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20 Free Retro Font Families for Designers

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Time to go old-school! Including retro fonts in your designs can evoke a feeling of nostalgia. That old “eighties poster” look is very distinctive and easy to replicate with the right font.

Retro fonts may not be traditional, but that’s exactly why they can add so much personality to a website or graphic. Many fonts ditch unique designs for something simpler and more legible. But retro fonts’ bold blocks, bubble text, and sweeping cursive script take risks you don’t often see in typography nowadays.

So give these old-school fonts a try and see how lively they can make your site. If you’re ready to send your visitors on a blast from the past (or back to the future), try out one of these 20 awesome retro fonts!

56th Street Free Vintage Typeface

Free Retro Font Family 56th Street

Retrofield Funky Retro Font (on Envato Elements)

Free Retro Font Family Retrofield Funky

Narse Font

Free Retro Font Family Narse

GoodHood Free Font

Free Retro Font Family GoodHood

Vickie Retro Font (on Envato Elements)

Free Retro Font Family Vickie

Newake Font

Free Retro Font Family Newake

Nordic Club Free Retro Font

Free Retro Font Family Nordic Club

Goodwyn Retro Font (on Envato Elements)

Free Retro Font Family Goodwyn

VT Chiffone Free Font

Free Retro Font FamilyVT Chiffone height=

Alstoria Font

Free Retro Font Family Alstoria

Brank Retro Font (on Envato Elements)

Free Retro Font Family Brank

Retroking Free Font

Free Retro Font Family Retroking

Holtzberg Free Font

Free Retro Font Family Holtzberg

Haglos Vintage Bold Script Font

Free Retro Font Family Haglos Vintage Bold

RM Serifancy

This font is awesome! It’s rare to see fonts with a gradient, but RM Serifancy pulls it off perfectly. The old-timey, western feel has a universal appeal. But this will work well if you’re going for something epic or masculine.
RM Serifancy Free Retro Font Family

Retrology Retro Monoline Script (on Envato Elements)

Retrology Retro Monoline Script Font

Action Is

If you’re searching for a font that can best be described as “groovy,” look no further. Action Is is absolutely perfect for capturing that sixties and seventies vibe. The curvy, mixed-case font is completely non-conforming to typography standards, and that’s exactly what makes it so great!
Action Is Free Retro Font Family

Retro Thunders Font (on Envato Elements)

Retro Thunders Retro Font

Diner

Skinny, tall, and thin, this all-caps font almost seems to be yelling at you through the screen. However, this is great if you need something bold and artsy. The font comes in four styles that change the line thickness but still keep that distinctive narrow look.
Diner Free Retro Font Family

Moonshine Retro Psychedelic Font (on Envato Elements)

Moonshine Retro Psychedelic Font

Showtime

For a font that makes you feel like you’re on Broadway, try out Showtime! This is certainly a unique decorative font. Just type what you want and use brackets on either side to enclose it, creating something like a lit-up banner at a movie premiere.
Showtime Free Retro Font Family

Hamburger Heaven

Want to create a feel just like a vintage burger joint? Try out this font! The hamburger craze of the 1900s stretches back all the way to the twenties and thirties, so this kind of font can help you craft a very classical feel.
Hamburger Heaven Free Retro Font Family

MadisonSquare

MadisonSquare looks like neon text! If you’re creating something meant to look like an electric sign, you might want to try out this font. It’s definitely not something you’ll want to use for entire paragraphs, but it’d look striking in a logo or if used to call attention to a short piece of text.
MadisonSquare Free Retro Font Family

Mexcellent Font Family

Inspired by the 1968 Mexico Olympics (look it up and see the resemblance for yourself!), this stripey font comes with two styles: 3D and regular. Follow the link on the page, and you can also find even more in the font family! You can use this font for free in graphics such as logos, but you will need a commercial web license to embed it on websites.
Mexcellent Font Family Free Retro Font Family

Budmo

Now, this is a lively font! Budmo is covered in little neon lights – amazing if you’re trying to make people think of old-school Hollywood. There are many font styles here: One dark, one light, two solids, and one bulb style. The last three are so you can customize the font with layering. You’ll need a web license to use on websites, but otherwise, this is free for commercial use.
Budmo Free Retro Font Family

Kool Beans

Inspired by Kool-Aid, this font is simple enough to work well in a lot of situations. It looks very much old-fashioned but doesn’t go overboard with it. Try using it in a logo if you want a bit of retro flair. However, brackets, parentheses, and international characters produce dingbats that look like the Kool-Aid Man’s face, so this may not work if you need to use these characters.
Kool Beans Free Retro Font Family