The “Deutsche Kurrentschrift” is an old form of German language handwriting based on late medieval cursive writing. Until the middle of the 20th century it was the established script for daily writing in German-speaking countries. One could call it the handwritten counterpart of Fraktur. Kant, Goethe, Schiller, Mozart, Beethoven, Nietzsche, Freud, even Einstein; they all used it for their writings.
Georg Salden’s digital Deutschkurrent is based on his own handwriting, written with a pointed flexible metal pen. It is comparatively easy to read, because it avoids all superfluousness and decoration.
For most people outside of Germany, as well as younger Germans, the Kurrentschrift is nearly illegible – perhaps even more so than Fraktur printing. Using the font Deutschkurrent one can typeset an old document digitally to keep the general look of the writing whilst making the text copyable (to switch the font into a readable Latin font). Since the font contains also the appropriate Latin glpyhs (see image above), one can even type in readable letters while keeping the distinctive appearance of the writing.
It should also be noted that the lowercase letter ‘s’ has two different forms depending on its context. The long ‘s’ appears at the begining of a syllable, the round ‘s’ at the end of a syllable. For German words the font Deutschkurrent Expert chooses the right form of ‘s’ automatically by using a very sophisticated OpenType feature.
We also prepared a nice microsite. Have a look and enjoy!