Hand Lettering: Inspiration

I’ve been trying to work hand lettering more into my daily habits and have drawn inspiration from a few amazing designers. If you haven’t seen work by Sean McCabe yet, get on it. Seriously amazing and seriously inspirational. This is a collection of work from a bunch of various designers – check out the link to see their dribbble portfolios.


















Where do you find inspiration for hand lettering?

Owen Gildersleeve – Designer and Illustrator

Owen Gildersleeve is a designer and illustrator from London. Much of his work deals with very hand-crafted pieces (cut paper, stop motion animation, etc). Really love the dimensionality that using cut paper gives. It’s a great mix between paper, photography and real objects.

I believe I might have already featured this Brunch piece before but it’s just so great! I love all of the different textures and depths that start happening throughout it.

And last but not least, how is this for a book cover?

This work mixed with the work that I showcased yesterday from Dominique Falla makes me want to definitely test out some new forms of typography and break out of the realm of traditional computer type. There are so many different options and cool things out there that you can do with just ordinary objects.

The rest of his work can be found on Owen’s website

Dominique Falla

I was introduced to the work of Dominique Falla the other day and immediately fell in love with her process work. Don’t get me wrong, her finished work is beautiful but what stands out the most is the level of detail and care that goes into each one through the entire process. I love the a few of her projects include videos of the behind the scenes work to really highlight all of the work that goes into it from the sketching phases right on up!

I’ve picked out three of my favorites here below. There are MANY more pieces to look at on Dominique’s website so definitely make sure you go check them out. She seems to be able to experiment with multiple mediums from string and pins to traditional print, gum and even matchsticks.

Gorgeous, right? The rest of her work can be found here. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably going to want to get your hands on some paper and pencils to start sketching some typography right away.

Thanks to ComicSansSheriff for the recommendation!

Jessica Decker – Designer

Jessica Decker is a graphic designer from Detroit, Michigan. A lot of her work deals with editorial pieces although she has some really interesting cross stitching work on giant posters. Loving the way typography is treated throughout all of her work. It all has a very elegant, intentional feel about it. Especially loving all of the experimental work with typography.

This “studies in white” was actually the piece that initially drew me to Jessica’s work. I love typography that is hand-done using materials you wouldn’t necessarily think of. This is a gorgeous example of it! Itching to try out some experimental typography of my own.


Definitely check out the rest of her work here.