Using script typefaces is a great way to infuse a huge dose of personality into a design piece, but with so much character it's pretty easy to select the wrong one or one that doesn't feel appropriate. Below are 6 script typefaces I'm loving right now and where I'd use them.
The Sant'Elia Script font family comes to us from Yellow Design Studio in Madison, Wisconsin. There are a variety of weights and distress levels to choose from in this family. The thinner weights feel contemporary, clean and have a bit of a handwriting feel to them. As they get thicker and more distressed they take on more of a rugged feel. I love the thinner weights for casual invitations and the thicker weights for farm-to-table, organic or locally sourced cafés or restaurant materials.
Wanderlust is a brush typeface and is SO beautiful. Because it has been hand-painted it has an earthy, organic feel to it. Extremely feminine, Wanderlust works fantastically with a watercolor treatment and would look great in a logo on a book cover or as an accent font. Although two lines of text look great in the quote above I wouldn't use this for copy any longer than that. Script fonts in general are a little tough on the eyes so a touch is all you need.
Part Italic, part Script, the Heroe family is just beautiful. It comes in a variety of weights and styles and has a very classic and elegant feel to it. It would work well on anything in that vein: Fashion, Weddings, upscale Products, etc. I could see it used in Invitations, on a book cover, as a fun typographic treatment in a magazine, in a logo. It's a really multi-purpose typeface and could be used in many different ways.
Sudtipos is the Font Foundry responsible for creating Rolling Pen and like the countless other typefaces they've created, this one is pretty great. I'm not a huge fan of capital letters when it comes to most scripts, they tend to make fonts feel dated, so I prefer Rolling Pen all lower case. It's fun and casual and works great in logos and typographic treatments. Think of situations where you need to use a script typeface for a short word that needs to fill a wide space, Rolling Pen is the perfect solution.
The Local Market font family is more than just a few weights, it's a kit. The whole family consists of 1 script, 5 display fonts, 1 set of icons, 1 set of labels and a free set of illustrated words and banners. The typefaces work great together and creates a handcrafted, earthy feel. This kit would work perfectly for businesses based on hand crafted or homegrown items: Ice Cream Shops, Farmers Markets, Coffee Shops, Farms etc.
I'm a sucker for thin weight scripts and LiebeLotte is a simple and very pretty script. It's modern but has a bit of a casual feel to it so I would tend to use it in more casual environments. Because it's so thin, you can use it at large sizes without it looking too clunky. It would work great on posters, t-shirts, large format pieces, typographic treatments, etc.