Deprecated: Function set_magic_quotes_runtime() is deprecated in /home/series7/ on line 14 Type and Lettering Type and Lettering is a design resource, maintained by me, Ken Barber, a type designer and letterer at House Industries. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:08:53 GMT Vive La Tote
Vive La Tote
When your personal library is as out of hand as mine, you never seem to have enough bags to lug around your lettering and typography treasures. So, after penciling some custom roundhand for a recent Print for Good poster, I got the idea to have the lettering printed on the side of a handy tote. The fellas at Awesome Dudes Printing in Philly painstakingly plastered my Vive La Plume penmanship in pliable white plastisol ink on black 6 oz. 100% cotton fabric. The 14.5″ W × 15.5″ H carryall is lightweight yet sturdy with 22-inch long straps. Head on over to the T&L Store to grab one of these limited edition hand-printed totes.

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Brush Lettering Workshop
Brush Lettering Workshop
There are still a few spots left for my two-day weekend Brush Lettering workshop at Cooper Union on June 28–29. Register now before it fills up.

Head on over to Dribbble for a little more info on the above promotional pencil lettering, and to check out a larger image.

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Vive La Plume Print
Vive La Plume Print Now Available!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, my poster design for Print for Good is ready to roll. You can find more information on the project here—just make sure you order one for your special sweetheart before this limited edition print is sold out.

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Vive La Plume

When Print for Good —a UK-based initiative that creates goods to help raise money for charitable causes— hit me up about collaborating on a project, I couldn’t wait to cook up something. Paging through a reprint of Thomas Tomkins’ 1777 masterpiece, The Beauties of Writing, I decided to letter a poster featuring a phrase celebrating the penman’s art that could commonly be found in copybooks of the day. Instead of going over the top with my interpretation, however, I tempered the design with a little 19th century American ornamental penmanship along with a touch of mid-20th century formal script lettering.

Unlike the calligraphers who inspired this piece, work started with pencil on tracing paper instead of a pointed pen or burin. After the composition and style was decided, the lettering was refined over a few rounds of revisions. The final artwork was vectorized in Adobe Illustrator before being lovingly hand-printed in bronze metallic ink on Mohawk Superfine paper by the fine folks at Print for Good.

All proceeds from the sale of this poster benefit Food For Life, an outreach program in rural India that helps to feed impoverished communities, assists in raising funds for costly medical procedures, and runs a school for girls who might not otherwise have a future. Order now before this limited edition print is sold out!

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Print for Good in Progress

Print for Good creates quality goods with proceeds going to help support charitable causes. When they invited me to get on board, I was happy to contribute. With any luck, my limited edition poster should be available shortly. Stay tuned for a full preview of the design. In the meantime, sign up over at PFG to get all the details as soon as the print is available.

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