New fontsNew fonts · 4 April 2016
A complicated handwriting font written with two pens, in two rates, promoting Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Hebrew scripts.
Handwriting fonts are an interested breed. Handwriting by meaning is certainly not typographic. Even the most qualified hand produces a distinctive specimen whenever, influenced by the scale and quality of the report, the type of pen and ink, the writer’s feeling, even how fast she or he writes. Digital fonts, however, assemble preformed shapes, making them available at the touch of an integral, over and over again. If the standard principle of typography is the fact that its a repeatable work, ‘handwriting font’ is quite almost a contradiction in terms.
Manu is a classy, modern handwriting font in line with the fluid, informal writing of the writer. It comes down with the OpenType features that the most demanding people are accustomed to finding in serious text typefaces. Manu will come in three designs, Formal, casual and focus.
Manu Formal is dependent on slow mindful writing that humanises imprinted type. Manu Informal is fast, cursive, uninterrupted writing with all the rhythm of handwriting. Both Formal and Informal designs tend to be written with similar pen (Muji Pen 0.7mm) at small (18pt) text dimensions. Focus is a semi-fast all-caps typeface written with a heavier felt-tipped pen. All three styles can be combined and recombined, and give plenty of space for appearance, personality and typographic hierarchy. Each style comes with a handy set of signs, icons and emoticons, plus higher level typographic Opentype features. See this PDF for lots more details.
For some reason, handwriting fonts are from beginners, while expert designers consider severe text typefaces. You can find exceptions — most notably, Erik van Blokland and merely van Rossum’s FF Hands — and wonderful types of casual handwritten fonts. While they are extremely expressive, there is also most of the hallmarks of very early 1990s fonts: quickly digitised, with limited personality units and functions. Manu is made since very carefully as any of our text fonts, with the exact same focus on information, and with the same (or even more complex) OpenType replacement functions. As it's standard for Typotheque fonts, Manu supports over 150 languages, providing nuanced sounds for assorted situations.