Handwriting seems to have lost some of its attraction over the last years. Nobody writes beautiful handwritten letters, and uses digital means of communication with smileys, abbreviations and standard lettering instead. And that’s a pity. Since handwriting is unique, it has a tremendous expressive power a standard lettering isn’t able to achieve. [Content Care Oct/12/2016]
More than that, handwritten text can be incredibly gorgeous. In fact, there is nothing more valuable than a beautiful handwritten letter sent to your beloved ones. And this post attempts to prove just that.
In the overview below you’ll find excellent examples of beautiful handwriting, creative lettering and professional calligraphy. It’s really amazing to see what one can create out of simple letters drawn with a pencil on a small piece of paper.
For further typographic inspiration you can browse through our previous posts
- Breathtaking Typographic Posters1 showcases over 50 breathtaking typographic posters designed by artists across the globe. We feature Oriental, Iranian, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese and Russian typographic posters.
- Typography in Motion2 with excellent examples of typography embedded into movies and videos,
- Hand-Drawing Style in Web Design3 demonstrates excellent examples of hand-drawing style in modern web design.
Claredon Press, Flower
A book cover from 1987. Published by Claredon Press. Created by Sheila Waters.
Cronica de los reyes catolicos, XVI century.
A Spanish manuscript from Berkeley, University of California, The Bancroft Library.
Calligraphy by Vera Evstafieva.
Tom Gourdie’s gallery
Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Tom Gourdie. Handwriting master’s pieces from 1980s.
Scripture and Calligraphy
By Denis Brown.
Handwriting, Doodling and Lettering Link
British Ariways B/W Font
Alex Trochut’s work for British Airways. Sexy, sweet and beautiful lettering!
The design by the agency Lowerporta from Chile. An advertisement for Panasonic digital devices.
Estrella Levante Posters
Jeff Finley’s work.
By Yury Ostromentsky.
Zapf Games 2005
By Alexander Utkin.
on Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Experiments with type Link
Feliz Natal | Merry Christmas69
By Marina Chaccur. “The 2006 online christmas card started being very real. In the beginning the letters were drawn by hand, then after the final layout was chosen, the white beads were arranged onto a paper with a very pale outline of the lettering. In the end, the paper was photographed, the image was altered in Photoshop, and the beads went back to the package.”
- 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
- 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/19/monday-inspiration-typography-in-motion/
- 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/hand-drawing-style-in-modern-web-design-volume-2/
- 4 http://flickr.com/photos/typeoff/1803780526/
- 5 http://flickr.com/photos/typeoff/1803780526/
- 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7333287@N07/513070957/in/pool-word
- 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7333287@N07/513070957/in/pool-word
- 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7333287@N07/513044370/in/pool-word
- 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7333287@N07/1575813708/in/pool-jalalspages_calligraphicalbum
- 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7333287@N07/856956965/in/pool-jalalspages_calligraphicalbum
- 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/random-project/429164718/in/pool-_handmade_typography
- 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/random-project/429164718/in/pool-_handmade_typography
- 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7333287@N07/2051535549/in/pool-word
- 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7333287@N07/2051535549/in/pool-word
- 15 http://flickr.com/photos/typeoff/2068691636/
- 16 http://flickr.com/photos/typeoff/2068691636/
- 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pejnolan/189819230/
- 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pejnolan/189819230/
- 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeilau/386485213/in/set-1653663/
- 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeilau/386485213/in/set-1653663/
- 21 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/329947635/
- 22 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/2118108875/
- 23 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/329947635/
- 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/extraverage/673475679/in/set-72157602502659949/
- 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/extraverage/673475679/in/set-72157602502659949/
- 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/extraverage/1373381958/
- 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/extraverage/1359834887/
- 28 http://flickr.com/photos/runeone/2119750843/in/set-72157594226064640/
- 29 http://flickr.com/photos/runeone/2119750843/in/set-72157594226064640/
- 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jabzug/2341658715/
- 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jabzug/2341658715/
- 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbreak/2367723888/
- 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbreak/2367723888/
- 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zeptonn/2264006779/
- 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zeptonn/2264006779/
- 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8729526@N02/2387826280/
- 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8729526@N02/2387826280/
- 38 http://inspiredology.com/graphic-design/typography/
- 39 http://inspiredology.com/graphic-design/typography/
- 40 http://inspiredology.com/graphic-design/typography/
- 41 http://inspiredology.com/graphic-design/typography/
- 42 http://www.unit.nl/
- 43 http://www.dailytype.ru/index_2006_may.html
- 44 http://www.dailytype.ru/index_2006_may.html
- 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloudberryterrier/219099742/
- 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloudberryterrier/219099742/
- 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeilau/348968675/
- 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeilau/348968675/
- 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chastinet/1271971366/
- 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chastinet/1271971366/
- 51 http://creativebits.org/inspiration/arabic_calligraphy
- 52 http://creativebits.org/inspiration/arabic_calligraphy
- 53 http://www.siscottstudio.com/
- 54 http://www.siscottstudio.com/
- 55 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Rolling-Stones-Rolled-Gold-/53862
- 56 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Rolling-Stones-Rolled-Gold-/53862
- 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeilau/330859951/
- 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeilau/330859951/
- 59 http://www.bantjes.com/index.php?id=199
- 60 http://www.bantjes.com/index.php?id=199
- 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mister-nylon/1788887607/
- 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mister-nylon/1788887607/
- 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mister-nylon/1788887593/in/photostream/
- 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mister-nylon/1788887593/in/photostream/
- 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fantagraphics/2359253475/
- 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fantagraphics/2359253475/
- 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nirtober/1252945006/
- 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nirtober/1252945006/
- 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/marinachaccur/330294782/in/set-72157603270157684/
- 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/marinachaccur/330294782/in/set-72157603270157684/
- 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/marinachaccur/330294782/in/set-72157603270157684/
- 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturalimagepro/386253166/in/pool-lightwritings
- 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturalimagepro/386253167/in/pool-lightwritings
- 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturalimagepro/386253166/in/pool-lightwritings
- 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/13093604@N03/1879185654/
- 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/13093604@N03/1879185654/
- 77 http://lagrafia.blogspot.com/2008/02/caligrafia-na-pele.html
- 78 http://lagrafia.blogspot.com/2008/02/caligrafia-na-pele.html
- 79 http://www.flickr.com/groups/jalalspages_calligraphicalbum/pool/
- 80 http://www.flickr.com/groups/_handmade_typography/pool/
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