These days, everyone knows about fonts and what they are, but the word “font” wasn’t part of 1970s standard vocabulary.
However, there are a number of letter styles that were popular during the decade that are now being used as fonts as well as some styles that have been designed by current programmers to reflect the styles of the 70s.
Because doing things the retro 70s style is so popular these days, more and more 70s fonts have become available for the home computer enthusiast who enjoys designing their own invitations or other announcements.
Most of them reflect the popular culture of the decade and might resemble printing that was used during that era.
Some examples of 70s fonts include:
Shagadelic – This font looks a lot like the printing that was found on the colorful posters of artists like Peter Max. It consists of curvy letters and numbers that are generally quite wide at the bottom and narrower on the top. Very groovy, man!
Keep on Truckin’ – Named for a very popular phrase of the decade, this 1970s font is somewhat similar to Shagadelic in that the lower portion of the letters and numbers are bold and thick. Great for captions because it really grabs the attention!
Dreamland – Available with and without stars, the Dreamland 70s font consists of rounded letters largely formed by arcs. Each letter is divided into 3 equal portions by thin lines. This font style is taken directly from a design often seen on 70s posters, record albums, and other print materials.
Platform Shoes – This whimsical font recalls one of the decade’s most popular fashion trends. Just like a platform shoe, each letter or number used in this font boasts a sizeable “heel” while the top of the letters are typical cursive shapes. Fun for retro party invitations where you want the guests to dress in their 70s disco finest!
Brady Bunch – The Brady Bunch font resembles the lettering that was used during the introductory music for the popular early 1970s television show of the same name. No doubt it’ll remind you of Greg, Marcia, Jan, Peter, Bobby, Cindy, and the whole gang!
Groovalicious – This font has a disco era look and the “tweak” version includes a little extra sparkle. There are no sharp corners. Rather, the letters and numbers are rounded, not unlike the Dreamland font.
Eight Track – Available in a few different forms, the Eight Track font is named after the popular tape player that had a fairly short and turbulent life in the 1970s. Like the tape player, it’s kind of thick and chunky. All versions feature star dots for the lower case i and j and stars are also featured in some of the other characters, like the exclamation and question marks.