What is a Condensed or Narrow Font?
The letters of a condensed font have narrow widths, compared to similar typefaces in the same family. It’s also about the relative height and width of a font. If it’s much taller than it is wide, then it’s likely to fall into the bracket of a “condensed” typeface.
They’re not suitable for use everywhere (and they can be particularly difficult to read if you’re using them for body copy, or large paragraphs of text). But, used for headlines, quotes, logos, and places where you want your text to stand out, narrow fonts can be a great choice.
Here are some examples of, in our opinion, the best condensed and narrow fonts to get you started!
This beautiful and hand-drawn condensed font family includes 8 unique typefaces, including Sans, Serif, Slab, Stencil, and more. Each font in this family comes with 92 matching catchword and icon glyphs, which makes this the perfect font for designing logos and signage.
Blocklyn is a great font for showing your titles and mission statements in big bold text. The font family features 4 typefaces Condensed, Condensed Italic, Grunge, and Grunge Italic. It also comes with 2 bonus PSD mockup templates as well.
Inspired by retro fonts from the 1950’s, the Maxwell Sans font features two typefaces: Regular and small caps. The clean and minimal design of this font makes it best for both headline and body text.
This condensed web font comes with a creative touch and unique design. The font is available in three versions: light, regular, and bold. It seems ideal for website headers, titles, and even logo designs.
BiteChalk font will make your text look as if they were drawn on a blackboard. This font comes in 4 typefaces, including regular, bold, normal, and slim. It’s a unique font you can use for designing restaurant menu boards, signage, posters, T-Shirt designs, and much more.
This all-caps grotesque type font features a minimal and an elegant design for making your logotypes, magazine, and poster design look more professional than ever. Carnot font also supports over 20 different languages.
Essenziale is a minimalist and an ultra-condensed font family that comes in 8 versions, including Bold, Slab, Slab Bold weights, and more. Each font in this family features unique characters, making a total of 412 glyphs in the font family.
This is a professional condensed serif typeface that’ll make your text looks like something you usually see on modern magazines and corporate websites. The Global font is perfect for your formal and commercial designs.
Bahn is a rough font that’ll go along nicely with your entertainment and playful designs. This condensed and vintage-style font comes in 3 weights and 228 glyphs.
At first sight, you can see this font being used for a logo, signage, or a header design. The bold retro design of the font makes it perfect for such designs. The font comes in both uppercase and lowercase versions.
Mangano features both a clean and rough worn off design with a mixed modern/vintage look. It comes in uppercase and lowercase versions for creating signage, logos, T-Shirt designs, and more.
This slightly rounded multilingual sans-serif typeface supports spanish, portuguese, german, danish, french, and a number of other languages. The modern look of this typeface makes it ideal for any type of design work.
Gatsunaga is a condensed brush font that features a design inspired by a samurai sword strikes. Hence the sharp edges and precise flow of the font design. It looks perfect for book covers and movie posters.
Nedo is a display font that features both normal and condensed versions. The retro look of this typeface makes it the best choice for neon signs, T-Shirt designs, and logo designs.
The designer of this font has put a serious thought into crafting each letter in this Neo-Grotesque sans typeface in precision. The font comes in both normal and condensed versions.
This font looks great for crafting social media content and website headers. The Timber typeface features an old vintage look along with grunge elements.
Amorie is a hand-drawn font that comes in a number of weight, styles, and glyphs. This font will help add a little human touch to your digital graphic designs.
This is yet another handwritten condensed sans serif font that includes 300+ glyphs and comes in .otf, .ttf, and web font versions. It’ll look great with your header and poster designs.
Muller font not only features an elegant modern design, but it also comes with a massive collection of 20 different weights. The font has been designed to be used as both a header and body text font. Web font formats are also included in this font family.
Hipstetic is a font family that features a mixed design of hipster and vintage looks. It comes in 4 different font variants and 100 glyphs. Perfect for book covers, website headers, signage, and more.
Aracne is a handwritten font that features slightly scrawled letterforms with a natural look. It also comes in regular, condensed and ultra condensed styles to fit in with different types of design work.
This hand-drawn font pack comes in 5 font families and with 2 graphic ornament fonts, each with its own different styles and weights. This font pack has everything you need for crafting restaurant menus, quotes, signage, logos, headers, and much more.
Once you’ve found the best condensed font for your titles, then comes the challenge of finding a matching font for body text. Keep exploring Envato Elements to find the right font combination for your design projects. And have a look at our modern serif fonts and script fonts selections for more inspiration.