• 5 Courses to Get You Started in Lettering
    Typography, calligraphy and lettering

    5 Courses to Get You Started in Lettering

    Learn to master the basics of lettering with top professionals in this field For many artists, letters are their greatest muse. These artists extract a sentiment from a word that catapults their creativity. Lettering is a medium that many use to capture their passion for letters. Discover the methods, tips, and unique visions of these five lettering experts, who will help you to channel emotion through illustrated letters: Illustrated Digital Lettering, a course by Birgit Palma Austrian illustrator and artist Birgit Palma shows you have to convey meaning with words through shape, color, and volume. Her projects are brimming with positive energy and have so much more to say than a plain and simple word. In this course, you’ll learn to create expressive letters.

  • 10 Basic Typography Design Principles for Creating Memorable Logotypes
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    10 Basic Typography Design Principles for Creating Memorable Logotypes

    Learn to use letter shapes to communicate beyond what your words spell out Typography is a crucial element in logotype design. Using shape, not only can we communicate verbally, but we can also channel the brand’s personality visually. Elias Mule (@elias_mule) is a graphic designer specializing in branding and typography. In this blog, he walks us through 10 basic typography design principles for creating memorable logotypes. They can be applied to any style of typography, whether that be with or without serif, italicized, monospaced, or display (which is often applied to logotypes). 1. Skeleton This is the internal line that defines the basic structure of your letter. It exists for the same reason that a human skeleton does, anatomically speaking. According to Elias, it’s a great starting point for working out how to connect your letters and define aspects such as height and width.

  • Challenge: Illustrated Letterform
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    Challenge: Illustrated Letterform

    Illustrator and multidisciplinary designer Birgit Palma takes on the Domestika Challenge Through blending illustration with typography, illustrator and multidisciplinary designer Birgit Palma creates colorful and expressive letterforms that add another layer of meaning to the words they spell out. With clients that include Adidas, Coca-Cola, Samsung, and Adobe, she plays with shapes, colors, and volume to add imaginative, expressive twists to familiar letterforms. In this Domestika Challenge, Birgit is given a mystery box filled with random items and asked to create a letterform using three of them. Want to see how it turns out? Find out in the video below:

  • Type Illustration: Transform Your Inspiration
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    Type Illustration: Transform Your Inspiration

    How to transform your reference images into graphics for your next type illustration project Type illustration has existed for centuries: woodcut initials are some of the earliest examples, which can be found in medieval books and old bibles. Some are so detailed that they are like small stand-alone works of art. Combining type and illustration is a powerful tool that can captivate our attention and convey a message. It can transform the meaning of a word because not only are you reading it, you are seeing it. “As soon as you start to illustrate a word, you give it some special kind of feeling,” says Birgit Palma (@birgitpalma), a Barcelona-based artist specializing in illustration and lettering. “You can make the word stronger, but you can also destroy the word, depending on the type of illustration you use.” Illustrated type can send subliminal messages that convey an impactful meaning.

  • Kidpofy: An App to Preserve Children's Handwriting
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    Kidpofy: An App to Preserve Children's Handwriting

    This site allows us to preserve children's handwriting and use it and any imaginable format Who hasn't ever seen a notebook or drawing from their childhood and been surprised to see the difference between their handwriting then, through their adolescence, to now? Its offers a special window to the past that we risk losing if we only preserve it physically. Kidpofy is a calligraphy digitization project that takes advantage of technology to preserve the handwriting of our children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. We can then use it in postcards, letters, decorative objects, or anything else we can think of. The process is very simple: on the project's website (with optimized access for cell phones or tablets), children can write the entire alphabet following some practical guides. The letters are then stored in the project's database.

  • Creating a Digital Pen for Lettering Projects
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    Creating a Digital Pen for Lettering Projects

    Sindy Ethel explains how to create a digital pen to work on Photoshop as you would with regular pens Using an ordinary Photoshop brush for your lettering projects can be the right tool to create neon, monoline, or other effects with few variations in the stroke. However, Sindy Ethel (@sindyethel) explains how to create a digital pen for lettering projects on Adobe Photoshop, that much more suitable for those occasions when we are looking for a more organic and similar effect to the one we could achieve with drawing and writing tools such as fountain pens or bird feathers.

  • Creative Tools: The Brush Pen
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    Creative Tools: The Brush Pen

    Many calligraphers and lettering artists consider the brush pen their favorite tool. Today, we will explain to you what it is and how to choose one Used primarily in calligraphy, the brush pen is a favorite tool for those who work with letters. What is a brush pen, you say? It is a marker with a synthetic fiber tip that imitates a brush. This allows the artist to obtain different stroke thicknesses in a single movement, varying the pressure exerted on the paper and/or the inclination.

  • What Is Calligraphy and What Is Lettering?
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    What Is Calligraphy and What Is Lettering?

    Discover what these two handwriting techniques are and what sets them apart with TECK24 Confusing calligraphy with lettering is a common mistake: both techniques build unique and personalized letters; require a specific knowledge; and, to some extent, share tools and artists that make both. But calligraphy and lettering are not the same. In the following video, TECK24 (@teck24horas), graffiti artist and expert in the world of letters, explains the basics that will help us differentiate between calligraphy and lettering, two techniques that may look similar but are actually quite different. Discover the video below:

  • A Brief History of Italic Calligraphy
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    A Brief History of Italic Calligraphy

    Ivan Castro tells us about the origin of Italics, the historic handwriting that inspires his brush calligraphy Ivan Castro (@ivancastro) has had a passion for letters since he was a child. Calligraphy and lettering have become his profession, which he practices from his studio in Barcelona, working for clients all over the world with his characteristic style that draws from both classic and modern fonts. His work requires a lot of practice but also an arduous research process. For Ivan Castro, knowing the origin of writing styles, the tools required, and the way they are built, is extremely important. That's why he has shared the fascinating history of Italics with Domestika: Goodbye, Gothic. Hello, Italics At the end of the 15th century, after the invention of Gutenberg's printing press and a growing preference for a more easily read style to Gothic, Italian intellectuals promoted a new model of writing based on ease and speed of execution: Italic or Chancellor's writing began. This hand of continuous strokes, allows words to be written without lifting the pen from the paper. Thanks to its rapid execution, it is completely customizable and adaptable to whatever register one wishes to give it, allowing more expressive letterforms.

  • Elliot Tupac’s Street Art
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    Elliot Tupac’s Street Art

    Be inspired by the work and career of this graphic artist and printmaker from Peru Elliot Tupac (@elliottupac) is a Peruvian graphic artist and printmaker who channels his passion for screen printing, calligraphy, and lettering into creating pop art and marketing tools. His style–characterized by spontaneity and color–makes his work stand out; Elliot has redefined both a traditional art form and what it means to be a lettering artist in his native Peru.

  • Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Lettering
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    Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Lettering

    These pro tips from Chisko Romo will give new life to your lettering (and get you more likes on Instagram) Chisko Romo (@chisko_romo) is a graphic designer with more than seven years experience as a lettering artist. Throughout his professional career, he has collaborated with brands such as Adidas, Ted Baker, Moleskine, Apple Music and American Eagle, among many other great brands. He enjoys experimenting with shapes and volumes in lettering, interpreting letters as graphic forms that convey feelings, and creating compositions in different styles that he shares on his Instagram. That's why Chisko has given us three simple tips and tricks that will help you edit your photos or add effects in Illustrator, to turn your compositions into pieces worth showing the world with pride. Here are Chisko’s tips for lettering that will pop: 1. Remove unsightly edges Chisko makes physical letters using engraving and laser cutting techniques, so the final pieces often have burn marks, especially on the edges. To show a perfect piece, without marks or stains, the designer uses the Smudge tool on Photoshop that simulates the effect achieved by passing a finger through fresh paint.

  • Domestika Diary: Nubikini
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    Domestika Diary: Nubikini

    The lettering artist Nubia Navarro, better known as Nubikini, explains her routine to fight creative block without leaving home Going from working in an agency surrounded by people to managing all your artistic projects from home can be a challenge, even for a creative who is used to managing her freelance commissions alone. Venezuelan graphic designer and lettering artist Nubikini shows us how she lives day to day in this situation, both professionally and creatively, from her studio in Bogotá. She also shares her tips to fight the creative block that can affect us all if we do not exercise our mind during confinement. Find out below:

  • Tips for illustrating your own lettering
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    Tips for illustrating your own lettering

    Sindy Ethel shows you techniques to illustrate letters by hand Combining lettering and illustration will help you create unique and eye-catching designs. Bringing these disciplines together will also allow you to experiment with different analog and digital techniques to obtain results that will surprise you. Below, designer Sindy Ethel shows you some simple tricks to familiarize yourself with letter shapes and get you started drawing your own:

  • What is Chalk Lettering and Why is it So Effective?
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    What is Chalk Lettering and Why is it So Effective?

    Find out what chalk lettering is and why this vintage style is blowing up once again While it might bring up memories of bad math classes or, for members of Generation Z, movies about bad math classes, chalk lettering is a world away from stuffy classrooms and equations. The intricate discipline has experienced a renaissance in recent years as brands and businesses look to the visual appeal it offers to present their work. Chalk lettering is a discipline of the people. It’s cheap, accessible, and we’ve all done it: everyone remembers scrawling something in chalk as a kid, onto a pavement or in a classroom, getting chalk dust under their nails as they blend their masterpiece or erase a mistake.

  • The Amazing Letters of James Lewis
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    The Amazing Letters of James Lewis

    This British artist’s lettering projects certainly stand out, literally and figuratively If you are interested in typography and lettering, it is very likely that you have stumbled upon some of James Lewis' videos on Instagram or TikTok. This British artist has become one of the most viral lettering artists on social media thanks to his amazingly precise and totally hand-drawn 3D characters. Learn more about his work watching his Domestika Live chat. James (@jamesllewis) makes a live logo painting and also discusses the impact that working from home can have on creativity.

  • 15 Free Typographic Resources
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    15 Free Typographic Resources

    Discover free websites and tools for your typographic design projects Typography is an essential element for any design project. Regardless of your degree of experience, the sites and resources we have highlighted here will help you research, create, and play with different fonts. Research and inspiration What The Font Have you ever seen a typeface that you like but cannot identify? This site solves this problem. It allows you to upload an image match your font with one of over 130,000 fonts in its database. It will also find similar fonts you can use in your projects.

  • Letterform Archive: 1000 Years of Typography Online In Ultra-high Quality
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    Letterform Archive: 1000 Years of Typography Online In Ultra-high Quality

    Let the Letterform Archive’s ultra-high quality digital collection inspire your typography Letterform Archive was founded by Rob Saunders, a letter arts collector who wanted to share his collection with the public. They have been a reference for over 10,000 visitors in the last five years, but visiting their diverse collection of typographies, calligraphies, artworks, and texts has become impossible in quarantine. However, whether it’s a loose page from a Qur’an from 1150 or every copy of the boundary-breaking design magazine, Emigre, they’ve gone to extraordinary measures to bring the artwork to you.

  • 10 Typefaces From Movies
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    10 Typefaces From Movies

    Discover typefaces used in movie posters, promotional materials, and title sequences If you’re a fan of typography, you’re sure to love seeing it on the big screen. From being featured in trailers to staring back at us on movie posters, typography captivates our attention and plays a key role in convincing us that we want to see a film. Here we have put together a list of 10 movies that feature outstanding examples of typography. We share the names of the designers and agencies who worked on them, as well as which fonts they used. It’s important to point out that in some cases the typefaces were slightly modified. Vertigo (1958) The legendary designer Saul Bass created the titles for this spectacular film from Alfred Hitchcock. Just like in many of his other creations, the credits are a fine example of creating a perfect harmony between the typeface and footage, which only a genius like Bass can achieve. These credits laid the foundations for a new school of movie title design. The spiral sequence was created by John Whitney, a pioneer of computer animation, under the direction of Bass. Main Typefaces: Claredom and News Gothic.

  • Basic Script Lettering Tools and Stationery
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    Basic Script Lettering Tools and Stationery

    Discover the markers, pencils, and papers that will open up the world of calligraphy When starting out in lettering, it’s essential to learn the basics, like the difference between calligraphy, lettering and typography; the foundations of cursive letters; and the toolkit to practice and achieve fluency and dynamism in your script. That’s why Ximena Jiménez (@jimenezlettering)–a graphic designer specialized in drawing letters of all kinds, shapes, and formats–has shown us how to put together this toolkit so you can begin to paint and draw your own letters.

  • 5 Typographic Portrait Artists That Will Inspire You
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    5 Typographic Portrait Artists That Will Inspire You

    These illustrators play with words and typefaces to create unique and powerful images We know a picture can be worth more than a thousand words. It can also be made of dozens of them. Typographic portraiture is a booming genre in the world of illustration that combines the beauty of lettering with a powerful illustration to create a striking image, often loaded with meaning. These five designers have elevated typographic portraiture into an art. Each of them employs a distinct style but with equally surprising results. Sarah King (@sarahkingart) Inspired by the animal world, science, surf, and snow, Sarah King's illustrations overflow with expressiveness and motivational words. This English artist, now based in Canada, has collaborated with large publications and companies such as the Washington Post, Oprah magazine or the New York Times.

  • Download a Free Escher-inspired Typeface, by Manolo Guerrero
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    Download a Free Escher-inspired Typeface, by Manolo Guerrero

    The Mexican designer has created a typeface from the alphabet he designed for 36 Days of Type and he’s sharing it for free 36 Days of Type–the challenge that invites graphic creators from around the world to design an alphabet, making one letter a day for over a month and publishing it on their Instagram profiles–is an incredible opportunity to get inspired and see how others approach the same brief in a completely different way, adapting it to their own styles and skills. It’s also the perfect breeding ground for projects like this typeface by Manolo Guerrero (@bluetypo), the Mexican graphic designer who heads Blue Typo who has shared it completely free for anyone who wants to use it. It’s a completely experimental typeface with which Guerrero wanted to play with perspective, creating a design reminiscent of Escher’s most interesting work.

  • Four Tools for Transforming Your Handwriting Into a Font
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    Four Tools for Transforming Your Handwriting Into a Font

    These useful tools will enable you to create typefaces from your handwriting and drawings If you want to add a personal touch to your designs, here are four fun tools you can use to convert your handwriting into a font. From creating a digitized version of a loved one’s handwriting to turning your drawings into an alphabet of emojis, the following tools are great for experimenting with type–we’ve even included some more advanced options for those already familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator. Calligraphr This website (which replaced other tools such as Myscriptfont and PaintFont) allows you to create your own font following a simple process. All you have to do is download a PDF template that contains spaces for every letter, number, and punctuation mark. Afterward, upload the file with your handwriting (take a photo or scan the document) to download your font as an OTF or TTF file. You can start with a free trial that will allow you to create an unlimited number of fonts of up to 74 characters. The premium version includes more advanced features for professional needs, such as adding ligatures or adjusting the space between the characters.