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50 Inspiring Examples of Hand-lettering

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50 Inspiring Examples of Hand-lettering


Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the owner of Hook Agency, and strategic marketer focused primarily on driving traffic and leads for small businesses and construction companies.

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.

1. We Will Forever Be Wild and Free by Mark Van Leeuwan – Instagram
we will forever be wild and free

 

2. Key

Key design and lettering

3. Learn Lettering 2.0

Learn Lettering 2.0 - SeanWes

4. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile.  You could miss it.

Life goes fast if you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it

5. We are made of stories

We are made of stories

6. Measure Twice 

Measure Twice - design and lettering

7. Michael & EmilyMichael and Emily - hand-lettering script

 

8. Midwest Made

Midwest Made

9. Symbol

Monogram, design and lettering with pens and tools around

 

10. MoscoClose Up Lettering design examples

 

11. Motivation

Motivation, Tin Lun Lettering

 

12. Wisdom begins with wonder

Wisdom begins in wonder

 

13. Work Hard, Dream Big

work hard and dream big

 

14. Work Smarter, Not Harder

work smarter not harder, golden on black

 

15. The Empire State – New York

Empire State of Mind - 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.

 

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16. Hand-lettering Workshop – by Sean McCabe

Hand Lettering Workshop - Process Shot

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

Nick Fred Hand-lettering-magazine-cover-austin-best-new-restaurants

 

18. Nicolas FredricksonFollow him on Instagram, check out his website.

Nicolas Fredrickson - Design and lettering thin lettering example

 

19.  No Act of Kindness is Ever Too Soon

No Act of Kindness is ever too soon, blue and red lettering examples

 

20. No Time For Fussing and Fighting

No time for fussing and fighting my friend - hand-lettering examples

 

21. The Original Saung Susu – Whole Milk Branding 

Branding and Lettering examples

 

22. Reveillez Vos Papilles
Food Lettering - Pepper design

 

23. Potent.

Potent. Branding design and lettering examples

 

24. Punk 

Punk, hipster, hip, stylish hand-lettering

 

25. Quest 

Quest design

26. Ravenous

Ravenouse hand-lettering design examples

 

27. New York Magazine – Reasons to Love new YorkReasons to love new york, nyc

28. Reves – Make Something New Everyday

reves make something new

29. Rustic Hickory rusting hand-lettering examples antique white oak

 

30. Shadow

Shadow hand-letteirng design

 

31. Skills to Pay The Bills

Skills to pay the bills script font

32. Skulls Skulls - hand-lettering design

 

33. Strong

Strong hand-lettering, 3d lettering examples

 

34. Superfine

superfine swashes, swash lettering

 

35. Taylor Quality Guitars

Taylor quality guitars = handlettered examples

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36. Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life

 

Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life

 

37. The Real Thing

making real thing that really make a difference

 

38. The Eleventh of August

the eleventh of august - handwriting

 

39. The Jaguars

the jaguars, design inspiration

 

40. The Mountains are Calling and I must go

the mountains are calling and I must go

41. The Past, The Present and the future are really one: They are today.

The past, the present and the future are really one, they are today.

 

42. There is beauty in everything

There is beauty in everything

 

43. The Whitt – Phoenix, Arizona 

The whitt, phoenix, arizona

 

44. Thug Life 

Thug Life hand-lettering thick sans-serif

 

45. Tigers

Tigers swashes and swoops in hand-lettering

 

46. Touch

Touch script font

 

47. Troy N.Y.

Troy NY, Hand-lettering, design

48. Trust BrooklynTrust Brooklyn, Design and lettering, circle

49. We will forever be wild & freewe will forever be wild and free

50. Welcome to the porch

Welcome to the porch - swashes and flourishes

 

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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Tim Brown

Tim Brown is the owner of Hook Agency, and strategic marketer focused primarily on driving traffic and leads for small businesses and construction companies.

If you are interested in Hand-lettering, why not check out my FREE Crash Course?
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