Lettering is used to communicate ideas and to describe elements that cannot be effectively explained with just drawings. In some cases, words are actually a clearer and more economical way to
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communicate. To ensure written words are quickly understood, a universal lettering style is commonly employed by designers and architects (Figure 3-12). This style, based on the Roman alphabet, generally consists of all capital letters for ease of reading. Although most designers employ a universal-looking style, individual styles do develop and are often recognized and associated with the person who uses them. However, stylistic differences must not be so extreme that letters and words become difficult or time-consuming to read. The intent of architectural lettering is to communicate quickly and clearly. Many firms attempt to unify lettering among their personnel by adopting an office standard.
Today, computer software quickly produces lettering in many styles that appear to be hand-lettered or typed (Figure 3-13). Some of these are so realistic it is difficult to tell whether they really are done by hand or by computer. However, this does not mean that there is not a need for a student or designer to learn and produce good hand-lettering. The ability to hand-letter is still much alive and needed. We still need to have effective handwriting when communicating with clients, builders, and many others in the field. A designer's lettering style can also be a kind of professional trademark that distinguishes him or her as a creative individual. Basic Guidelines for Lettering
Good lettering is made by consistency. This includes height of letters, style, and spacing between letters. To maintain consistency in height, hand-lettering is always done using two or more horizontal guidelines. To maintain consistency between lines of lettering, the distance between these lines should be measured with a scale or other device. Then, when the draftsperson gains more proficiency, this distance can be fairly accurately "eyeballed" in. The two lines serve as the upper and lower limits of the letters. A third line can serve as a consistent guide for parts of letters or even lower-case let-
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Figure 3-13 Lettering on the computer can be done in many styles, even one that simulates hand-lettering.
ters (Figure 3-14). The draftsperson must endeavor to keep the letters within the top and bottom lines, and not let parts of the letters extend beyond these. In most cases, the guidelines are produced with such a light line that they are left in and not erased. In pen-and-ink drawing, these lines might be laid out in nonreproducible blue pencil lines.
Most designers prefer vertical strokes in lettering, although slanted characters are often faster to produce. Letters should be produced with bold strokes, not drawn with a series of sketched and ragged lines. There should be a distinct start and stop to each line stroke within a letter. Shapes and proportions of lettering should be consistent throughout a drawing (Figure 3-15). Close attention
Figure 3-14 Horizontal guidelines can be used for height consistency when lettering. Two or three guidelines can be used, and these lines can remain on the drawing if produced lightly.
Figure 3-15 Lettering should be consistent throughout a drawing; the shapes and proportions should be similar.
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should be given to the width of a letter, as well as the proportional spaces between letters. This spacing is very important, as it gives words good visual formation and clarifies their relationship to other words. In general, spacing between letters in a word should be made approximately equal in the beginning of the designer's career. However, this rule can be modified as the designer gains confidence, as proportional spacing can vary a bit, depending on the shapes of the letters.
One shortcut used for lettering by some designers is the aid of a small triangle carried along the parallel bar (or other horizontal device) and quickly brought into play for vertical strokes within a letter. This technique produces a very consistent vertical lettering style, but some designers see it as a crutch. If this technique is used, it should be discontinued once the draftsperson gains the ability and confidence to produce accurate vertical lines.
To effectively learn proper lettering, one should produce words and numbers, not just individual letters. Practice by copying phrases from articles and books, or writing a story. This will give you better skills in forming properly proportioned letters and spaces between them.
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