What fonts were popular in the 90s

The best fonts of the 80s

At the end of the 17th century, the Swiss doctor Johannes Hofer first used the term “nostalgia” to describe the sick homesickness from which Swiss mercenaries often suffered abroad. Over time, the nostalgia turned into a kind of collective feeling of longing, albeit less for a country than for the culture of a particular era.

And if there is an era from which a particular fascination emanates, it is undoubtedly the 80s, which were characterized by shoulder pads and tons of hairspray, but also by rebellion against the rules and the representation of the individual personality. It was a very expressive era, especially in music, art, fashion and design. And of course the typography was also influenced by this explosion of colors, extravagance and neon lights, in part also by the advent of the personal computer and the first design software programs with which one could experiment and try something new.

This 80s nostalgia is also the reason why graphic designers continue to create fonts that are based on the aesthetics of that decade. Some of them with resounding success. Just look at the poster for the Netflix series "Stranger Things". At Pixartprinting we have compiled a list of the best fonts; most of them are available free of charge for personal use.


The fonts with a pixel look were very popular in the 1980s. The digital age had only just begun. They are reminiscent of the arcades in which the children spent countless hours of their free time.

Arcade Classic

This font is based on the video slot machines that were used in shopping malls, bars and arcades, often called "arcades".


Sabo was designed by Swiss graphic designer Philippe Moesch and is an 8-bit pixel font suitable for t-shirts, posters, and any retro arcade-themed design.


In addition to the arcades, the emerging video games also had a strong influence on this era, which can be seen in the futuristic and digital aesthetics of the fonts designed.


The video game Pacman became a worldwide phenomenon in the video game industry soon after its release in the early 1980s. This font is based on the original video game.


It seems like a relic to us today, but in the 1970s, and especially the 1980s, VHS was indeed the most widely used and popular system for analog video recording and playback. And there are still fonts that mimick the VHS aesthetic.

Alien Encounters

We don't know what this font has to do with extraterrestrial life, but Alien Encounters is related to science fiction products from the 80s. It is reminiscent of the forward-sloping fonts with horizontal cuts from films such as “Blade Runner”.


For nostalgics who long for the worn out VHS tapes, VCR OSD Mono is the ideal font for current projects with a vintage look.


Any text with effects such as neon colors, glitter dots or the use of multiple colors that are daring or flashy in some way can be counted among the fonts that are based on the 80s.


This font with its radical brushwork is reminiscent of the games, films and music of the 80s. It is ideal for adding a retro touch to logos, product packaging, titles, headlines or posters.

Retro wave

Retro Wave is primarily based on the New Wave and the soundtracks of the classic films, video games, cartoons and television programs from that decade.

Lazer 84

This glowing, retro-style font, inspired by the 80s, is especially good for bold designs. The font includes numbers, symbols, and accents.


In the 80s, the style of the heavy metal scene of the time was reflected in many typographies. They were popular for both CD covers and movie posters.


The avant-garde font style with conical lines and pointed corners works particularly well with logos, headings, event posters, invitations and similar formats for which an extravagant design is desired.


Nowadays, many graphic designers use retro-futuristic fonts for their projects. These fonts integrate modern design trends and the aesthetics of films and movie titles from decades past.


The large-scale style of Stargaze combines round with pointed edges, as in the movie titles of science fiction films from back then. The font includes capital letters, numbers, and punctuation marks in various languages.


The fans of TV programs and movies of the 70s and 80s immediately recognize the style of this font with its parallel lines. This font works well in graphic design and posters.