EB Hand

EB Hand is an OpenType-enriched handwriting typeface, based on the quaint writing of Emma Booty. The project was commission by Mint Velvet, a London-based clothing label, and is used in their catalogues and marketing material.

The typeface creates the illusion of imperfect human marks, making use of a complex system of alternate glyphs and code that provides instructions for how and when those glyphs should appear when typed.

Special thanks:
– To Ron Callaghan, who provided invaluable help with the code, and made this project possible.
– To Tal Leming, for his OpenType Cookbook, without which I may never have known where to begin.
– To Kyle Wayne Benson, for writing some very helpful Python scripts
– To Mathieu Réguer, who looked over the project in it’s early stages, and helped establish some intial logic.



An example of the number of alternates required to power a single letter. The “a” glyph gets a few extra alts, given how commonly it appears in English texts.