Suggestions for fonts for Children?

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Suggestions for fonts for Children?
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Doing some design for a product for children. Need some kid friendly fonts. Not child-handwriting fonts, or any kind of schoolbook font that is designed to be easy to read necessarily, but display fonts that look like they belong on kid products.

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What kind of product?

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Hrant H Papazian's picture
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And what age group?

hhp

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10 year olds. promotional t shirt for a dirt bike team.

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Burbank by House Industries. Just fun enough, but really legible.

pbc

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Hrant, that font is a screen printers nightmare. Paul, Burbank is kind of close. Kind of semi-sloppy lines. Playful. This kind of vibe:

Okay, yeah I know the serif is really different from the other two, lol. But if you just think of it in terms of line..

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Postino.
Myriad Tilt.
Able (if it can be used for anything anymore).

Also, if you like the Dr. Seuss look, why not hand-letter it?

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no time. time after time. time after time.. greats recc's though.

Able was used on the Harry Potter book covers, no?

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If you're not looking for a child-handwriting font, I would have felt that by age ten, normal typefaces are appropriate - Franklin Gothic, or Venus Extrabold Extended, for example.

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Yeah, Able is the Harry Potter font, though I've seen it used for other things. The Yahoo! logo, for instance.

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10 year olds. promotional t shirt for a dirt bike team.

http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/asphalt/

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Most of the stuff in my library: Hasbro, Sega Europe, Electronic Arts, Walt Disney Pictures and Burger King agree...

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asphalt condensed looks to be my choice. very nice..

a modern blackletter, BTW..

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Ryan, you misunderstand what blackletter means.

hhp

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BWAH HA HA HA!! I SHALL CHANGE IT!!!! IN MY EVIL NEMISARIAL WAYS!!! HA HA HA HA!!!! I SHALL RE-BRAND IT!!!

but that is another story..

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Ryan—

I sincerely hope that your "maniacal idiot" persona is an act. However, since this is a typographic forum and not a performance art venue, I suggest that you polish your shtick somewhere else, where your efforts will be better appreciated. From my personal experience, I can tell you that the Craigslist Philosophy Forum has some pretty stiff competition…