Explanation of Architectural Lettering:
- It is expected as a designer or architect that all blueprints, drawings and designs have architectural lettering.
- This lettering was established ages ago by architects so that all writing on blueprints were legible therefore costly mistakes would not be made.
- 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.
- Bad handwriting tends to make any design look amateur. All handwriting should match the quality of the design.
- 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.
- Architectural lettering has an animated quality while appearing very uniform and neat.
- 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.
DRAW LETTERS “A-Z” IN CAPITALS ONLY, AND NUMBERS “0-9” (x3)
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.