20 of the Best T-Shirt Fonts for Stand Out Designs (2023)
The t-shirt – i.e. the walking advertisement – is one of the best ways to project a message or promote a brand. An eye catching design can help people make introductions, give others an idea about your beliefs and ethics, and even alert shoppers to beneficial discounts (“Ask me about our two-for-one offer!”.) As such, using the right t-shirt fonts for your designs can be make or break.
Across this roundup, we’re going to look at some of the most standout t-shirt fonts available. First though, let’s talk about how best to choose one.
How to Choose the Right T-Shirt Font
When it comes to choosing the right t-shirt font for your latest design, it’s important not only to consider the font itself. In fact, many times the font or typeface itself is last on your priority list. Here’s a quick list of facets to consider:
- First, you’ll want to understand the tone of the message. A statement from a charity won’t often pair well with a fun and playful font, for instance.
- Your audience will also matter. Older wearers will sometimes like different designs (including typefaces) to younger wearers. By extension, the morals, ethics, social class, and much more will all have an effect.
- The font you choose will (of course) have a part to play. It will have to be highly readable, easy to use, and scalable. We’d suggest that it pairs well with typical body typefaces too.
- T-shirt material is also important to consider, as some fonts won’t print well onto some types of material. The color schemes for those shirts will tie into this.
So, once you have the other associated elements in place – a message, an idea of the audience, and some technical details about the garment – you can begin to look into which t-shirt fonts to use.
20 of the Best T-Shirt Fonts for Stand Out Designs
1. Crafty Bundle – Our Top Pick
Our top pick is cheating slightly – crafty, you could say – because there isn’t only one font within. The Crafty Bundle contains 13 different fonts, and none of them are too serious.
We’d see these fonts on fun t-shirts, where the message is more aspirational and informal. We particularly like the Sugar Peach and Awesome fonts because of the retro vibe. However, we can see every inclusion working for at least one project.
Why Crafty Bundle is Our Top Pick
Crafty Bundle works for us because none of the fonts overstep the mark. Each one has a role to play in a design, and you’ll likely turn to the bundle as your ‘workhorse’ fonts for many different projects.
The price is fantastic too: $19 for desktop usage is a steal for so many high-quality t-shirt fonts.
2. Rhinos Rocks
Next up, Rhino Rocks is a trendy brush font that can pull off the hand-printed stamped look that is popular. You have uppercase and lowercase letters to use, and an ‘all caps’ variant. What’s more, you have a selection of swashes to paint around your lettering and make it more dynamic.
We’d use Rhino Rocks for that ‘Superdry’ vibe, but we can also see this in use for adventure pursuits such as snowboarding or abseiling shirt logos.
One of the coolest t-shirt fonts on this list, Graun has an edge to it that we like when used as a ‘statement piece.’ It’s a handmade and grungy font that comes with both uppercase and lowercase variants.
You’ll want to keep the wording to minimum here. As such, you’ll use Graun for scenarios such as band logos and impactful bold statements from non-profit organizations.
At first glance, Geyox doesn’t look too flexible. However, its lines would suit a number of different t-shirt designs. It’s uppercase only too, which can limit its usage.
Regardless, much like Graun, we’d stick to single word usage – maybe two or three at the most. Band logos could work in the right context, but you might also use this for fitness designs, or even an apparel logo itself.
Street Heroes is another graffiti font like Graun. While we admit it’s less readable that that t-shirt font, it has a greater authentic feel if you apply it well.
We wouldn’t use this for rap artists, as it feels too informal. However, streetwear, skateboarding brands, and younger apparel designs will all benefit from Street Heroes. What’s more, you get an outline variant too. This means you can tailor the colors of the font to your own needs.
Aerohate has so many ornate flourishes and variations that it’s one of the more adaptable t-shirt fonts on this list. It takes its cue from old printed labels, and it excels for that type of design.
This is a ‘hipster’ font that would suit a Superdry type of design, but could see use for almost any type of branding too. It might only do one thing, but Aerohate does it well. Even better, it costs $15 for a desktop license.
Here’s another fun font with arguably the best name on this list. Monkey Sausage is a slab serif that comes with uppercase and lowercase letters, punctuation, and numbers.
Children’s t-shirt designs, comedy nights, and more will benefit from Monkey Sausage. We like how spacing doesn’t affect readability too. You’ll get some unique variations if you mix and match the different letters and apply the right spacing.
8. The Dodger
The Dodger is a font family that includes five different types, which makes it a set of adaptable t-shirt fonts that you’ll return to a lot.
This handcrafted font also includes a script too, but we like the large and blocky stamping. Apparel branding would look fantastic using this the Dodger, and it could almost be our top pick of the list.
We have another bold bundle of fonts here, with the Makers Logo Bundle. In fact, the type foundry Millieangelo has lots of similar designs that could be right for your various t-shirt projects.
For this one, you get two fonts – the Sumner typeface and Union Made. While Sumner is a stamped design with soft edges, Union Made is a bold serif that would be good for minimal-word statements. The bundle is $25 for a personal desktop license, and $30 for the commercial version.
If you want a minimalist and understated apparel or luxury brand t-shirt font, Qlotes could be it. It’s a thinline serif that only comes in uppercase. This is a shame because it does restrict your usage. However, we can’t complain at the quality here – we’d use it for many different designs.
We’d use this as branding, but also mixed with other fonts to create slogans or motivational statements. Qlotes has more applications than you realize.
Much like Geyox, Bodyline would be fantastic for fitness industry branding. It’s a ‘line’ font that comes in uppercase lettering only. As such, we think it’s less flexible than Geyox, but offers more personality.
This is down to the unique shape of the lettering – check out “B” and “D,” for example. You’ll want to use this as a display font and a minimum of words. We can’t vouch for its readability at lesser sizes.
12. Dino Moose
Between Dino Moose and Monkey Sausage, you’ll have your fun t-shirt fonts covered. This one is informal and arguably more niche than Monkey Sausage. It’s playful and children will love it.
While you get the choice of uppercase and lowercase letters, Dino Moose is an all caps font. As such, big and bold statements will work best here.
13. Fast Track
Fast Track’s name gives the game away – the speed lines attached to every letter won’t work for charity messages, but there are lots of applications we would use it for.
It will work for a bold statement design, and of course, you’ll want to turn to it for anything automotive. However, we can also see this used on a children’s t-shirt, given the rest of your design choices.
We have another t-shirt font that has a small niche, yet performs well within it. If you don’t consider Pixabye for anything relating to gaming, we’d start to worry.
The best thing about this font is that it doesn’t follow the 8-bit trope too closely. Each letter has a slight ornate feel to it, and this makes it stand out where other pixel fonts would ‘wash away.’
Caliope is a feminine font, with hand drawn lines that don’t affect readability. It’s an all caps font though, so would suit statements and large sizes.
On the whole, Caliope is a simple t-shirt font that would pair well with both other serifs and sans types. However, we wouldn’t use it for formal designs – the lettering is quirky and scribbly.
We believe Grasp to be an excellent serif font for almost any application. It looks similar to Gill Sans, and while it suits larger sizes, it keeps its readability at smaller ones.
Graps’s lines have some personality, but not enough that it would erode a formal message. You might choose to use this alongside something with lots of character, such as Graun or even Monkey Sausage depending on your idea.
It’s hard to decide what type of t-shirt font Akrobeat is. For example, would you use it for 50s Jazz-inspired designs? Maybe it would work for a funky 70s feel. It could even be uses in modern contexts for festivals. Regardless, it’s slick enough to fit into all of these categories, and more.
There are a ton of cool letter variants, both in uppercase and lowercase. However, we’d keep the usage to a minimum, as it might be easy to overdo and ruin legibility.
Montharo is probably the least ‘fancy’ t-shirt font family on this list. However, what seems like a drawback is an overwhelming positive. This is because this set of five fonts would pair up well with lots of other on this list.
Even so, you could create designs using this typeface alone. For vintage and retro designs, Montharo’s rough edges and stamped variants could be ideal.
Charmilar straddles the line between formal and informal. We could see this one in use for formal settings, but you’d have to make sure all of the other design factors work too.
The font’s rounded lines and almost 20s art deco design is quirky and fun, and it can adapt almost anywhere you’ll use it.
The final t-shirt font on this list is a one-trick pony, but is superb. Lether is Halloween, horror, sci-fi, and everything in between.
Ironic fashion branding would work well here, as would album or band artwork. If you were to use Lether in the most obvious of places, you’d likely be happy with the outcome.
One of the best ways to deliver a message is through advertising. A t-shirt can be a key ploy in your marketing strategy, but it can also do well in other areas too. For example, if you use the right design alongside suitable t-shirt fonts, you’ll be able to offer motivational, fun, whimsical, naughty, and any other type of message you wish.
This collection of t-shirt fonts covers a vast range of design. Some, such as Dino Moose will work for children’s apparel and adult garments. Lether and Pixabye will suit fewer niches but be perfect for them, while Charmilar and Grasp can make a statement without getting in the way of the message. However, our top pick is the Crafty Bundle. This is because you get a lot for your money, and the fonts you receive can work for plenty of designs.
Do you think any of these t-shirt fonts will end up on your next design? Let us know which ones in the comments section below!