- Chaumont Script
- From Atelier National de Recherche Typographique
- Open Source Font – Free for personal and commercial use
Chaumont Script is a dynamic brush script typeface that I’m super excited to feature on Fontmama. As some of you may know, I had been a long-time hater of script fonts. Over the years, I had found most script fonts to be too gimmicky (too cute, too sweet, too retro, too something), difficult to use in a design system, or straight up impossible to read. But thoughtfully designed, legible, script fonts like Chaumont Script are the reason as to why I’ve recently changed my tune and have become a member of #teamscriptfonts.
Inspired by the work of Chantal Jacquet, a French sign painter from the 1980s, Chaumont Script masterfully translates the beauty of hand-lettering into a legible, digital font. It is imbued with a sense of history, and respect for the analog, crafted for the digital age. With over 2500 characters and contextual alternates up the wazoo, Chaumont Script is a hardworking font that is smooth and delightful to use.
As a designer who has zero hand-lettering skills, I think the world of type designers because without them, I’d be nothing (like, I actually cannot wrap my head around how much work it must take to create a good script font).
And when I say Chaumont Script is a hardworking font, I mean that you can get a lot out of it as a designer. For example, Chaumont Script not only looks great in regular case as a standard script, but is also stunning in all caps where it takes on a totally different look.
Chaumont Script was created by Alexandre Bassi in collaboration with the ANRT. Just in case you don’t know what that is (I didn’t), the The Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT) was created in 1985 by the French Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Economy and Finance, with the aim to “contribute to the development of type design and typography”. Imagine that, a government-backed initiative to support type design and typography.
Chaumont Script is an Open Source font distributed by the ANRT and is free for personal and commercial use. Go get it and take it for a spin!