Bethany was one of the featured fonts in last month’s Rising Starsnewsletter put out by MyFonts. It has been doing extremely well since, occupying the top spot of MyFonts’ Bestseller list for weeks. As they claim, Bethany is spirited and spontaneous, but has better legibility than many other handwriting fonts thanks to the openness and simplicity of its shapes. I just like that it looks like it ACTUALLY wasn’t tweaked by a computer and that it is the epitome of Sharpie heaven.
Onward ::: Okay, I can honestly say that I love handwriting, but HATE handwriting typefaces. They are all so monotonously predictable. In the 90′s there were a lot of these hideous things floating around. However my thoughts are slowly changing on the subject. With the great technology of Open Type fonts I think the “handwriting” era might be making a pleasing comeback.
Open Type you say? For those that aren’t familiar with this term here it is simply. Old digital fonts used to be limited to roughly 258 characters, or as we type nerds call it glyphs. That meant buying a typeface consisted of have a library of tens of thousands of fonts because with only 258 characters were available. So you had to buy Garamond Bold, Garamond Roman, Italic etc you get the picture.
With Open Type, you can have thousands of glyphs all in one face-place! Why do I sound like a walking advertisement? So now one just buys Garamond PRO!
My point in all this blubbering? The advantages become heavily in our favour for handwritten typefaces coming to full fruition (among other typefaces as well). Now instead of having one “e” that appears every time the “e” is typed, type designers now can have 20 different instances of an “e”. What that means for you my friends? That when you type a large novel like this one, each “e” can be randomly generated and slightly different, thus making it truely genuine. That is if you us Adobe CS4, otherwise you still get to manually select it among the glyphs because CS4 rocketh the Open Type.
There’s my take on the subject. No MORE papyrus!