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Hand Lettering 101

with Annica Lydenberg

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About The Class

an introduction to hand lettering.

Hand lettering is experiencing a serious resurgence in the design world. Get your complete introduction to the artform in Hand Lettering 101 with Annica Lydenberg.

Annica is a designer, illustrator, and sign painter with a passion for type. In this beginner-friendly class she’ll teach you how to letter by hand and help you build the skills necessary to offer this service to clients – no software required. 

Annica will help you:

  • Understand lettering and the role it plays in design
  • Develop an arsenal of lettering styles
  • Add embellishments to letterforms

Using pencil and paper, you’ll learn about the tools and techniques you need to know to add hand lettering to your toolkit and get expert insights on making beautiful type compositions.

Hand lettering is great alternate solution in projects that require custom typography and it adds a personal touch to your work – learn how to get started in Hand Lettering 101 with Annica Lydenberg.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Intro & Sample Projects

    Annica, a professional lettering artist, reviews popular typefaces and lettering styles.

    09:40
  2. 02

    List of Words & Creating the Map

    03:32
  3. 03

    Low Contrast Sans Serif with Width Variation

    10:06
  4. 04

    High Contrast Serif

    13:56
  5. 05

    High Contrast Script

    16:59
  6. 06

    Any Style You Like Using Only Straight Lines

    06:06
  7. 07

    Unicase with 3D

    12:30
  8. 08

    Serif with Inline Stroke

    08:13
  9. 09

    Chiseled or Beveled Sans Serif

    16:49
  10. 10

    Slab Serif with Drop Shade

    08:08
  11. 11

    Representational Letters

    04:09
  12. 12

    Heavy Weight with Pattern

    03:48
  13. 13

    Light Weight Script: Italic or Upright

    06:48
  14. 14

    Reverse Stress Lettering

    06:49
  15. 15

    Varied Baseline or Cap Height

    03:19
  16. 16

    Bifurcated Tuscan With or Without Spurs

    08:55
  17. 17

    Varied Weight Strokes

    04:17
  18. 18

    Final Embellishments

    11:00

Meet Your Expert

Annica Lydenberg

Annica Lydenberg is a San Francisco and Brooklyn-based designer, illustrator and sign painter with a deep obsession with type as art.As a graphic designer she has been paying close attention to typography for many years focusing now on treating letters ... read more

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  • pdf Hand Lettering Tips
  • pdf Reference Alphabets

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  • DOlores RUsso

    DOlores RUsso

    April 2017

    I like the way Annica tells you what you are going to do, then she demonstrates it and then you do it yourself. She knows her subject well and her lesson objectives are clear and to the point. How do I know.?..I'm a teaching mentor also an art teacher and sign painting/lettering artist. I watched this hand lettering class in order to review and to learn how someone else approaches this "not very interesting subject" as some previous reviewers have suggested . I happen to find it most interesting. I love being able to write and communicate using my art and teaching skills. One reviewer criticized the way Annica instructed with "um" and a clicking noise. But the one criticism that really stood out was the F-word which unfortunately seemed to take precedence over all else for some. Granted you wouldn't want to illustrate a word that children or parents might interpret as being acceptable. A good teacher would not demonstrate that but observing Annica I can see she is a beginning teacher who might need a little guidance. So consider this "guidance" Annica - you are a teacher and you represent all of us teachers. We aren't in our 20's or even 40's - we've been in the trenches and we know that beginning teaching is very challenging. But you must remember that you are a model for children that we hope you expect to grow up to be good decent human beings. Some adults need that guidance as well. And yes, children will already know these words (pay attention parents) but it is not up to you to teach it to them. You, the teacher, are to teach to the highest professional level. As for the "um" and the clicking noise at the end of a sentence - that is something you can correct easily - try to record your lessons and listen. Remember - you represent the most respected of professions, your language must be accurate, acceptable and reflect the knowledge of your subject area, You did a good lesson in hand lettering and covered the most important concepts for a beginner to know. It's a shame that some of the reviewers refused to watch the rest of your lessons and some of them even complained about your silence as you did the letters. Perhaps a little more understanding on their part could have been more beneficial, particularly since one of them was a gifted educator (my Masters also), and did not recognize the cognitive mind working and literally submerged in your lettering skills. This is a fine class and I hope you continue to do more. You are organized, give a lot of information and demonstrate impeccably. Good luck...from your Mentor Teacher.

  • Creativelive Student

    April 2018

    Rating this is difficult because there are positives and negatives. I watched the course and enjoyed it, but there isn't enough information and education to validate purchasing it. For a graphic designer or someone who knows typography and wants to have a fun challenge around hand drawn lettering, it's fine. However, it's not a course for absolute beginners because the presenter speaks about typographic principles and assumes the audience knows the names of the parts of type when giving directions and doesn't provide enough explanations. There is no history given as to why letterforms are drawn the way they are, whether as traditional hand lettering, calligraphy or even in sign painting, other than the passing recommendation for viewers to research this. All of the comments here are correct. I too was surprised to see the F-word in a featured piece and the lack of contrast when watching her draw was a problem. CreativeLive needs to vet new presenters and perhaps have them do a dry-run of the lessons to critique them. Additionally, her"umms", "super" and "super fun" fillers are tiresome. I think the presenter is talented and has a lot to offer but this felt more like a design challenge rather than an educational course. It would have been useful to primarily show professional applications rather than so many self-directed projects. There is another hand lettering /calligraphy course I watched part of previously that was a better "101" course, to which this course would be an appropriate follow-up.

  • LAra TAmalunas

    LAra TAmalunas

    June 2016

    I've always been curious how to create some of the cool typography styles I see in artwork and design and this class defined so many different examples. It is a great tool and stepping stone for creating really unique type. I would love to see an alphabet of each style so I can be sure that I am using the correct letterforms for each. The instructor gives a few examples and is easy to follow. Overall awesome!

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