Got schooled in hand lettering and calligraphy by Laura Worthington. I took her Hand Lettering and Typography class at the School of Visual Concepts, here in Seattle. I learned a lot of the basics in this day-long course.
My first time I actually noticed typography was sometime in 1st or 2nd grade when I noticed that my dad had written some type in Old English on the spine of our fat burgundy Webster’s Dictionary. (Do people even use those things anymore?) I also recall that my first calligraphy lesson was in 5th grade, in Mr. Haggin’s class.
Here were some of this things covered in Hand Lettering for Designers — Level 1:
- Ways modern graphic design draws on calligraphy and other pre-digital type form
- Hands-on instruction in using brushes, flexible pointed nibs, calligraphy pens, and other lettering tools
- The basics of creating an alphabet
- Planning your lettering project, and working through the design, development and refinement
- Experimental techniques
I experimented with one of the recommended pen nibs and over-filled it with ink to see what would happen….