Simplify lettering and signs by using the right font

In the last post on making signs, we saw that it was possible to make a sign with lettering in four different ways.

When you want the sign to be one piece, it can be tedious work to generate all the necessary bridges. This is true both when the letters are positive space (solid material) or negative space (holes). Fortunately, by using the correct font, you can save time and get a result that looks good.
When the letters form positive space, one good choice is to use a script font.
In the example below from David Kaufman, the Santa Fe script font was used to design two nameplates which were then waterjet cut from 1/4 inch thick aluminum. The right hand side of the “f” had to be modified to connect with the “m”, but the rest of the letters naturally run together with this font.

Nameplate signs from David Kaufman

Nameplate signs from David Kaufman

The font used in the examples above: Santa Fe LET http://www.fonts101.com/fonts/view/Script/28879/Santa_Fe_LET

The font used in the examples above: Santa Fe LET

 

When the letters are negative space, you can use a stencil font. Below are a few examples of the varieties of stencil fonts which might be useful for your project.

 Bodoni Becker Stencil Bold http://www.fonts101.com/fonts/view/Uncategorized/43971/Bodoni_Becker_Stencil_Bold
Bodoni Becker Stencil Bold
Tomorrow People. Note for this font: some numbers and symbols may not have appropriate bridges in this font. http://www.dafont.com/tomorrow-people.font

Tomorrow People. Note for this font: some numbers and symbols may not have appropriate bridges in this font.

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