Handwriting styles seems to have lost some of its attraction over the last years. Nobody writes beautiful handwritten letters, and uses digital means of communication with smileys, abbreviations and standard lettering instead. And that’s a pity.
Since handwriting is unique, it has a tremendous expressive power a standard lettering isn’t able to achieve.More than that, handwritten text can be incredibly gorgeous. In fact, there is nothing more valuable than a beautiful handwritten letter sent to your beloved ones. And this post attempts to prove just that.In the overview below you’ll find excellent examples of beautiful handwriting, creative lettering and professional calligraphy. It’s really amazing to see what one can create out of simple letters drawn with a pencil on a small piece of paper.
Further Reading on SmashingMag:. CalligraphyBeautiful calligraphy from 1800s.Written by Marina Marjina, a type designer and letterer from Russia.Claredon Press, FlowerA book cover from 1987. Published by Claredon Press.
Created by Sheila Waters.Cronica de los reyes catolicos, XVI century.A Spanish manuscript from Berkeley, University of California, The Bancroft Library.Natasha Mileshina’s work. Moscow, Russia.Daily TypeCalligraphy by Vera Evstafieva.Tom Gourdie’s galleryShakespeare’s Sonnets by Tom Gourdie.
Handwriting master’s pieces from 1980s.From Michael Twyman’s 26 November 2007 presentation.Scripture and CalligraphyBy Denis Brown.Handwriting Styles, Doodling and LetteringBritish Ariways B/W FontAlex Trochut’s work for British Airways. Sexy, sweet and beautiful lettering!Panasonic AdvertisementThe design by the agency Lowerporta from Chile. An advertisement for Panasonic digital devices.Joei Lau’s project. Beautiful curves.Wishes from Ale Paul.Estrella Levante PostersTasty typography!Karoly Kiralyfalvi, graphic designer from Budapest, Hungary.TypographyJeff Finley’s work.Created by Pawel Janczarek.Beautiful doodles from Austin, TX.HandwritingBy Yury Ostromentsky.Lettering design by Jon Contino.By Zeptonn, an illustrator from the Netherlands.Zapf Games 2005By Alexander Utkin.Daily TypeSostav.ruUnit.nlaTypographyon Flickr - Photo Sharing!Experiments with typeType with light.By Marina Chaccur. “The 2006 online christmas card started being very real.
In the beginning the letters were drawn by hand, then after the final layout was chosen, the white beads were arranged onto a paper with a very pale outline of the lettering. In the end, the paper was photographed, the image was altered in Photoshop, and the beads went back to the package.”Type and light.Calligraphy on the body. Daily TypeHmmm, tasty!Typographic sculptures.
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Thanks to Mr. Pickering and BillThe Editor.I an addition. It is probably out of print at this point but I see there are used copies available now and then.The Italic Way to Beautiful Handwriting by Fred Eager. New York: Collier Books.It is well organized, clear instruction and has useful drills.I used this book many years ago ( It was $3.95 at the time - if that gives you an idea).
I found it useful. I have also used the Write Now books. Highly recommended.My copy shows two copyright dates, 1967 and 1974 (a year younger than myself), I don't know if it was ever republished.
I bought it a few years ago for $4.99 Canadian. It was pure chance.It provides many exercises, first in a more calligraphic method, and then later on introduces one to a cursive method, but continues to teach both. Circa 100 pages all dedicated to the Italic style covering pretty much everything one could need to make a good start by self-study.I picked it up mainly as an aid to finally achieving a legible handwriting rather than for the calligraphy. Every so often I return to the book and start over again.