Finding the right font with flipping typical

I’ve been looking at a lot of fonts lately. Like many others, I’m not a fan of the Comic Sans font. To me, it just looks sloppy. Since Comic Sans comes closer than other fonts to matching the look of handwriting, we see it used A LOT in elementary schools. Yet, I think there are even better choices.

While Handwriting Without Tears is a company popular for it’s handwriting teaching materials, they do not sell their font. At their website, they recommend using Century Gothic as a substitute. The lower case “a” is usually the first character I look at. There are only a handful of fonts that display this letter similar to the shape that is taught to kids. As you can see below, Comic Sans follows the shape in spirit but Century Gothic does a much better job.

Comparing fonts
Comparing fonts

If you want to search your computer for other font options, then visit the website flipping typical. It offers a perfect way to view all the fonts installed on your computer. Make sure to click “load more” at the bottom of the page to see all your options.



KG Primary Dots is another font I found online that is available for free if your use is non-commercial. It offers a dotted font for tracing and lined fonts for extra guidance.

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of a font nerd. Check out the great documentary titled Helvetica (it’s on Netflix) and you will be too.