Hand Lettering, Signage, and typography illumination books for everyone

by Fred Showker

21st Annual Fall Fonts Festival 2015 wasn't the greatest year for typography books. Seems there's so much training and inspiration on the web, the book biz has slacked off a bit. There are a lot of new books springing up focusing on the art of hand lettering and illuminating type! Here are just a few that we can highly recommend. Add these to my "essential" list of typography books!

Alex Brush font featured

Typography 33

type and lettering books Typography 33 from the Type Directors Club is the only annual devoted exclusively to typography, showcasing the year's best typographic work in books, magazines, stationery, web graphics, and more.
      This year's winning designs were selected by American graphic designer and artist Paula Scher. A principle at New York's Pentagram, a design consultancy firm, Scher has received numerous industry awards for her work developing graphic identities and branding systems for such clients as Tiffany & Co, Coca-Cola, Bausch & Lomb, Citibank, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Opera, New York Times Magazine and many others.
NOTE: the 34th edition of this book has sold out, and only the Kindle edition is available.
typography Full story : Typography 33 by Type Directors Club
hand lettering and type Here is a Sample

Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art

type and lettering books Creative Lettering and Beyond combines the artistic talents and inspirational tips and tutorials of several professional hand letterers and calligraphers for a dynamic and interactive learning experience.
      From the basic shape and form of letters, to cursive script, spacing, and alignment, artists will discover how to transform simple words, phrases, and quotes into beautiful works of hand-lettered art. The interactive format and step-by-step process offers inspirational instruction for a wide variety of fun projects and gift ideas, including hand-rendered phrases on paper and digitally enhanced notecards.
typography Full story : November 3, 2014 by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender,
hand lettering and type Here is a sample

The Art of Whimsical Lettering

type and lettering books 80% of the comments give this book FIVE STARS... one reader writes : If you are looking for a beautifully illustrated, marvelously written book on the art of lettering this is the one! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to complete each and every challenge. Joanne Sharpe has written a book that will help be become a better artist but also has me asking myself the hard questions.
      The Art of Whimsical Lettering is an artful instruction book on creating stylized fonts and expressive artwork with personal handwriting skills. Author Joanne Sharpe shows you how to create exuberant and personalized writing styles for your artwork–whether it be a journal, canvas art, or other projects that use text.
typography Full story : The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe
hand lettering and type Here is a sample

Lettering and Alphabets: 85 Complete Alphabets

type and lettering books Here is a practical book that not only teaches a full course in professional lettering but also contains dozens of hand-lettered alphabets that may be reproduced without cost or permission.
      This volume is particularly valuable to beginners who want to get a job with an advertising agency, publisher, or commercial art studio. The author begins his text with discussions of such fundamentals as the correct pencil grip and how to transfer corrected letters from tracing paper to layout. (Average 4.1 out of 5 Stars reader rankings)
typography Full story : Lettering and Alphabets: 85 Complete Alphabets by J. Albert Cavanagh

How good does it get ?

There's a ton of good fonts stuff we haven't even touched yet, so we'll be back with a lot more this month and next! Remember, if you have favorites, we'd love to hear about them, just give us a shout!

And, ... The Fonts Fest Continues!
Thanks for reading

Fred Showker

      Editor/Publisher : DTG Magazine
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