Best of the Blog 2012: Lisa Congdon’s 365 Days Of Hand Lettering

The extremely talented Lisa Congdon will be inspiring us throughout 2012 with her 365 Days of Hand Lettering project, a creativity exercise that challenges all of her drawing skills.

Each day for 365 days for the year 2012 I will post an image of something I have hand-lettered: a letter of the alphabet, a word, a phrase, a quote, a name. Some of the lettering will be based on traditional forms of calligraphy or vintage lettering and some will be of my own design. I am taking a calligraphy class right now and will certainly incorporate much of what I learn and practice there. I will be mostly working with ink, nibs and brushes, but will occasionally use pens. Some of the designs will be quite simple and some more elaborate.

Why hand lettering? First, I love typography and type design, lettering and calligraphy. I love old letters, old script, anything written with a nib and ink. Second, hand lettering is something at which I’d like to get become more accomplished and incorporate into my art & illustration practice more fully. This project is an opportunity for me to practice in the context of a personal creative challenge. I had so much fun with my 2010 daily project, A Collection a Day, and I wanted to embark on something this year that was equally exciting to me, but all together different. As with A Collection a Day, I do not profess to be doing anything new or unique here. Many people practice hand lettering daily and have websites dedicated to their work. This is simply an opportunity for me to grow in an area that interests me and share my process and progress with you in a public forum.

via Felt & Wire

For more resources about hand made design, visit My Design Shop.Fingerprint No. 2 book by Chen Design

Fingerprint No. 2 by Chen Design
For many designers, creating things by hand is a reaction to too much computer-based design. Since the first Fingerprint was published, ideas that were once on the fringe have begun to thrive in the mainstream. From typography and illustration to book-making and film titles, elements of handcraft have soaked into everyday life. Fingerprint No. 2 reflects the evolution of those ideas. In this second volume, you’ll still find plenty of projects created entirely without the aid of computer technology. But you’ll also discover how designers are beginning to incorporate the two aesthetics—handmade and digital—in order to best communicate their message. A third, hybrid aesthetic is emerging; one that marries the technologies of the past and future into a vibrant, exciting present.

One thought on “Best of the Blog 2012: Lisa Congdon’s 365 Days Of Hand Lettering

  1. anna

    great! thanks lisa! i have always loved hand lettering and the art of it. definitely seems to be a lost art, and glad to see what you are doing with it. inspirational and beautiful. looking forward to seeing all you come up with!!!