February 1 2016

20 Beautifully Uplifting Hand Lettered Messages

Ready for some uplifting messages to start your week? I’ve always admired artists who have the skill and patience to hand letter. Recently, I found an Instagram account, called Lettering on Sunday, that’s dedicated to showcasing high quality hand lettering by passionate artists. If you want to broadcast your work, you can tag your post with #letteringonsunday and Lettering on Sunday may just feature it.

Here is a wonderful passage I found from Print Magazine about the beauty and art of hand lettering. It was taken from their February 2015 article, The Explosive Hand Lettering Rebellion.

A stealthy resurgence happening in the design world—a rebellion against the cold, sleek, digital environment in which we designers spend most of our time. Hand lettering is not-so-quietly making a colossal comeback, exploding into the forefront of design. It no longer has to hide on the B-side or apologize for looking hand lettered. Categories that used to be forbidden, such as logos and packaging, now embrace this historic form of typographic expression. It’s appearing everywhere—even on A-list products such as movie titles, magazines, book covers and advertisements. Hand lettering is out, proud and absolutely amazing.

The beauty of hand lettering is its flexibility and adaptability. It can be found in so many forms and so many different types of media that it appeals to almost every audience. From whimsical to elegant, and old school to new school—there is hand lettering inspiration out there for everyone.

Hand lettering involves taking a completely different approach to the use of text in design, moving away from the skills used for traditional typography. Whilst typography concentrates on the art and technique of arranging type, generally using preexisting typefaces, hand-lettering is the art of drawing letters. To put it a little more simply, typography is graphic design, whereas lettering is illustration.

Out of thousands of Instagram posts on hand lettering, I picked out 20 of my favorites. I love how these artists have taken simple messages and made them beautifully impactful.

Above by: Cymone Wilder

cantscans
By Selena Ashley Designs.

adventures
By typostash.

buildbeautiful
By Matthew Tapia.

dontjustflysoar
Above by Chandan Mahimkar.

stayhumble
By Stevanus Refa.

courage
By Bianca Dumitrascu.

whereveryouarebethere
By @datmattmatt.

miracles
By Sophie Almaz.

dreambig
By Chandan Mahimkar.

love
By Zachary Smith.

skinnylove
By Olivia Geddes.

proceedsuccess
By Chandan Mahimkar.

greatthingsborn
By Joshua Redmond.

ocean
By Olivia Geddes.

calledlove
By Apurva Bhatt.

aheadbehind
By Magdalena Konečná.

simplicity
By Juanita Garcia.

luck
By Joanna Munoz.

deserve happy
By Zachary Smith.

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