Explanation of Architectural Lettering:

  1. It is expected as a designer or architect that all blueprints, drawings and designs have architectural lettering.
  2. This lettering was established ages ago by architects so that all writing on blueprints were legible therefore costly mistakes would not be made.
  3. Practicing this lettering is still a necessary part of the curriculum in most architecture and design education, because it is still a necessary part of the job.
  4. Bad handwriting tends to make any design look amateur. All handwriting should match the quality of the design.
  5. Practice is necessary to develop the skills needed to letter legibly. Just as each individual has a unique handwriting, they will also have a unique lettering style.
  6. Architectural lettering has an animated quality while appearing very uniform and neat.
  7. Guidelines are very light and almost invisible. They should be drawn with a 4H pencil while the lettering should be darker, drawn with a 2H pencil.  (The higher the number, the lighter the lead.)


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Summary of important points to remember are:

  • 4H lead for guidelines
  • 2H lead for lettering
  • Use light guidelines
  • 3/16 to ¼” guide lines for room labels, key or schedule titles, drawing title and client name in the title block.
  • 1/8” guidelines for minor titles
  • Always use a straight edge to draw the vertical lines for your letters first; all other parts of the letters drawn freehand.
  • Letters are to be dark, dark, dark.
  • Letters should all be the same width.


On the Lettering Paper Provided.  


Be sure to keep your slanted lines at a consistent slope and start the middle lines slightly above the half way line.  

Below are examples of how  your lettering should look like.
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