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!