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Hand Drawn Text

 In a world with many creative designers, thinking outside the box can be difficult. One idea is adding hand drawn text to a design. A hand drawn text can help give a design more character. It can sometimes add a more playful feel to a text. I the image I added below, the text reads “Safe in my steep cliffs.” At first glance, without reading what the texts say, you get the sense of a fun and relaxing time camping, at least that was my first impression. After reading the text I realized that the person is talking about a steep cliff. Usually we assume cliffs as being dangerous and scary, but with this text, it almost diminishes the frightening aspects of a cliff. It also plays into the texts because they say the word “safe,” and the hand drawn element helps make the cliff seem safer. Putting in a hand drawn element into a design can change the mood of a design just like in this example.


  1. eargueta wrote:

    I believe that you make a very good point. As students, we are trained to create an appealing design by any means necessary.

    Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9:57 am | Permalink
  2. icattane wrote:

    Although I agree with all the points you have made, I must say, works including handwritten fonts are now being stereotyped as low budget and tumblr designs.

    Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:48 am | Permalink
  3. rnadeem wrote:

    Handmade type has its advantages, but legibility is an important factor of communicating through design, and custom type runs the risk of obstructing it.

    Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9:22 pm | Permalink
  4. clatessa wrote:

    While handwritten fonts are often associated with hipster-type design, there is a time and a place for them. When used correctly, they have a hometown, comforting effect.

    Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
  5. eelias4 wrote:

    Handwritten gives a general feeling of gentleness and homey inspirations. However I agree with one of the above comments that they’re becoming more common. Everyone and their mother has a poster like your example hung up in their house. As a designer you have to be careful about when and how you apply handwritten type to you designs.

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 9:44 am | Permalink