Oh for the love of hand lettering

I’ve long been a fan of handwriting fonts and cursive type. I love the character and personality they bring to a brand, and this trend for hand lettering is just blowing my mind. I LOVE it! How about you?

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Rarely does a Pinterest session go by without me pinning something inspiring to my Hand Lettering board. You can follow it here

Hand lettering is literally as it sounds. It’s not a font (although wouldn’t that be fabulous) – it’s something that’s usually hand drawn by an artist and then converted into a digital file. I’ll be sharing how you can do it yourself (with the help of a few experts…) very soon.you and coffee lettering

You can convey so much energy, intention and meaning through handwriting can’t you? Some are expressive, some confident, some quiet and some reflective. Some work as a logo, others will use as a part of their brand identity – perhaps over images on your website or blog? However you choose to use them I’d really recommend you give it a go.

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I’m currently working on a much longer and more comprehensive post on exactly how to take advantage of this trend and use hand lettering for your unique brand identity. Like with all trends, it’s important you consider what’s right for your business and use something well thought through and beautifully executed so that you avoid looking like you’ve just jumped on the latest bandwagon. I’m hoping it’ll be ready for the end of the week but these sorts of posts – like the Oooh I love your card! post take me such a loooong time to put together, and that’s a lot of baby naps. So watch this space…

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In the meantime, here are a few inspirational pieces to fuel your creativity. Which do you like the most?

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Tidy desk, tidy mind printable from Fabulous Fete; Blushing Ambition logo by June Letters; Today I am excited about everything via Moxham Store; You and Coffee via Jasmine Dowling; Stay Wonderful print by Jasmine Dowling

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8 Comments

Nicole

I love typography! And I’ve always loved the way you incorporate different fonts into your branding projects and websites. They certainly help add character and personality. I look forward to your next post on this.
Nicole x

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FionaHumberstone

Thank you Nicole. It might be a few weeks longer than I’d hoped but I’ll certainly be looking forward to working on it 😉

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FionaHumberstone

Thanks Gabs. That one might be a few months off yet – too many ideas, too little time!

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Roxanne

I’m literally obsessed with hand-lettering! Most, if not all the pins on my “Typography” pinterest board are of hand lettered pieces. It just looks so authentic and no work is like any other! Pinned a couple from this post too 🙂

xx, Roxanne
http://www.themagicalcanopy.wordpress.com

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Aleks Ashton

It can look really good but it can be detrimental if it is too difficult to read. I have seen many logos and adds that look like the perverbial awful doctors hand writing and just the words just didnt compute…especially when I only got to give the logo a glance in passing.

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