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We look at defining whitespace containers and establish kerning principles to be applied to lettering compositions in the following lesson. This is the last of the free lessons before the full Learn Lettering courses are available on Monday, March 24th! I’ll be launching with 10 courses, 50 lessons, and more than 8 hours of highly edited, educational videos on lettering.

It’s hard to believe we’re finally closing in on the final week. This Monday, March 24th, Learn Lettering will finally be live with 10 courses, 50 lessons, and more than 8 hours of highly edited, educational videos on lettering.

Since 2012 I’ve been planning this, and for the past 8 months I’ve been exclusively building this platform. I phased out of client work in 2013 to make this a reality, and now we’re just days away. I can hardly contain my excitement.

I’ll be teaching a hand lettering workshop in Florida for AIGA Orlando on February 22, 2014.

We will explore some approaches for creating different types of lettering, as well as look at how to intentionally combine different styles and create solid compositions.

Since Instagram introduced video importing from the camera roll, I’ve been enjoying sharing condensed timelapses of my lettering process. It’s also given me a great excuse to include some of my piano compositions as mini-soundtracks. Though many on Instagram cry “What app? What app??!” in the comments out of desperation to discover a 1-tap solution  Continue Reading »

So you’re excited about Learn Lettering, and now you’re interested in the tools! While I do reveal my instruments here, I can’t stress enough that the best pen is the one you’re comfortable with. You don’t need anything you see here to create good work, or to be a great artist. Remember, tools are just  Continue Reading »

I’ve talked about the good and bad types of copying before. Though there are many overlapping points, this is a tangential topic to that of my previous article. I started writing much of this in a personal response to a question posed by a good friend. Part way through, I recognized that I was writing  Continue Reading »

A Thing of Beauty That’s what you get when you mix, smart, elegant design with high quality materials and excellent craftmanship. I know I can always find that kind of attention to detail and care with Mama’s Sauce. Even the way they package their shipments is indicative of how much they pour into their work.  Continue Reading »

What is a hipster? I asked five of my friends “What is a hipster?” and I got 5 different answers. For some, it’s behavior. For others, it’s what you own. For yet another group, it’s lack of personal hygiene and for many, it’s a subjective conglomerate of any untold number of things purely comprised of  Continue Reading »

Let’s Talk about the Good Copying Copying is not always bad. We all start by copying. It’s how we learn. It’s how we learned language and how to speak, it’s how we learned to draw, and it’s how we learn to make letters. There’s nothing wrong with copying to learn. Did you notice the important  Continue Reading »

I’ve been taking a break from my pens and have been enjoying calligraphy and brush lettering more lately. It is really insightful to have experience with different instruments to see how the style varies due to differences between applicators. While I like to craft a lot of my work with Micron pens, having an understanding  Continue Reading »