Examples of block lettering for work and play.
February 6, 2006 9:22 AM   Subscribe

Where can I find examples of nice looking "fonts" for writing by hand, in block letters? Script?

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I want better handwriting for myself, but am lacking in ideas (which is why I suck at writing in the first place). Please help by linking to any examples of highly legible, neat/tidy, and hopefully cool writing. I'm looking specifically for block lettering, but script/cursif is welcome too, just for kicks. Something that would work well on the job / for keeping records of meetings and conversations and writing letters would be great. Preferably online and printable, but a book full would be great too. Thanks, askmefi!
posted by lorrer to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: (by "block" I just mean non-script, unconnected letters - not all caps.)
posted by lorrer at 9:29 AM on February 6, 2006

Lettering for Architects and Designers can get you started if you're willing to shell out for a book. There are lots of used copies floating around, so I'm sure you can pick it up from some place cheaper than Amazon. I use humanist bookhand when I am making an effort to look nice, but it can be a little slow -- that book has good advice for making nice clean letters with a pencil or normal pen.
posted by Marit at 9:45 AM on February 6, 2006

You could look at Blambot for some models (pick the best of the free fonts). They're designed for comic book lettering, but that's essentially "really nice block letters" geared toward readability.
posted by safetyfork at 10:00 AM on February 6, 2006

Google for Manfred Klein. He has many, many highg quality free fonts ...
posted by bright77blue at 10:04 AM on February 6, 2006

A better link.
posted by safetyfork at 10:13 AM on February 6, 2006

I've always been a big fan of DaFont for all my specialty free/shareware font needs. If you look in the Script section, you'll find a lot of handwritten-style fonts, both cursive and print.

Blambot, mentioned above, is also a great, great site. Support them however you can!
posted by NewGear at 10:23 AM on February 6, 2006

Something like this? (pdf) Or, if you're into paleography, opoflist">this?
Copybooks with examples of hands from various countries.
posted by Lycaste at 3:40 PM on February 6, 2006

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