Because I'm a dummy who can never seem to do one thing at a time (to C's constant exasperation!), after signing up for PaperFashion's Fashion Illustration Class a couple of weeks ago, I then searched through Skillshare's upcoming classes, found Neil Tasker's Lettering Class, and signed up, even though the dates overlapped. Dumb. But also: fun! I've spent my lunchtimes for the past 2 weeks either sketching pretty dresses or pretty letters (with middling success at both), so I think it was worth it, even though I'm super behind on making the above lettering sketch digital through Adobe Illustrator (it's hard! for me!).
I have also learned a ton about lettering and design, and what once was a mild interest is now an insatiable appetite for good design, calligraphy, hand-lettering and font types. So of course, I'd like to share some of that with you:
- Understanding the Difference between Type and Lettering: a great overview article by Smashing Magazine (great place to start).
- Sign Painters: a documentary and book dedicated to the appreciation and history of sign painters and their art form.
- David A. Smith: a short documentary profiling a glass sign maker.
- Lettering is Not Fonts: Jessica Hische's talk at FrontEnd 2011.
- My Branding/Typography/Hand-Lettering Pinboard: every time I browse through these pins I am re-inspired.
- Jeremy Pruitt's Typography Pinboard: loads more awesome inspiration by the guy behind thinkmule.
*images property of Diane Crary