Special events call for special attention, and designers often get asked to use ornate script fonts to fancy up the design. Script fonts are a good way to dress up a formal invitation or program, but they’re like chocolate frosting or meringue – a little goes a long way and a lot leaves you feeling vaguely nauseous. In that visually sugared state, the text can be very hard to read.

An example of an overuse of script fonts.                         An example of a minimal and good use of script fonts.

Illustrating our point are invitations received from two worthy nonprofits in our area: Devereux and Pathways. Please note that we admire and support both organizations and urge you to check out the great work they do! The Devereux example, however, shows overuse of a script font. It’s fancy, to be sure, but setting entire paragraphs in script makes the message nearly impossible to read. The Pathways example shows how a script font should be used: simply and sparingly, in the headers. The script elements are large and distinctive. The spacing is airy and dramatic. This is sweetness served up clean and delectable.

Here are guidelines for using script fonts:

  • DO use script at a larger size than regular text, to make sure it’s readable.
  • DON’T use script for a large amount of text, like a paragraph.
  • DO leave extra white space around the script font, making it easier to read.

Need help designing your invitation or program? Call Kim Landry at 484-829-0021 or email [email protected].

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