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Design Terms : Lettering

I’m going to get a bit ‘design snobby’ with you for this design term. Lettering refers to hand drawn or hand made type, not a font. Lettering ranges from scribbled raw type to perfect points and curves, which sometimes makes it hard to tell if its a font or not. It stands out apart from a font because it’s one of a kind and has it’s own unique details.

Jessica Hische¬†goes into more detail explaining the difference between lettering and fonts. And she’s also a great letterer.



  1. May 3, 2013

    What do you use for your hand-lettering? I use my Wacom tablet and have been experimenting with some brushes, but I never love how it turns out.

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    Eva Black
    May 13, 2013

    always, always, real life markers, ink, pencils, etc. Illustrator + a Tablet never really get the great texture you need! Experiment!

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    Mary Hanson
    January 24, 2014

    Hubby uses fountain pens, but the wet noodle kind, where the nib flexes and opens up, allowing wide and narrow strokes, separately or in the same stroke. I am learning slowly, but it takes gobs of practice to become good at it, just like your example here … which is awesome!

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  2. June 11, 2014

    Hi Eva, Came across your work from Pinterest. I noticed some of your photos of your letting on it – do you sell these as a font? LOVE them!! xo

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