In the past few years handlettering has proliferated industries of publishing and fashion, restaurants, retail, and outdoor spaces. It seems to be more than just a fad craft and many fine designers are sharing their secrets. Here is a collection of helpful lessons and tutorials to help you get started or brush up your skills. Well established lettering aficionados like Louise Fili, Jessica Hische and Marion Bantjes should not be forgotten—in fact, they deserve their own pages—so check them out too!
Handlettering takes practice and patience, it can be fun and frustrating. Below are a variety of lessons from old masters to young do-it-yourselfers. Happy Lettering!
Doyald Young (1926 –2011)
Even though Doyald Young did not finish the 10th grade he went on to teach at Art Center College of Design and was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He is best known for his admirable patience and attention to detail with each penciled letter and his vast collection of customized logotypes. A full length documentary featuring Doyald Young is available on Lynda.com.
Hand Lettering Tutorial for Beginners | Uppercase Alphabet
Hand Lettering Tutorial for Beginners | Lowercase Alphabet
Global lettering sensation Martina Flor has been lecturing and sharing her lettering techniques on Skillshare.com. Her new book currently in the German language looks wonderful but is not yet available in English. Her work has been recognized by Typecon and Communication Arts Magazine.