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40 Beautiful Examples Of Hand Drawn Typography

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.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Beautiful Hand-Drawn Typography Link

Fiodor Sumkin5

Hand Drawn Typography6

Maxwell Lord7

Hand Drawn Typography8

Edgar Reyes9

Hand Drawn Typography10

Jesse Penico11

Hand Drawn Typography12

Fiodor Sumkin13

Hand Drawn Typography14

MWM Graphics

Hand Drawn Typography

James Gulliver Hancock

Hand Drawn Typography

von brandis15

Hand Drawn Typography16

Lines in the Sky17

Hand Drawn Typography18

DJG Design19

Hand Drawn Typography20

Capitan Burrito21

Hand Drawn Typography22

SHCH Graphics Group23

Hand Drawn Typography24

Stanislav Tomsej25

Hand Drawn Typography26

Sophie Henson27

Hand Drawn Typography28

Sophie Henson29

Hand Drawn Typography30

Megan Brock31

Hand Drawn Typography32

David Maclennan33

Hand Drawn Typography34

Jen Mussari35

Hand Drawn Typography36

MrHodgey37

Hand Drawn Typography38

cruzaderazn39

Hand Drawn Typography40

Si Scott41

Hand Drawn Typography42

mrana43

Hand Drawn Typography44

Linzie Hunter4745

Hand Drawn Typography46

Linzie Hunter4745

Hand Drawn Typography48

House Industries

Hand Drawn Typography

TheOrganicType.com

Hand Drawn Typography

BAM POP49

Hand Drawn Typography50

SonmiSonmi51

Hand Drawn Typography52

Jon Contino53

Hand Drawn Typography54

Jon Contino55

Hand Drawn Typography56

Lilian Liem57

Hand Drawn Typography58

Anjo Bolarda59

Hand Drawn Typography60

Yissus Galiana61

Hand Drawn Typography62

megtown63

Hand Drawn Typography64

rachealanilyse65

Hand Drawn Typography66

rachealanilyse67

Hand Drawn Typography68

Pomme Chan69

Hand Drawn Typography70

chuckandchucky71

Hand Drawn Typography72

Sources and Resources Link

Footnotes Link

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

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Steven Snell is a Web designer and blogger. In addition to maintaining his own blog and writing for a number of other top design blogs, he also manages an online shop that offers premium graphic design resources.

  1. 1

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

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  2. 2

    Timotej Neonski

    August 11, 2009 3:53 pm

    Awesome post.

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  3. 3

    So awesome.

    Love the fresh typography

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  4. 4

    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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  5. 5

    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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  6. 6

    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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  7. 7

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

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  8. 8

    I believe you forgot one of the kings – Ray Fenwick

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  9. 9

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

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  10. 10

    Beautiful! Thank you for posting these!

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  11. 11

    The House Industries font is just awesome!

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  12. 12

    Beautiful…

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  13. 13

    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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  14. 14

    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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  15. 15

    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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  16. 16

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

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  17. 17

    Charleen

    You should work for the UN.

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  18. 18

    website design

    August 12, 2009 2:48 am

    hey gr8.

    wish we’d have thought of that.

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  19. 19

    Micael Delgado

    August 12, 2009 4:49 am

    For some jobs it’ll be very interesting.

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  20. 20

    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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  22. 22

    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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  23. 23

    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

    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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  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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  41. 43

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

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  42. 44

    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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