An authentic script from the tip of the ball point pen
This hasn’t been seen yet: A typeface which truly looks as if it were handwritten.
Calligraphy is, actually, the art of fine writing.
And actually, written scripts as typeface for the computer are 100% nonsense.
And yet, an obvious thought: Create a typeface which truly derives from everyday handwriting. And since we, if we write at all, utilize practically only a ball point pen anymore, then a modern cursive writing form must look like just that.
As a counterpart to the artistic ”handwritings“ which have long been available as typeface, the thought of digitalizing a truly ”ugly“ handwriting is appealing. After all, time and again there is the need for a text to look ”handwritten,“ and it is always easier to have a typeface available rather than actually writing the text with a utensil on paper, scanning it and positioning a large multi megabyte graphic within a document.
Biró Script is written freehand with a ball point pen. The much-quoted art historian Walter Koschatzky wrote (in his book ”Die Kunst der Zeichnung,“ i.e., ”the art of drawing,“ published in 1981): ”Pressing of the pen tip achieves no change whatsoever in the heaviness of the stroke; therefore, there is no difference to be seen between thin strokes and thick strokes, [...] (thus) an artistic application is practically excluded. Consistently, drawings with a ball point pen show a dead stroke character.“
Does Biró Script look dead? No, on the contrary! Finally a truly individual script!
Biró Script includes more than 300 authentic ligatures in addition to the customary alphabet.
And the OpenType-Technique makes it possible: The ligatures appear automatically like magic when entering the text.
For example, when you enter the word alphabet the program substitutes the letter order a l, h a and e t with the corresponding letter combinations al, ha and et. So, the form of the single character seldom repeats itself since it is mostly replaced with a ligature; and, with each combination of characters the result is a slightly different form of the individual character.
Type set in Biró Script appears remarkably similar to a text actually handwritten with a ball point pen.
Requirements for the automatic application of the ligatures are that OpenType-Fonts can be used on your computer (Windows XP or newer; Macintosh OS X or newer), and that your program supports OpenType-Features (i.e., Adobe InDesign CS or newer).
Of course, the application of OpenType-Features in your program pre-settings must be activated.
By the way, the most convincing effect is obtained with a font size of about 18 to 22 points, at which the thickness of the stroke is now about the same as that of a real ball point pen.