Make your next document look like it was written by Kurt Cobain or David Bowie
UPDATE 16/4/2018: Songwriters Fonts has closed down, with the developers of the project saying that legal action from property rights owners have caused them to shut just days after launching.
Read their full statement below:
"We've launched the SongwritersFonts project, a series of typefaces created from famous songwriters' handwritings, as a design project. The unique purpose of this was to inspire musicians and the next generation of songwriters to put their imagination at work.
"But, the unexpected success of this project went a bit too far... We have been contacted by intellectual property rights owners, and are sad to announce that we have to shut down this website because of legal issues. We're sorry to have to say goodbye"
Songwriters Fonts is the latest proof that the internet truly is a hotbed of bizarre, kinda cool, but kinda creepy ideas.
Developers have taken the handwriting of some of the greatest songwriters of our time and made them freely available as fonts that you can download and use however you see fit.
Ever wanted to write a letter that looks just like it came from John Lennon? No worries. There’s now a font from that. (If you’re really into people pretending to be John Lennon, you should hear this absolutely insane podcast.)
Want those lyrics you’re writing to be a little scruffier? Download the Kurt Cobain font and channel both his aggression and malaise.
That Gazpacho recipe is good, but don't you think the soup would taste even better if made from a recipe using a replica of David Bowie's handwriting?
Think that the report that needs to be on your boss’ desk by 4pm could do with some jazzing up? Now you can make it look like it came from the hand of serial womaniser and French musical genius Serge Gainsbourg.
Does your latest poem really suck? Maybe using Leonard Cohen’s handwriting will help it. (It won’t. You need to work harder. But you can do it.)
It’s tough to argue that there’s much of a cultural benefit to this project, but it’s inarguable that it is a thing that has happened and, if popular, it could well be a thing that continues to happen into the future.
What do you think, is using the handwriting of a deceased rockstar for your next project cool or creepy?
You can download the fonts over here. Use them wisely.