Posted on June 27, 2008
Hellavetica- hand drawn font
Helvetica is tearing our country apart. Some people love it, others not so much. Critics say that Helvetica is overused (in fact, you’ve probably seen it on Nestle Bars, American Airlines planes, or Crayons), but I love its elegant design and nostalgic appeal.
So I created my own hand drawn version of Helvetica that I call Hellavetica. I created it using a web site called Fontify.com and a Pilot V.5 pen. Fontify is a cool service that I highly recommend. Simply print their font layout sheet, fill it in with your own handwriting, scan and upload it, and Fontify will do the rest. You’ll get a chance to see what your font will look like before you commit to buying it. Yes, it does cost money, but $9 is a small price to pay for your own font. I created a font called Doc Pop Brush a few years ago and I still use that shit. Money well spent.
On the down side, Fontify is an automated process, but it isn’t perfect. Spacing can be a bit wonky, fonts often don’t look great when enlarged, and you may want to try changing your font in photoshop a few times and checking it closely before commiting to the purchase.