Our Favorite Ribbon Fonts
The family of ribbon fonts is a versatile group that can achieve each of these moods and more. A ribbon font can evoke feelings of romance, a desire to be playful, and even inspire strength. With such a wide array of options in this group, it’s hard to pick favorites. But we’ve tried anyway and brought them to you here. Check our lists of our favorite ribbon fonts in each category and see if you can find a new favorite ribbon font.
The right font can set off your design like a sparkler on a summer night. A font works with graphics and colors to set the mood of a piece. If you want to make a strong impression, you pick a font with thick lines that lay straight and stalwart on the page. If you want a more playful feel, the font you choose should be rounded, maybe with an uneven baseline, perhaps with curls or flowers attached to each letter. If you want elegance and grace, your font can glide across the page with smooth curves and long tails.
Making the Cut
We haven’t just compiled a list of every ribbon font we could find. To be selected for our list, the font had to meet certain criteria. As long as it fulfilled at least part of each criteria point, it could be considered for our list of the best:
Top 10 Best Ribbon Font Types
Not all ribbon font types are created equally. Some are made of slim lines while others are made with bold strokes. Some are bubbly while others are more austere. To create order out of all this ribbon chaos, we’ve grouped our favorite ribbon fonts into the following groups:
Elegant Ribbon Font
Though this font is largely made up of strong, thick lines, elegance is found in the graceful tails that trail off the tips of each letter. A few letters offer a deviation from the normal pattern, giving the overall feel of the font an air of restrained surprise.
This TrueType font is readable, offers an unexpected charm in its grace, and includes both numbers and characters. It comes from a secure website and is free to use, earning full marks.
Slender, graceful lines create this script-like ribbon font. The simple, straightforward typeface would be at home on an invitation to an elegant party.
Because it is so refreshingly simple, this TrueType font is extremely easy to read. Far from boring, its simple form creates a casual elegance. While it does include numbers, there are no characters to match it. It does, however, come from a secure website and it’s free for personal use. The lack of characters puts a big dent in its overall rating, however. After all, it’s hard to write a sentence without a period.
Playful Ribbon Font
This sweet font would be perfect for an invitation to an informal event. Confident strokes taper down in all the right places to give this font dynamic visual appeal. Casual and laidback without being sloppy, you’ll find lots of uses for it.
Ribbon of Hope can be easily read despite the number of flourishes and tails on the letters. This font seems almost friendly as you read it, like it’s the handiwork of your artistic friend. This font has each letter in both upper and lower case, accented vowels and a full range of characters. There are even some special characters included, like a simply swirled cancer ribbon. It can be found on a secure website, and it’s free for personal use. If you’d like to use it commercially, a license can be purchased for $15.
This fun ribbon font is reminiscent of a time when men wore slim suits with zipper ties and fedoras. Bold lines form a semi-cursive font that has a slight italic slant.
Because each letter is a cursive letter that doesn’t attach to the letters around it, reading this font can take a bit more of an effort. Upon seeing this TrueType font, however, you’re struck with an immediate sense of nostalgia. It offers numbers and a limited range of characters, and it has almost every accented vowel you’d need. Its host website is secure, and the font is free to use.
This ribbon font literally looks like ribbons that have been laid out into the shape of primary school-style block letters. Each letter is two-toned, as if you can see the difference between the front and the back side of the ribbon. This technique lends a 3-D effect to the font.
CurlyRibbons is a TrueType font that can create an easily read headline but would be difficult in a block of text because it’s an all-caps font. The style of the font brings up memories of childhood fun, like a banner you’d see at the circus. You do get numbers with this font, but no characters have been designed for it, and, as mentioned above, it only offers capital letters. But it can be downloaded from a secure website and is free to use.
Bold Ribbon Font
Looking like a samurai’s belt twisted into a new form, this tough font delivers strength with finesse. The origami-like folds in the font produce a group of rounded letters that sit with a satisfying squatness.
On its own, it’s not a great font for reading. But the letters could serve as great drop caps if paired with a complementary font. Plus, it more than makes up for that shortcoming in the amusing boldness it presents. It only offers capital letters, but it does have numbers and enough characters to be able to write a sentence, should you want to. It’s offered on a secure website and it’s free for personal use.
This TrueType ribbon font is built up with three different layers, which is how the designer arrived at the name, a contraction of “tri” and “ribbon.” Combed lines lay on top of an assortment of colored bases, and each letter is finished with heavier shaded regions. This font is a striking option for a strong headline.
These simple block letters are very easy to read. However, even though the structures of these letters are strictly no nonsense, the differently colored backgrounds lend an air of playfulness to the font. Unfortunately, this font only offers capital letters, and if you want the full color version, you’ll have to risk an unsecured website. You can find a mono-color version of the font, called Tribbon B, on a secure website, however. Both versions are available as free downloads.
OpenType Ribbon Font
This lovely ribbon font is another script calligraphy with lots of options. It’s available in a family of four variations. Slender lines swirl into the form of letters in varying thicknesses and with varying degrees of flourishes. This delicate and feminine font stands up well in the world of ribbon fonts.
The open centers and thinner lines of this font make it supremely readable. Its flirty swirls evoke a smile and a wink anywhere it’s seen. It offers more than 1000 characters, including foreign characters so this font can be used in multiple languages. You can get it on several sites, so make sure to pick one that’s secure. You can purchase the whole family of fonts for $299, or you can get them individually. Two of the versions are $89 each and the other two are $69 each. While these are the most expensive OpenType fonts on our list, they’re also the most readable.
This sweet ribbon font is playful and inviting. With variations of thick and thin lines, it looks like hand-lettered calligraphy. It would look equally fetching on an invitation, an address label and a decorative poster. As an OpenType font, letters can change based on their placement in the word, making this font even more versatile.
Because of its curly accents, it takes a bit longer to read through a block of script in this font, but it’s still far from illegible. The font itself seems to say something fun is on the way. Not only does this font include numbers and characters, but it has six different ampersands to choose from. It’s available on more than one site, and at least one of them is a secure site. It does cost $32, but it offers more than your typical font.
Relaxed and sultry, this font is a gorgeous script calligraphy font. Each letter connects to the one before it, making it look truly hand-lettered. This OpenType font allows you to add swashes to the beginning and end of words.
The super-thin strokes in this calligraphy make reading it a bit more difficult than a standard font. A large block of text might be overtaxing, but short lines and headlines are perfect in this font. The look makes you want to slip into something more comfortable as you work on your designs. This font has numbers and characters and then some, so you’ll have a lot of options to work with. It’s available on a secure site for $54.
Two of the versions are $89 each and the other two are $69 each
How To Pick the Right Ribbon Font for You
There are so many reasons to pick a font. We’ve tried to review the best ribbon font types based on what’s important to us, but in the end, it’s what’s important to you that matters.
First consider what kind of design element you want to use your font for. If you need a great font for writing more than just a headline, readability is going to be an important factor in making your decision. If a few words are all you need to stylize, then the overall impact and feel of a font may win out over anything else.
Also consider the way you’re using the font. OpenType fonts that can be changed to look like a handwritten piece of art are a lot of fun, but if you’re just using it for an invitation for a garden party, perhaps your funds would be better spent on finger foods than fonts. However, if you’re creating something that will garner a lot of visibility, it could be worth investing in a font that can do more than the average bear.
Make sure, however, that however you use the shiny new font you’ve just downloaded, you have the proper permission to do so. Some font developers consider a personal web site as fitting into the purview of personal use, while others may not allow that particular usage. You likely spend a lot of time making your design just right. Don’t lose all that time by having your work revoked because of copyright infringement.
We hope you’ve found something special in our list of our favorite ribbon fonts. Whether you need something delicate or striking, feminine or masculine, playful or reserved, we think we’ve got you covered. We can’t wait to see what you create, so find your font and get to work!