Martin Luther King Font Update

#34 - Four new letters.

March 2023

Dear reader reader,

You downloaded the Martin Luther King handwriting font, and I wanted to let you know that an updated version is ready for you to download from your account:
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The new version will appear in your font menu as โ€œMartin Luther King 2023 March.โ€ I recommend uninstalling older versions to keep your font menu organized. The next update will arrive in April 2023.
First, I wanted to apologize for skipping last month's update. After I successfully made it through three years of the pandemic, one day before all restrictions in Germany were lifted, I came down with my first Covid infection ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜– - It took me a while to recover, and I am taking things slow. Right now, I am delighted to share with you this update on the Martin Luther King font.
This update adds four new letterforms and four signs:
English is one of the few languages with many isolated letters that appear in writing, for example, "I" and "a". In the last months, two more of these isolated letters caught my attention "t" and "s." For example, to shorten "not" as in did not - didn't or to shorten "us" as in let us - let's or express possession as in Martin's.
These details will not get much attention in a regular Font, but this is essential for a handwriting font. Looking at the manuscripts below, you will find that these letters do not connect to another letter but stand for themselves. That is because the apostrophe interrupts the flow of writing. Now in the case of Dr. King's penmanship, one could conclude that these isolated forms look a bit, maybe freer and as if they are reaching out, spreading to the left and right side. This I like to reflect in the font.

Here are the letters added with this update:
  • Isolated letters:
    • s (+ 2nd version) as in Martin's
    • t (+ 2nd version) as in didn't
  • Signs:
    • 4 Versions of ' apostrophe

1+2. Isolated Letters: s (and 2nd version) as in Martin's

Below you see the new letters in the context of the original manuscript "An Autobiography of Religious Development", Page 5 & 8.
The text above, "Upon Augustine's idea of God as absolute will rested his famous doctrine of double predestination, the foreordaining of some to salvation and others to damnation.
To those whom God predestines to eternal life he gives the gift of perseverance that they may endure to the end."

Both samples are from "Notes, Seminar in Social Philosophy, October 3, 1961, to January 23, 1962" Pages 6 and 17.

3 +4. Isolated letters: t (and 2nd version) as in hadn't

The new letters in the context of the original manuscript "An Autobiography of Religious Development", Page 9 and 14.
While working on integrating this feature, I also discovered a bug in the programming of the font that exchanges letters as you type. I managed to improve the issue, but fixing the full functionality will take more coding, which I scheduled to implement with the next update.

These changes may seem small, but it enriches the reading experience with subtle variety. And I find this kind of complexity very pleasing to the eye.
If this is not working on your computer, look at the PDF tutorial "How to use the MLK handwriting font" included with the font.
Here you see an overview of the letters that come with this update; you can find the spreadsheet โžž here:
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reader reader, I like to hear from you!

I want to take some space to thank everybody who supported the font creation this month. This update is possible because of the financial support of 23 people from around the world:

B. Desclee, Brussels ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช
C. Smith, Nedlands, WA ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
D.Chamberlain, Benicia, CA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
F. Chaplais, Ile de France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
F. Engerer, Nรผrnberg, Bavaria ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
G. Sjรถlin, ร–rebro ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
H. Billetter, Kerpen, North Rhine-Westphalia ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
H. Colsman-Freyberger, Mannheim, Baden-Wรผrttemberg ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
H. de Wolf, Zaandijk ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
J. Ford, New York, NY ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
J. Holze, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
J. Horton, North Turramurra, NSW ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
J. Wilson, Nashville, TN ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
K. Engelbrecht, Bern ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
K. Tilley, Linthicum Heights, MD ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
L. Kaptain, Denver, CO ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
N. Renner, New Britain, CT ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
N. Wilson, Broken Arrow, OK ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
P. Herman, Bonsall, CA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
R. Lindsey, Grand Terrace, CA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
R. MacDonald, Gourock ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
R. Wampler, Colorado Springs, CO ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
T. Zwitserlood, Amsterdam, NH ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Support the Martin Luther King font.

This project is very dear to me; I hope you enjoy the font. Without support, this project would not be possible! The more people support the project, the more time I can spend working on the font.

1. Donate regularly to the font.

I will add one letter for each 100โ‚ฌ ($110, ยฃ90) donated monthly, and sometimes I add more. reader reader if you want to support: please donate monthly. The continuity will help me and the rhythm of the project. You can find a detailed report on the received donations โ†’here.

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