Beautiful Hand Drawn Typography

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Beautiful and creative typography can come in a variety of different forms. Hand drawn typography can be an excellent source of inspiration for graphic designers and typography lovers. In this post we will feature 40 creations that use hand drawn type. Some have been created completely by hand. Others have been sketched and scanned into Photoshop or Illustrator. Another option is to use fonts that create a hand drawn effect.

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Hand Drawn Typography

Maxwell Lord

Hand Drawn Typography

Edgar Reyes

Hand Drawn Typography

Jesse Penico

Hand Drawn Typography

Fiodor Sumkin

Hand Drawn Typography

MWM Graphics

Hand Drawn Typography

James Gulliver Hancock

Hand Drawn Typography

von brandis

Hand Drawn Typography

Lines in the Sky

Hand Drawn Typography

DJG Design

Hand Drawn Typography

Capitan Burrito

Hand Drawn Typography

SHCH Graphics Group

Hand Drawn Typography

Stanislav Tomsej

Hand Drawn Typography

Sophie Henson

Hand Drawn Typography

Sophie Henson

Hand Drawn Typography

Megan Brock

Hand Drawn Typography

David Maclennan

Hand Drawn Typography

Jen Mussari

Hand Drawn Typography

MrHodgey

Hand Drawn Typography

cruzaderazn

Hand Drawn Typography

Si Scott

Hand Drawn Typography

mrana

Hand Drawn Typography

Linzie Hunter

Hand Drawn Typography

Linzie Hunter

Hand Drawn Typography

House Industries

Hand Drawn Typography

TheOrganicType.com

Hand Drawn Typography

BAM POP

Hand Drawn Typography

SonmiSonmi

Hand Drawn Typography

Jon Contino

Hand Drawn Typography

Jon Contino

Hand Drawn Typography

Lilian Liem

Hand Drawn Typography

Anjo Bolarda

Hand Drawn Typography

Yissus Galiana

Hand Drawn Typography

megtown

Hand Drawn Typography

rachealanilyse

Hand Drawn Typography

rachealanilyse

Hand Drawn Typography

Pomme Chan

Hand Drawn Typography

chuckandchucky

Hand Drawn Typography

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    Awesome post.

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  2. 2

    So awesome.

    Love the fresh typography

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    I see this style a fair bit. But to my eye, many of these samples look like the kind of doodling I’d expect from a teenager in a school workbook during a particularly boring class. There are a few beautiful works in there, amongst a lot of noise. Many of the ones with multiple words are just a “mind-dump” of ideas, again reminding me of bad teenage poetry where ideas are just spewed out randomly without much cohesion.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love hand-drawn typography, calligraphy especially, but there needs to be appropriateness in the application of this style. If you’re aiming for a teen audience with the “workbook doodle” style, then that’s perfectly fine. I find similar feelings with the scrapbook collage style. For a professional business though? I don’t feel it is as appropriate an image to be conveying.

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    Thank you! I do not feel that these are amateurish or just random “mini-dump” pieces but if I had, I would share the opinion that they were nothing special. Quite the contrary, I think these are perfect examples of this playful and humble hand-drawn look that is quite fresh and stylish at the moment, as opposed to the tired and disingenuous fashion of computer graphics that “simulate” a hand-drawn look. Thank you, for this lovely collection!

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  5. 5

    Some of these are fantastic, but I must say I’m really getting sick of the whole “exploding swirly fluorishes” thing.

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  6. 6

    The New York one and the Nice To Meet You one stood out to me. I enjoyed them all though!

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  7. 7

    I believe you forgot one of the kings – Ray Fenwick

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  8. 8

    awesome typo.. wonder if someone could turn em all into real fonts! :)

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  9. 9

    Beautiful! Thank you for posting these!

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  10. 10

    The House Industries font is just awesome!

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    Beautiful…

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  12. 12

    The french in Si Scott typo says : “our story will become legend, together we are invicible. Together its for life, here it’s…
    You’ll never be alone, always faithfull”

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  13. 13

    This post is a tragedy for me!

    Now that I spent hours on getting the CSS right on my site…
    I’m thinking about doing everything again on paper and scan it ;-)

    No seriously, amazing works!

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  14. 14

    Lol, the last one, “OLD SCHOOL” is seriously old school. Almost like something I’d see on a desk in class back in the early 90′s when I was still young. :’3

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  15. 15

    Mike its just a post calm yourself down. Get on with some work.

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    Charleen

    You should work for the UN.

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  17. 17

    hey gr8.

    wish we’d have thought of that.

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  18. 18

    TaoGOGOhas read your article,it perfect, and i share it with my friends!

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    For some jobs it’ll be very interesting.

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    What about Eduardo Recife from misprintedtype.com ??

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  21. 21

    These type of typo we can use it in banners I think so.

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    There’s some awesome stuff here, and also (at least) one with a typo…

    Been there myself, drawing myself giddy, when suddenly I realize “donkey” does indeed have an “n” in it.
    heh

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    not sure how you can have a list about hand drawn type and not include Marian Bantjes
    Just one example of a huge range of beautiful type.

    Also check out Luca Barcellona and Chris Piasik

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  24. 24

    WOWWWWW.. awesome man.. wd lov to learn typography.. looks soo cool..
    Kittu k

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  25. 25

    Nice compilation, love this stuff. (Good to see you have recovered from the Photoshop post lol.)

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    I submit Aaron Horkey’s work for consideration. The guy is amazing. Check his Flight of the Conchords poster.

    Not to mention the fact that he’s a ridiculous illustrator…

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    WOWWWWW.. awesome man.. wd lov to learn typography.. looks soo cool..
    Kittu k

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    RE Mike’s comment: I actually think most of these are much more sophisticated than “just a ‘mind-dump’ of ideas” reminiscent of “bad teenage poetry”. The styles are quite casual, if that’s what you’re referring to. But there are actually some well thought out layouts going on here, good use of color, and some nicely drawn typography. If this is what you expect of a teenager who’s bored in class then you must know some very talented kids!

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  29. 29

    Wow, that’s a awsome collection =O

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  30. 30

    lovely and new and fresh….thanks for sharing

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    Wow, thanks for including my work in this post. I would appreciate it if my piece was linked to my actual website and not my old deviantart page.

    http://artbycruz.com/print/kanye-west/

    Thanks!

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  32. 32

    I-N-S-P-I-R-A-D-O-R!

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  33. 33

    This awesome post prove that in this digital world hand are still more creative then mouse.

    Thanks for this fabulous collection.
    I made a post about this collection and add a link to this page at my blog.

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  34. 34

    Great work! It is so encouraging to see a revival of hand drawn typography. Nothing beats picking up a pencil and actually DRAWING, away from a computer.

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  35. 35

    To be a term elitist, this is all lettering, technically, not typography: It’s like calling a photograph a painting just because they’re both images.

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  36. 36

    frankensteining ??? good idea

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    Very cool ideas, I always like seeing designs that merge drawing and type! No one can argue the importance of computers, and clean typography definitely has its place, but drawing by hand lends a certain personality you’ll never get from a machine.

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    Thanks for including my work! I would also appreciate it if I was linked back to my actual website and not that goofy monicker I went under when I was 14 on DeviantArt… http://www.jenmussari.com

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    Beautiful…

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    I really appreciate you including me on a list with such amazing work and artists. The link to my portfolio is, unfortunately, not working. Could you link it again to here: http://www.behance.net/jpenico

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  42. 44

    I am following your blog regularly and got great information.Thank you so much for sharing this information. I have bookmarked this page for future use.Keep blogging.

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  43. 45

    It’s too bad you’re linking to images on Tumblr instead of tracking down the original artists. Tacky.

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  44. 46

    Wonderful post, I love all these beautiful examples of handmade, illustrated letterforms. I am writing an essay about Handmade typography within the advertising industry and would love some opinions. Here is a link to a short survey if you would like to participate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8QNVSYK

    Thank you for your time.

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