Plotter Hand

Design Concept

The Plotter typeface family explores the world of technical drawings and architectural plans driven by norms and standards. It has simplified mono-linear strokes with round terminals, informed by the main objective of stencil lettering — easy reproducibility, to which letter-shapes need to adapt by reducing complex forms to basic elementary shapes.

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Plotter super family

Plotter comes in two main versions, Plotter, using round curves, and Plotter Liner which restricts itself to straight segments for rendering curves. Both subfamilies contain Basic version, Monospaced, Stencil, Monospaced Stencil, and Display version with five filling layers. Separately there is also a Plotter Hand, with irregular shapes as a result of manually using architectural stencils, and Plotter Wave, a smart letter substitution version which contextually orders letter-shapes according to the angle of slopping. Together, there are 47 fonts in 12 separate packages.

Plotter font family chart

Slanted styles

While inclined letters are often used by the scribing devices, Plotter comes only with upright forms, which can be slanted mathematically to any angle needed, including the back-slant. We recommend using 15 degrees sloping. There is however a separate style Plotter Wave, which provides smart OpenType substitutions, and gives words unusual rhythm and structure, going from extreme back-slant to extreme right slant.

plotter hand slant backslant

OpenType features

Plotter has no Small Caps and limited OpenType features, providing however two Stylistic Sets to access alternative forms of ‘a’ and ‘I’.

Plotter font stylistic sets OpenType features

Author

Plotter Hand was designed by Nikola Djurek, and Gustavo Ferreira wrote the intelligent OpenType GSUB features used in Plotter Wave. Plotter was published in 2017.