Chapter 14: Bromello

Posted on October 28, 2019 | Updated on May 26, 2022

The best font for your project is the one that speaks to your designer’s soul and brings you joy when you look at it in the scheme of your design. In this design series, we’ve looked at a number of serif and sans-serif fonts as well as a few handwritten fonts. Bromello falls into the handwritten font category but has a unique look that makes it more customized than some of the more digital-looking script fonts out there. Although some fonts stand the test of time and are widely used — such as Helvetica and Times New Roman — choosing a font that’s not as standard, such as Bromello, can make your designs stand out from those of your competitors.

Using a unique-looking font creates a personality for your brand. This shows clients you understand the importance of a unique design that speaks to the heart and soul of the brand. Bromello’s thick letters will likely remind you of painted letters on a poster, giving the font a casual feel. It is still used infrequently, and it’s unlikely that your competitors use it. You’re more likely to see the font used in wedding invitations and signage than on an e-commerce website. However, there’s still a time and place for this font even on branded sites.


Bromello is a modern script typeface created by Alit Suarnegara. Originally from Bali, Indonesia, Suarnegara began font design in 2012. His designs and typefaces feature a hand-painted look. Other typefaces created by Suarnegara include Controwell Victorian, Braton Composer, Jandys, Rumble Brave and Billy Ohio. Studying his fonts and designs reveals a theme of large, bold letters with a cursive look.

Born July 20, 1986, Suarnegara started his career making vectors and working on commercial designs before morphing toward typography as well. He handmade this particular font with a brush and then digitized it for use in print and online. The font is considered “modern script typeface” but falls into the handwritten category of fonts. Even among handwritten fonts, however, it has a unique, bold look.

Mechanics of Bromello

Bromello font is listed as free for personal use on a number of sites and costs a small fee on the designer’s website, but extended licenses may cost more. You’ll need to pay a small fee for personal use of this font. The letters curve, creating a continuous connection from one letter to the next within the same word. Ending letters have long tails reminiscent of calligraphy styles. Additional embellishments are available with the paid package, along with extra letter styles. Font files include TrueType TTF, OpenType and OTF. The optimum size for the font is at least 12 points, but the font looks better in larger sizes because of the swirls and embellishments.

Smaller font sizes create a bit of a busy look from this font. The expanded version comes with A-Z characters, numerals and punctuations, accents, swash and contextual alternatives. Bromello has a wide X-axis, stretching out across the page. However, the height of the letters varies, depending on the letter used. For example, the Y-height of the letter “L” is tall because it’s loopy and flowing, but the height of the letter “o” is quite short.

What Does the Font Imply?

This font reminds people of the past and text we’ve all seen on posters for local carnivals and circus acts. It’s a fun, lighthearted script that makes you think of celebrations and happy occasions. Even though this font is a script, it doesn’t have a formal feel like some scripts do because of the long, swooping embellishments. It feels open and welcoming, but not too youthful. Bromello is a casual font rather than formal, so it works best for lighthearted and casual brands and not so well for more serious types of branding.

Where It’s Commonly Found and Used

On one site alone, Bromello was downloaded 58,532 times, but where did people use this font? Bromello font appears commonly in headlines, on wedding invitations and on creative sites. When you purchase the font, you’ll get some common letters and letters with embellishments. The designer offers a couple of tutorials on the best way to use the font and add your own decorations, creating the unique look you want. The artist explains how to use the font in Adobe Illustrator. You can also use TextEdit or FontBook.

What Should It Be Used As?

Bromello would work well in a logo for a fashion designer or any type of artist or entertainer. Use it in the headers for event posters, such as ones for a school recital, fundraiser or alumni gathering. The free version of this font comes with limited letter sets. So, if you want an expansion, purchase the font from the designer and expand the letter sets and available styles.

Bromello would work particularly well for designs completed on a vinyl cutting device like a Cricut or more massive industrial machine. Picture the handpainted look of this font on the back of an iPhone case, in the lettering on a wooden sign or for headings on a wedding sign. Figuring out which fonts to pair with a handwritten font isn’t always easy. Since Bromello has a retro cursive look, stick with a simple sans serif for the body text. A thick, bold text pairs well with the lush, hand-painted look of Bromello. 

A Touch of Nostalgia

Although Bromello brings a touch of nostalgia to designs, it also has modern elements that make it perfect for today’s events. It’s a wide script, so it pops on a page or sign, drawing users’ attention to whatever the letters say. Keep in mind that this handwritten font already slants to the right, so adding additional tilt, such as with italics, may be overkill. View the videos listed above for details on how to make the font work for your individual needs and customize the final result. The next time you need something fun and interesting, draw on the Bromello font as part of your design toolkit.  

The Font Series Guide: Introduction
Chapter 1: 15 Google Fonts You Should Be Using
Chapter 2: Times New Roman
Chapter 3: Roboto
Chapter 4: Georgia
Chapter 5: Verdana
Chapter 6: Helvetica
Chapter 7: Comic Sans
Chapter 8: Didot
Chapter 9: Arial
Chapter 10: Tahoma
Chapter 11: Garamond
Chapter 12: Century Gothic
Chapter 13: Brody
Chapter 14: Bromello
Chapter 15: Savoy
Chapter 16: Athene
Chapter 17: Calibri
Chapter 18: Proxima Nova
Chapter 19: Anders
Chapter 20: Monthoers

About The Author

Eleanor Hecks is the Editor-in-Chief of Designerly Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing in-depth content from the design and marketing industries. When she's not designing or writing code, you can find her re-reading the Harry Potter series, burning calories at a local Zumba class, or hanging out with her dogs, Bear and Lucy.

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