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Script or Cursive Fonts: What’s the Difference?

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Posted on March 27, 2023 by Lyndsey Drooby
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Script and cursive fonts are two writing styles that have been used for centuries, but what is the difference between them? Script and cursive fonts both originate from the Latin alphabet, but they differ in the way they are written. Script is a type of lettering that is written with a brush or pen in one continuous stroke. Cursive, on the other hand, is characterized by its flowing lines and connected letters.

Both script and cursive fonts have their own unique charm and can be used to create beautiful works of art. However, it is important to understand the differences between them before deciding which one to use for your project. This article explains just that, let’s get into it.

What are Script Fonts?

Script fonts are typefaces that imitate the look of handwriting. These fonts are usually used to convey a certain mood or emotion in a design, such as elegance, sophistication, or romanticism. The script style historically goes back to the 18th century when it was used to give an official look. We often see this used on formal documents, certificates, seals and signature logos.

For a design project, script fonts can be used for both decorative and functional purposes. For example, they can be used to create logos, headlines, invitations and other forms of text-based art. They are also commonly used for titles and subtitles in books and magazines. The defining feature of script fonts is that they have a calligraphic quality which makes them stand apart from other typefaces.

Script fonts can be classified into two main categories – formal script fonts and casual script fonts. Formal script fonts usually feature traditional letterforms with thin strokes, while casual script fonts have thicker strokes and more playful letterforms. Both types of scripts can be used for various purposes, such as logos, headlines, invitations, greeting cards, posters and so much more. When it comes to graphic design for commercial purposes, script fonts are a great choice to add sophistication for luxury-style and high-end branding.

Casual script fonts have brush-style strokes with flowing design flairs. This style came out around the mid-20th century and became a widely popular style used when it came to employing script-style fonts for commercial design.

Here is a sampling of script font examples that are found right here on Creative Fabrica:

Gratitude

Gratitude is a script font that is neatly designed and heavily detailed to elevate any design. This font should be a well-kept asset in any designer’s font library.

Milestone

Milestone is a beautifully retro-styled handwritten font. It will make any product design packaging, branding and editorial design stand out amazingly well.

Darline Script

Darline Script exudes sophistication in this handwritten font. Use Darline Script when you want to add a special touch of charm to greeting cards, branding labels and craft projects.

Flamer

Flamer Script is a modern calligraphy font that is made up of a set of strong characters and soft swashes.

What are Cursive Fonts?

Cursive fonts are a special type of font that is created with a combination of lines and curves. They are often used to create an elegant, handwritten look in documents and websites. The term “cursive” comes from the Latin word meaning “to run”. This refers to how the letters flow together when written in this style. Cursive fonts are distinct from other font styles because they connect each letter to the next, making them appear as if they were written by hand instead of being typed on a computer.

Cursive fonts are often used to give a more personal touch to text, as they can be very expressive and unique. The definition of cursive font includes the use of connecting letters within words, with each letter having its own individual shape. This makes it easier for readers to recognize the word and makes it look more elegant. Cursive fonts can also be used to create logos or other graphics that need to have an artistic feel.

Below, there are some examples of cursive-style fonts that are found here under the script tab for fonts. Also, there isn’t a section for cursive fonts, they are often linked together with script fonts. In fact, they can be considered to be synonymously known, just that their differences set them apart. A search for “cursive” filters out some choices and gives you selections of fonts that adhere to the criteria of cursive lettering. For example, look at how the letters connect to each other and have an appearance that looks very similar to a handwritten signature.

Lovely Home

Lovely Home is a warm and comfy cursive font that will give that exact feel to any design you create.

Bjornsson Signature

Bjornsson Signature is pure elegance in cursive form. The smaller vowels make the text look like natural handwriting, and not perfectly uniform. Bjornsson Signature works well when you want to apply a romantic style to invitations or stationery, or any other design where you want to add a personalized touch of a handwritten style.

Adoration

Adoration is a cursive font with a pretty style but also has a casual feel. It can add a sweet feminine feel to any design project.

Mirela Charis

Mirela Charis is a unique cursive font and a must-have in a font library. It is perfect for signatures, logos and headers for a standout look.

How to Choose Between Script and Cursive Fonts in Design Creation

Both styles have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to consider your specific needs before deciding on one or the other. Cursive is a more traditional font style, while script is more modern and often used in creative designs.

It is important to consider factors such as the purpose of the design, the target audience, readability, legibility, and overall aesthetic appeal. Additionally, it is also important to consider how well each style fits with the overall design concept. By considering all these factors carefully, you can make an informed decision on which font style will best suit your design project.

Script and cursive fonts have a common trait and that is that they can be hard to read. With that, they are normally used to make a statement in branding and specialized designs and are not used in larger chunks of text. They pair well with another font such as a serif or sans serif to create a full and complete look. As the creator, the choice is always up to you when it comes to creating a design that works.


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