A collection of fonts based on the handwriting of famous songwriters has been published on the internet, and the designers say they wish it will inspire other artists and musicians.
Nicolas Damiens and Julien Sens of songwritersfonts.com have turned the handwriting of David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, and Serge Gainsbourg, into free fonts that you can download.
“Songwriting is about inspiration,” designers Nicolas Damiens and Julien Sens said on the site. “Write songs as the ones who inspired you before. Writing lyrics with the handwriting of influential songwriters helps imagination to develop. Being in the mood of Bowie, Cobain, Cohen, Gainsbourg, Lennon, might be purely imaginative … but that’s precisely the point.”
The New York-based designers spent a month making the five fonts. Each individual typeface has been created from each artists’ “original handwritten letters and notes.” They started out by studying handwritten documents, including Kurt Cobain’s suicide letter, online and public libraries to gather examples of the various letters and numbers. The developers of the fonts note that the software is “for personal use only.”
Damiens and Sens plan to expand the font collection to add other musicians, including The Notorious B.I.G. and Janis Joplin.
UPDATE: Just now, the font site was taken down by the creators under pressure from unspecified intellectual rights owners involved with the singers’ estates.