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Doug Wilson's picture
Joined: 8 Jun 2007 - 11:22pm
Handwriting Face that Doesn't Suck?

Normally, I hate when clients request to use a “handwriting” typeface because I personally think if you want handwriting, you should actually use handwriting and scan it. Unfortunately, this is not always possible especially with clients that like to change copy at the last minute.

So last week I posted up a question on Twitter asking for suggestions for a handwriting face that isn’t too scripty/brushy and doesn’t suck. The Twitter conversation can been see here: https://twitter.com/realdougwilson/status/438050628548325376

Here is a condensed list of the faces I found most useful.

Roller Script by Nick Cooke - Lots of good alternates and both a rough and smooth version.

Fresco Script by Fred Smeijers - Not sure I like the lc “g” but it fits in the bigger family of Fresco. Good amount of weights as well.

Suomi Hand Script by Tomi Haaparanta - More “aggressive” than some of the others, but still has a good feel.

ErikRightHand & JustLeftHand by Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum- Two variations on proper handwriting.

Signature by Henrik Kubel - Loose, marker feel.

Caflisch Script by Robert Slimbach - Obviously a classic, but I feel this is too used and not unique enough.

I would love suggestions for additions to this list. Remember, the face needs to have a handwritten feel and not too fancy/scripty or brush script.

Doug Wilson's picture
Joined: 8 Jun 2007 - 11:22pm

Here are a few additional faces suggested.

FF Mister K by Julia Sysmäläinen - Not the most legible, but wonderfully informal. I love the cross-out version as well.

Notera by Måns Grebäck - Another informal script.

Instant Vivd and Instant Quick by Jérome Knebusch - A very nice, restrained but still handwritten face. A nice mix of handwriting and type design.

Scripto by Franck Jalleau - Informal script with lots of good alternates and Open Type tricks up its sleeve.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm

Got to second Rollerscript. IMO the best retail handwriting typeface to date.

Bob Evans's picture
Joined: 18 May 2005 - 7:20am

You have a good list going but I would mention Viner Hand ITC (which gets a bit of flack for being over used and a bit like Papyrus) but is still a nice font IMHO.