Lettering


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Oct 16

In case you want to update your desktop…

TheeBlog_GBTWwallpaper If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my recent post and are here to get your goodies. If you don’t, well, you can still get them :) So, last Friday I was playing with an acrylic marker and decided to test some lettering after a very long time. Then I realized “why not turn these letters into something I can always carry with me?” so I made a digital version that can be shared. So, if you want it, you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE!
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Jan 16

Raul Alejandro x Hallmark

TheeBlog-RaulAlejandro_Hallmark You may remember my homie Raul Alejandro from an interview back in 2014 (HERE), or you may recognize his work from your IG feed. I’ve always been a fan of Raul’s intricate and inspiring work, and his IG account is one I constantly share with students or type and lettering lovers. Today I am glad and proud to share Raul’s latest project/collaboration, with none other than Hallmark Signature cards. Each card in this new series features Raul’s lovely and signature lettering style, meaning that yes, these are definitely not your grandma’s cards! Check them out at the link below and buy one, or two :) Congrats again, brother!
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Jul 15

Alphabet of the Countries

TheeBlog_AlphabetofCountries When it comes to logos and branding, we all have different ideas, preferences and taste… but I believe that most of us can agree that ‘country logos’ are usually not the best – specially those who still think that a cutesy hand/brush rendered wordmark surrounded by 75 colors works. Russian designer Pavel Zertsikel explored a different approach, designing custom lettering logos for different countries while creating a lovely alphabet series. His project Alphabet of the Countries is not finished yet, but as you’ll see after the jump, it’s off to a GREAT start!
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Feb 15

Notes to Myself

TheeBlog-NotestoMyself This one is for all you type and lettering lovers. I recently discover the great work of Australian designer and illustrator Luke Choice – specially his lettering project called “Notes to Myself” and had to share it. This series of typographic experiments based on random notes features interesting styles and colors that I am sure will inspire you. I mean, if you’re going to pin or post quotes around your office, make sure they are as cool as these. Enjoy them after the jump!
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Nov 14

TheeBlog Q&A Sessions: Raul Alejandro

TheeBlog_RaulAlejandro-Draw_ul It is no secret that I am a huge Type and Lettering geek. And as such, I make a point to always follow or connect with artists I admire and whose work continually inspire me. Raul Alejandro, also known as Draw_ul online is one of these artists, and since I’ve known him for a while, I invited him for a fun interview I want to share today. I’ve been connected with Raul via Instagram for a couple of years, and we’ve always exchanged messages or emails about his work, inspiration, and this interview as I’ve always wanted to share his work, his story and his impressive evolution as a lettering artist. If you are a Type geek like us, and even if you’re not, I am sure you will enjoy this interview and fall in love with his work. Enjoy!
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Sep 14

Chicago Bound!

TheeBlog-Chicago_Bean As most of you probably know already from my latest interview with Armin Vit (HERE), I am on my way to Chicago for this year’s Brand New Conference (hope to meet some of you there!) , so there won’t be any posts this week :( But it’s not all sad news. Make sure to check Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as I will be sharing photos, behind the scenes, and talks by some amazingly talented speakers I can’t wait to meet. See you on ‘the social media’.


12
Sep 14

Live the Language. 50 Years.

TheeBlog-LivetheLanguage_50Years If you know me well, or if you’ve taken one of my classes, you know how important good Type is for me and what a sucker I am for anything that involves beautiful typography. EF launched a series of Type videos called ‘Live the language‘ a couple of years ago, and we enjoyed them (HERE and HERE). Yesterday, I received a message from Hedvig at EF, sharing their latest video… and it is as lovely as the previous ones. Although, it saddened me to see that after the 90s, Typography has not have a truly iconic look like previous decades. The Type drops at the 90s mark, and then all we get is a generic text bubble :(
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9
Sep 14

A day with Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh is a New York City designer, art director and illustrator. She is a partner at design studio Sagmeister & Walsh and her work has won numerous global design awards constantly inspires designers and students around the world – what really matters ;) This lovely documentary features some of Jessica’s work, story, and daily routine, including her latest personal project ‘40 days of dating’.


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Aug 14

Secrets of a Signwriter

Sign painting is an art form with a long and rich history. For many years, storefronts, murals, banners, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. Unfortunately, technology and ‘faster/cheaper’ methods of printing took over this field, forcing many talented artists to retire. Fortunately, videos like John Mayer’s Album artwork or films like Sign Painters have successfully documented the skill, love, and appreciation for quality and craftsmanship that makes this trade so unique and captivating. Today, I want to share a moving portrait about one of the last original signwriters in Wales. Enjoy.


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Aug 14

Coffee + Lettering by Rob Draper

TheeBlog_RobDraper One of the many things I love about Type/Lettering is its flexibility and range. While most designers or letterers have their signature style or method, there are many who constantly explore different materials and mediums. This is the case of the beautiful lettering work of Rob Draper, a talented UK based freelance designer, artist, illustrator and typographer. Rob uses coffee cups as canvases for his intricate letters and illustrations, giving the pieces a lovely new perspective. Check out some of his work after the jump!
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Mar 14

Blood, Sweat & Tears

TheeBlog-BloodSweatTears Continuing with yesterday’s inspiring Type goodness, today I want to share a project launched by the Art Directors Club, featuring twelve talented designers and illustrators including Alex Trochut, Jen Mussari, Jordan Metcalf, Kyle Read. The project, aimed to promote this year’s Portfolio Night, showcases the countless hours, sleepless nights, killed ideas and ambitious drive that go into crafting the perfect piece, through a collection of beautiful individual interpretations of the phrase Blood, Sweat and Tears.
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Mar 14

Do Not Open

TheeBlog-DoNotOpen I know I’ve said many times before that Type and good lettering could make the world a cooler, nicer, happier place. To prove my theory, today I want to share a beautiful series of custom hand-lettered envelopes featuring the always inspiring lettering work of San Francisco based, Erik Marinovich. Do Not Open is a personal project Erik began as ‘thank you notes’ to colleagues and friends. The great response and internet love these envelopes received, inspired Erik to open it to the world and make it ‘official’. Check out some samples after the jump…
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12
Feb 14

Not your typical Valentine’s Day card

TheeBlog-Calligraphuck_ValentinesDay To continue this romantic week, here’s another idea for your Valentine. If you are like me and also find Hallmark cards boring and generic, why not try something new. Something with an edge? How about this beautiful collection of designed letterpress Calligraphy cards by my very talented and cool friend Calligraphuck. His beautiful lettering style, and his unique approach to love notes will definitely make an unforgettable gift, one that your significant other can proudly display at her office cubicle :)
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Feb 14

The Landscape Alphabet

TheeBlog-LandscapeAlphabet Today I want to share a gem I recently stumbled upon and that proves my theory of human fascination with letters. The Landscape Alphabet is a book, published nearly 200 years ago, featuring a collection of 26 stunning landscape scenes shaped as letters of the alphabet, available now courtesy of The British Museum . Whether you are a Type geek or someone who simply think letters are… letters, these lovely and intricate landscapes will definitely hypnotize and inspire you. Enjoy!
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Dec 13

Typism Book Feature!

TheeBlog-TypismBook1 You all know very well how much I love letters, Type and Lettering, and how I am constantly learning new techniques, trying to incorporate it into my work, and sharing this beautiful craft and passion with my students. Now, remember I mentioned a type book I was invited to be part of, and that was in the works?… Well, my contributor copy finally arrived and I am BEYOND static, humbled, honored, and proud to show you this amazing book, and my featured work :) To be part of such a great international publication, and to share this honor – and pages – with über talented artists I admire and study so much like Andrei Robu, Mathew Tapia, Simon Ålander, James T. Edmondson, Sergey Shapiro, Michael Spitz, Dominique Falla, Joel Felix, Jomn Contino, John Passafiume, Ged Palmer, and so many more is definitely a career highlight! A huge thank you to Dominique Falla for inviting me to be part of this project and making my year. What a perfect way to end the year in a positive vibe, being featured in an amazing book and being able to show, and leave my kids a little published piece of my work that they can enjoy and maybe show their kids someday :)
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Oct 13

Typism Book!!

TheeBlog-TypismBook Today I want to share some awesome news coming from Australia. Last month, Typism, an international Type conference, took place in Australia and it featured many amazingly talented and inspiring Designers and Type Masters like Dominique Falla (its creator), Gemma OBrien, Matt Vergotis, Nicole Phillips, Wayne Thompson, Aurelie Maron and Bobby Haiqalsyah.. Being the Type geek I am, I loved the idea and learned about the event earlier this year. Now, although I couldn’t make it to Gold Coast to be part of this inspiring conference, my work did :) Back in May, Dominique contacted me and invited me to be part of the Typism book she was building in conjunction with the conference. The idea of the book was to gather Designers and Type Lovers from all over the world like Jon Contino, Simon Alander, Sergey Shapiro, Jackson Alves, and put them together in a cool new Typebook… YES!
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Oct 13

Beautiful Type by Jackson Alves

TheeBlog-JacksonAlves When it comes to Type, the amount of bookmarks and artists is pretty dense (and amazing!), but I still get excited when I discover new artists and beautiful projects. Today I want to share the beautiful work of Jackson Alves, a very talented brazilian Typographer, Letterer and Calligrapher with an impressive talent, technique and portfolio. Check out some of my favorite pieces including sketches and full vector projects after the jump… and thanks for the tip Ben! (@FreelanceKnox )
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Sep 13

Mile High Awesomeness

TheeBlog-SpewbagChallenge When it comes to flying, I’ve realized that I’m the type of person who simply cannot sleep in planes. If I’m not watching TV, listening to music or working, chances are I’m doodle-practicing or playing with letters. And for a while, I thought I was alone in this habit… But then, I discovered the stunning work of Australian Typographer and Letterer Gemma O’brien, and her in-flight lettering masterpieces. I’ve been a fan and follower of Gemma’s enviable talent, technique and lovely work for quite some time, and I am excited to share her recently launched mini-site called The Spewbag Challenge, featuring some of her beautifully lettered ‘airsickness bags’. This one is a must-bookmark!
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Aug 13

Soon’s beautiful cover for Modus

TheeBlog-Soon_ModusCover If there is anything that could be cooler than beautiful chalk-type, it would have to be HUGE beautiful chalk-type. And that’s exactly what we’re gonna enjoy today! With the increasing popularity of Type, Lettering and Chalk-based covers, more and more publications and companies are opting to hire artists and studios to create beautiful masterpieces that we, type geeks, drool over. Belgium based agency SOON created this lovely cover for UK magazine Modus and documented the entire process. Check out some photos and video of their massive piece after the jump…
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Jul 13

NBA + Type = Great Covers

TheeBlog-NBA_covers If you are having NBA withdrawals, or still celebrating another Championship! and can’t wait for the new season to begin… fret no more. Although there’s not much I can do about live games, here’s a beautiful collection of NBA magazine covers, featuring the NBA’s finest and a combination of stunning Typography and Editorial Design. If you have not seen these around it’s because these covers, created by Francesco Poroli are for the italian version of the magazine. Check out a few of my favorites after the jump…
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Mar 13

Posca Artists

I am sure you love finding inspiring videos and short films on vimeo as much as I do. I mean, what better way to “kill time” than watching beautifully produced and filmed films featuring inspiring work and characters? Today, I want to share a recent find. POSCA is a European brand of coloring markers, (don’t understand why we don’t have this brand in the US), with an impressive culture and following. They not only support many artists but also promote art, and organize workshops. (Again, why don’t we have this brand in the US?) This documentary series video features street artists Supakitch and Koralie. Check it out and visit their site for more cool videos!


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Mar 13

Impressive Sketches by Marcelo Schultz

TheeBlog-MarceloSchultz There’s something special about finding beautiful work online that not only makes you smile (and feel envious) but that also inspires you and pushes you to work harder. As a huge Type and Lettering fan, I am excited to share the impressive work of an extremely talented Curitiba based Illustrator and Designer named Marcelo Schultz. Marcelo recently released The Sketch Collection, a series of beautiful and detailed sketches and illustrations featuring some of his client and personal work. Consider this your inspiration for the week!
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Feb 13

The making of “Born & Raised”

TheeBlog-Born&Raised You might remember a post from last year in which we enjoyed the stunning and inspiring work of David A. Smith and his collaboration with John Mayer in the creation of Mayer’s cover for his latest album Born & Raised. (HERE) If you enjoyed that post as much as I did, I have a treat for you today! I had the pleasure of e-meeting talented UK based Director and Film-Maker Danny Cooke, who was kind enough to share his recently launched short film, featuring the process and inspiration behind this great album cover as well as some beautifully shot scenes. Thank you Danny!
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Dec 12

The beautiful work of Jeff Rogers

TheeBlog-JeffRogers As a huge fan and lover of Type and Lettering I am always finding new artists and sharing some of my favorites, or as I like to call them, the classics. Today, we’ll enjoy on the beautiful work of NY based Designer and Letterer Jeff Rogers. (Yes, I know, I was also surprised to realize I had not yet featured his work. Sorry.) I’ve been a big fan of Jeff and his work for a while, in fact, I also reference and share his work with my students constantly. His work is characterized by the combination of lovely colors and powerful lettering or illustrations. Check out some of my favorite pieces, I’m sure he’ll become one of your favorites as well :)
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Dec 12

Daily Type Inspiration

TheeBlog-TheDailyGlyphPromo Thank you for all the awesome emails and comments I receive on a daily basis. I love to hear from y’all and learn what ‘topics’ you enjoy most and how I can do my little part to help your daily inspiration. So… based on a few type/lettering emails, here’s a little reminder to check and follow TheDailyGlyph.com. Yes, I know… it’s a little bit biased because it is my site but the amount of stunning work will definitely make your day. Check it, follow it and share it!