• What is Fileteado Porteño and What Are its Features?
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    What is Fileteado Porteño and What Are its Features?

    Discover what is behind the decorative lettering style created in Buenos Aires, Argentina At the end of the 19th century, long before the term ‘lettering’ was being used in Buenos Aires, immigrant artists experimented with long-haired brushes and text, searching for an identity for their very young city. They eventually found it among mischievous proverbs, roguish phrases, and jokes. If tango is the music of Buenos Aires, fileteado porteño is its mark, its hand writing style, and its signature. Curled, ornate, and dramatic, just like the spirit of Buenos Aires, fileteado and its messages are a reminder to the inhabitants to not forget the origins, history, and even life philosophy of their city. Unesco has declared it Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Read on to find out why!

  • Free Alphabet Anatomy for Lettering Projects
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    Free Alphabet Anatomy for Lettering Projects

    Perfect your lettering skills by reviewing the main features of letters with this resource shared by an expert Although there are countless designs and styles in lettering, the first thing you should learn is the essential rules of letter anatomy. If you are starting in this discipline, keep practicing to perfect your lines and discover the endless possibilities of this art. You can refer to the alphabet anatomy shared below by graphic designer Eduardo Mejía ( @eduardograph ) for your practice. The resource shows you the features of the main characters. You can use the guidelines and copy the letters or use them as a starting point to develop letters in your own style.

  • What is Kufic Script?
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    What is Kufic Script?

    Discover the origins and characteristics of this ancient Arabic style of calligraphy that first appeared around the ninth century Calligraphy is an artistic means of transmitting a text, filled with beauty and mystery. The word calligraphy comes from the Greek words kallos, meaning beauty, and graphein, which means writing. It’s a tradition in many cultures around the world and has always been a key feature in Islamic art. In this blog post, Domestika teacher Joumana Medlej shows you how to make the basic shapes you’ll need to build letters and words. You'll also learn about the origins and characteristics of this ancient Arabic style of calligraphy, which was first developed to ensure consistency in letterform when reproducing the Qur'an. Today, it is also used to create contemporary works of art.

  • Procreate Tutorial: How to Create Lettering Textures and Brushes
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    Procreate Tutorial: How to Create Lettering Textures and Brushes

    Learn how to create your own brushes and textures from scratch for digital lettering projects, with Jimbo Bernaus Messages can communicate more than just words when they’re styled with beautiful, standout lettering. That’s why Procreate is such a great tool for digital lettering artists, offering a range of brushes with different textures. If you want to create something a little different and uniquely yours, you can make your own Procreate brushes from scratch. Jimbo Bernaus (@jimbobernaus) is a graphic designer and lettering artist whose clients include BMW and Carlsberg. Working from his studio in Croatia, Jimbo often incorporates his bold and lively lettering into colorful illustrations. Join him in this step-by-step tutorial as he shows you how you can create your own Procreate brushes using just a photo.

  • 5 Free Lettering Tutorials for Perfectionists
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    5 Free Lettering Tutorials for Perfectionists

    Discover excellent professional resources, and be inspired by the styles of great lettering artists You can express yourself through lettering and challenge the rules of creativity. Furthermore, while you learn this discipline, you have many opportunities to experiment with different techniques, styles, and processes. When you’re working on your lettering design, you’ll find yourself wanting to look for perfection. This is normal, and it means you are developing your skills. As for all creative fields, you get to say what you want to achieve.

  • Free Procreate Brushes for Lettering
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    Free Procreate Brushes for Lettering

    Add personality and style to your lettering strokes by using this free set of eleven brushes In digital lettering, learning how to use different brushes and having a deep understanding of your software (like Procreate) can really boost your creativity. The combination means you can design letters with lots of personality and high precision. Graphic designer Eduardo Mejía (@eduardograph) specializes in branding and lettering, he experiments with digital brushes to add different textures to his works and try out various compositions.

  • Arabic Calligraphy Tutorial: Basics for Beginners
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    Arabic Calligraphy Tutorial: Basics for Beginners

    Learn step-by-step the basics for writing in this ancient Arabic script style, with Joumana Medlej Born during the Islamic Golden Age, Kufic script is the earliest invented style of Arabic calligraphy and is prized for its beautiful compositions and the harmony of its lines and forms. Calligraphy artist Joumana Medlej (@majnouna) helps keep this ancient practice alive by sharing the often meditative process for creating these characters. In this tutorial she shows you how you can begin making the basic shapes you’ll need to start building letters and words. She also shares tips for how to warm up your hand, and advises against common mistakes.

  • Free Illustrated Typography Glossary for Beginners
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    Free Illustrated Typography Glossary for Beginners

    Discover typography and lettering terms such as stem, serif or spine and learn how to identify them in other languages Unlike calligraphy, the practice of lettering does not follow predetermined patterns or rigorous standards. Although it follows, in some cases, a typographic basis, the act of drawing letters goes through a freer and more spontaneous creation. To create your own letterings, therefore, it is necessary that you have knowledge of typographic terminology to understand where and how you can innovate to create new combinations. After all, the possibilities are endless for you to test and experiment by combining manual and digital techniques.

  • Free Calligraphy Exercises for Beginners
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    Free Calligraphy Exercises for Beginners

    Practice with brush pen and chisel tip from scratch to loosen up your calligraphy stroke in your lettering projects Calligraphy is extremely important when approaching a lettering project. One of the reasons is because it helps you understand how some tools behave with lettering. Also, the grip, pressure or rhythm of the writing changes depending on the tool you are working with. That's why the calligraphy exercises shared by Eduardo Morgan (@eduardo_morgan) are so useful. The graphic designer specialized in lettering proposes you to practice the dynamics of the brush pen and the chisel tip. The goal is to prepare you to imitate these dynamics with pencil and paper, feeling comfortable and confident.

  • Get Inspired by These 7 Incredible Female Typographers
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    Get Inspired by These 7 Incredible Female Typographers

    Discover these stereotype-defying women and their creations It's a well-known problem. History often forgets, ignores, or downright omits women's contributions to the field of typography. From their role in developing the first printing presses to the design of modern-day typesets, great women have always stood out in the design world, creating beautiful fonts we commonly use now. Here are 7 of those women who have shaped this fascinating discipline throughout history. Zuzana Licko Czech Republic / United States Notable fonts: Mrs. Eaves, Philosophy, Lo-Res. Zuzana cofounded Emigre Graphics in the 80s, famous for publishing a magazine with the same name dedicated to typography. One of the firsts to adopt the Macintosh, her company is dedicated to traditional and experimental fonts. Five of her fonts now belong to the MoMA design collection, and you can use them in your projects if you have an Adobe license. Find them here.

  • 36 Days of Type 2021: This Challenge Pushes the Boundaries of Letter and Number Design
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    36 Days of Type 2021: This Challenge Pushes the Boundaries of Letter and Number Design

    From April 5 to May 10, this challenge invites you to design a letter or number every day for 36 consecutive days 36 Days of Type is the challenge par excellence that explores the graphic possibilities of the letters and numbers in the Latin alphabet. For the eighth edition, represented by the color orange, letter lovers, designers, illustrators, and graphic artists from all over the world will create and share one letter or number a day for 36 days, from April 5 to May 10.

  • Curious Minds Podcast: Why Do People Hate Comic Sans?
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    Curious Minds Podcast: Why Do People Hate Comic Sans?

    Listen here to our first podcast episode, dedicated to the world’s most hated font Curious Minds is an original podcast by Domestika that explores the curiosities and untold histories of the creative world. Each week we’ll bring you a new episode, interviewing experts and creatives as we dive into the unusual origins of the images, patterns, and designs we take for granted. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app to never miss an episode.

  • Lettering, Calligraphy, and Typography: Do You Know the Differences?
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    Lettering, Calligraphy, and Typography: Do You Know the Differences?

    These three concepts all refer to disciplines involving letters, which is perhaps the only thing they really have in common Creating letters is a whole world, and it is not surprising that people who are not fully familiar with this field have some doubts. In this blog post, we take a look at what exactly is lettering, calligraphy, and typography, and the differences between them. We describe the characteristics of each discipline and show examples to help you recognize which is which. Hopefully, after reading this post, you will be able to avoid any of the confusion that novice designers, or those specializing in other areas, often feel. Calligraphy

  • Why Is Calligraphy So Good for Your Brain?
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    Why Is Calligraphy So Good for Your Brain?

    Discover why writing by hand with pen and paper can be extremely beneficial Ever thought of what writing by hand entails? The brain and bodily processes involved in this activity are phenomenal. The first step is to stop and focus, feel, and invoke one’s memory. Then comes planning the idea to convey to the reader by connecting with one’s intentions and emotions. Then, again, we need to build a grammatical structure from our semantic word stock. Finally, we select the graphic signs and sequence of movements that correspond to each letter so that our hand can put it together. Writing may seem like quite a tiring process, but all the benefits this exercise brings to our body, heart, and mind make it worth repeating over and over again. On International Day Of Handwriting, we spoke to Alejandra Marcos, an educational psychologist specializing in cognitive neuropsychology, and calligraphy teacher Bego Viñuela Galarraga (@caligrafiabilbao). They helped us to better understand what goes on in our brain and heart when we write by hand.

  • Bullet Journal Tutorial: Ideas To Improve Your Hand-Lettered Fonts
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    Bullet Journal Tutorial: Ideas To Improve Your Hand-Lettered Fonts

    Improve your hand-lettered fonts, with bullet journal expert Annie Weir AKA A Journal by Annie A bullet journal offers a way of documenting our lives with craft, care, and calligraphy. They require us to take pride over not only what we write but how we write it. Annie Weir (@a_journal_by_annie), the bullet journalist behind the page A Journal By Annie, is an artist who uses her bullet journals to practice mindfulness every day. In this tutorial, she shares a few basic tips on how to improve your hand-lettered fonts.

  • Ed Benguiat: Stranger Things, Esquire and the 600 Creations of a Unique Typographer
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    Ed Benguiat: Stranger Things, Esquire and the 600 Creations of a Unique Typographer

    A retrospective on the prolific typographer and logo designer, featuring some of his most emblematic creations Ed Benguiat (1924-2020) was an American typographer, designer, and lettering artist whose influence on the creative world is difficult to overstate. In addition to having served as associate director of Esquire magazine—whose logo he designed, he was a prestigious jazz percussionist under the name Eddie Benart, a pilot, a teacher with more than 50 years of experience, and, every now and then, he found the time to retouch some "scandalous" images in magazines.

  • Brief History of Lyric Videos in Music: Type in Motion
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    Brief History of Lyric Videos in Music: Type in Motion

    Learn about the origin of music videos where typography is the protagonist The lyric videos are the music videos in which instead of seeing stories or the musicians performing the song, the main element is the typography. Since the advent of music videos, they have been a creative resource used by bands of all genres. For about a decade now, bands have often released a song with a lyric video before releasing the official one. For independent musicians, this type of video is attractive as it can be made with fewer resources than traditional productions, while fans can learn the lyrics of the songs. They have become so popular that in 2014, MTV included a lyric video category in their annual Music Video Awards. Here are some exceptional examples that truly bring the use of typography to the spirit of each song.

  • 6 Free Tutorials: Lettering and Calligraphy for Beginners
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    6 Free Tutorials: Lettering and Calligraphy for Beginners

    Discover the possibilities to unlock your creativity and express your love for hand writing If you've always wanted to get started in calligraphy and lettering, or if you are looking to hone your skills in those disciplines for your design projects, these tutorials are just what you were looking for. Learn from experts how to create handmade letters, and even to keep your tools or make your own. Click on the title of each tutorial if you want to read detailed instructions in addition to watching each video. Enjoy!

  • What is Calligraphy and What Materials Do I Need to Get Started?
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    What is Calligraphy and What Materials Do I Need to Get Started?

    Know the fundamentals of this creative discipline and express your love for handwriting If you are passionate about letters, maybe a calligraphy artist has caught your attention. On social media, we see captivating videos of creatives creating beautiful compositions in which written messages transcend on paper. If you too want to learn this beautiful art, you've come to the right place! Discover some basic calligraphy concepts and the materials you need to start practicing right now.

  • Creating Fonts in Glyphs
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    Creating Fonts in Glyphs

    What makes Glyphs the go-to program for designing and creating fonts? Juanra Pastor, better known as @Wete, is a Barcelona-based graphic designer specializing in typography. He is the founder of Wete studio and has worked on lettering, typography, and advertising projects for clients such as Adobe, Carolina Herrera, Reebok, Desigual, and LVMH. In this blog post, Juanra, who first developed a passion for letters as a 14-year-old graffiti artist, will explain the advantages of working in Glyphs when designing and creating typefaces.