How to Write like an Architect

In a 2.5 minute video Kung Fu architect Doug Patt demonstrates how to become a skilled letterer. Actually, he admits in all honesty that “hand lettering takes years of practice to get good.” (Via raketenblog)

There are a number of architect-style hand printed typefaces available as digital fonts, for example Blueprint, Enviro, Graphite, the all caps Kandt, ITC Stylus and the Adobe classic Tekton. A real classic is of course Frank Lloyd Wright’s Eaglefeather.


  1. Wasn’t Eaglefeather based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright, not Charles Rennie Mackintosh?

    Posted by Keith Bell on Sep. 9, 2008
  2. Darnit, you’re absolutely right. My mistake; I was quickly jumping from link to link to add some digital font references to Jürgen’s post and added the credit from the previous link I checked to the Eaglefeather link. Well spotted, and thanks for the correction! :)

    Posted by Yves Peters on Sep. 9, 2008
  3. I hope Jürgen isn’t mad at me for making him look bad due to my last minute additions. :P

    Posted by Yves Peters on Sep. 9, 2008
  4. Unfortunately, the video is no longer available … Would’ve loved to have seen Doug Patt in action.

    Posted by Thomas Vanhuyse on Sep. 11, 2008
  5. Posted by moni on Sep. 11, 2008
  6. Thanks, moni. Embedding on that video isn’t allowed, so I’ve added the link to the article.

    Posted by Stephen Coles on Sep. 11, 2008
  7. Awesome, thanks for that.

    Posted by Thomas Vanhuyse on Sep. 11, 2008
  8. anyone have the pdf available? seems to be down, moved, vanished. thanks!

    Posted by sw on Sep. 12, 2008
  9. Links do dia « Designlab referenced this article:

    […] de Comunicação e Tipografia: Orbe Cadernos de Tipografia nº 11 Caligrafia de Arquitecto Jornal de Tipografia Urbana Diagramas e […]

  10. Anyone know the link for the exercise sheet?
    I couldn’t find it.

    Posted by Alicia on Sep. 18, 2008

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