How to Write like an Architect

How to Write like an Architect

How to Write like an Architect

Writing like an architect isn’t just writing in all caps. Randomly, I’ll get asked, “Did they teach you how write like that in school?” The answer is yes and no. Yes, I spent too much time my freshman year trying to make perfect, Ching-approved block letters; but no, it wasn’t until I started lettering (for fun, in my free time) that I started to develop a lettering, however flawed, that was unique but also recognizable as architectish. This free time I used to practice the alphabet was often when I was supposed to be doing other things and didn’t want to fall asleep. Who needs coffee when I can turn over this meeting agenda and fill it with letters? Through inane critiques and redundant lectures, my pencil kept moving which helped me trudge through.

So this guy, Doug, made this video instructing you how to write like an architect. I don’t think you need anything other than paper, something to write with, and patience to start, but if you’d like to carry a small triangle in your shirt pocket nobody is going to stop you. I’m actually not crazy about his particular letters because they are harder to read but are uber architect-y. ┬áThe thrust of his advice is great: “Your letters need to seem animated while still appearing orderly and neat.” But it’s harder than it sounds and looks. Maybe you’ll have some free time soon to practice.

Alex

Alex Dent

July 20, 2011 / By

Google+