Balloon (typeface)

Category Script
Designer(s) Max R. Kaufmann
Foundry ATF

Balloon is a brush script commonly used for signage or display purposes. It was designed in 1939 by Max R. Kaufmann, for American Type Founders, in response to Howard Allen Trafton's Cartoon, cut for Bauer Type Foundry in 1936. It had no lowercase letters and was cast in Light, Bold, and Extra Bold.[1][2] The two lighter weights were identical with Kaufmann Script and so could be used as alternate capitals for that face. It is most notably used in the Madeline books, TV series and film. The font is most famously known for the typeface of the Nickelodeon logo from 1984 to Present used this font in white letters with an orange splat background.

This font was digitized by Bitstream Inc.


  1. "American Type Founders" (PDF). Klingspor Museum. p. 2. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  2. Consuegra, David (2011). Classic Typefaces. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 1414.

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