RM Ameslan (ASL) Fingerspell

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ASL is not a written language, but this font should, hopefully, assist anyone wishing to learn ASL. The following is a quote from Wikipedia: "American Sign Language (or ASL, Ameslan) is the dominant sign language of the Deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in some regions of Mexico. Although the United Kingdom and the United States share English as a spoken and written language, British Sign Language (BSL) is quite different from ASL, and the two sign languages are not mutually intelligible ASL is often written with English words in all capital letters, which is known as glossing. This is, however, a method used simply to teach the structure of the language. ASL is a visual language, not a written language. There is no one-to-one correspondence between words in ASL and English, and much of the inflectional modulation of ASL signs is lost. There are two true writing systems in use for ASL: a phonemic Stokoe notation, which has a separate symbol or diacritic mark for every phonemic hand shape, motion, and position (though it leaves something to be desired in the representation of facial expression), and a more popular iconic system called SignWriting, which represents each sign with a rather abstract illustration of its salient features. SignWriting is commonly used for student newsletters and similar purposes." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Sign_Language
Info: Created on 3rd August 2009 . Last edited on 12th April 2012.
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23 Comments

This was an interesting exercise ... but somewhat tricky for someone who has difficulty drawing hands! (Albrecht Durer wouldv'e been the go-to guy for this gig).
Comment by p2pnut 15th August 2009
Wow! This must have been a real challenge. Kudos and stars.
Comment by Frodo7 15th August 2009
Cool! It doesn't look like you have any problem drawing hands, p2pnut.:) They look really good.
Comment by starburst 15th August 2009
Great. Man this is good.
Comment by jinx 15th August 2009
very nice work. not only useful, but beautiful. at pixel size, the hands look illustrated - nice effect.
Comment by funk_king 15th August 2009
Wow! Excellent work p2pnut.
Comment by aphoria 16th August 2009
nice one, p2pnut!
now you should do the ghetto gang member version.
like the W from Westside or those hand signs cribs & reds do when they get arrested.
I mean, it could be fun :)
(please don't get me wrong, I do not support gangs)
Comment by cayo 16th August 2009
Thanks all :-) Hope it may be useful to someone, someday.

@cayo LOL - I'm not from South Beach (re: your earlier question about my Deco fetish), nor am I conversant with US gang culture. I'm actually from the Deep South ... of the UK.

I did the Ameslan version because the UK sign language for the deaf uses both hands - and would have been just too unwieldy.

Mind you, now you mention it, maybe I'll see if I can find out more about the ghetto semiology ...
Comment by p2pnut 16th August 2009
Very useful & clean. Nice!
Comment by Magic Sam 16th August 2009
Amazing work!
Comment by jmarquez 17th August 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Ameslan (American Sign Language)” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by gferreira_admin 17th August 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Ameslan (American Sign Language)” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
Comment by gferreira_admin 17th August 2009
awesome! it looks drawn, not constructed. one of the best fonts i've seen on here. :)
Comment by jenjes232 18th August 2009
this is really great! Beautiful handdrawing and its useful too. A lot of stars for you.
Comment by patricknas 21st August 2009
This is a beautiful font, but it should more properly be called "fingerspelling" since it doesn't have much to do with American Sign Language. Fingerspelling is used to spell out names and so forth, and is really a supplement to ASL.
Comment by fuzzyjay 22nd August 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “RM Ameslan (ASL) Fingerspell” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
Comment by gferreira_admin 24th December 2009
very good work, useful and handly
Comment by Joey_Higashi 3rd March 2010
how cool, i going to downlaod it, =]

Very cool
Comment by Lady_Red_1212 8th March 2010
I just found this and think it needs calling up again for some more appreciation. 10/10
Comment by Aeolien 3rd March 2013
Amazing! Very useful and beautiful...
Comment by cablecomputer 4th March 2013
I just found it (your font => http://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/209561 I mean) on live feed ... what a amaaaaaaaazing font?? 100/10 (I mean 10/10) :P .., I'll download it later! Keep working! ;)
Comment by Adila Rahma (Ddila) 4th March 2013
Thank you - I'm glad you like it and can only hope that it has proved useful in the last few years.
Comment by p2pnut 4th March 2013
Wow! It looks so great! 10 out of 10!
Comment by Bismuth 31st January 2015

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