The Best 90s Fonts to Replicate your Favorite Movies & TV Shows
Alright, I’m going to date myself here, but I loved the ’90s. I was young enough to enjoy the world without caring about what was going on outside of my little bubble, and boy was that bubble packed with fun. The latter part of the ’90s falls into what I call “The lost decade of Whipps,” because I wasted just that much time.
And you know what made that time so fun? Graphic design. It was at this nexus point between physical and digital media. Although many companies had already transitioned into using computers full-time, not everyone was quite there yet. So fonts had both a digital and hand-crafted touch that stood out from the modern options today. That, and they’re just fun. And that’s worth something, right? That’s why we’ve got this list of the absolute best ’90s fonts out there for you and your next project. Enjoy.
Bayshore + New! Neon Glow Styles
The thing that most people don’t think about with the 1990s is that for the first few years it was just a continuation of the 1980s. Neon wasn’t out of fashion for years, and I remember seeing fonts like Bayshore well into 1995. In fact, I’m pretty sure we used something similar in one of my school yearbooks. And the fact that it comes with a bunch of different glyph options for end and underline swashes makes it so cool in my book that I put it on my wishlist for future font purchases. That’s right, I’m going to put my money where my mouth is — or something like that.
The Ultimate 90s Font Pack
Alright, so technically I’m cheating with this one, but all of these fonts are perfect, so I’m running with it. This pack includes Truant, Totally Tubular, Childish Reverie, and Highflier, and tons of variants of each. Some remind me of the TV shows of the time, like that Cosby Show spinoff, A Different World, Martin, or In Living Color. (Sidebar: I knew Jim Carrey’s makeup artist when I was in high school. She lived here in Arizona and flew out weekly to work on the show. She also ran the local haunted house, and that was amazing.) But overall, the whole pack just speaks to the decade, which brings back the memories for me pretty hard.
I know I’ve already listed a font that was reminiscent of Saved by the Bell, but this one is just so cool. It straddles the line between the ’80s and ’90s, but there are enough stylistic alternates and ligatures that it can be super flexible. Think about all the ways you could bring your designs back to the days of Melrose Place and the original Beverly Hills: 90210. Who wouldn’t want to do that? And again, I like this one so much that I put it on my wish list. Man is this a cool font.
The 1990s weren’t only about flash and flair. The grunge era kicked off then too, and skateboarding started to become more mainstream. Boneless brings all that back to me. It’s equal parts punk rock and grunge, but also could easily be found on the bottom of one of my old skate decks. Was I ever actually a skateboarder? No. I couldn’t do an ollie to save my life. But did I own multiple skateboards? Heck yeah I did. I was the worst kind of poser. Obviously.
Atomic Dustbin Font
Just like Boneless, Atomic Dustbin has a rock ‘n’ roll vibe to it, with just a pinch of messy to polish it up. It’s a brush stroke font, which may be relatively common today, but this one has the right aesthetic. I can picture this one on a poster outside of a club, or right in the middle of a drum set. It’s clean enough to work with a lot of projects, but still can sit securely in the ’90s. Not too shabby.
MEMPHIS Type Collection
This one here is an interesting one. First off, it’s a color font, and that’s kind of a big deal. Next, it’s quirky, and I’m not sure if it’s aimed to be a font from the ’90s, but it sure looks like one. I think I had a Trapper Keeper with a font like this one on the front, and if I didn’t, I wish I had. Between the cool colors and the shape combinations, it’s one that I’d like to add to my collection.
I look at Novanta and I think about donuts. It reminds me a lot of the classic Dunkin Donuts logo, sure, but its rounded curves also make me want something frosted and yummy. But also — as illustrated by the lead image — it’s at home in the 1990s as well. Throw a drop shadow on there or stack it for a 3D effect and you’re golden.
Outrunner Retro Script
Another font that hits the line between the ’80s and ’90s, Outrunner is flashy and stylish, just like both decades. What’s nice though is that it’s not stuck in either spot. Some fonts that aim for a target decade aren’t flexible enough to use them in current designs, but I don’t think that’s the case here. With lots of ligatures to work with and plenty of options, I think it would be at home in both a retro design and something new.
Thunderstorm (With Extra Pack)
It’s funny to me that Thunderstorm uses a Foxbody Mustang in their initial shot, because that’s one of the cars I associate with the decade. Both are mainstream products that have a little bit of an edge to them, which is something I always appreciate. Sure, I’d never own (and haven’t ever owned) one of those Mustangs, but Thunderstorm? It’s already on my wish list.
The 1990s were a good time for me, and looking at all these fonts brought me back to those simpler times. You know, when I carried a beeper because cell phones were too expensive and I made sure to keep quarters on hand when I needed to make a call. OK, so things weren’t all great, but the fonts definitely were. And even if you think the ’90s should be left right where they are, I think we all can agree that this collection is worthy enough to be in your personal font book.
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