Script font suggestion.

litera's picture

Hi typophiles.

I'm in a hurry and I need a script font, that needs to be the following:

  1. Must look handwritten with a pen (no explicit caligraphy and as little stroke variation as possible)
  2. Must serve masculine and feminine signatures.
  3. Must be readable
  4. Must have central/eastern european characters (čČšŠžŽćĆđĐ)
  5. Must have dignity, because it will be used for signatures of strong personality and successful individuals

I'm having some difficulty choosing one. It also looks there's not much choice around. There's lot of caligraphic script fonts. Or scripts written with caligraphic pens... But not my required style fonts...

I'm seriously flirting with Ivana Script. Does it stand my measures?

What would you suggest?

Stephen Coles's picture

Ivana is a little sloppy and not so readable. For your needs I'd go with Handsome Pro. Unfortunately no CE characters. I would ask Nick Shinn to add them.

Stephen Coles's picture

Hmm, I reread your request. You want to use the same font for the signatures of many different people?

litera's picture

Yes. I need it strictly for singatures. Masculine, feminine.
Thanks for the suggestion of Handsome Pro. I would expect of a Pro font to have all kinds of letters in it as they are with ITC or Adobe... Unfortunatelly this one doesn't have čČ, ćĆ, đĐ as you already mentioned anyway.

And I think that Handsome font may not be the best as false signeture font for let's say... Bill Gates. I don't think it would look legitimate. Anyone could tell it's made up.

Anyway. Thanks and welcome any other suggestions.
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Robert Koritnik

Florian Hardwig's picture

Hi Robert,

what do you think of Caflisch Script Pro? Quite different from Ivana, though.
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Manlio Napoli's picture

It's really hard to find a good script with CE diacritics.
What about FF MIster K Pro?

Pozdrav

litera's picture

@Florian: Caflish Script Pro does in did look very nice, but you can easily tell it's digitized. It does have every character I need though.

@Manlio: Nice discovery. Thank you. Do you think it's a bit feminine with all these large rounded letters? And very upright. I guess determined people have slant in their handwritting "pushing" things forward. Hvala.

Anything else?
Still looks like I prefer Ivana Script over others.
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Robert Koritnik

Stephen Coles's picture

> people have slant in their handwritting

Apparently not Franz Kafka.

litera's picture

Well we know what his life was like. :)
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Robert Koritnik

Manlio Napoli's picture

> I guess determined people have slant in their handwritting

Some have, some not. If the signatures are in the same document or in different documents that can be viewed at the same time, any typeface you are going to use can't do the trick.
My suggestion could sound silly since I don't know enough about your project, but maybe you could ask people you know to write down the signatures and scan the best results.

Nick Cooke's picture

Pen and ink handwriting: Olicana Rough or Smooth.

Nick Cooke

litera's picture

I can see in the PDF example that Olicana has ČŠŽ letters, but when I test drive it, they don't show up.

I like Olicana for it's very poetic stroke. Even if it look calligraphic. At least not pencil writting. It's a magnificent script.
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Robert Koritnik

Nick Cooke's picture

Hmmm..... I don't know why it doesn't show up, but it works on my computer.

Glad you like it Robert.

BTW - what's the difference between calligraphy and handwriting? I'm no calligrapher - that's my handwriting.

Nick Cooke

litera's picture

Well. The difference being calligraphers tend to make artistic strokes with calligraphic pen. People usually don't write that beautiful. We tend to write "ugly" and barely readable. And we use regular pens that don't produce variable stroke weight. At least not to the same degree as most calligraphic pens do (depends on the tip, but still).

That's how I see it.

That's why I wanted a still readable type, that would look more natural (not artistic) with not much stroke variation.

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Robert Koritnik

jeremieh's picture

I'd suggest Tornac. It was drawn using my own every-day handwriting with a pen. A preliminary study was done to improve its readability. Letters have various angles that helps making the whole thing look realistic as a handwriting, and it covers eastern European languages.

Stephen Coles's picture

I think what Robert is getting at is the difference between a flat or calligraphic nib and the round tip of a ballpoint.

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