Simon Walker is a graphic designer from Texas. Some of his design clients include Nickelodeon, Vanity Fair and Nike, so he has worked with some big brand names.
You can view examples of Simons lettering work on his website ‘Simon Walker Type’. A lot of his projects have a vintage feel about them, so if you like vintage Simon is definitely someone to keep on your radar. He’s also kindly given me permission to use some of his images in this article which will help to better illustrate his style of lettering.
Early last year Simon added a class to Skillshare, ‘Logo Design: New Ways to Create Custom Vintage Type’. The good news is, this class is currently being offered FREE through Skillshare.
I’ve been checking out this class today, and although as anticipated by the class title there isn’t much included in the way of hand lettering. There are definitely some valuable elements you can take away from this class when interested in lettering.
The class is just over an hour and twenty minutes long, so quick and straight to the point. It also offers a really nice insight into the workflow of tweaking, and arranging lettering inside the program Illustrator. Simon starts off by sketching some logo design ideas down on paper, and then creates lettering and a logo directly inside of Illustrator. This is probably not the usual path a hand letterer would follow, as much of the lettering would be created on paper first. However once Simon starts tweaking and arranging letters, much of what he demonstrates can be applied to hand lettering if it has been vectorised.
Simons class as mentioned above is free at the moment, so you only need a free Skillshare account to enrol. The link below will allow you to enrol in the class, and you can choose between premium or free membership if you don’t already use Skillshare. If you do decide to sign up for a premium Skillshare membership account, you’ll get 30 days free (you need to use the link below), and I will too, so that’s pretty win win!
Please note Simons class may not be free for too long, so check it out as soon as possible.
Article cover image and the two images within this article are © Simon Walker.