Font Based on Sigmund Freud’s Handwriting Coming Courtesy of Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Doc­tor, what does it mean if you dream of cre­at­ing a font of Freud’s hand­writ­ing?

This is exact­ly what Ger­man typog­ra­ph­er Har­ald Geisler has in mind, and, in the spir­it of self-actu­al­iza­tion, he’s fund­ing the project on Kick­starter. His charis­ma is such that he’s already raised over eight times the orig­i­nal $1500 goal that will allow him to trav­el to Vien­na, where he will cre­ate the type­face in a bor­rowed apart­ment with­in walk­ing dis­tance from Freud’s for­mer home at Berggasse 19. That address is now home to the Sig­mund Freud Muse­um, where the roman­ti­cal­ly-mind­ed Geisler plans to vis­it the hard copies of the eight let­ters from which his alpha­bet will be assem­bled.

Don’t let the pro­jec­t’s ful­ly-in-the-black sta­tus keep you from vis­it­ing its fundrais­ing page. In addi­tion to being an inad­ver­tent tuto­r­i­al on the ele­ments of a top-notch Kick­starter cam­paign, it also pro­vides some inter­est­ing infor­ma­tion with regard to pen­man­ship, font cre­ation, and the dif­fer­ence between Kur­rent, the Ger­man-style script Freud learned as a school­boy, and the Latin-style cur­sive that was stan­dard among his North Amer­i­can patients.

Geisler says it cracks him up to imag­ine some­one jot­ting a note to his or her shrink in Freud’s hand­writ­ing. Per­haps those of us not cur­rent­ly under the care of a psy­chi­a­try pro­fes­sion­al could use it to write our moth­ers.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Sig­mund Freud Speaks: The Only Known Record­ing of His Voice, 1938

Jean-Paul Sartre Writes a Script for John Huston’s Film on Freud (1958)

Sig­mund Freud’s Home Movies: A Rare Glimpse of His Pri­vate Life

Ayun Hal­l­i­day has nev­er regret­ted her child­ish deci­sion to ape her moth­er’s high­ly idio­syn­crat­ic hand.

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  • Shelley says:

    There’s a Twi­light Zone dimen­sion to this. What if a writer decid­ed to take over Dick­ens’ or, say, Emi­ly Dick­in­son’s hand­writ­ing?

    I’d say there’s a risk of being haunt­ed.

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