Routed Gothic Font

A clean implementation of a common lettering style found on technical drawings, engraved office signs, computer and typewriter keyboards, and some comic books from the mid-20th century. It’s ugly, and therein lies its beauty.

I created this font by purchasing a Leroy Lettering set, using Inkscape to trace the scanned letterforms of one of its templates, and some FontForge Python scripting. Other keywords I want people to use to find this font include: Wrico.

Notes

The “italic” fonts of this typeface are literally slanted 22.5°, as a drafter would do.

There are no hints, as I originally created this font for a project intended to be printed at a sufficiently high resolution to obviate them. I might make hints later though.

License

Routed Gothic is now distributed under the terms of the SIL Open Font License 1.1.

Downloads

Version 2017-01-14-r9099

TrueType Downloads:

Or download them all in one ZIP file.

Coverage

Every ASCII character, ISO Latin 1, much of Unicode’s General Punctuation block for common typographic symbols, and then some.

See the complete list of characters in this font.


Samples

Regular & Italic

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Narrow Regular & Italic

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Accents: vis-à-vis résumé piñata coöperation

Quotation marks: ‘single’ “double” «angle» 'non-curly' "non-curly"

Dashes: open 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Monday–Friday — by appointment on Saturdays

Maths: (47² ÷ (76 − 29)) × 21 = 377 + 610

Drafting: ⌀ 59.5mm • 78.5 ± 0.05 • ℄ 35′-6⁵⁄₈″ • ℄ 35′-6⅝″

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