Over the past few weeks I have been discovering new lettering artists regularly. I have also been very interested in some of the lettering work I’ve seen. Discovering new lettering artists is an important part of developing as a letterer. Existing artists can provide inspiration and highlight techniques you might want to learn. It soon became clear that I wanted to share new lettering artists with you in a fun and interesting way.
The result of this is a new feature I’d like to announce called ‘Lettering Legends’. I am hoping to bring you a new ‘Lettering Legend’ monthly. With the aim of bringing lettering artists to your attention to help inspire you. The ‘Lettering Legend’ may be a name you’re familiar with or it may be somebody you have yet to discover. It could even be you at some point in the near future!
Update: Lettering Legends are now recognised through the Typefolk Awards platform. Visit Typefolk.com to participate in public community votes, apply to join the Typefolk judges panel and enter work to try and earn the title of Lettering Legend!
What makes a ‘Lettering Legend’?
A ‘Lettering Legend’ does not have to be a Marilyn Monroe, Elvis or Audrey Hepburn of the lettering world, but someone who does inspire and make an impact.
How will ‘Lettering Legends’ be presented?
‘Lettering Legends’ will be presented in one of two ways. I will either highlight information that I think will be helpful and inspiring to you by researching the letterer. Otherwise I will interview the letterer which should provide you with information that you might not have seen elsewhere.
When interviewing a legend, I will ask a variety of questions but will always include these two questions in the interview:
‘Do you think it’s best to be comfortable at lots of different styles of lettering or develop your own style?’
‘What advice or tips would you give those first starting out at lettering?’
As I think it is important to build a big picture based on responses to both of these questions.
I think I’d make a good ‘Lettering Legend’?
If you’ve stumbled upon this post and feel you match the criteria of being referenced as a lettering legend, please do get in contact with me by using the button in the bottom right corner. I am looking to provide a varied selection of legends and where both the internet and world are so huge, I may not have come across your lettering work just yet.