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School of Visual Arts

Custom Handlettering

School of Visual Arts via Kadenze


Custom Handlettering, the second installment in The Complete Typographer program, covers unique and beautiful handlettering used across a wide spectrum of design disciplines. The practice involves drawing letterforms already composed into words, rather than creating characters for an entire alphabet and combining them. Generated for specific uses rather than assembled from a kit of parts, handlettering provides infinite variety for type designers. Students will explore ways to build out digital variations on their handlettered characters.

Tools, methods, and techniques for creating expressive lettering using traditional tools and media such as ink, pen, paint, and brush will be demonstrated. Digitizing hand drawn type into vector designs, and combining handwork with digital design within projects will be explored.

What Students Are Saying:

"This is a very interesting course for beginners (true beginner level here). I loved taking it. It was a good way to jump back in lettering after more than 20 years of not touching it. This is really great course if you need an update on [digital] techniques or to gain regularity."


Session 1: Overview Of Handlettering From Illuminated Letters Through Graffiti  Session 2: Materials And Methods For Handlettering  Session 3: Adapting Handlettering For Digital Use  Session 4: Incorporating Handlettering And Traditional Typefaces Within Design Projects 

Taught by

Yomar Augusto


4.5 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Profile image for Nadège Christine Moyon
    Nadège Christine Moyon
    This is a very interesting course for beginner (true beginner level here). The flow is a bit slow for me. Some passage should have been put in a faster mode motion and there is a bit of "too much talking". But this is very regular and professional.

    I loved taking it. It was a good way to jump back in lettering after more than 20 years not touching it. So this is really great course if need and update on the computer technique or to gain regularity.

    The chopstick made it really fun to draw with and make us love even more the advanced tool called "a pencil".

    So thank you for the sharing. I had a nicer time than I thought !
  • Anonymous
    Por curiosidad me fui involucrando hasta sumergirme totalmente en este curso, el arte de graficar y dibujar letras es maravilloso, la pulcritud, creatividad y diseño infinito es lo que mas me gusta. Agradezco de ante mano el espacio que con dedicacion y paciencia contempla Kadenze, y si! poco a poco iras mejorando de una manera asombrosa hasta lograr que vuele tu imaginación a traves de tus diseños y marcas personales propias.

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