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The Art Of Hand Lettering

      Hand lettering has taken the world by storm. It has become the beautiful connection — a juxtaposition — between design and words. The letter forms in the typography have been broken down into their shapes, flourishes, and textures. Hand lettering speaks volumes. This is an art form which allows us to see the space between the letters, and the style of the lettering as a piece of art that can deeply evoke emotions and bring meaning — nostalgia, happiness, joy, and love.

      Hand lettering has taken the world by storm. It has become the beautiful connection — a juxtaposition — between design and words. The letter forms in the typography have been broken down into their shapes, flourishes, and textures.

      The Art Of Hand Lettering

      Hand lettering speaks volumes. This is an art form which allows us to see the space between the letters, and the style of the lettering as a piece of art that can deeply evoke emotions and bring meaning — nostalgia, happiness, joy, and love.

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      I’ve selected some of the hand lettering artists whose work continues to speak strongly and boldly of this beautiful way of creating art. Art that moves us to feel, to act, to be, to believe, to participate, and to belong. That is exactly what art does. It connects us all to the common thread between us. It is a game of connect-the-dots. We see patterns, themes, and feel emotions when art stops us — and moves us. Calligraphy — or hand lettering — can do all of this. Here are some of the best hand letterers around.

      Thiago Bellotti’s Hand Lettering

      Among other hand lettering artists, Thiago Bellotti’s skills include his beautiful Victorian lettering. His work is highly detailed and full of brush lettering, swashes and flourishes.

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      Thiago Bellotti
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      Andy Lethbridge

      Andy’s hand lettering is a script that has a impressive typographical structure. The details and architecture of his letters are just beautiful.

      Andy Lethbridge
      Andy Lethbridge
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      Valerie McKeehan

      Valerie McKeehan is the creative director and founder of Lily & Val. She is also the author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering. Valerie’s works primarily in chalk — her work is worth checking out!

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      Dinara Mirtalipova

      Dinara Mirtalipova is a hand lettering artist who has a unique style of her own. She’s a self-taught illustrator and designer who has even worked at American Greetings — she is now a freelance designer. Her work has a beautiful hand-written feel that cannot be ignored.

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      Nathan Douglas Yoder

      Nathan is a hand lettering artist, illustrator and animator. If you take a closer look, you’ll see that his work is mostly inspired by the vintage charm.

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      Nathan Douglas Yoder
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      Lindsay Sherbondy

      Lindsay Sherbondy is a hand lettering artist based in Wisconsin. Her hand lettering can be found on book covers as well as in her retail store. You may have already seen her beautiful work on one of Shauna Niequist’s books.

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      Ken Barber

      Ken is a typeface designer at the illustrious House Industries, known for their beautiful fonts.

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      Ken Barber
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      Ruth Simmons Chou

      Ruth Simmons Chou’s work has a modern take on the traditional pen and nib style of lettering. She combines this with her gorgeous watercolor paintings to create her pretty style.

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      Ruth Simmons Chou
      Ruth Simmons Chou
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      Joseph Alessio

      Joseph Alessio is a hand lettering artist whose work is simply stunning. He can really turn objects like pennies, snow, and more beautiful works of art.

      Joseph Alessio
      Joseph Alessio
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      Molly Jacques

      Molly is perhaps the quintessential hand lettering artist. She is a veteran and teaches calligraphy workshops to thousands around the world in her calligraphy workshops. She has corporate clients and her workshops are booked solid. Well, no wonder — just look at her impressive talent.

      Molly Jacques
      Molly Jacques
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      Andreas Hansen

      Andreas Hansen is a hand lettering artist from Denmark. His style is a brush lettering script with a black ink vibe. Impressive!

      Andreas Hansen
      Andreas Hansen
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      Jessica Hische

      Jessica is an iconic letterer, illustrator, type designer, and author. She is best known for her personal projects, like ‘Daily Drop Cap.’ She is a lettering icon — a true veteran in the field who is always coming up with new visions for the future of lettering.

      Jessica Hische
      Jessica Hische
      Jessica Hische
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      Neil Secretario

      Neil is a hand lettering artist with a hand-drawn type style. The typeforms he has created are simply stunning. A true art form — wouldn’t you agree?

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      Neil Secretario
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      Kal Barteski

      Kal Barteski is an amazing artist and brush script lettering artist. She is passionate about wildlife conservation and education. Her work is often described as “meaningful, authentic, and poetic”. She believes in art’s power to connect and heal, and has created art for charities. Highly inspiring!

      Kal Barteski
      Kal Barteski
      Kal Barteski
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      Zachary Smith

      Zachary Smith’s hand lettering has a very hipster feel to it. Like a trip up the mountains with a warm mug of hot chocolate in your hand. It’s a vintage, rubber-stamp pad, meets hand lettered in pencil style.

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      Zachary Smith
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      Karla Lim

      Karla Lim is based in Vancouver, Canada, but loves that her work can travel all over the world. She specializes in heirloom wedding invitations and calligraphy.

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      Ian Barnard

      Ian Barnard is an artist who created the beautiful font named “Outbound”. His work is beautifully scripted and has an adventure-seeking vibe, with a faith-based feel.

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      Ian Barnard
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      Minna So

      Minna is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and designer. Her work is a playful hand-written style. She specializes in hand lettering, and illustrative designs. Her work has been featured with notable clients like Pinterest.

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      Max Pirsky

      Max Pirsky is an up-and-coming hand lettering artist. His work is lively and full of gusto with lots of Jackson Pollock-style paint splatters. His work is just satisfying to look at.

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      Lauren Saylor

      Lauren started out as a hobbyist, then turned her etsy shop into a real business, working from home, after teaching herself calligraphy and working with brands she loves on her blog.

      Lauren Saylor
      Lauren Saylor
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      Ged Palmer

      Ged is a sign painter and lettering artist based in London. His lettering and sign painting is reminiscent of the old vintage sign painters of yesterday. Ged creates large-scale murals in collaborations with other artists. His work is captivating.

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      Julie Song

      Julie Song is an illustrator, calligrapher and lettering artist based in the Bay Area in California. Her work has also featured in several books, including How to Style Your Brand written by Fiona Humberstone. Her work is worth checking out!

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      Scott Biersack

      Scott is a NY hand lettering artist with decidedly vintage-style lettering skills. His work ranges from vector artwork to hand-drawn typeforms. His script is beautiful and the connecting flourished details make it unique.

      Scott Biersack
      Scott Biersack
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      Melissa Esplin

      Melissa teaches some great online calligraphy classes. She’s a hand lettering artist that has been around for a while. She is well known for her classes in the calligraphy and hand lettering circle.

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      Matt Vergotis

      Matt is a hand lettering artist who uses any medium — even markers to create his hand lettering art. Matt’s style has a very street quality to it. It’s got flourishes that are quick and urban.

      Matt Vergotis
      Matt Vergotis
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      Alison Carmicheal

      Alison is a hand lettering artist that has her work in print as well as on book covers. Based in London, she studied Graphic Design at Ravensbourne college of design. She has been working commercially for about 15 years winning many industry accolades. Her work is full of romantic flourishes and free-spirited strokes.

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      Bryan Patrick Todd

      Bryan is a hand letterer and muralist who creates large-scale lettering projects with a vintage vibe.

      Bryan Patrick Todd
      Bryan Patrick Todd
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      Tara Royer Steele

      I believe that Tara Royer Steele has the best handwriting. She has covered her charming bakery with encouraging quotes and words. Even the bathroom walls are full of uplifting quotes! Her chalkboards feature an ever-changing plethora of wise words, catchy sayings, scripture, and inspiration.

      Tara Royer Steele
      Tara Royer Steele
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      Paul von Excite

      Paul is a logo specialist, lettering maniac, typography killer and branding expert. That’s right: all in one.

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      Paul von Excite
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      Kristen Drozdowski

      Worthwhile Paper is a collection of lively screen printed paper goods designed by Kristen Drozdowski and her husband. Their goal is to create meaningful print work to share with others. In effort to spread happiness using art, they create designs inspired by nature, plants, and feel-good experiences.

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      Luke Choice

      Luke Choice uses bold, bright colors in his hand lettering for a very cool style. He also uses a brush and grunge style that combines a chrome-look for a highly stylized feel that looks like melted and liquid type.

      Luke Choice
      Luke Choice
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      Lisa Congdon

      Lisa is an author, fine artist, author and illustrator who is known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design and hand lettering. Her work is very cheerful, colorful, and unique.

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      Mateusz Witczak

      Mateusz has a beautiful hand-drawn style to his hand lettering. It has an almost gothic lettering style reminiscent of the old vintage letterers. Take a look!

      Mateusz Witczak
      Mateusz Witczak
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      Jess Levitz

      The combination of upper and lowercase letters really makes Jess’ work shine, and her flourished cursive hand lettering will make you swoon.

      Jess Levitz
      Jess Levitz
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      João Neves

      João has a very beautiful style of hand lettering. It is very unique, stylized, and lovely.

      João Neves
      João Neves
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      McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter

      McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter has a unique style of hand lettering and illustrations. She even self-published the amazing hand lettered and illustrated “The ABCs of Homesteading” — a children’s book every homesteading family will want on their shelves. She’s a regular contributor to taproot magazine (a lovely magazine for homesteaders), and she supports many causes with her work.

      Elizabeth McKenzie
      Elizabeth McKenzie
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      Jason Vandenberg

      Jason is a hand lettering artist based in Toronto. His work features lots of details and flourishes. Very modern and worth checking out!

      Jason Vandenberg
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      Mary Kate McDevitt

      Here’s a pioneer in the hand lettering industry. Mary Kate is an author, illustrator, and hand lettering artist. Her work is very iconic; you may probably already know it is her work by the way she letters. She uses bold colors, lots of design elements, and vintage style in her lettering.

      Mary Kate McDevitt
      Mary Kate McDevitt
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      Jay Roeder

      Jay has a unique style of hand lettering. He uses bold colors, lots of flourishes, and bright styles.

      Jay Roeder
      Jay Roeder
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      Danielle Evans

      Back in 2013, Danielle combined her love of lettering, design, photography, and eating to create food typography. Her work is internationally regarded as both innovative and mouth watering, inspiring new trends in social campaigns, advertising, and motion. Her work is incredible! You have to view the videos of her working with food to create hand lettering art.

      Danielle Evans
      Danielle Evans
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      Sean McCabe

      Sean McCabe is a hand lettering artist that also teaches classes called Learn Lettering, and how to build and grow a sustainable business. Sean’s style is pencil and ink and sketches, as well as digital. He is a true teacher and loves to help others.

      Sean McCabe
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      Alissa Mazzenga

      Alissa Mazzenga is the owner of Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy and is known for her work to be fluid, painterly, and very traditional. She’s a big fan of using calligraphic and illustrative techniques.

      Alissa Mazzenga
      Alissa Mazzenga
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      Erik Marinovich

      Eric is a hand lettering artist based in San Francisco, California. He does great collaborations and has a distinctive style.

      Erik Marinovich
      Erik Marinovich
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      Caitlin Bristow

      Caitlin started her shop as a hobby and it grew to the shop it is today known as Lettered Life. Her flourished script is refreshing and modern. She has her work on published books, calendars, and more. I love how she uses her beautiful lettering to share her faith.

      Caitlin Bristow
      Caitlin Bristow
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      Drew Melton

      Drew is a hand lettering artist with work that is in the style of the old vintage sign painters. Incredible talent!

      Drew Melton
      Drew Melton
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      Stephanie Ackerman

      Stephanie Ackerman’s hand lettering doesn’t really an introduction, as she is a staple in the hand lettering world. But here is about her page collage.

      Stephanie Ackerman
      Stephanie Ackerman
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      Sean Tulgetske

      Sean is a hand lettering artist based in Michigan. His work is a mix of letterforms and and more. The swashes in his lettering are old school type forms and have a very vintage vibe.

      Sean Tulgetske
      Sean Tulgetske
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      It’s been a pleasure sharing some of my favorite hand lettering artists. Hand lettering is an art form that creates art from mere words. See what you feel when you see different types, letterforms,and hand lettering styles when you are out and about in the world. Notice when you are at a restaurant, and the menu is hand lettered in a flourished script — how does it resonate with you? That’s the art of hand lettering at it’s best.