December 1, 2012

Vintage Style Hand Lettering

Check out this beautiful hand lettering from BMD Design. The use of positive & negative space paired with the lettering and vintage textures  makes for a stunning composition. The typography maintains a fun, active feel while remaining classy.

November 19, 2012


They make it look so easy! Check out this fun video promo for Lost Type's new font Dude. Lot's of great stop motion - hand painted - lettering action!

Dude - A New Font from Lost Type from Lost Type on Vimeo.

Monday Dribbble Hunting - Thanksgiving Edition!

I hope this Thanksgiving you are thankful for typography...

Hope by José.

Gravy On Everything by Martin Refsal

.Thankful by Jason Vanlue.

Turkey by Ryan Blackburn.

Thank You by Francis Chouquet.

November 12, 2012

Advertising Calligraphy

Some awesome hand calligraphy work for a vintage shop's flyer by Talya Baldwin. Talya did a great job capturing the vintage essence of classic calligraphy while incorporating some fun contemporary elements.

Monday Dribbble Hunting

After a couple week break (traveling and freelance busyness) it's nice to be back Dribble hunting. This week I've been noticing lots of nice cool winter tones in the mix. A lot of times this is intentional, but I also think there is some seasonal subconscious direction to color choice as well.

Over by Rokas Sutkaitis

Making Frenzy by Mary Kate McDevitt. (I've written about her work before, check out my previous post on typographic emotion)

Scrumptious Type by Chelsea Atwell.

Dead Man by Simone Noronha.

Epic by Joe Horacek.

More after the jump...

November 7, 2012

Fine Art Lettering

I recently discovered the artwork of Mark Bell. A contemporary artist working across multiple media, he creates provocative images with elusive meanings. I am especially drawn to his work with text. (believe it or not!) Some of his work is reminiscent of early conceptual and neo-concrete artwork with a contemporary spin on these subjects. 

More images after the jump.

November 4, 2012

Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold

Sufjan Stevens has a new Christmas album (with 58 songs!) coming out this month. His album covers feature this awesome custom type that do a good job of representing the songs on this album - slightly absurd, experimental, taking holiday themes and pushing them to their boundaries. I can't wait to see the design of the extensive liner notes, posters and other print material being released with this album.

November 3, 2012

Experimental Typography

I love experimental typography. As an artist and a designer I am always looking for ways to combine the functional and the purely aesthetic. Lumen Type - the latest experiment from designer Ruslan Khasanov - is a great example of using inspiration from everyday, typically unnoticed phenomena to create a beautiful combination of conceptual art and typography. He tells Fast Co Design, “I looked at the car headlights--red and yellow circles floating on the wet road--and I found it beautiful.“ He eventually was able to simulate this effect by placing water droplets on a mirror.

October 25, 2012

Indian Street Painters

Recently stumbled across this website, HandPaintedType. It's an awesome project working towards preserving and honoring the tradition of hand painted lettering in India. There are dozens of beautiful images on this website, and from my time in India, I remember seeing plenty more. It's sad to see the decline of this artform over the past few decades. But, renewed interest in the past two years I think can not only preserve but also push the art forward, bringing in new styles and practices inspired by contemporary designers and digitally based design. Check out this awesome mini-doc all about the traditional sign painters in India.

Wanna see more? Geaux see the rest of the project here.

The Sunshine Factory - Hand Painted Storefront

I saw this nice hand painted store window on Twitter yesterday for Our House Vintage. Inspired by some of my recent favorite fonts, Mission Script and Tommaso, they put together a colorful, flawless hand painted image. What favorite (digital) font would you hand paint?

Follow Mat and Victoria on Twitter for more awesome stuff.

October 18, 2012

Concours Grafika - Objects as Type

I saw this ad for Concours Grafika in an art magazine today and had to share it. I love the creative use of objects as type and the inclusion of people's hands representing both collaboration and the process of making this piece of typography.

October 15, 2012

Today Was A Good Day and other Monday Dribbble Huntings

Lots of nice muted, fall colors this week on Dribbble. A trend I think we will see at least through this upcoming spring. I love color trending and its cool to see how this past seasons bright colors are transitioning into muted tones of similar colors. (especially evident in the Limoncello example below)

Luxigon Wall by James Edmondson.

Hi Five a Farmer by Neil Tasker

Today Was A Good Day by Joachim Vu.

Question Everything by John Kane Smith.

Limoncello by Phalen Elonich.

October 9, 2012

Subterranean Homesick Blues

I saw this interesting lyrics video on FastCoDesign to Bob Dylan's classic "Subterranean Homesick Blues" today and had to share it. Each line is a different hand lettered text. The variety of styles shown in this short video is simply amazing. Inspired by Bob Dylan's original video (which you should also watch), graphic designer Leandro Senna takes the idea of hand drawn signs to a completely new artistic level. A cool idea I'd love to try someday. What lyrics would you hand draw?

See all of the images after the jump.

October 8, 2012

M is for Monday

Love this experimental graphic from Friends of Type's Eric Marinovich. This is my favorite from a series of single letters and numbers that have been posted recently on FoT.

See a couple more examples after the jump.

Monday Dribbble Hunting

Layer Cake by Nick Slater.

Чудеса в Кармане by Sergey Shapiro. (Another great one! I've featured Sergey's work before)


Black Cat Industries by Adam Trageser.


Ellis Lake by Joseph Alessio.


New York Readiness by Michael Jeter.

October 4, 2012


A concept logo I made this week. The name got changed, so it won't be used, but it was good practice. Consciously thinking about how each letter is formed allows you to be more intentional in your design process, whether hand lettering or not. Sketch --> Illustrator

October 1, 2012

Monday Dribbble Hunting (Autumnal Edition)

And another edition of my Monday Dribble Hunting. Some nice, fresh hand drawn lettering...

Let's Go and Be Adventurers by Sean McCabe.

October by Olga Vasic.

Feast by Tuesday Bassen.

Fall Fun by Darren Booth.

More new stuff after the jump...