"Why ugly fonts and messy handwriting make it easier to remember what you've read"

Saw this article here today, here's an excerpt:

Texts in easy-to-read typefaces make it harder to recall information than if it is presented in less legible formats, research suggests

A study by Princeton University found that a significant number of those tested could recall more information when it was presented in unusual typefaces rarely used in textbooks.

The research suggests that introducing 'disfluency' - by making information superficially harder to understand - deepens the process of learning and encourages better retention.

Help Finding a Cursive Typeface for a Montessori Alphabet Book


I'm making an alphabet book for my son. He attends Montessori school, where they introduce the alphabet using lowercase, cursive letters. I'm looking for a typeface that is reminiscent of the lettering that used to be in the cursive workbooks I used as a kid.

Here is a good example:

The "practice strokes" that start letters such as a, o, and q are important. My son's school will use lettering that has those strokes.

Thanks for your help.


P.S. I plan to self-publish the book, too, so I can't use typefaces with personal-use-only licenses. Thanks again.

(x) similar to Memimas, Cartoleria, School Script - custom by Matteo Bologna at Mucca, alternatives {Steven A, Mike Y, Florian}

Hello All!

I have come close with Memimas, Cartoleria, School Script but they all have the open "E" in capital style but this font has a classic cursive script "e".

All suggestions welcome.

New from insigne: Caridade


Caridade is a bold and powerful script face. It draws some inspiration from heavy brush drawn vintage hand lettering but its heavy weight is much thicker with plenty of impact and more contemporary letterforms. The face offers a wide array of weights, from the powerful Heavy weight to the graceful Thin.

Caridade can get the job done for many unique design tasks.

Beginner's calligraphy; and am I hampered by being a lefty?

I know that there are already a few posts in the forum on beginning calligraphy, but I have slightly more specific needs. I'd like to learn calligraphy, especially since at some point I'd also like to do a bit of type design, and I have already come across a number of books on http://Amazon and elsewhere. The problem is that I'm not really sure if such books cater for left-handers, or if indeed it makes any difference at all. Any thoughts or specific recommendations?

Hand numbering options

I'm working on a small first edition of a book and now that they're printed, the client would like to have them hand numbered.

So I'm wondering. If written by hand, what kind of ink?
Permanent, but that won't bleed through a matte coated stock.

Or perhaps one of those old-fashioned number stamps, but what kind of ink?

I'd love to hear from anyone with experience in signing or numbering limited editions or with suggestions for this.

Thank you.

Business Penmanship ::: released



Welcome back and happy new year. We are proud to announce the release of Business Penmanship and some amazing collateral material.


The Specimen PDF is finally online. It is a beautiful collaboration with amazing illustrations by Leandro Castelao. Check it out!

informal Cyrillic script from native hand


hi Typophiles,
i've just released AndrijScript Cyrillic.
it bases on my own handwriting, fascinated by historical Ukrainian 'skoropys' quick-writing and spiced by few chimeric shapes and unusual Cyrillic ligatures.

welcome see few pictures on http://type.org.ua/andrijscript-cyrillic/
or test-drive on http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/andrijtype/andrijscript-cyrillic/


Font to use as model for my penmanship?

Help! I hate the childish, inconsistent, heavy-handed scrawl that passes for my handwriting. However, I'm not much happier with the readily available learn-at-home alternatives: italic or modern cursive. They are legible, but that's about it. They reek practicality, without having elegance or sophistication or individuality.

I am looking for a font to use as a model for my handwriting. My ideal would be something modern, distinctive, legible, fairly easy to write quickly and arresting or "cool" (whatever that means when applied to handwriting). A lot to ask, I know.

I would so appreciate any suggestions. Thank you in advance for your help.