Routed Gothic Font

A clean implementation of a common lettering style found on technical drawings, engraved office signs, computer and typewriter keyboards, and some comic books and avionics from the mid-20th century.

It’s ugly, and therein lies its beauty.

I created this font by purchasing a Leroy Lettering set, using Inkscape to trace the scanned letterforms of one of its templates, and some FontForge Python scripting.

Other keywords I want people to use to find this font include: Wrico.

Early 1970s avionics diagram, based on an image stolen from this StackOverflow question, an answer to which mentions this font!


The “italic” fonts of this typeface are literally slanted 22.5°, as a drafter would do.

The “half italic” fonts of this typeface are slanted 11.25°, as seen in a small number of vintage drawings.

There are no hints, as I originally created this font for a project intended to be printed at a sufficiently high resolution to obviate them. I might make hints later though.


Routed Gothic is now distributed under the terms of the SIL Open Font License 1.1.


Every ASCII character, ISO Latin 1, much of Unicode’s General Punctuation block for common typographic symbols, and then some.

Other Implementations of This Font

  • National Park — Based on engraved National Park signage.
  • Planscribe NF — A similarly clean font with tighter kerning.
  • Sublime — A slightly distressed font, to recall comic book lettering.
  • Gorton — There’s an actual italic!
  • Gorton Digital — drdnar’s implementation. Free for non-commercial use. Based on Gorton engraving machine templates, providing some differences from the Leroy templates.

Other Fonts in a Similar Vein

Other Aircraft Instrumentation Fonts

My Other Font(s)

  • DSE Typewriter, an old-timey typewriter font you can use for coding. Can you not yet tell that I love old-timey fonts?
  • DSE Typewriter Bitmap, an X Window System bitmap font I made decades ago. It's similar to DSE Typewriter, but not exactly the same.