Seeking handwriting font suggestions for my personal logo

ashleejwilliams's picture

In a perfect world I'd have gorgeous handwriting and could use my actual signature for my business logo. But it isn't, and I don't, so I can't. That said, I'm looking for a typeface with a handwritten feel that's airy (but not too thin-- medium weight would be ideal) and cheerful but not childish. I've spent hours digging through but I haven't come up with something that's quite what I'm after.

Here's an example of my current logo. I don't hate it, but my biggest problem with that typeface is the long descender on the J-- it's a pain to design around, so I'm looking for something with a descender that's shorter or on more of an angle. I get the feeling that might be a tall order, though. Curse my inconvenient initials!

Thanks in advance.

Joshua Langman's picture

You really need to do custom lettering for this. If anyone can buy the same font as you and duplicate it just by typing your initials, it's not really a logo, is it? Try sketching what you want and then tracing over it in Illustrator. Or, outline a font that's close and adjust the outlines. Or, use a digital tablet to draw the lettering. Or, hire a lettering artist to work with you.

Good luck!

JamesM's picture

I agree with Joshua that custom lettering would be better. But here's an example of a "j" with a short descender that can be tucked under the "a" (although I don't think this particular font is suitable for your purpose):

ashleejwilliams's picture

@joshua After a few dozen iterations of this logo, I'm starting to agree that I'll have to hire a lettering artist. When I did my first version of the logo long ago I did indeed attempt to draw/trace my own signature, but it didn't go well simply because my handwriting does not a good logo make. It so happens that a friend of mine does lettering and she offered to work with me when I mentioned my difficulties, so I'm hoping I'll finally have a version of my logo I actually like!

@JamesM Thanks! I almost used Sugar Pie, but it was a little too cartoony. Though it suits my illustration style, I'm going for a look that's fun but still professional. I wish I could think of a good example. As Joshua suggested, I'm near the point where I'll have to contract this out.

JamesM's picture

> In a perfect world I'd have gorgeous handwriting
> and could use my actual signature

Hey, Walt Disney was an illustrator/animator but his famous signature was actually created by one of his artists.

> [Sugar Pie] was a little too cartoony

Just to be clear, I wasn't recommending that you use that font; it was just an example of how a J can be constructed with a short descender.

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