Hand Lettering Meets Tombstone AZ

declarationofindependenceHand Lettering Makes a Comeback
Everything seems so automated today. I remember when you had to sign something with a pen. Now your digital signature will suffice. (I’m not even sure what that is.) Photographers used to get up before sunrise just to take a photograph in order to get the perfect white balance. Now it can be manipulated in Photoshop, with geese added later flying overhead and a soft fog gently placed on top via studio software.

Doing anything manual seems to have become so primitive that even in states like Georgia, cursive has been removed from the curriculum. How will our future leaders read our past leaders letters to our future leaders?

Although we can output so much more with printers and computers, hand lettering is a great way to create, use georgein mixed media and even get closer to the subject matter in a first phase draft. The Declaration of Independence was done by hand, as was the Constitution of the United States. Obvious, yes, but would Jefferson, Adams or Franklin have been as eloquent if it were tapped out or edited on a computer?

Hand Lettering Tells a Story
Every year, over 100,000 people visit Tombstone Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona. The stories behind this lawless old west town are epic, but none as well-known as the 30-second showdown in the O.K Corral between outlaw brothers Frank and Tom McLaury, Ike and Billy Clanton and Billy Claiborne against brothers and Marshals Virgil and Morgan Earp, lawman Wyatt Earp and their friend Doc Holliday. But the outlaw’s graves aren’t the only famous ones in Tombstone that draw crowds every year. George Johnson’s grave marker has been photographed and posted on social media sites for years. In fact, several of the residents in Tombstone Cemetery have been welcomed into the hearts of 21st Century tourists simply because of their stories told via hand lettering on their markers. I’m sure George would have preferred to have been remembered in other ways, but the passion and curiosity that hand written messaging incites shouldn’t be overlooked.

handletteringBeginning on Monday, September 16th, Denise Bosler, author of Mastering Type, will teach HOW Design University’s Hand Lettering Power Course. The program is specifically designed for the creative individual interested in experimenting and testing the communication arts and reviewing how typography and calligraphy are received versus hand lettering and other forms of type.

Hand lettering is a personal skill for each student, an individual art form. Bosler will be open for collaboration during this two week course, which includes helping the designer to master his or her own typographical voice and layout skills.

Unlike the past when hand lettering was all that was available, today, using it will set you apart. Hand lettering brings art and design alive because it is juxtaposed against a world of automation, a world that currently views optimal output often as more valuable than intimate or detailed engagement. Determine your skill in hand lettering and begin to make it the rule, not the exception. Sign up now.


DEADLINE MONDAY SEPTEMBER16, 2013 – ENTER NOW

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