic feel.
Elegant Typewriter Font Family
With its simple feel and touch of organic, these classic typewriter fonts are meant to be versatile. They are perfect for all projects that need anything from a naturally bold or a simple thin style. I recommend medium spacing to let the individual letters do their thing.
Frequently Asked Questions
The font used in a typewriter is called Courier. It is a monospaced slab serif typeface, that was adapted to a computer font. Nowadays it has many versions that are installed on most desktop computers, but if you want something new, you can check out Abegnale Typeface.
As the typewriter font itself is a monospaced slab serif typeface, any type of such kind reminds of the original typewriter one. In case you want to enrich your toolbox with such typography, check out Old Computer Manual Monospaced Font, Not My Type Typewriter Font and AMTW.
As an early GenX’er I would also like to point out that when working on a typewriter, you had a single font size to work with. UPPER CASE and lower case. Numbers and a few symbols. No bold or italics. No headline sizes. If you are going for an authentic look, this can be good to remember. Courier was everywhere, as was its slightly more elegant cousin Prestige. For use on shipping labels and warehouse items, Orator was a great choice. Good legibility in all situations. For the modern day successors, take a look at the IBM Plex family. Also free.