These inspiring examples of hand-lettering, will get you excited whether you’re into D.I.Y everything, just getting into hand-lettering (also check out the ‘Crash Course to Hand-lettering‘) or a graphic designer trying to get a better understanding of typography and letterforms. I’ve come across these as I’ve been trying to get inspired for a recently completed year of hand-lettering every day thought alot of what I do is around Conversion Rate Optimization and Web Development.
When getting inspired for hand-lettering, I think it’s important to really look for the principles being demonstrated. That way you can try to duplicate some of the strong points in each one, and grow from the experience. What do you get when you cross the trendy lettering inside of an animal shape with an interesting phrase? Something compelling and printable. Achieve this kind of concept by really thinking about the phrase you’d like to letter before going all out. I don’t usually start a lettering piece until I have a clear concept to shoot at.
3. Learn Lettering 2.0
4. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile. You could miss it.
5. We are made of stories
6. Measure Twice
7. Michael & Emily
8. Midwest Made
12. Wisdom begins with wonder
13. Work Hard, Dream Big
14. Work Smarter, Not Harder
15. The Empire State – New York
I’ve seen this particular hand-lettering piece in a lot of places, in several different articles about inspiring examples of hand-lettering that show this, one of the key principles that makes it so strong is its symmetry.
16. Hand-lettering Workshop – by Sean McCabe
I’ve also seen the hand-lettering workshop example in a lot of lists of inspiring examples of hand-lettering, and the principle to really consider here is how the ligatures are used to interact with the different lines of text and stylishly integrate into each other. Keep an eye on ligatures and how they playfully connect different components of the piece.
17. Austin Magazine, Best New Restaurants – Nick Fredrickson
19. No Act of Kindness is Ever Too Soon
20. No Time For Fussing and Fighting
21. The Original Saung Susu – Whole Milk Branding
22. Reveillez Vos Papilles
27. New York Magazine – Reasons to Love new York
28. Reves – Make Something New Everyday
29. Rustic Hickory
31. Skills to Pay The Bills
35. Taylor Quality Guitars
36. Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life
37. The Real Thing
38. The Eleventh of August
39. The Jaguars
40. The Mountains are Calling and I must go
41. The Past, The Present and the future are really one: They are today.
42. There is beauty in everything
43. The Whitt – Phoenix, Arizona
44. Thug Life
47. Troy N.Y.
48. Trust Brooklyn
49. We will forever be wild & free
50. Welcome to the porch
I hope you’ve enjoyed these ‘Inspiring Examples of Hand-lettering‘, as I have been. I collected these as I did a year of hand-lettering every day. If you are just getting into lettering I strongly suggest you check out my ‘Crash Course to Hand-lettering‘, and hope you stay inspired!
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