Cuadernos Rubio are traditional handwriting workbooks in Spain, published by the private publishing company Rubio, having been in circulation since the 1950s. They showcase the practice of teaching handwriting using a hybrid cursive approach that mixes print script uppercase letters with continuous cursive lowercase letters.
Samples of Cuadernos Rubio: el arte de aprender 1, 2, 3 and 4. (Cuadernos Rubio – el arte de aprender: escritura, 2020)
The typeface used in Cuadernos Rubio is a version of Escolar produced by Spanish designer Antonio Herrera Infantes in 1992, and marketed by Anyetipo in Madrid. The lowercase letterforms are similar to the ones seen in traditional French models. They are upright, continuous cursive, built on round foundational forms, and have medium-length extensions. The lowercase “f” has a curved stem that connects its top and bottom loops, and the “z” follows an italic construction with no descender. The design features narrow, simplified print upper case letters.