In response to the demand from local publishing companies, Mexican type designer Cristobal Henestrosa has developed three typefaces for handwriting instruction — Progreso, ASC Cursive (2016) and Avantita (2012) — each clearly influenced by the Palmer Method of penmanship.
According to Henestrosa, Progreso Cursiva, developed in 2015 for Editorial Progreso, was the most expansive of these projects in terms of scope and technical challenges. The goal of the project was to improve the workflow involved in designing literacy-oriented material, which was previously produced by means of scanning calligraphy samples. Subsequently, Henestrosa based the structure of the letterforms in this design on samples provided by calligraphers hired by the company.
Today, this typeface family is used in several books published by Editorial Progreso.
Progreso Cursiva includes regular, bold, and dotted styles. They all feature partially joined upper case letters, and fully joined lower case letters. The height of the ascenders and descenders equals the x-height.