Famous Handwriting Typefaces

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These typefaces won’t make you as psychoanalytical as Freud, or as brilliant as da Vinci, or as artistic as Cezanne, but they may allow you to channel their creativity while you work.

Harald Geisler, a typographer based in Frankfurt, Germany, raised funds through a Kickstarter campaign to underwrite turning Freud’s handwriting into a digital font. P22 Type Foundry in Buffalo, New York, is also creating digital fonts inspired by the handwriting of famous thinkers. His latest Kickstarter appeal is for developing an Einstein font, as explained in the video here.

On his website, Geisler explains his process for developing a Freud font began by visiting the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna and the Freud Museum in London, where he selected eight handwritten documents as writing specimens. “After months of development, I finished four alphabets based on Freud’s handwriting,” Geisler says. “Why four and not just one? When you write a text on your computer every letter looks exactly the same. When you write with your hand, every letter looks a little different. In order to make type look like handwriting, different variations of each letter have to be drawn and stored in the font. The font is then programmed to exchange letters while you are typing. This makes the rendered results on your screen or in print look like handwriting.”

The fonts, shown here, are available for purchase through Geisler or P22.

Warning: Forging “newly discovered” letters handwritten by famous thinkers is frowned upon.