What does a type designer’s handwriting look like?

Erik Spiekerman's handwriting

In case you haven’t seen it—I hadn’t—faithful reader Schizohedron points out the following fun thing to look at:

There’s great power in a typeface, but what’s always interested me more than the typeface is the designer behind it – why did they create the typeface? Where did their inspiration come from? How did they start?

Lately, I’ve been asking just one question, though. Something which has always intrigued me: these people that help us communicate … how do they themselves communicate? If we strip away the monitors, and the printing presses, and the typefaces … how would William Caslon have written on a post-it note?

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So, to satisfy my own curiosity I asked a number of prominent typographers to send me a scan of their handwriting. This is the result.

The respondents are Erik Spiekermann, Göran Söderström, Nikola Djurek, Sebastian Lester, Mark Simonson, Kris Sowersby, Eduardo Manso, Veronika Burian, Marian Bantjes, and Dino dos Santos.

3 Responses

  1. Schizohedron
    Schizohedron July 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm |

    Muchas gracias for the shout-out!

    Marian Bantjes’ “in a rush” writing is still about 1,000 times more graceful than my labored attempts at cursive.

  2. Sheila Ryan
    Sheila Ryan July 11, 2008 at 12:15 am |

    Well, you just know that I went crazy-mad over this. Thank you, India. Thank you, Schizohedron.

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