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'A Letter to your shrink' is about creating a font based on Sigmund Freud's handwritten letters.
'A Letter to your shrink' is about creating a font based on Sigmund Freud's handwritten letters.
1,481 backers pledged $25,599 to help bring this project to life.

Christoph Waltz, Sigmund Freud Museum 2020 - Martin Luther duo font on Kickstarter

Posted by Harald Geisler and R. Keller (Creator)

Dear Backer,

As you know the Sigmund Freud Archive and Museum in Vienna has generously supported my typographic projects that started with the Sigmund Freud font. They very generously allowed me to study multiple times and for weeks Freud's original Manuscripts in their library …and also allowed me to store Freud's letter to Einstein over night in Freuds study, which was a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year and an extraordinary gift from this institution:


The contact with the museum and archive, especially Peter Nömaier und and Simone Faxa was always friendly, trusting, supportive and welcoming.

On my last visit to the Museum in early September Peter Nömaier mentioned that the Museum will also start a crowdfunding campaign to finance necessary restructuring of Freud’s former Apartment in Berggasse 19. Now I am very happy to share with you the Sigmund Freud Museum crowdfunding campaign which is not on Kickstarter but on a Plattform called we make it:

And the Museum got support in their video from famous viennese actor Christoph Waltz (which you surely remember from Tarentino's Inglourious Basterds or the last James Bond Spectre )

Head over to their site and check out their amazing video and rewards. A unique chance to get in touch with this amazing historic site.









I am continuing the series and creating a new handwriting font:


Actually the project is about two new fonts, one based on Martin Luther’s manuscripts and then in 2018 to follow up with Martin Luther King's handwriting. 


The monks writings were celebrated this year because of the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. Next year will be the 50 year anniversary of the assassination (1968) of the civll rights activist and minister. The idea to link the two is inspired by a radio recording that I found in 2014 of a speech MLK gave on his visit to East Berlin in 1964, in which he references his name and link to the reformer. You can listen to a sample of that speech on the Kickstarter site.


The idea and effect to write “like someone” else is to me related to the effect of carrying the name of a historic figure — with these two projects I like to investigate this relatedness.

The creation of the Martin Luther font is based on a letter that was send to Emperor Charles the V. it is a part on of the “Memory of the World” of UNESCO and can be seen at Google Arts and Culture:

Here you can see a sample print of the prototype that I build of the font in order to test if it really works. At the moment it holds 14 letters and a few numbers, you can download the prototype for free at the campaign site (it is publicly available, even without backing)

Printed sample using the Prototype of Martin Luther handwriting font.
Printed sample using the Prototype of Martin Luther handwriting font.


Letter with Latin Transcript
Letter with Latin Transcript




Along with the campaign I create these little 1 minute videos that show how I create each letter.

I post these videos daily on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube

The campaign is 30% funded and supported by 247 Backers:

But with only 13 days to go… I need your support to complete this journey to handwriting from the 16th to the 20th century and to writing today.

Thank you,


Looking at Freud's Letters in Jerusalem and a sleepover at Freuds former office in Vienna AND a NEW handwriting project on Kickstarter.

Posted by Harald Geisler and R. Keller (Creator)
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Dear Backer,

(if you backed both of my projects, the Sigmund Freud Typeface and the Albert Einstein font you will receive this news twice… sorry for that)

September was Archive Fever month. First I visited the Sigmund Freud Archive in Vienna to store the letters for the pen pals project on the 1932 Einstein / Freud correspondence that I launched on Kickstarter earlier this year. The archive was so supportive and allowed me to store the letters in Freud's former office room from the night of September 5th to the 6th. Where he wrote 85 years ago on September the 5 into his diary "Diskussion mit Einstein beendet " (Ended discussion with Einstein). Presumable after he finished his answer to Einstein on the topic "Why War?" 

A few weeks later I finally visited the Albert Einstein Archive in Jerusalem…

…where I had the chance to examine original letters from Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud side by side! 

Dr. Roni Grosz director of the archive welcomed me very friendly and we talked for a very long time about Freud's handwriting especially discussing the German letter "ß" and that it now has an uppercase counterpart, and of course about the challenges of preserving manuscripts.

Chaya Becker the archivist at the Einstein archive pointed me to some books that were found in Einstein's library, which apparently were gifts from Freud to Einstein.

"The Future of an Illusion" apparently gifted by the Author Sigmund Freud to Albert Einstein in 1929.
"The Future of an Illusion" apparently gifted by the Author Sigmund Freud to Albert Einstein in 1929.

The archive holds a thick folder on the relation between the two:

In the letter above from Einstein, one finds a friendly respectful and joking tone, when he is playing with the idea to get analysed by Freud in 1929.

My personal highlight was to inspect Freud's and Einstein's handwriting next to each other. Here a letter from Einstein to Freud, addressed envelop and a scientific paper by Einstein:

I had a wonderful time at the Albert Einstein archive and I can recommend everybody to go for a visit if you are in the area. You can contact the archive through their website:




Feedback request: new project on Kickstarter 

The last months I have preparing a new Handwriting font project

My next endeavour is going further back in history and is based on a letter written in Latin half a millennia ago:




2017 is the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther's "Thesenanschlag" the publication of the 95 Theses. The discussion around this publication lead to the reformation movement which inspired deep and lasting social, cultural and, political changes and, eventually the foundation of protestantism. To commemorate this anniversary I like to create a font based on Martin Luther's handwriting & I need your support to do that.

I have already created a working prototype of the font which you can download right now… but before I tell you all the details, I rather invite you to have a look at the campaign site before it launches:




Feedback appreciated

If you see something missing in the project description that is missing either a reward that you like to see, some typos, something is wrong, or a thought that comes to your mind. Let me know! Every Feedback is appreciated. Thank you!

Spread the word

If you know someone that would be interested in the Martin Luther handwriting font, please forward this message - Thank you. 


The project is going to launch Friday 27 Oct 2017

  • Frankfurt 11 pm (CEST)
  • NYC 5 pm EDT
  • L.A. 2 pm PDT

(Saturday 28 Oct)

  • Sydney 8 am
  • Hong Kong 5 am

On the preview site you will find a "notify me on launch button"

I would love to see you on board with this campaign too.

 Thank you,





Update on Kickstarter Gold

Posted by Harald Geisler and R. Keller (Creator)

Dear Backer,

I wanted to update you on the follow-up project of the Sigmund Freud Typeface which is running now on Kickstarter. Yesterday "Pen Pals, Einstein & Freud Handwriting Font" was ♥ Project of the Day on Kickstarter! 

Now the project is 70% funded with 264 Backers!

In a nutshell: The project is about reenacting the letter exchange between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud that happened exactly 85 years ago in 1932. I think their thoughts are well worth to be read today - so I decided to send the letters from their original location (Vienna and near Berlin) and time of the Year (30. July and September) they were send in 1932 to backers of the project.

A couple of backers reached out to me and said that they would love to support the new project at a higher reward tier then the letters at 10€, but complained that I am not really offering anything interesting for backers who supported past campaigns like the Sigmund Freud Typeface and therefor already own the fonts. 

Wait a minute! 

Posters & Postcards!

I still have a couple of Sigmund Freud Typeface Posters I designed in 2013 and a Poster with 100 Einstein Quotes. They were originally send out only to backers at $100. Now I added them as rewards to the campaign and will send them out for 33€ together with the Einstein and Freud letters and free shipping. Sounds like a good deal?

Here is what the 2-sided Sigmund Freud Typeface poster looks like:

Both sides have the first chapter of Freud's "Interpretation of dreams" published in 1899. The side with the famous portrait shows the text in English on top, the other side is showing the text of the German version set in the Sigmund Freud "Kurrent" to be accurate.

It looks very beautiful when you hold the print against the light like I did in these images. Then both texts overlap. Of course: the artwork is printed on very heavy paper and when mounted in a frame or on a wall the backside does not shine through:



Here is what the complete poster 50 x 70 cm looks like:

There is a counterpart of the Freud poster that I made for the Albert Einstein campaign in 2015. It shows 50 quotes in English on one side and 50 quotes in German on the other side. Of course, all quotes are with reference. 

The Einstein poster is also available as a reward for 33€, or if you want both prints you can bundle them and choose the Pen Pals Plus reward which also includes postcards, the letters and much more for 59€. If you already have the font you can also receive Font Gift Cards instead of the personal license. Would that be interesting to you?


If you like to have more copies of the Freud Poster you can pick the Super Pen Pals reward which is available as an Early Bird special at 85€, this includes 3 copies of the Sigmund Freud Typeface Poster and much more:

Here you can back the campaign, be fast before the rewards are gone:

I would love to see you on board with this project. 

Have a beautiful ☀Sunday,

PS.: If you have any question about using or downloading the Sigmund Freud Typeface or other fonts from me let me know through a Kickstarter message or use this contact form:




New Project on Kickstarter Gold.

Posted by Harald Geisler and R. Keller (Creator)

Dear Backer,

A few months ago Kickstarter invited me to develop a new project for their special anniversary, and I have put together one about the letter exchange between Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein on the topic WHY WAR, which happened exactly 85 years ago. 

Today I am proud to share this project with you:






While you already have the Sigmund Freud Typeface, perhaps you would like to follow this project, and receive copies of the letters? I could also use your help in spreading work about the project to others. So please feel free to forward this to others. Thanks once more for supporting the Sigmund Freud Typeface project. Without that, this new development would not be possible!




Re-download the Sigmund Freud Typeface again - Verification links work again!

Posted by Harald Geisler and R. Keller (Creator)

Dear Backer,

A while ago I send out emails with account data and a verification link. This information allows you to login to and then re-download the Sigmund Freud Typeface font.

Unfortunately the verification links expired 24 hours after they were send out. This issue has now been solved. 

If you missed verifying your account within 24 hours simply follow these steps to manually verify your account and download the font:

1. Log into using the login name and password provided to you in the initial email from

2. Click on the link to send a fresh (24h valid) verification link.

3.  A green message will tell you if your action was successful:

4. Click the link in your verification email and you will reach this screen, then click view Details and Downloads 

5. Success use the links at the bottom to download the Sigmund Freud Typeface file to your desktop or iPhone / iPad. (The image shows the Albert Einstein font, your account will show the Sigmund Freud Typeface)

 I hope this information was helpful to you.


PS: The Sigmund Freud Typeface and Albert Einstein font are available as PDF Vouchers. The perfect gift for a typography loving friend or colleague. 

The vouchers are immediately available after purchase and can be printed or send through email to your presentee. 

Sigmund Freud Typeface:

Albert Einstein font: