Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hand Drawn Type in Design

One of my goals for this year as a designer is to step away from the computer more in order to incorporate hand drawn and hand painted elements into my designs. I will be working on developing my own unique style this year, and I feel like I am leaning towards a more natural, organic feel for my designs. I spent several years designing in-house for a large company designing things such as scrapbooking papers and embellishments, wrapping paper, gift bags, party invitations, and so much more. The one thing that they all had in common was that they usually had nothing in common. Each design had its own style and target audience. I was constantly switching from one design feel to the next, and I never had the chance to develop my very own unique style. I've been freelancing my own designs for a few months now, and I feel that it is time to really dive in and find my signature style. One thing that I've been doing lately is looking at various examples of art and design—and without thinking "why"— if I like something, I will add it to my style board. As my board gets bigger and bigger, I'm starting to see the elements that I want to use and how to put them together. 2013 is definitely going to be the biggest year of artistic growth for me so far. I'm looking forward to applying all of my technical skills and experience towards this artistic endeavor!

Along this journey, I've found some beautiful examples of hand drawn type. I thought that I would share some of them with you for inspiration. Hand drawn type is an amazing way to bump up the impact of any design! I'm sure I'll be incorporating this technique into some of my new designs this year!

by Katie Daisy

by Drew Melton

by Erik Marinovich

by Erik Marinovich

by Seb Lester

by Linzie Hunter

by Matthew Taylor Wilson
journal by Ecojot

I hope you've enjoyed these examples! Coming up next week is the January artist interview-you won't want to miss it!

See you next week...


  1. I tried to pick a favourite, but couldn't. Love them all.
    Wishing 2013 is your year.