7 Free Summer Fonts For Churches | Ep. #139

Pro Church Daily is the show where - in ten minutes or less - you’ll get your daily dose of tips and tactics to help your church share the message of Jesus, while navigating the biggest communication shift we’ve seen in the last 500 years.

June 25th, 2018

We understand the struggle of designing graphics for summer events and needing new, up to date fonts, but without spending a ton of money. Brady shares 7 free fonts for your church to use this summer.

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Alex Mills: Well, hey there and welcome to Pro Church Daily, the show where in 10 minutes or less, you’re gonna get a daily dose of tips and tactics to help your church share the message of Jesus while we try and navigate the biggest communication shift that we’ve seen in the last 500 years. I’m your host, Alex Mills. I’m joined as always by the boss man. It’s Brady Shearer, and today we’re talking about seven free summer fonts for churches. 

Brady Shearer: You’re designing a graphic for VBS, for the summer picnic, for the picnic VBS, whatever it might be. Summer event at your church, you need a free font. 

Alex Mills: Yeah.

Brady Shearer: You need a font that has some summer vibes to it.

Alex Mills: And you need it to be free.

Brady Shearer: You need it free. You need it now.

Alex Mills: Yeah.

Brady Shearer: And it needs to be free for both personal and commercial usage.

Alex Mills: Sure.

Brady Shearer: We’ve got seven for you, downloadable for free, personal, commercial. If you’re the type of person to listen to ProChurch Daily on the podcast, respect, but this might be one of those episodes where you want to head to prochurchdaily.com and find the video for this on YouTube so that you can actually see the fonts that we’re talking about. I’m going to do my best to describe them, but I’m not going to be able to do these beautiful and free fonts justice. 

Alex Mills: Let’s dive right in.

Brady Shearer: Font number one, it’s called Matilda. This is script perfect for a summer graphic or slide. It’s got smooth lettering, nice rounded edges and it’s just got that summer vibe that makes you feel good about the warm weather.

Alex Mills: I’m a sucker for a good script font. I’ve been known to overuse script fonts.

Brady Shearer: As have all churches.

Alex Mills: Yes, so you’re speaking my language with this one, but I love it. It kind of has that playful element to it, but it’s also very strong. Good for like a stand alone title, like for a church picnic or something. It’s great.

Brady Shearer: Free font number two, free for both personal and commercial usage, Oxford. Oxford is a Serif font. If I had to think of one word to describe this font, I’d use the word regal. You just said you’re a sucker for scripts. I am a sucker for serif fonts.

Alex Mills: Okay.

Brady Shearer: That in my mind are more sophisticated than a script font. I have been known to create sermon bumpers and take serif fonts and put them in all lowercase, and then shrink them down really small, because again, sophistication. If you can’t read it … I’m making you work for it. It’s like when you’re watching a movie and you’re like, “I don’t know if this is good. Must mean it’s good.”

Alex Mills: Right.

Brady Shearer: It’s like I can’t really read this. It must be good and I love using these in sermon bumpers, especially I love using Oxford fonts … Serif fonts. This one’s called Oxford. I love using Serif fonts on photo or video backgrounds that have a really vintage, rich color vibe. I just think it’s a nice pairing.

Alex Mills: Yeah. This one just seems really elegant to me, but not like over the top, like ornamental. It’s really clean, really nice.

Brady Shearer: At the end of the day, this whole episode is us trying to find adjectives to describe fonts, and I want to give us props there for sophistication, elegant, ornamental. The bishop, Alex Mills coming through. Free font number three, Alberto. This is a chunky sans serif font. It’s a little retro. It’s a little vintage. It looks nice in all uppercase and there isn’t much space between each of the letters, which is nice. You get to fit a lot of letters in a small space, so if you have an extra long title, as most churches tend to be a little verbose now and again, Alberto might be a good font to shrink it in there. There’s a lot of letters …

Alex Mills: I don’t have a ton of descriptive words for this font, other than the fact that I do like it a lot. So let’s move on to the next one.

Brady Shearer: I mean, you could just keep saying ornamental about all of them. Number four, Gilroy, another chunky san serif. I chose a number of san serif font for this list, both chunky and/or bold, and the reason is I find these fonts are some of the most versatile.

Alex Mills: For sure.

Brady Shearer: A font like Oxford, that serif font or the first one, Matilda, a script, or really any script, those can be exceptionally well used, but it’s not nearly as versatile as a font, san serif, big and bold, chunky, great for headlines. This one is nice. It’s unusual for this type of font because I think it looks good in lowercase as well as uppercase. I find that with a lot of these bold, big, chunky fonts, that you really want to use only uppercase, like Alberto for instance. But this one, I think it looks great if you just capitalize the first letter of each word. I forget whether it’s called sentence case or something like that. It looks great with the lower case letters as well.

Alex Mills: Yeah, it looks like it’s going to be, like really multi-purpose, but it also does hold a bit of weight to it. It doesn’t seem too delicate. I like this a lot too. I like all of these fonts.

Brady Shearer: Well that’s good.

Alex Mills: Yeah. I’m going to demo them today. 

Brady Shearer: I will download these, and I will use them in my graphics.

Alex Mills: Yeah.

Brady Shearer: For my VBS, for my picnic, for my VBS picnic.

Alex Mills: Summer uses, yeah.

Brady Shearer: Free font number five is called Hanzi and/or Hansi. It’s a rough, bold, san serif, and it’s a little bit distressed, which I like, and it’s, it has this gritty and textured look to it, which is really nice. I like these fonts when I’m … There’s an event and it’s in a barn. 

Alex Mills: Yeah.

Brady Shearer: Or there’s an event and it’s a men’s barbecue. 

Alex Mills: Right. 

Brady Shearer: And there’s fire, and there are stereotypical manly things, maybe shooting of some guns.

Alex Mills: Right.

Brady Shearer: Maybe grilling of some meats. Perhaps driving of some motorbike quad type vehicles.

Alex Mills: It’s probably lawn mowers. It’s probably a lawn mower race.

Brady Shearer: It’s a lawn mower small group, where you just mow your lawn.

Alex Mills: Yeah.

Brady Shearer: How would you get together for that small group?

Alex Mills: I don’t know.

Brady Shearer: This episode of ProChurch Daily is off the rails. Yeah, so this is a nice font. I like that it has that rough, distressed, textured look.

Alex Mills: Yeah, I often, like, I don’t lean towards these kinds of fonts, and I think they are for very specific uses, but I find that when I do kind of get out of my own little box and try a bigger font like this that has that texture, I really end up liking the result and so I’m going to go out of my way to try and give this one a shot.

Brady Shearer: Free font number six is Garment District. Even in the example photo for this, there’s a pool. It’s blue water. It’s a yellow deck. It is super summer, super playful. Again, this is one of those that’s going to be perfect for summer. It kind of reminds me of a carnival. I don’t know why. I feel like if you were having a church carnival.

Alex Mills: Yeah.

Brady Shearer: It’s like summer blast bash sort of thing, that this would be the font to go for. 

Alex Mills: Yeah. You won’t find any straight lines really in this font. 

Brady Shearer: Right.

Alex Mills: It’s very curvy, very cursive. Really nice.

Brady Shearer: And finally, the seventh free font for both personal and commercial usage.

Alex Mills: And my favorite.

Brady Shearer: Your favorite.

Alex Mills: Yeah, absolutely.

Brady Shearer: Wow. 

Alex Mills: Yeah, no doubt.

Brady Shearer: I wouldn’t have expected that. It’s called Tuesday Night. This is another handwritten script. This is a, it’s kind of prototypical of the style right now. Very, very oversized, capital letters and then really, really small lowercase letters to create this extravagant contrast, looping and because it’s your favorite font, tell me why you love it so much.

Alex Mills: Well, I have a Wacom tablet or Wacom tablet, however you want to say it, and so it comes with a pen. I use it with my computer for retouching photos. But I will often try and like recreate one of these fonts with the tablet, so actually write out the letters by hand, because often I’m looking for a handwritten font, but I can’t find one that I love. Either like, you know, the E is strange looking, or like you said, the capitalized letters just aren’t big enough or they’re too big. I feel like this font just like hits it in every category for a handwritten script font for me. I love the size of those capital letters and the lowercase letters. They flow so well. I love the style of the handwriting. I think it’s perfect. And it’s free.

Brady Shearer: And those are seven free fonts for, perfect for summer type of things and both, all these fonts were found from a number of different lists of even more free fonts, so if you’re looking for even more than seven, both of those, one came from Flywheel, which is a website hosting company that we use. They often put out these free font lists. Another came from a company named Easel. The first four fonts came from the Flywheel list. The remaining three fonts came from the Easel list, so if you’re looking for even more free fonts for usage within your church, we’ll have those lists linked in the show notes and that will do it for this episode of ProChurch Daily. We’ll see you next time.