What font do most Architects use?

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  1. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    I like the font on most Blue Prints. I talked to an architect today and he said it is helvetica. But, I looked at that font and it did not seem right? I want to use this font on my business cards. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
     
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    could you post a scan of a section of blueprint with the text you like on it? perhaps we could recognize it for you.
     
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    if its like this:

    [​IMG]

    then its a font called Graphite
     
  5. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

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    My F.O.C* is Gadget.
    It's so techno-savy...

    *: Font of choice
     

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  6. iGav macrumors G3

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    Exactly what I was thinking... there are many different weights and versions of Helvetica...

    And it's still the best typeface... :)
     
  7. phaeton macrumors newbie

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    maybe...

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  8. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ding, Ding, Ding!! We have a winner!! That is the exact font!! Thank you so much!:D
     
  9. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    NOOOOO! That font is not in my Word program! Where can I get that font?
     
  10. iGav macrumors G3

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    That's nothing like Helvetica... :p :p :p I wouldn't trust that Architect if I were you... heh-heh
     
  11. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

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    No one likes Gadget, fine, I can live with that...
     
  12. mrjamin macrumors 65816

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    here: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/fontbureau/graphite/

    It'll probably cost you several thousand for the entire set of faces. fonts are an expensive business.
     
  13. mrjamin macrumors 65816

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    i love that font. I'm also a very big fan of Helvetica Neue.
     
  14. DavidFDM macrumors regular

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    Adobe Texton is a hard-working typeface I have seen used for this purpose. It comes in a variety of weights.
     

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    There's actually a font called blueprint that is similiar to the one you showed, and I think is easier to find. I used to have it somewhere, but I have a couple zip disks of fonts to go through from when I used to work as a graphic artist and printing press operator. I'll keep looking. It may take a while, since my zip drive died a while ago and I am currently without one.:(
     
  16. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Tks!!
     
  17. meta-ghost macrumors regular

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    The aesthetic of the machine....

    I'm with you iGav. The choice of that font is extremely revealing.
     
  18. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Re: The aesthetic of the machine....

    Actually it was his assistant, but either way, it is way off.:D
     
  19. meta-ghost macrumors regular

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    Re: Re: The aesthetic of the machine....

    I meant something else entirely. Namely, that font mimics a method of writing that was done by hand. Using a machine to reproduce a style developed by hand is silly. The machine has an aesthetic. Explore it.
     
  20. dkeninitz macrumors regular

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    There's a font in Windows (gasp..don't flame me for using the Word) called Technical that also resembles the blueprint font.
     
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    Re: Re: Re: The aesthetic of the machine....

    :confused:

    handwriting fonts aren't silly. they serve a differrent purpose than text-book fonts. it's like the difference between serif and sans serif.

    computers have tons of aesthetics. he's exploring one. he's clearly explored the aesthetic of times new roman and courier, and now he's onto something else.

    open your mind.
     
  22. Finiksa macrumors 6502a

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    Re: Re: Re: The aesthetic of the machine....

    The chiselled pencil style is a hold over from manual drafting lettering techniques in Industrial Design, Architecture and Interior Design. Basically all designers have to learn to write like that in school, it's an industry standard to ensure legibility in designs and blue prints. It's just been carried over to CAD systems for consistency.

    Plus it looks well funky! (but bloody hard to learn)
     
  23. Finiksa macrumors 6502a

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    Re: What font do most Architects use?

    I've been going through my reference materials trying to find a variation of the font you're after, but all I have avaliable at the moment are Engineering Drawing volumes. These are only listing Gothic variations or "ISO 3098/1 Type B upright or sloping character sets" Which aren't quite what you're after, but if you do some Googling you might find something.

    I did however stumble acoss this font which is pretty damn close... and it's free!
     
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    Re: Re: What font do most Architects use?

    you should try this in bold and see what it looks like. it might be reasonably close!
     
  25. meta-ghost macrumors regular

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    Re: Re: Re: Re: The aesthetic of the machine....

    I think the carry over has less to do with consistency than most people moving to drawing on the computer uncritically. I agree that people need to explore different aesthetics and come around to what works for them. The problem is, and I'm speaking with historical experience here, very few people did this. Instead, dimension line styles used slash marks (easy with a triangle), graphic info symbols still mimicked the templates made for hand drawing, and of course, the handwriting font went with it. I'm not saying I would never use a handwriting(or publishing) font but rather it has to make graphic sense in the larger scheme.

    It can be possible that a set of drawings produced graphically uncritically can represent a product that is itself uncritical.
     

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