Typography – Rough brush

Rough brushesThick brush script is always popular, but it varies. Smooth, refined, and creamy brush script is everywhere (food labels, sports teams), but rough brush is trendy at the moment: brush lettering that appears to be hand-drawn. (See my post on eccentric hand-inked script.)

Naturally, this lends itself to irregular and eccentric letterforms. Those may communicate a childlike charm as if freely painted in watercolor; or artistic, as if using a bamboo brush, or bold, as if slapped onto a wall.

In order to simulate real brushwork, a digital font must include one or more alternate letterforms for each glyph – so the viewer notices no repetition – and ligatures (connected letters which function as alternates).

That’s the difference between a professional font like “Gloss Drop” (at the top) and others available for little or no cost, which may be well-designed but don’t include alternates and ligatures.

If I were using one of those, I’d manually alter neighboring letterforms, if necessary. That would maintain the illusion of spontaneity.


About DinaDG

Dina Lydia is a graphic artist, photographer, videographer, and costume designer in Seattle, Washington.