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Amy Papaelias Handwrites Her Way Into Our Hearts

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We’d like to introduce you to our new friend Thomas Phinney, who works as a type designer, among other things, at Adobe. We like him even though he uses a PC–so scandalous!–but he swears it’s because of the increased vertical pixel count that he needs to design type. Fair enough.

We like Phinney because he introduced us to Amy Papaelias, a type designer who completely blew our mind. Her handwritten typefaces have the ability to literally channel the personality of who might be writing in that style. Cranky Kid writes like a whiny five-year-old. Sugar and Spice (above) makes naughty things nice. And our favorite, Francophile, not only French-ifies certain words, but actually totally captures that weird cursive that French people seem unable to shake.

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