In an age where everything is going digital, there’s something delightful about a typography piece that’s been crafted by hand. Maybe it’s because we know how much effort it takes to create the intricate letterforms. Or maybe it’s because we yearn for something authentic in our art and design. Either way, we’ve prepared the following guide on how to improve your own hand-lettering. It includes 7 tips that we think will help you along your way to becoming a lettering expert.
1. Get inspired.
The first step in any creative effort is to gather up inspiration. If there’s nothing in the creative bank, so to speak, there’ll be less to withdraw when it’s time to create. Hand lettering is no different. So go forth and soak up inspiration in all its forms: Lettering (digital and handmade), color, shape, line and texture. Follow your favorite lettering artists on Twitter, Dribbble and Instagram. We published a list our own top picks, so feel free to discover new accounts you might like there.
Bookmark the best type blogs out there (we like Typeverything and Designspiration). Take a walk around the oldest part of your city and see if you can see any original signs or letters. And go to the library and look at how lettering was done before the age of computers. There’s a vast community of hand letterers and help out there – use it to your advantage. In the image below, artist Mary Kate McDevitt shows how old and ghostly street signs can inspire your work: