100 Top Resources for Typography and Hand-Lettering

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Best Typography Resources

Some of the questions we hear asked often around the design community are:

  • What is the best way to learn about typography?
  • Where do I find the best hand-lettering/type inspiration?
  • Who are your favorite letterers?
  • What are the best typography and and lettering tutorials?

We decided to pull together some of our very favorite resources for you today. Here’s what you’ll find below:

  • Some of our favorite hand-letterers and typographers (some modern day experts on type, you might say!)
  • Online educational resources
  • Awesome type and hand-lettering tutorials
  • Best sources of type and hand-lettering inspiration we’ve found
  • Super inspirational found-type collection posts
  • Books about type and hand-lettering

Off we go!

Talented folks

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Found on benjohnson.ca | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Ben Johnston

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found on bryanpatricktodd.com | pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Bryan Patrick Todd

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Found on christianschwartz.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Christian Schwartz


Cyrus Highsmith

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Found on tanamachistudio.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Dana Tanamachi

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Found on youngjerks.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Dan Cassaro

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Found on darrenbooth.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Darren Booth

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Found on yourjustlucky.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Drew Melton

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Found on erikmarinovich.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Erik Marinovich

Found on MyFonts.com

Found on MyFonts.com

Erik Spiekermann

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Found on v4.jasonsantamaria.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Jason Santa Maria

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Found on jessicahische.is | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Jessica Hische

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Found on joncontino.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Jon Contino

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Found on kateforrester.co.uk | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Kate Forrester

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Keetra Dean Dixon

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Found on linziehunter.co.uk | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Linzie Hunter

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Found on lukelucas.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Luke Lucas

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Found on martinschetzer.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Martin Schmetzer

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Found on marykatemcdevitt.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Mary Kate McDevitt

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Found on moegly.tumblr.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Nicholas Moegly

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Found on paulshawletterdesign.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Paul Shaw

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Ryan Hamrick

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Found on seanwes.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Sean McCabe

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Found on seblester.co.uk | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Seb Lester
Stephen Coles

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Found on willco.co | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Will Staehle
Alex Trochut

Online Education:

An introduction to typography: some basics from our friends at Tuts Plus
Font Shop
: Improve your design skills with typography tips and tutorials.

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Font Feed: is a daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world. Eat up.
Fonts in Use: an independent archive of typography
Designing Type Systems – a post by Peter Bilak
Learn Lettering: a course by Sean McCabe
Jessica Hische’s Thoughts: Jessica shares answers to frequently asked questions
Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time: a Skillshare Class by Jessica Hische

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Lettering Made Simple: Efficient Methods for Custom Type: a Skillshare Class by Brandon Rike
Nice Web Type: is one place for web typography, following experiments, advancements, and best practices in typesetting web text. Handcrafted by Tim Brown

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Found on seanwes.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Sean McCabe’s Podcast | Recommended Resources
Stephen Coles Answers to Type Questions: 9 pages of Stephen’s answers to your burning questions about type
The First Steps of Hand Lettering: Concepts to Sketch: a Skillshare Class by Mary Kate McDevitt
Typedia: a community website to classify typefaces and educate people about them.
Understanding The Difference Between Type and Lettering: a must-read by Joseph Alessio on Smashing Magazine
Webtypography.net: the elements of typographic style applied to the web
Woodtyper: notes on large and ornamental type and related matters

Tutorials:

Hunters & Gatherers Hand Lettering Tutorial: Techniques from Concept through Completion - on Go Media’s Arsenal

A Crash Course in Typography: The Basics of Type - on Noupe.com
A Crash Course in Typography: Paragraphs and Special Characters - on Noupe.com
A Crash Course in Typography: Principles for Combining Typefaces – on Noupe.com
A Crash Course in Typography: Pulling it All Together - on Noupe.com
DD Tutorial: From Start to Finish: from sketch to vector illustration



How to Design A Font: {Part 1} Get Inspired!
– by Katie Major on the GoMediaZine
How To Design a Font: {Part2} Draw Up A Storm! -by Katie Major on the GoMediaZine
How to Design a Font: {Part 3} Make it Digital! - by Katie Major on the GoMediaZine
How to Design a Font: {Part 4} Finishing Touches! - by Katie Major on the GoMediaZine
How to Make Any Font a Handmade Font on Creative Market
Old School Type – Line Gradients by Jeff Finley on the GoMediaZine
Ornate Lettering Process by Jeff Finley on the GoMediaZine
Typography in ten minutes on PracticalTypography.com
Vintage Typography Tutorial
 - by Bobby Haiqalsyah on the GoMediaZine
12 Sources of Inspiration for Creating Your Own Lettering or Typeface Designs on the Go MediaZine

Inspiration:


Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues – A HAND LETTERING EXPERIENCE from Leandro Senna on Vimeo.

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Found on dailydishonesty.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Daily Dishonesty: lovely little lies from a hungry graphic designer
Daily Drop Cap
: a font project by designer Jessica Hische
Designspiration: search found type, lettering, script, calligraphy inspiration
FontShop: Improve your design skills with typography tips & tutorials. Free downloads & goodies galore!

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Found on friendsoftype.com | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Friends of Type: original art for inspiration

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Found on designspiration.net | Pinned on Go Media’s Pinterest

Designspiration: a resource to help discover and share great design
I love Typography: articles, free fonts, found fonts
Fonts in Use: an independent archive of typography
Ministry of Type: a weblog by Aegir Hallmunder about type, typography, lettering & calligraphy

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The Art of Hand Lettering: found type on Tumblr
Typographica: Type Reviews, Books, Commentary

Read me:

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Posts:
FOUNDFONT™ and the Art of Typographic Archaeology - on the GoMediaZine
20 Beautiful Custom Lettering Typography Designs - on BlogSpoonGraphics
30 Beautiful Hand Lettering Typography Illustrations - on BlogSpoonGraphics
40+ Excellent Hand-Lettering Inspirations - on the GoMediaZine
30 Inspiring Hand Drawn Lettering Poster Designs - on BlogSpoonGraphics
34 Inspiring Typography Designs- on the GoMediaZine
Showcase of 20 Inspiring Typography Poster Designs – on BlogSpoonGraphics

Books:
About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography
An Essay on Typography
Detail In Typography
Fonts & Logos: Font Analysis, Logotype Design, Typography, Type Comparison

Getting it Right with Type by Victoria Squire

Getting it Right with Type by Victoria Squire

Getting it Right with Type: The Dos and Don’ts of Typography
Jan Tschihold, Master Typographer: His Life, Work and Legacy
Just My Type: A Book about Fonts
Letter by Letter
Logo, Font & Lettering Bible
Logotypes & Letterforms: Handlettered Logotypes and Typographic Considerations
Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age by Steven Heller, Louise Fili Reprint Edition (2012)
Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, Third Edition (3rd Edition) (Graphic Design & Visual Communication Courses)
The ABC’s of Bauhaus, The Bauhaus and Design Theory
The Elements of Typographic Style
The Non-Designer’s Design Book (3rd Edition)
The Form of the Book: Essays on the Morality of Good Design (Classic Typography Series)

Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton

Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton

Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students
The New Typography: A Handbook for Modern Designers (1st English translation)
The Typographic Desk Reference
Treasury of Alphabets and Lettering
Type and Typography
Type: The Secret History of Letters
Type, Volume 1: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles
Typographie: A Manual of Design

About the Author, Go Media

Go Media is a creative agency based in Cleveland, OH that specializes in print design, branding, and web development. We are also behind WMC Fest, GoMediaZine, the Arsenal, Mockup Everything and others.

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