A casual script
with a bouncy baseline.
Designed by Mike Rohde
Sketchnote comes in three styles:
Dear mom, I'm sorry about breaking the vase. It wasn’t my fault, I promise. The dog jumped up on the table and pulled off the table cloth.
I tried to call out for your help, but I didn’t want to bother you in the kitchen as you were making dinner.
@ABC DEFG HIJK LPQR STUV WXYZ 012345
Even the roughest drawings can express ideas effectively. Put Your Observation & Listening Skills to Work Keys to listening: Focus, Eliminate Distractions, Immersion Diagrams and drawings make for more interesting elements. A few pen strokes can illustrate complex ideas quickly. Arrows point out details and can help focus attention on specific drawings, typography, or text. They can also provide a connection between multiple ideas. Icons are also handy to use throughout a sketchnote document.
The Sketchnote typeface was born of necessity: designer Mike Rhode needed a series of hand-drawn fonts to illustrate and produce his book, “The Sketchnote Handbook.” Because of its origin, this typeface was designed to be practical and convey the human character and quirks of his normal handwriting and hand-drawn lettering.
The family is comprised of five fonts: Sketchnote Text in Regular, Bold, and Italic, the somewhat compressed and bold Sketchnote Square for headlines, and the playful Sketchnote Dingbats.
Sketchnote Text is a casual script with a slightly bouncy baseline. In order to mimic the differences present in natural handwriting, OpenType features are built-in that automatically switch between multiple versions of each letter or number. In total, over 240 alternates in each of the text fonts are employed, making for a more authentic appearance.
The warm texture of Sketchnote is the result of actual ink-spread on paper captured in the scans of written letterforms and was intentionally left intact during the digitization process to preserve that feeling.
Rhode created Sketchnote Square as a display type to complement Sketchnote Text. Drawn instead of written, the letters often have neat little happenstance voids within the strokes. Sketchnote Dingbats features a selection of icons, rules, and arrows to provide some functional and fun tidbits, handy for bringing additional life to any design.
Additional features include: Kerning, Fractions, Ligatures, Ordinals, Case Sensitive Forms, Capital Spacing, Stylistic Sets (ss01–03), Ornaments
(There are 512 glyphs in Sketchnote, but we didn't want to show off too much.)
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