1980s Fonts

Working hand in hand with wild colors and witty slogans, 1980s fonts were typically quite geometrical and futuristic looking.

They were bigger, brighter and bolder than the fonts that came before them.

The 80s fonts were new and exciting, and many of them have become classics that symbolize the decade perfectly.

With the new age technology dawning, some 1980s fonts were found right on the newest staple of the home—the personal computer. Today, we have literally thousands of fonts at our disposal to make our writing look as either as rad or professional as we need it. The beginning of the decade had more low resolution fonts that were extremely pixilated, but was high-tech and cool.

Apple had the Geneva, Chicago, and New York fonts, among others, on the MacIntosh, and they ranged from a blocky appearance, especially when made larger, due to bitmap restrictions, to a more handwritten style—like the Los Angeles.

Some of the coolest fonts from the 80s were the ones used for advertising and packaging. We saw them everywhere, so they are now classics that are familiar to everyone.

The Pac Man font is probably one of the biggest—the ‘c’ was essentially Pac Man himself, looking like a circle of cheese with a wedge missing. There were no open areas within the letters; they were black dots, instead.

Atari also used a font that immediately reminds us of the 80s. It was used on both the system itself and many of the game cartridges used in the system. It was simple, yet had a futuristic look to it, and it sometimes appeared in rainbow colors.

Huge brands all had their own special fonts, and some have even stayed exactly the same, further adding to the recognition factor.

The fonts used on the new-fangled home computers were also frequently used in advertising, either with or without slight modifications and smoothing.

There were chunky letters, letters with multiple lines, and block letters. These 1980s fonts were also plastered on some of the best 80s t-shirts. The fonts that were used in advertising sometimes used another hugely popular trend of the 80s—neon. These eye-catching fonts intentionally resembled neon lights—the kind that adorns store windows.

The hottest bands of the decade also had awesome 1980s fonts. Metallica, Dep Leppard, Kiss, and AC/DC went for a sharp, triangular look. Poison and Whitesnake were more fluid and, well, snake-like.

Motley Crue had a gothic look and Skid Row’s logo looked like graffiti. Bon Jovi sometimes had a gothic font.

Whether written in block letters, graffiti-style, or retina-searing neon, 1980s fonts made it clear that it was definitely the 80s.

With everything 80s coming back into the spotlight, including the justifiable need for 80s parties, these fonts are perfect for getting your point across—especially on a totally awesome 80s party invitation.