What would you call this lettering style?

spiral's picture

This is a bit of an odd question. Several years ago I made a font based on some sketches made while looking at blueprints at the Canadian Center for Architecture. They were early 20th century, but I don't have a year, and do not have any other information about those blueprints. Now I'm looking for a way to keyword and describe this font and am a bit at a loss as to how to describe it. It seems to have influences from Art Deco and the Arts & Crafts movement, but wonder if there is any more exact terms/description I can use?

Montreal Architect lettering

Montreal Architect font

A closer look here: http://www.pixilate.com/fonts/montreal-architect

jbtroost's picture

Looking for keywords as to have it categorized on font sites, you mean?
Then I'd go for script or handwritten & have it named The Architect.

Just my 2c...

Cheers, JB

spiral's picture

Yes, for font sites. But I'm looking for something a bit more specific, if there is a more descriptive term for this type of lettering.

jbtroost's picture

I'm sure there is, but I'd say you'd play the game by their rules. If you can only choose from two or three so-so decriptions, but your font sells better having it listed _their_ way, it is what it is. I don't think 'blueprint' will be listen as a category...

If you would be able to indicate a time period on these sites, 'Jugendstil', 'Art Nouveau', 'Berlage' or 'Amsterdam School' comes to mind. But having a closer look -again- at your font (k, n, s, K, N 1, etc) I'd say yours is a bit less 'static'.

oldnick's picture

Eccentric, Idiosyncratic or Slightly Wacky would also work as descriptive adjectives…

Nick Shinn's picture

It also looks like showcard lettering of the era, or movie (inter)titles, or comic-strip lettering.
Very jazz-age—syncopated.

spiral's picture

than ks guys, this is really helpful!

Bert Vanderveen's picture

‘Caption’ would be a viable tag, I guess. Combined with handlettering, drawings, scrapbook, photo album, shopcard, architect — you’d have it covered.

vilbel's picture

And don't forget the serifs...

spiral's picture

thanks! i think i can get in a few keywords with your help.

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