Architect handwriting

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that recently I have been posting a lot of writing samples using my take on the architect handwriting font. It is not claiming to be an official type or font, it is my way of lettering in an architect style font. Many of you seemed to like it, so I will attempt to explain how this font is built up. I am by no means a typographer, nor an architect, just an enthusiastic amateur trying to help you in case you like to know a bit about how you can try and write in this style yourself. I will update this post as I go along and learn more about it.

The architect print font was and is used for written descriptions on designs and blueprints because of its legibility. Michelle on Instagram rightly added that architects use the uppercase lettering. I use the lowercase lettering because then my kids can read my handwriting, my co-workers can decifer my notes and I am forced to take concise notes because the lettering is slower than cursive writing. It is a universal style that can be learned by everybody because of its simple basic elements. The basic shapes are “stick and oval”, vertical sticks and oval shapes that tilt slightly forward. The angle at which the oval shapes tilt, may vary with your personal writing style.

Images speak louder than words, so let’s take a look at the uppercase alphabet.


As you can see, all uppercase letters stay within the height of twork dot grid lines. This gives a very structured visual. The stick verticals are upright in most letters, except those that are written in an angle, such as the A and X. The vertical sticks are the basic support for the oval shapes. The angle of the ovals may vary with your natural hand, just keep legibility in mind.

Let’s take a look at the lowercase letters:


For the lowercase letters, the same basic shapes apply: the upright vertical sticks serves as a base for the letters that include an oval to complete the letter. These sticks may peek at tiny bit over the upper dotted grid line. The verticals that drop down, are about the same length as the upward verticals.

Remember to make quick, sharp strokes and ovals. Each letter is written separately. As soon as you get comfortable, you can include ligatures (lines that join certain letter combinations) if you wish. When I write quickly, I tend to use those more. However, personally I prefer the separate strokes style.

As said before, I will keep this post updated, so please let me know what is missing or what is unclear.

Hope you enjoyed this and don’t forget to keep the fun number one in practicing!

12 thoughts on “Architect handwriting

  1. Congratulations on your new blog.
    A refreshingly crisp font. Look forward to the blog showing your pen angle and whether flex or stub preferred.


    1. Thank you! You can expect more handwriting posts on Sundays, which I will alternate with other stationery matters. Tuesday will be pen day and Friday ink day. At least, that’s what I will hope to achieve. πŸ˜†


  2. In Romania we are not taught how to write in print. We only do cursive.
    It is why i have been fascinated by the print handwriting, but the architect is just exceptional.
    This is the very first tutorial I see that is useful and comprehensive to me. I feel like back in school. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, I already started practicing!

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    1. So interesting! In Holland schools start with cursive but many kids switch to print around the age of ten. Some children forget letters when writing in cursive but do not do that when writing in print. It forces you to contemplate each letter separately. I hope this blog post will be helpful to you.


      1. Yes, that is so true. It has been a recent teaching method that they teach uppercase print alphabet in preschool grade, but in first grade they switch to cursive and calligraphyc writing by second grade. Indeed, print is easier to read/memorise and visualise.
        I myself am writing in print for the first time ever and I am happy like a child. πŸ™‚ again, thank you!


  3. Thank you for bringing up this topic. I like the way you present and maintain all of the
    facts in addition to your overall writing style. Sometimes,
    there is a shortage of time to study long bits,
    but is brief and succinct, I spent only a couple of minutes to read the entire article.
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  4. Refreshing reward for this mornings search for something completely different! Think I can feel a new interest coming on.
    Looking forward to getting back into letter writing and away from OMGs and F’ing embodies and Love Island !!


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