Web technologist Cameron Adams of The Man In Blue previously asked famous typographers to send an example of their own handwriting. Their scans are juxtaposed with the typefaces they’ve created, showing that although these gifted designers and illustrators have created beautiful fonts that are commonly used, their handwriting is not any different to ours.
The handwriting of typographers intrigues me because it raises so many questions, big and small: Do typographers exert some extraordinary control of the pen that laypersons don’t? Does a typographer’s handwriting influence the typefaces they produce? Has the rise of digital communications made handwriting redundant? Do modern typographers, born of digital tools, lack the finesse of their more wizened counterparts? If so, does that change the way their type is designed?
Click through to see a selection of the handwriting, from typographers including Erik Spiekermann, Nikola Djurek, Mark Simonson, and Dino dos Santos: