So, imagine this: you are a graphic designer that’s just got a design job from this young upstart female musician. She is in a process of releasing her first single, and she needs your assistance in designing the cover art of that single. You got excited as this is the first time you got a musician as a client.
You asked her on how she would like the cover to look like, and she answered with something along the line of “it’s up to you, as long as you use cute fonts for the title.”
“Cute, huh?” you think to yourself, “This might get a bit challenging”. Since your previous design gigs are boring posters or public service announcement ads from government agencies, you have absolutely no idea on how “cute fonts” are supposed to look like.
What Defines a Cute Font?
Let’s start with defining the word “cute” first. Merriam-Webster defined the adjective as “having a pleasing and usually youthful appearance”. Meanwhile, Cambridge defined it as “attractive (especially of something or someone small or young); pleasant and attractive”. Oxford also defined the word cute as “pretty and attractive”.
When combined with the word ‘font’, it is safe to assume that a ‘cute font’ is a font that has a pleasant, youthful, pretty, and/or attractive appearance in a youthful mannerism. To be categorized as cute, the font should also radiate the feeling of youthful positivity, innocence, and/or playfulness.
Where to Find Cute Fonts?
Basically, you can hit any online marketplace or websites where you can purchase digital design essentials like vectors, backgrounds, or fonts, and look in their catalogue. Chances are you will find dozens or even hundreds of purchasable fonts that fits the definition. Mind you, not all cute fonts are marketed as such. Many are just marketed under “youthful” or “playful”.
If you don’t know where to look, Pollux of Geminorum is a great website to start. Their catalogue consists of dozens of fonts you can play around with. From serifs to sans-serifs, script to display, you can choose one to incorporate to your design project. You can visit their catalogue through this link or head to their website.
Tips on Using Cute Fonts
Working on a cute design project might be a bit challenging if you are not used to the subject. Especially if you don’t have that many female friends and your teenage cousin is as goth as she can be. However, designing something cute is just a matter of creating something that induces a feeling of endearment. When looked at, the finished design should induce similar feelings as watching kittens playing with each other—you know, something that would make you say, “Aaawwwww~”.
Here are some tips that you can consider applying to your design whenever you are trying to incorporate cute fonts to your design:
- Use soft colors,
- Incorporating small and playful clipart would accentuate the design,
- Less is more; try to keep your design quite simple.
That’s all folks, happy designing!