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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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Fiodor Sumkin6

Hand Drawn Typography7

Maxwell Lord8

Hand Drawn Typography9

Edgar Reyes10

Hand Drawn Typography11

Jesse Penico12

Hand Drawn Typography13

Fiodor Sumkin14

Hand Drawn Typography15

MWM Graphics

Hand Drawn Typography

James Gulliver Hancock

Hand Drawn Typography

von brandis16

Hand Drawn Typography17

Lines in the Sky18

Hand Drawn Typography19

DJG Design20

Hand Drawn Typography21

Capitan Burrito22

Hand Drawn Typography23

SHCH Graphics Group24

Hand Drawn Typography25

Stanislav Tomsej26

Hand Drawn Typography27

Sophie Henson28

Hand Drawn Typography29

Sophie Henson30

Hand Drawn Typography31

Megan Brock32

Hand Drawn Typography33

David Maclennan34

Hand Drawn Typography35

Jen Mussari36

Hand Drawn Typography37

MrHodgey38

Hand Drawn Typography39

cruzaderazn40

Hand Drawn Typography41

Si Scott42

Hand Drawn Typography43

mrana44

Hand Drawn Typography45

Linzie Hunter4846

Hand Drawn Typography47

Linzie Hunter4846

Hand Drawn Typography49

House Industries50

Hand Drawn Typography51

TheOrganicType.com

Hand Drawn Typography

BAM POP52

Hand Drawn Typography53

SonmiSonmi54

Hand Drawn Typography55

Jon Contino56

Hand Drawn Typography57

Jon Contino58

Hand Drawn Typography59

Lilian Liem60

Hand Drawn Typography61

Anjo Bolarda62

Hand Drawn Typography63

Yissus Galiana64

Hand Drawn Typography65

megtown66

Hand Drawn Typography67

rachealanilyse68

Hand Drawn Typography69

rachealanilyse70

Hand Drawn Typography71

Pomme Chan72

Hand Drawn Typography73

chuckandchucky74

Hand Drawn Typography75

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  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/26/retro-and-vintage-typography-showcase/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/12/sexy-bold-and-experimental-typography/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/23/gorgeous-examples-of-floral-typography/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/21/creative-print-typography-layouts/
  6. 6 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Cyrillique-Fantastique-/236047
  7. 7 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Cyrillique-Fantastique-/236047
  8. 8 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/SVSV/246831
  9. 9 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/SVSV/246831
  10. 10 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Domino-Records-in-Mexico-(gig-poster)/264533
  11. 11 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Domino-Records-in-Mexico-(gig-poster)/264533
  12. 12 http://www.behance.net/jpenico
  13. 13 http://www.behance.net/jpenico
  14. 14 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NIKE-Athlete-Book_-Nike-ReUse_-The-process/263711
  15. 15 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NIKE-Athlete-Book_-Nike-ReUse_-The-process/263711
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/von_brandis/131235921/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/von_brandis/131235921/
  18. 18 http://letsflykites.tumblr.com/post/142938553
  19. 19 http://letsflykites.tumblr.com/post/142938553
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/djgdesign/3726869942/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/djgdesign/3726869942/
  22. 22 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DiR/174882
  23. 23 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DiR/174882
  24. 24 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/silk/93372
  25. 25 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/silk/93372
  26. 26 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typoautoportrait/274634
  27. 27 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typoautoportrait/274634
  28. 28 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/New-York-New-York/260471
  29. 29 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/New-York-New-York/260471
  30. 30 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Newer-Bits/148025
  31. 31 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Newer-Bits/148025
  32. 32 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/MAP/64017
  33. 33 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/MAP/64017
  34. 34 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Hand-drawn-type/258535
  35. 35 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Hand-drawn-type/258535
  36. 36 http://www.jenmussari.com
  37. 37 http://www.jenmussari.com
  38. 38 http://mrhodgey.deviantart.com/art/The-Gramophone-113538440
  39. 39 http://mrhodgey.deviantart.com/art/The-Gramophone-113538440
  40. 40 http://cruzaderazn.deviantart.com/art/Kanye-West-SPD-Layout-1-of-2-114363894
  41. 41 http://cruzaderazn.deviantart.com/art/Kanye-West-SPD-Layout-1-of-2-114363894
  42. 42 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Nike--DDB-Paris/126189
  43. 43 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Nike--DDB-Paris/126189
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrana/3553338570/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrana/3553338570/
  46. 46 http://www.linziehunter.co.uk/sketchbooks/lettering-sketchbook/
  47. 47 http://www.linziehunter.co.uk/sketchbooks/lettering-sketchbook/
  48. 48 http://www.linziehunter.co.uk/sketchbooks/lettering-sketchbook/
  49. 49 http://www.linziehunter.co.uk/sketchbooks/lettering-sketchbook/
  50. 50 http://www.houseind.com/showandtell/2009/07/14/Toolsofthetrade
  51. 51 http://www.houseind.com/showandtell/2009/07/14/Toolsofthetrade
  52. 52 http://www.bampop.com/view/catalog/show/stamps/detail/bp00326
  53. 53 http://www.bampop.com/view/catalog/show/stamps/detail/bp00326
  54. 54 http://www.sonmisonmi.com/
  55. 55 http://www.sonmisonmi.com/
  56. 56 http://www.joncontino.com/index.php?/projects/super-short-stories/
  57. 57 http://www.joncontino.com/index.php?/projects/super-short-stories/
  58. 58 http://www.joncontino.com/index.php?/projects/lettering/
  59. 59 http://www.joncontino.com/index.php?/projects/lettering/
  60. 60 http://www.lilianliem.com/subdesign_lostintokyo.html
  61. 61 http://www.lilianliem.com/subdesign_lostintokyo.html
  62. 62 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Reckless-Erica-Entry/195909
  63. 63 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Reckless-Erica-Entry/195909
  64. 64 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/Visual-profile/155208
  65. 65 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/Visual-profile/155208
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xomeagain/3433509196/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xomeagain/3433509196/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachealanilyse/3400498874/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachealanilyse/3400498874/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachealanilyse/2858191632/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachealanilyse/2858191632/
  72. 72 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/83203
  73. 73 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/83203
  74. 74 http://chuckandchucky.deviantart.com/art/Old-school-62461065
  75. 75 http://chuckandchucky.deviantart.com/art/Old-school-62461065
  76. 76 http://www.behance.net/
  77. 77 http://typeinspire.com/
  78. 78 http://www.deviantart.com/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/
  80. 80 http://welovetypography.com/
  81. 81 http://vi.sualize.us/
  82. 82 http://www.typographyserved.com/
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  1. 1

    Timotej Neonski

    August 11, 2009 3:53 pm

    Awesome post.

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  2. 2

    So awesome.

    Love the fresh typography

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  3. 3

    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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  4. 4

    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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  11. 11

    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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  16. 16

    Charleen

    You should work for the UN.

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  17. 17

    website design

    August 12, 2009 2:48 am

    hey gr8.

    wish we’d have thought of that.

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  18. 18

    Micael Delgado

    August 12, 2009 4:49 am

    For some jobs it’ll be very interesting.

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  19. 19

    What about Eduardo Recife from misprintedtype.com ??

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  20. 20

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

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  21. 21

    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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  22. 22

    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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  23. 23

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

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  24. 24

    Erik Kubitschek

    August 12, 2009 7:40 am

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

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  25. 25

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

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  26. 26

    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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  27. 27

    Wow, that’s a awsome collection =O

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  28. 28

    sayan mukherjee

    August 12, 2009 10:40 am

    lovely and new and fresh….thanks for sharing

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  29. 29

    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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  30. 30

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

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  31. 31

    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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  32. 32

    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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  33. 33

    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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  34. 34

    frankensteining ??? good idea

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  35. 35

    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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  36. 36

    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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  38. 39

    designer renji

    June 17, 2010 10:07 pm

    Beautiful…

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  39. 40

    Jesse Penico

    July 14, 2010 9:44 am

    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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  40. 42

    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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