Last Updated on March 28, 2023
Hobo is a sans-serif typeface known for having no visibly straight lines and descenders. All of its strokes are accentuated curves, which give it a decorative effect. Its freely-drawn alphabet comes with unusual and robust roundness.
This typeface is designed to be used at large sizes, which works great with display projects such as invitations, menus, signage, and packaging.
The person behind this creation was Morris Fuller Benton, who during 1900 to 1937 was chief type designer for the American Type Founders. Benton had several other designs under his portfolio ranging from revivals of historical models such as ATF Boldoni, to updates and addition of weights to existing faces like Goudy Old Style and Cheltenham.
An accepted theory behind the interesting choice of the typeface’s name was Benton, who lived and worked near a Russian community, must have seen a particular cigar poster spelling what appeared to read like ‘HOBO!’ (‘ново’ Russian word for ‘new’). The hand-lettering used resembled the font, especially on some letters like ‘O’.
Hobo Font Uses
Its design carried itself well, especially in its usage for titles, and has seen use in a variety of popular culture examples. Hobo was used in the title sequence and promotional material of the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
The action-comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard also used the typeface for its opening titles, as well as the Nickelodeon animated series The Winx Club. The logo of Ubu Productions from 1982-2002 was made with this typeface, and also that of the Pantages Theatre.
Hobo Font Download
Want to make your designs instantly stand out? Then this beautiful Art Nouveau sans serif is for you. Put it on business cards, invitations, or even on your website. You can buy the font from MyFonts or Adobe Fonts, or download the free versions from wFonts or Fonts Geek.