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Typeface Review

Hipster Script

Reviewed by Dyana Weissman on March 13, 2013


Sup guys. Have u heard of Hipster Script? OK, u probably heard about it since it won that award, but I was into Sudtipos back in 2003. Now all these Justin Bieber fans r gonna be into it. Ugh. I hate it when other people like stuff I like. They have such bad taste.

Lines and Splines

So n e ways. Usually anything spit out by a machine is lame, u know? Here’s the thing, though, fonts r software, right? Which means they’ve been spit out of a machine too, just like Ke$ha. But it’s not like graphic designers r gonna F’n handletter everything. First of all OMG not every1 is Marian Bantjes. Second there is the foozball championship coming up and we have PRIORITIES, ppl! Seriously, it’s all about time MGMT. Third, if the Descendents use fonts on their album covers, then I guess fonts r not really mainstream. Besides, nobody knows n e thing but Helvetica and Comic Sans anyway.


So the thing about Hipster Script is it totally says F U 2 mainstream font stuff and has all these ligatures that r casual n unprocessed. So designers can customize stuff and use alts and its looks like u got some1 to paint it for u. It’s keeping it real, but in an ironic way. And check it, there r ligatures with apostrophes. I mean, who does that? Nobody. It’s so obscure.


And there’s not one, but TWO ‘ør’ ligatures, so I can screenprint my love 4 Rev. Nørb on both my business hoodie AND my casual hoodie.


Dyana Weissman is a typeface designer at Font Bureau. She has been a presenter at ATypI, TypeCon, and Type Camp, but also enjoys sharing her expertise locally with college students, wizard rock bands, and astrophysicists.


  1. Ale Paul says:

    Thanks so much Dyana for the selection and the cool review! And thanks Tanya for the cat!

  2. Matthew Butterick says:

    I’ve found my selection for the follow-up feature, “Our Favorite Reviews of Our Favorite Typefaces of 2012.”

  3. Hrant says:

    Dyana, that was a really hip review… OMG WHAT DID I JUST SAY!? I’m so embarrassed…

  4. For sure! (I’m so unhip I don’t even know how to hippicize that — 4 sho’? — or even if it’s a hip or unhip thing to say.) You’re a cool kitty, Dyana, and thanks for the shout out (hip? or unhip? Only Hipster Script knows).

  5. Dyana Weissman says:

    Thank you, everyone! And you’re welcome, Ale. Marian, you’re totally hip—in an unironic way.

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