Jesse England has made several quirky videos showing you how handwrite different fonts. So far he’s done Helvetica Light, Futura, Microgramma, Murray Hill, Papyrus, Comic Sans, Jokerman, Stencil and Tintin. It works a bit like learning calligraphy, where you copy letters out several times with gradually less guidance — Jesse provides a practice sheet and printouts that you place behind it to trace. But it’s far more formulaic and that’s a pretty good way of really thinking about fonts and seeing how they are put together. Though judging from the choice of fonts and Jesse’s profile pic, some of it is just poking fun at how seriously people take fonts and the cultural values we associate with certain ones.
Here’s Learn to Write Tinin, with some digs at the comic for it’s racist congo “adventure”, though I retain a fondness for Tintin based on reading it so much as a child and never having seen the guilty edition.
And here’s Learn to Write Futura, a more standard font:
And if you want to leave a comment on the video? You can — by writing to Jesse (hopefully in a font from the lessons) and posting it to him, old school style. I wonder if he would accept telegrams or maybe faxes?