16 Space Fonts for Out of this World Design Projects for 2023
It’s often a challenge to position a business as forward-thinking and innovative. This is especially true for tech businesses and other industries on the cutting edge. ‘Space fonts’ are ideal, because they immediately evoke those sorts of feelings. However, you can also apply this to events such as club nights, certain types of musicians such as Electronic Dance Music (EDM) acts, and more.
For this post, we’re going to roundup some of the best space fonts we can find, and give you some tips on how to use them. First, let’s talk about how to choose the right font for your needs.
How to Choose the Right Space Font for Your Project
We admit, the term “space fonts” is a broad one that can cover many different bases. The list we’re going to present reflects this wide scope. Some fonts will look like they’ve come from another planet, whereas others are ‘kitsch’ and nostalgic.
Regardless, there are three facets you’ll want to bear in mind when you choose the right space font:
- Make sure it’s readable. You’ll see that some of the fonts on this list have custom lettering that won’t fit typical conventions. As such, make sure you still keep readability high, regardless of how you use your space font.
- Make sure it fits your project. Of course, you’ll want to ensure that the font or typeface you choose is appropriate for your project. It won’t be enough to slap on any old space font. With these, you want to evoke a feeling for your readers.
- Choose a good pairing font. Most of the fonts on this list will be for displays. As such, you’ll want a readable pairing that you can use for body copy too. Classic designs such as Arial and Helvetica are ideal (more of which in a minute.)
From here, you can begin to browse some of the space fonts available to see if they fit your project.
How to Mimic the NASA and SpaceX Fonts
If your project requires it, you can present a rough approximation of the NASA and SpaceX typefaces. While you don’t want to look to pass off your project as official, parody could work in some cases.
Over the years, NASA has used two different logos – the ‘meatball’ insignia and the ‘worm.’ While both of these are not full typefaces, you can use free fonts to get close. First, Nasalization is a near approximation of the worm:
To replicate the insignia, you could use Nasa Serif:
Much like any other institution with branding, NASA has guidelines on typefaces and usage that might be relevant depending on your project. However, Helvetica Bold is in use on the side of spaceships. This is typically a system font that can not only give off a ‘space exploration’ vibe, it’s a readable and accessible font too.
As for SpaceX, its logo uses a custom design that’s again not a full typeface. The nearest you’ll get is using something like Bank Gothic. However, it’s not an exact match, so you may have to look to another space font for your needs.
16 Space Fonts for Out of this World Design Projects
Over the rest of the roundup, we’ll look at some fantastic space fonts that will suit lots of different types of projects.
1. MBF Space – Our Top Pick
The MBF Space font is one of the best available, and is our top pick. While this font will never be body copy, you’ll use it for headings, displays, posters, workmarks, and more.
It’s a thin and minimalist space font with custom lettering. However, it’s still legible at smaller sizes. Its rounded edges help with this, and as such, you’ll be able to apply all sorts of spacing to match your dimensions.
Why It’s Our Top Pick
MBF Space is super versatile. You can use it to hark back 70s sci-fi films such as Alien alongside fonts such as Alien League and Future Condensed Extra Bold. In contrast, you might also use this for modern applications that need to appear to be innovative. Overall, MBF Space is minimalist, yet distinctive and flexible.
We’d bet that Meteorite will have only a handful of viable uses. However, as a space font, it’s an undeniable winner for decorative displays.
You’ll get both uppercase and lowercase lettering, complete with numbers. Each letter design comes with ‘meteor damage’, and despite its unique presentation, also offers readability at smaller sizes.
3. Urban Space
Urban Space is the first example on this list of a nostalgic space font. Lots of designers will either choose a hyper-modern minimalist font, or something that comes from a 50s idea of space travel.
This space font is a heavy sans-serif typeface that provides uppercase and lowercase lettering, numbers, and other ligatures. This means you’ll be able to mix and match fonts to reach your final design.
Aurore is a premium space font that has a 60s intergalactic vibe. In fact, we would use this one for other projects too, such as fashion or luxury branding.
We like how versatile Aurore is. You get nearly 80 different letter variants, and two fonts for the typeface – regular and bold. Desktop and webfont pricing starts at $14, but this rises to $140 for usage within apps.
The Space Font is the most fun example on our list. It’s not a formal design, so we’d use this for literal applications aimed at children. This silhouette font uses planets, rockets, stars, and more to punctuate each letter, and in some cases define the letter’s shape.
You can also choose to use the lettering without stamps and silhouettes, which gives it some flexibility. We quite like the ‘non-stamped’ versions, but they don’t quite cut it as a ‘bonafide’ space font.
Super-futuristic and stylized, Futurewave is one font we’d like to see used in video games. Some of the letters with custom designs (such as ‘A’) have multiple variants. Given the right design choices, we could see Futurewave used for music too.
While you don’t get lowercase letters here, you do get numbers and other symbols. Though, you might want to use this space font at large sizes, as it offers less readability at smaller sizes.
Outer Frontier is a flexible space font that might see usage outside of its intended one. Its design is akin to a digital LCD display, which means you could press its numbers into service for elements such as countdown timers and event times as standout effect.
For a creative display font, Outer Frontier also provides a good level of variations. You get access to uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, and various file types.
8. Space Armada
As with Meteorite, Space Armada only suits a couple of applications, but offers a good fit when you do use it. It fits into the same box as Aurore and Urban Space in that it harks back to the past – this time, it’s the 80s.
As such, Space Armada will see lots of use on posters for retro nights, and anywhere you need to reference ‘old-school’ sci-fi vibes. You can also create some unique designs using the various outlines, wireframes, and fills. Space Armada would be our top pick if it didn’t look so unique!
Here’s another minimalist and simple font that performs well across a variety of niches. You could use Rocket Wildness for luxury brands, modern projects, and feminine sites. However, this is also one of the most adaptable space fonts around.
You don’t get much in the way of variety here. There are uppercase letters, symbols, and numbers. However, as a display font it cuts the mustard and looks readable despite its custom lettering. rocket wildness is $17 for the desktop version, but a webfont license is nearly double that, at $30.
We mentioned movie fonts earlier with MBF Space, and Starburst mimics another famous film franchise. It’s not a one-for-one copy, but some of the elongated lettering is reminicent of Start Wars. However, it has just enough to distinguish it as its own space font.
Startburst is also a flexible font. It includes uppercase and lowercase letters, ligatures, numerals, symbols, and alternates.
11. Blank Space
We can put Blank Space firmly in the category of a retro yet modern space font. It’s a huge sans-serif that comes with lots of alternative lettering options.
We like the look of those alternates, and it gives the font a sleek design that will suit much more than space or futuristic applications. You’ll want to use this font at big sizes – so displays will be ideal.
First, we love its futuristic look and letter shapes. We could see this as a heading font for tech products, or in use in video games. What’s more, it gives us Star Trek vibes, as it’s similar to that universe’s use of Microgramma Bold Extended.
Despite Space Bandit being from a different type foundry, you can see the similarities between this and Raqupine. In fact, we like how it’s a middle-ground between the latter font and MBF Space (another from the same foundry.)
The space font doesn’t look like it would be readable, but you can work with this at smaller sizes than other s on this list without strain. On the whole, this is another one of our favorite space fonts.
We can group this with other retro space fonts such as Aurore and Urban Space. Scarlex is another 60s sci-fi design that offers a quirky outline.
The font offers personality in spades, although we don’t know if Scarlex has many applications outside of sci-fi. Still, for those designs, Scarlex is a sans serif typeface that performs well regardless of whether you use its uppercase or lowercase lettering.
15. Hollow Space
Stick with us as we present the most left-field space font on this list. Yes, Hollow Space is another retro font that doesn’t have direct ties to futuristic and space niches. However, we think it would be perfect for the right type of project.
Imagine if you need to present a quirky 60s parody poster of, say, Lost in Space. This would be perfect. It could make book covers too, and is a great example of a space font that enriches a design without being overblown. Even better, it offers the most multilingual type set in this list, complete with accents if you need them.
16. Hamburg Hand
Our final space font in this list is yet again not one you would associate with the niche. Hamburg Hand is a typeface that offers bold, regular, and light varieties. You’ll also find both uppercase and lowercase lettering.
While the font takes its cue from old Germanic types (hence the name,) we could see this in use as an understated space font to help curate a mood to go with themes of early space exploration. Hamburg Hand is $12 for both webfont and desktop licenses, which is a steal for such an attractive typeface.
To evoke feelings of exploration, forward-thinking, and the future, space fonts could be ideal. These display fonts all provide something different, which means you’ll have a lot of choice available for your project.
Fonts such as Hamburg Hand, Blank Space, and Urban Space are all retro and nostalgic. Something like Space Armada will have only a few uses, but will excel when it fits. However, a space font such as MBF Space is ideal for all manner of posters, flyers, headings, and more – despite its custom lettering.
Do one of these space fonts stand out to you? If so, let us know which one you’ll use for your next project in the comments section below!