Lettering as an Identity

A course by Yani&Guille
Lyricists, Graphic Designers and Typographers. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On Domestika since 01/06/2017
, Lyricists, Graphic Designers and Typographers

Learn how the shapes of letters can strengthen the personality of a message

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (101)
  • 1285 students

Learn how the shapes of letters can strengthen the personality of a message

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (101)
  • 1285 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (2h 53m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

Guille Vizzari and Yani Arabena - graphic designers, typographers and founders of the Yani & Guille studio - will discover Lettering as a powerful design tool. Thanks to him, you will be able to give strength to any message or represent a graphic identity.

In this course you will discover resources, calligraphic exercises, manual drawing techniques and vector digitalization that will make your Lettering designs shine.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. A love story for the letters
  • U2
    U2. Back to the bases
  • U3
    U3. Unique messages
  • U4
    U4. The nobility of the vector
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin by getting to know Yani & Guille's work, her training, her tastes and the reason why they fell in love with the lyrics. At this point, they will also make a brief review of what Lettering is, the importance of the word and the image and its visual influences when facing a new project.

Next, you will discover the particular work dynamics of Yani & Guille in which they unify Calligraphy and Lettering. Yani from the calligraphic, and Guille from the drawing and his more nerd side, will teach you some basic rules about Calligraphy (expressive possibilities) and Typography (sign system) to combine them with manual illustration techniques. Thus, you can also break these rules to achieve completely new forms and compositions applied to Lettering.

Then it will be time to define a phrase that represents you and analyze its possibilities according to the spirit of the message you want to convey. To do this, you will explore the forms until you get the words to become images, you will learn to combine different styles of Lettering and you will edit the result by polishing the last adjustments of the composition.

In the last phase, you will take your handmade sketch to the screen using two vectorization techniques (automatic and manual node to node).

Once you have your vectorized and adjusted design, Yani & Guille will give you some graphic resources to take your Lettering to the next level.

What is this course's project?

You will design a phrase that represents you (whether your own brand identity or a product or brand that you like) creating a design (poster, postcard, business card, etc.) that serves as a promotional piece to spread your work.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at graphic designers and design students who want to get into the world of drawn letters, typographers and lettrists who want to know the working method of Yani & Guille, illustrators and artists who want to enhance their work including lettering as a design resource and any letter lover.

What you need

No previous knowledge of Illustration, Calligraphy and Typography is necessary.

Regarding the materials, you will need: pencil, eraser, tracing paper, white paper, black marker, a computer, Photoshop and Illustrator (or similar programs), a scanner or a camera to take the production to the digital environment.


1285 Students
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A course by Yani&Guille

Lyricists, Graphic Designers and Typographers

Guille Vizzari and Yani Arabena are lyricists, graphic designers and typographers. They met while studying at the University of Buenos Aires where they began to work together fusing calligraphy and illustration.

In 2014 they founded their own studio (Yani & Guille) specialized in calligraphy, lettering and typography applied to graphic design and giving workshops on these disciplines both in Argentina and in the rest of Latin America.

Both recognize that they are passionate about handmade design, especially those pieces with a high degree of refinement and care that reflect the dedication of the artist.

Throughout their career they have produced typographical works that can be found in foundries such as Sudtipos (Esmeralda, Abelina Pro and Quotes) and Latinotype and have worked for clients such as All Saints Cafe, the Masticar, Chandon and Arcor gastronomy fair as well as covers for books and magazines.


  • U1

    A love story for the letters

    • Who are we, what do we do?
    • Influences
  • U2

    Back to the bases

    • Definitions
    • Calligraphic Bases
    • Typographical Bases
    • Lettering. The drawing as a decision making.
  • U3

    Unique messages

    • A phrase that defines me
    • The word as image
    • Merging skills
    • Edition stage
  • U4

    The nobility of the vector

    • Automatic vs. Manual
    • Node per node
    • Analysis and final adjustments
    • In the final stretch (Part 1)
    • In the final stretch (Part 2)
    • In the final stretch (Part 3)
  • FP

    Final project

    • The lettering as an identity

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Lettering as an Identity. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Yani&Guille

Lettering as an Identity

A course by Yani&Guille
Lyricists, Graphic Designers and Typographers. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On Domestika since 01/06/2017
  • 98% Positive reviews (101)
  • 1285 students