the quick brown fox
July 10, 2008 5:19 PM   Subscribe

The handwriting of typographers.
posted by oneirodynia (21 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
Preeeety awesome, this link.
posted by odinsdream at 5:49 PM on July 10, 2008


I'm Erik AT this is my handwriting?
posted by DU at 5:54 PM on July 10, 2008


This typographer link is useless without Vincent Connaire.

(actually, it's quite good...)
posted by Gary at 6:01 PM on July 10, 2008


You'd think typographers would have handwriting that worked as a body font rather than a headline font.
posted by smackfu at 6:20 PM on July 10, 2008


DU, I think that's proof that not even a typographer can reliably write an ampersand. I know I always have to think about it for a few seconds (and usually resort to visualizing the 7/& key).
posted by jedicus at 6:26 PM on July 10, 2008


I can write a perfect ampersand; a symbolic logic class did it to me. In normal writing, though, I usually just write a plus sign.

But man, these guys have worse handwriting than me...
posted by sonic meat machine at 6:40 PM on July 10, 2008


I'm Erik & this is my handwriting.
posted by signal at 6:40 PM on July 10, 2008


I was wondering how long this would take to hit the front page. There seems to be a defined path now along blogs of increasingly greater readership. (I’m contrasting this scenario with the original intent of MetaFilter, which was to show you what you hadn’t already heard about.) I’m sure this comment will go over like gangbusters.
posted by joeclark at 6:48 PM on July 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well it was posted on Waxy two days ago, and that has a large readership. I think it's just that some links are on the cusp of post-worthiness for MeFi, and they tend to lag the trend if they get posted at all.
posted by smackfu at 6:58 PM on July 10, 2008


Interesting. Being a bit simple, I'd always imagined that type designers would have lovely handwriting.

I was wondering how long this would take to hit the front page.

You could've saved all that wondering time by posting it when you saw it ;-)
posted by jack_mo at 7:03 PM on July 10, 2008


Nikola has awesome handwriting, to my eye.
posted by maxwelton at 7:06 PM on July 10, 2008


Nice post.
How about that Marian Bantjes? Is she just the most talented person or what? Her work astounds me.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 7:09 PM on July 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hehe, sonic meat machine - another symbolic logic-taught ampersand writer too =P

Very interesting link; too bad there aren't examples of multiple fonts (perhaps in different styles) from the same typographer.
posted by porpoise at 8:19 PM on July 10, 2008


This was a neat post, thanks.
posted by !Jim at 1:01 AM on July 11, 2008


I have a friend who does a lot of typesetting and printing type stuff. He often writes notes on his hand to remind him of stuff, and what kills me every time is that he invariably does it in a recognizable font. Not always the same one, either. I've seen Typewriter, Times, an occasional blackletter. It's very amusing.
posted by rusty at 7:41 AM on July 11, 2008


I posted it in the comments to the previous typography post.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:52 AM on July 11, 2008


My dad was an architect, and his handwriting was simply beautiful.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:03 AM on July 11, 2008


I think it's pronounced "I'm Eric ABOUT this is my handwriting."
posted by penduluum at 12:09 PM on July 11, 2008


Nikola Djurek has some beautiful handwriting.
posted by Dr-Baa at 12:25 PM on July 11, 2008


Please note, OP, that many of these people are not typographers; they are type designers. A typographer is one who works with (i.e., sets) type; I am a typographer, yet I am not a type designer. I know several very talented type designers who are not typographers, although certainly many are both.

I was very gratified to see 3 friends and several acquaintances profiled in the article. Thanks for this.
posted by luriete at 3:57 PM on July 11, 2008


I don't disagree, but I just took the title from the post itself.
posted by oneirodynia at 11:03 AM on July 12, 2008


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