nativewound  asked:

Hey! Do you have any suggestions as far as books / other resources for calligraphy and other types of lettering?

Hi, I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to get to your question. I went to the library and picked out some books that I’d been interested in for a while. 

  1.  Hand Lettering Ledger by Mary Kate McDevitt - really really good with great illustrations and step-by-step guides. It shows you many different styles of lettering and teaches you the basic principles of typography. The book also has practice pages so I can see that being really handy if you purchase the book
  2. Creative Lettering and Beyond by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender, Julie Manwaring & Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn - I loved the illustrations that are included in the book and it has a pretty good format but I felt that it was definitely just for beginners as it didn’t really go in depth about the the ‘why’ of it all. I do like that the different authors/artists teach you about a specific style of lettering and there are practice pages included in this book too. So it’s a good buy for a beginner.
  3. Lettering (a reference manual of techniques) by Andrew Haslam - This one is a bit too wordy for my liking. It’s definitely a good reference book but it doesn’t teach you lettering the same way as the other two books. It has a bit more information about the history of type and the tools used, so it would be perfect source material if you’d like to write an essay on lettering. 

I’d also suggesting following blogs such as @typeworship @typostrate @goodtypography @betype @typejunkie @typegang on tumblr and Instagram. They post photos from other typographers and it’s just this awesome wave of inspiration. 

So, best of luck!