Custom typeface 'Writing in the elementary school'

Writing is one of the most exciting and personal things you learn in elementary school. Once you have your own handwriting, then you count really! Writing in the elementary school teaches children the art of writing based on a unique writing system. Form, movement and space have their own place.

 

On the way to your own handwriting

'Joint writing' (verbonden schrift), also known as longhand or cursive, has served for many years, yet this is not suitable for every child. More and more children are struggling with joint writing. For this group there is the revolutionary 'segmental writing' (los schrift), much like the modern computer typefaces. By approaching the different aspects separately, Writing in the elementary school (Schrijven in de Basisschool) teaches children to be able to develop their own handwriting.

Characters Font Foundry crafted the font 'SidB', invented by Dutch calligrapher and writing system specialist Corrie Smetsers. Currently over half of all Dutch schools use Noordhoff Publishers educational books with my SidB typeface.


Schrijven in de Basisschool 5 - Characters Font Foundry


Typeface characteristics

The typeface is constructed with various educational rules in mind. The angle of inclination is equal to the right-sloping joint script. The simplicity of the letterforms makes it easier to write for left-handed writers. No wonder that this new writing method is the most widely used independent system in The Netherlands.
  • Simple letterforms, stripped of all the frills
  • Easy to read for dyslexics
  • Italic script

Schrijven in de Basisschool 1 - Characters Font Foundry

 

Schrijven in de Basisschool 2 - Characters Font Foundry

 

Schrijven in de Basisschool 3 - Characters Font Foundry

 

Schrijven in de Basisschool 4 - Characters Font Foundry

 

 

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Children learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, and they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.
Cursive or not, the benefits of writing by hand extend beyond childhood. For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to longhand, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information. Not only do we learn letters better when we commit them to memory through writing, memory and learning ability in general may benefit.
Source: The New York Times

 

History

Noordhoff Publishers originally started as a bookstore in Groningen, The Netherlands, in 1858. As book publisher they specialized in scientific- and schoolbooks. In 1883 they published the infamous 'Schoolflora' from which the 22nd reprint is still in use. After some mergers and a buyout they officially became Noordhoff Publishers, with over 400 employees one of The Netherlands' largest publishers.

 

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Your own custom type

Companies make every effort to stand out from their competitors. A custom typeface is a very powerful visual element to position a Brand. They can be made to fit the companies needs and even save money.

 

We offer creative and highly distinguishable corporate custom typefaces that push your Brand to a higher level. Contact us for more information.

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