Aim: Why is Lettering an Important Part of Drafting?
S.W.B.A.T. ” Students Will Be Able To”
- Understand the importance behind drafting architectural lettering inside their Guide lines.
- List what can transpire if a contractor is not able understand the notes that are written on a blueprint.
IMPORTANCE OF GOOD LETTERING
A. Legibility – Each letter must be distinct and not have to be read in context to be understood. Industry can’t tolerate errors caused by poor drawing legibility.
B. Corporate Pride – Some engineering companies only have their drawings to sell. Poor lettering reflects poorly on their product and makes potential customers question their engineering accuracy.
C. Personal Pride – You owe it to yourself to do your very best. Don’t settle for anything less than your best. Successful people aren’t “average”. Pay your “dues” and practice. You can improve with effort and don’t sell yourself short. Believe in yourself.
ELEMENTS OF QUALITY LETTERING
A. Stability – The bottom of letters such as B are larger than the top, not top heavy.
B. Composition – Each portion of each letter is formed to an exact standard.
C. Uniformity – All “A’s” are alike. All B’s” are alike, etc.
D. Alignment – The imaginary axis of all letters are all parallel and either vertical or inclined to the right at 68 degrees, no back slant.