The whole world seems to be obsessed with vintage style at the moment, and I’m no exception. I love beautiful old-fashioned graphic design from the 1940’s and 1950’s. A lot of packaging and advertising design from that time was covered in gorgeous typography that would have been slavishly created by hand. I find it so ironic that I, of all people, work on a computer every single day. Because (confession time) I would really rather be doing anything else than stare at a screen day in and day out. So I welcome any respite from pixels that I can get.
I love typography. I love the visual story that good kerning and leading can tell. If done well, type can be just as powerful, if not more so, than iconography. I often get lost in looking at letters, feasting my eyes on the swoop and curve of serifs. I itch to draw them all the time, and my notebooks and diary can attest to that.
So when I got clued up to the fact that hand-lettering is now all the rage (sometimes it takes me a while to catch up to trends because I’m so busy staring at cool packaging design and thinking about pancakes), I got so excited that I started drawing letters straight away. And I haven’t stopped yet! I still have a long way to go, but I thought I would share my first adventures in hand lettering here!
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