Designers and typography buffs will have firsthand experience with the frustrating task of finding realistic handwritten fonts. Even the most stylish scripts can lack the authenticity of rushed hand movements or the emotion expressed in deeper pen impressions and strokes. What if you could translate not only a real person’s handwriting to font form, but a famous person’s? Inspired by the written word of five of the music world’s most prolific songwriters, designers Nicolas Damiens and Julien Sens have gifted us a collection of fonts that serve as the next best thing to the artists’ own penmanship.
Titled ‘Songwriters Fonts’, the project sees Damiens and Sens painstakingly reproducing the handwriting of Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, and Serge Gainsbourg for use in the digital space. Using notes and musings by the late musicians as references, including the suicide note that presumably served as Cobain’s last article of handwriting, the font packs were created to “give musicians inspiration” and develop the imagination of today’s songwriters, who now increasingly work in the digital space for the creative process of producing music, including lyric writing.
Each font is free to download for personal use, and we’re already loving the distinct character and identity of each, as illustrated below. Time to upgrade your writing sessions from iPhone Notes and get the creative juices flowing with the handwriting of some of the greatest songwriters of our time.
Songwriters Fonts are available to download for free (personal use only) at songwritersfonts.com.