Applications of Technology. Hand Lettering: A Means of Communication. As humans, we communicate through several methods related to our 5 senses.
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A Means of Communication
In Architecture and Engineering, ideas are often communicated through drawings. The words that often accompany drawings are just as important as the images themselves.
Lettering is used on drawings to give dimensions and other pertinent information needed to fully describe an object.
In these examples, consistency relates to appropriate spacing, strokes being parallel, and letters being formed in the same manner.
Why must lettering be neat and legible?
So it can be easily read and understood.
What if the person you were communicating with didn’t understand what you were saying? Has your message been received?
The use of guidelines to control the height and line spacing of hand lettering is essential.
Main titles under drawings ¼” maximum
Normal lettering 3/32”
Sheet number in title block ½”
As you work to improve your lettering, do not just practice individual letters but words, phrases, and numbers as well.
Being able to hand letter well becomes very important when correcting drawings.
Errors often occur in drawings and are not discovered until the document has been printed multiple times.
If a construction document has been created using an architectural font, it is much easier to change the drawing by erasing (or whiteout) and hand lettering the correction.