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We are happy to share our learning resources, so please keep in touch as we keep adding more to our new site! 

Fundamentals of Typography

Inge Druckey: Teaching to See

A beautiful film about Inge Druckey, teaching us how to see like an artist through learning to draw from observation.

Further reading here.

Letterforms As Things

by John R Biggs. 1977

Letterror: Erik van Blokland

Erik van Blokland, type designer and letterer. Great blog and resource of essays on typography.

House Industries: Interview with Ken Barber

by Gestalten TV

Expert lettering advice from Ken Barber of House Industries, how lettering and drawing make you become a better designer because through observing and analysing space, multiple elements and details.

The Story of Writing pt 3 and 4

Don't be deterred by the fact that this was produced in 1980! It provides excellent and fascinating film footage of Copperplate scribing in action, as well as the historical context of the era in which Copperplate calligraphy was born ! 

Making Typography: Willi Kunz

Essay by Willi Kunz, typographer born in Switzerland in 1943, whose practice breaks free from the formal characteristics of Swiss modernism and rather to "creative experimentation".

Penmanship Archives

US Archives circa 1914 of Penmanship including full alphabets of Blackletter, Copperplate, Spencarian and many more.

Letman / Job Wouters

Contemporary lettering artist and former student of the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.

Letman website here

Books

Dangerous Curves by Doyald Young

A wizard of the hand drawn logotype. This book showcases his wisdom and skills through his thorough process of concept sketches and development.

Helpful Typography Essentials

Butterick's Practical Typography

This excellent New publication expains succinctly how Ty­pog­ra­phy can op­ti­mize your writ­ing. Ty­pog­ra­phy can cre­ate a bet­ter first im­pres­sion. Ty­pog­ra­phy can re­in­force your key points. Ty­pog­ra­phy can ex­tend reader at­ten­tion. When you ig­nore ty­pog­ra­phy, you’re ig­nor­ing an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of your writing.

And isn’t that why you write? To have an ef­fect on read­ers? To move them, to per­suade them, to spur them to action?

Hand Lettering / Letterforms at Their Core

This process described teach you the essentials of consistency, kerning, contrast, and weight. It provides the fundamental skills to train your eyes to notice the subtleties and basics of typography, so that every word, every alphabet and every piece of lettering that you do is elegant, clean and graceful.