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Sunday, May. 01, 2011 - 11:02 a.m.

Too many free fonts are variations on the theme of childish, inelegant, graffiti-esque, clunky cursive. I wanted a different font for each letter-writer, one that at least generally fits the character of the actual handwriting of the letter-writer. But it seems to be very difficult to find that fluent, yet not fussy cursive of handwritings of the past. My grandfather's hand was not especialy neat, but at least it looked like he actually knew how to write. Not so with a lot of the fonts out there. I am disappointed with you, font designers.

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