In the era before the pandemic, I had the honor of participating in a Google For Education SXSW EDU panel about immersive learning. I spoke about designing digital learning materials that immersed students in the curriculum. I was recently looking at my Shirley Chisholm digital escape room. This digital game teaches students about her historic run for president in 1972. As I looked at the website, I did not feel immersed in the early 1970s.
I tinkered with the font of “Shirley Chisholm” at the top of the website. One simple font change increased the early 70s-ness of the site.
In Google Workspace, I usually default to the Lexend fonts designed to help readers. That said, fonts with a vintage feel make learning materials more immersive. Use Google Fonts to see all fonts available to Google Workspace users. I regret to inform you that two fonts are not available in Google Fonts:
With that out of the way, the good news is there are a lot of vintage fonts teachers can use to immerse students in the past. Have a look:
Here are some things to keep in mind when using these vintage fonts:
- Most of these fonts are best as headings and titles. I usually stick with a Lexend font for paragraph text.
- Two exceptions to that rule are Special Elite and Quattrocento. Have a look at Quattrocento in this Alexander Hamilton digital escape room.
- Some of these fonts feature the handwritten lowercase “a” as Lexend does. That is useful for teachers who need fonts that address this issue.
- Bungee Shade, the font I added to the Shirley Chisholm digital escape room, is perfect for the 60s-70s look. It screams old-school signage.
- Monoton is another 60s-70s vintage font worthy of consideration.
- Special Elite is not the only typewriter font in Google Fonts. Others include:
- Special Elite is my preference because it is so inky. It evokes 60s-70s intrigue and drama. Look at Special Elite in this Cuban Missile Crisis digital escape room.
- If you are teaching about money, please look at Asset and Notable.
- Oldenburg looks like a silent film title card font.
- To learn how to add these fonts, please watch this video about adding Lexend fonts.
What do you think? What fonts did I miss? Please comment below or tweet me, @TomEMullaney.
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