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Retro Fonts for Noir

Get inspired by the spirit of past decades and transport your designs back in time with this compilation of retro fonts that will cost you nothing!

Here is a great selection of free fonts in vintage or retro styles. The aim of a retro design is to transport the audience to the past, so it's important to choose typography that reflects the era that you're representing. There are hundreds of free typeface collections available online, ranging from the hip and happening to the cheap and cheesy. We've selected our favourite ones so you don't have to spend time searching - here are some awesome zero-cost designs...

So, let's look at some Noir - Retro Fonts
01. Berlin

Berlin is inspired by classic geometric typefaces
Berlin was created by Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator Antonio Rodrigues Jr. "Berlin is a group of display fonts, inspired by the classic geometric typefaces from early last century," he explains. So far Rodrigues Jr has created four versions - Berlin, Berlina, Slaberlin and Uberlin - all of which are available in regular, bold and x-bold.

02. Sabo

Need an arcade-themed font? Give Sabo a go

Sabo, by graphic designer Philippe Moesch, is a striking pixel-style font. Available in two styles - inline and filled - Sabo is great for any retro arcade-themed design.

03. Zorus Serif

Created by Canadian designer Jérémie Dupuis, Zorus Serif's antique glyphs have a distinctly gallic feel to them, and we think it'd be a perfect fit for a print project that needs a quirky, old-fashioned look. It's available in standard and italic versions.

05. Akura Popo

Akura Popo is bold, strong and tough-looking

Akura Popo from Twicolabs Design. The team comment on the typeface on Behance: "Akura Popo is a vintage and classic condensed serif font with a bold, strong and tough-looking style. It's best suited for logos, headlines, letterheads and sport-themed designs."

06. Glasoor

Sergiy Tkachenko's Glasoor is perfect for posters and logos

Created by type designer Sergiy Tkachenko, Glasoor is an  experimental font with a playful retro design that's perfect for posters, logos and more.

07. Streetwear

Streetwear captures the spirit of American sports logos of the 60s and 70s

A bold and stylish retro-inspired script font, Streetwear is suitable for logos, posters, branding, packaging and much more. Available from Artimasa, the team comments on Behance: "Streetwear looks like 1960s and 70s fashion and sport-related typeface, unique and fun at the same time." Streetwear is free for both personal and commercial use.

08. Zebrazil

Zebrazil's elegant forms and bold serifs give it a wonderful 1920s feel

Zebrazil was created by Burmese graphic designer Zarni. This deliciously retro font features lovely thin letterforms married to bold serifs, and is one of many created by Zarni, who generously offers his design as a free download.

09. Unique

A retro-contemporary offering from designer Anna Pocius

Unique was created by designer Anna Pocius aka Artmaker. She describes her design on Behance as 'a display hybrid typeface, which is a little bit flashy, retro but still contemporary font designed specially for headings and logotypes'.

10. Vincent

Vincent is the perfect retro font to use for titles

Vincent was desinged by graphic and product designer for NBC Universal Ben Suarez. Created at the end of last year, this vintage-inspired design was Suarez's first fully functioning typeface.
"Vincent was intended to be used as a title font," explains Suarez.
It was named after his grandfather, "who drove a 76' Chrysler Cordoba and smoked out of an old wooden pipe", Suarez adds. And it's totally free for personal projects!

11. Canter

Canter is perfect for headlines and titles

Designed by New Yor based creative Christopher J Lee, Canter is an all caps, condensed typeface available in six different weights. It was designed as a display type for titles, headlines, and posters and will work well with any retro execution.

12. Alt Retro

This free retro font comes in five different weights

Alt Retro Typeface is a free five-weight typeface that channels all the art deco inspiration you can muster. Perfect for eye-catching creations, Alt Retro is a playful font that will serve as a brilliant experimental offering. The intricate design makes it a stand out retro font.

13. Rispa

This retro font is inspired by the designer's hometown

This retro typeface was inspired by designer Konrad Bednarski's new hometown. The free test version is available to download for free, with
a corrected and extended version with more weights soon to be available. Like this font? You can also get Rispa Regular T-shirts, prints, tote bags, pillows and much more from Society6.

14. Betty Noir

Betty Noir by Bamblot

This typeface was developed Blambot, a company 'proudly provide comic fonts and lettering'. You have to pay for many of its brilliant designs, but the team generously offer Betty Noir free for use in personal projects. One of our favourite free retro fonts, it's definitely worth checking out.

15. White Rabbit

White Rabbit by Alice Creative

Inspired by eras gone by, this is one of the coolest free retro fonts we've seen in a long while. Developed by Alice Creative, this typeface is available free for personal use, with donations to the author, as always, greatfully received.

16. Andes


Looking for retro fonts to use in your personal project? Then you can download this baby for free. The gorgeous vintage-style font comes with two styles, with letters featuring both a curved design (as seen above) and more basic approach.

17. Sesame

Sesame by Dieter Steffmann

An old-school-style of retro fonts, Sesame wouldn't look out of place on any vintage poster design. Developed by designerDieter Steffmann, the font comes with a full set of uppercase letters, numbers and selection of special characters.

18. Arwen

Arwen by Keystrokes

Arwen is not just the name of a Lord of the Rings character. It's also one of the most beautiful retro fonts we've found - and it's totally free to download. Created by Keystrokes, the typeface includes a full set of uppercase characters for you to incorporate into your designs.

19. Highlands

Highlands by Tyler Galpin

This cool retro typeface was created by web and UI designerTyler Galpin, a runner-up for Young Designer of the Year in this year's .net Awards. He describes the font as "a charming slab-serif that draws inspiration from National Park posters of old". It's been available as a  download on Lost Type Co-op, with any donations to its creator gratefully received.

20. Bazar

Bazar by Olinda Martins

Designer Olinda Martins developed this vintage-style font from a selection of commercial signage in and around the city of Porto. Collecting several samples, Martins reinterpreted them into this stylish design, which she generously offers as a free download for all to enjoy!

21. Quid Pro Quo

Quid Pro Quo by David Kerkhoff

Quid Pro Quo is an old-fashioned handwritten script created by designer David Kerkhoff. The typeface comes complete with a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and a selection of special characters. Free for personal use only, with the option to donate to the author should you wish.

22. Pricedown

Pricedown by Ray Larabie

Ray Larabie of Typodermic Fonts is the man behind this bold, game show-inspired font. Larabie comments on his creation: "Pricedown is based on a late-Sixties font called "Pinto Flare"; famous for its use in the titles for the TV program "The Price is Right"." The font is free for personal use only, but donations to the author are much appreciated.

23. Pompadour Numerals

Pompadour Numerals by Andy Mangold

This stylish, retro set of numerals and punctuation was developed by designer Andy Mangold. Offered online by Lost Type Co-Op, the design is described as "a chunky, display numeral sets inspired by the 1950s Rockabilly Hairdo. The numbers, which each fit perfectly inside of a square, are best used in large sizes." Available as a free download, with any donations to the author gratefully received.

24. Riesling

Riesling by Bright Ideas

Transport your designs back to the 1920s with this beautiful Riesling font, created by Bright Ideas. The elegant typeface includes a full set of upper and lowercase letters, numbers 0-9 and special characters.

25. Carnivalee Freakshow

Carnivalee Freakshow by Christopher Hansen

This cool Carnivalee Freakshow would fit in perfectly to any Western-inspired design. Created by Christopher Hansen, this popular font has amassed over 1m downloads since its release. Free for personal use only.

26. Top Speed

Top Speed by Jason Vanderhill

This cool retro font has more than a hint of 1950s Chevrolet to it; you can virtually smell the rubber and gasoline. Designed byJason Vanderhill, Top Speed comes in these three different variations. To link letters, simply use the underscore key. Free for personal use.

27. Echo Deco

Echo Deco by GreyWolf Webworks

Perfect for a retro-style music poster, typeface Echo Deco was created by GreyWolf Webworks. Free for personal use only, this font comes complete with a full set of uppercase letters, numbers and special characters.

28. Deftone Stylus

Deftone Stylus by Ray Larabie

This beautiful script, retro-style font is another by Ray Larabie of Typodermic Fonts. Larabie comments on his typeface, "Deftone Stylus is a structured, industrial script from the late 20th century. It was rebuilt in 2011 and now features custom letter pairs to make words flow."

29. Bellerose

Bellerose by James M. Harris

This elegant typeface Bellerose is a popular choice, having been downloaded almost 1.5m times since its release. The sophisticated design was created by James M. Harris, includes a full set of upper and lower case letters and numbers and is free for personal use only. 

30. Airstream

Airstream by Nick's Fonts

This is just one of many retro fonts designed by Nick's Fonts but Airstream just pipped it as our favourite. The designer has over 100 designs to choose from, which collectively have been downloaded over 13m times. Free for personal use.

31. Parisish

Parisish by George Williams

This elegant font by type designer George Williams has the feel of old Paris about it. One of 57 fonts created by the designer, this is one of his most popular, having received over 200,000 downloads. This font is also free for both personal and commercial uses.

32. Kilogram

Kilogram by KalleGraphics

This Kilogram font was created by KalleGraphics and based on Nick Curtis' font Anagram. The bold design includes a full set of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Free for personal use.

33. Budmo

Budmo by Ray Larabie

This flashy marquee font wouldn't look out of place on posters at the Moulin Rouge. Another creation from Ray Larabie ofTypodermic Fonts, this set includes four font files, all different variations of the same design. Free for personal use

Didn't see anything that grabbed you by the throat and throttled you for a while?
Check out this list of fonts, there's probably something there for you.