Handwriting Plus (19)

As stated in the book my preferred cursive font typeface is the Learning Curve font family.

These are the words of the designer:

“If you’ve read the headlines, you know that the majority of schools are no longer teaching cursive writing. Now more than ever the world is in need of Learning Curve!

Learning Curve mimics traditional cursive lettering practice worksheets, but with a modern style that I developed from my handwriting.

This is the second major update. It was a lot of work, but it’s finally done!

In the latest version, you will find a lot of new features. First, the Learning Curve family finally has a bold style! Language support was increased to include Central European. Some characters were redrawn to give them a little more finesse. The dashed version was completely redrawn to eliminate the overlapping dashes. Lastly, a dingbat was created to house the guidelines and drills. Learning Curve has never looked better!”

The Learning Curve font is similar to the Zaner-Bloser cursive handwriting system, developed by Charles Zaner in 1888 (and later Elmer Bloser). Zaner-Bloser was a streamlined version of the Palmer Method which it eventually replaced, and it became the primary handwriting system in the USA during the 20th Century.

Learning Curve

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

A further writing system was developed in 1978, the D’Nealian manuscript and cursive system. The originator, Donald Neal Thurber, recognized the difficulties for children when stepping up from printing to handwriting, and there is a huge array of fonts based on his designs.

Here is a direct quote from the company font website which gives an insight into the problems faced when transferring a writing style from paper to digital.

“Computers have never been designed to reproduce handwriting, but rather to generate print. In order to have all letters link without any additional software contraption, we have slightly modified each character design to make sure they link when entered as a text flow. The “Classic” series show the unmodified letters, as they are drawn individually, when they are not linked. For instance, none of them really links naturally to the next, and letters ending on top, like b, v, w, do not link at all. These fonts are destined to create examples of each letter to draw from, rather than to type entire paragraphs. They also illustrate how pupils will have to interpret individual characters to link them efficiently, through modified pencil trajectories.”

As well as the full range of cursive fonts there are also several manuscript fonts, some of which are shown below.

DN Manuscript with rules

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

And finally here are a few more examples of cursive fonts, the first of which I utilize in the book cover title.

Discipuli Britannica


And here is one for young learners to get started.

Print Clearly Dashed


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