Review: Architect’s Daughter font works with playful precision
By Clare Brandt
At a Glance
Great for early readers
Juvenile quality makes it best-suited for personal and school use
Precise yet lighthearted, Architect’s Daughter is a font that plays well at larger sizes.
Inspired by the formal handwriting of architects, Architect’s Daughter is delightfully precise, yet lighthearted and not at all bossy. Architect’s Daughter is a TrueType font you could use at larger text sizes (14 point) and encounter no problems with legibility, or use at poster sizes to enjoy the detailed edges of the letters (the tiny serif at the end of the upper case E, and gentle slope within the center stroke of the F, for example).
The slightly off-scale width of some letters, like lower case o and c, and upper case B, D, and R among others; plus the non-mirror image lower case b and d seem to aid the legibility. Indeed, many experts cite these differences as things that can make a typeface easy to decipher, especially for early readers and people with a disability such as dyslexia.
The lower case a and g in Architect’s Daughter also are handwriting style rather than letter-press, similar to Comic Sans, which is a benefit to beginner readers. Although Architect’s Daughter may seem casually handwritten, 377 accurate kerning pairs help give it a sensible cleanness that expands its usability. However, still pass it through the suitability filter: Just like Comic Sans, this is not the font for memorial signs or grave markers.
Architect’s Daughter includes full upper and lower case glyphs, plus numbers, punctuation, and accented characters; all at 400 (regular) weight. It’s fully installable, allowing you to embed the Architect’s Daughter font in documents ready for other users to install. Architect’s Daughter is free for personal use; for commercial use, contact designer Kimberly Geswein.
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