We’re celebrating all things German here at Envato Tuts+ this week. In tribute to Germanic style, here you’ll find 30 amazing Gothic and blackletter fonts which you can use to give your designs a rebellious and edgy look.
Read on to discover our top picks from the font sections of Envato Market and Envato Elements, from authentic medieval styles to minimal and modern Gothic typefaces.
What Is Blackletter?
Blackletter, also known as Gothic script or Old English script, is a calligraphic style which was popular for writing manuscripts and books in German-speaking countries during the Middle Ages. During the 20th century, blackletter type styles were adopted by new audiences and came to be associated with punk, street art, and heavy metal.
It’s this blend of medieval influence and modern rebellion that makes blackletter and Gothic styles always look moody, cool, and dramatic. They’re great for adding edge and interest to posters, t-shirt designs, and logos.
A cleaner and more organic take on Gothic type styles, Medusa has a quirky serpentine design that gives it some extra edge. It’s highly legible, which is unusual amongst Gothic fonts, so try it across sub-headings and body text too.
Looking for a retro take on Gothic style? Black Baron wouldn’t look out of place on a 1930s poster, with its chunky, geometric proportions and highly legible design. Combine it with a texture overlay for an authentic vintage look.
A heavy display font, Glaive takes influences from heavy metal to create a slab serif that’s high-impact and sharp-edged. This font looks best in isolation. Try blowing it up to large scale on t-shirt designs or poster layouts.
A more geometric and stylish take on blackletter, Blackhead retains a mid-century feel that makes it the perfect partner for vintage or flat design. Available in three weights, it’s versatile enough to use across titling and body text.
This clean and chunky font with a slight italic is a more geometric, digitised take on Gothic type styles. Ravenholm is highly readable, and it looks just as good outlined as it does in its standard weight.
This decorative display font includes extra ornaments to add swashes and borders to your typography. Katheryna has old-fashioned, romantic sensibilities, which would make it a lovely choice for a book cover design.
Rot Shield has a dense, condensed look that makes it appear as if it’s been stamped onto the page. The geometric design balances out the authentic medieval look of the typeface, which keeps the style looking fresh and modern.
Available in two styles, Rough and Clean, Riotic combines Gothic serifs with a chunky vintage design. You can use it in both uppercase and lowercase letters—why not try combining the Rough weight for title text and the Clean style for body text?
La Forest comes in four styles—regular, grunge, inline, and inline grunge—making it a super versatile choice for design projects. With exaggerated calligraphic elements, it works best as a standalone decorative font.
The result of a combination of stylistic influences, Helmswald Post is a thoroughly modern take on an authentic blackletter type style. Its natural home is on brand designs which require a Germanic touch, like beer labels or seasonal products.
A classic blackletter font with a variety of styles, The Mariam Story contains mirrored characters to create a pleasingly symmetrical look in your typography. Try combining the lowercase and alternate styles to create a unique logo or header design.
If you’re looking for a blackletter font that mimics calligraphy more directly, Wednesday is a great choice. This font has a more Oriental feel to it, giving it a more flowing and ornate style. It’s most effective when only a few letters are used, so try it in your next logo or letterhead design.
Influenced by tattoo art, inuTattoo Script is one step removed from Germanic blackletter styles, but it still retains some Gothic spirit. Use it on stationery and invitations to make the most of its romantic, italic style.
A modern calligraphy font with stylized nods to Gothic typography, RockSands is an edgier, cooler alternative to hand-lettering styles. Try it on logo designs, or as a more interesting replacement for signatures.
An attractive mix of vintage Italian style and blackletter elements, Flexiletto is one of the simplest and most aesthetically pleasing fonts in our roundup. The letters are rounded and generous, making this font a legible choice for any text size.
Hungry for More Gothic Fonts?
Hopefully you’ve found a font in our edited list that tickles your taste buds.
However, if you’re still on the hunt for that elusive perfect Gothic or blackletter typeface, look no further. You can browse hundreds of Gothic fonts on Envato Market and Envato Elements.