I’ve always loved lettering. Since we were little, Gardella would draw chalk murals on the driveway, and I would title them with interesting lettering styles. So it’s really no surprise that I grew into the typography fandom. And now you can get excited about it too!

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Image from Picturing This on Flickr.

What It’s All About

Fonts are awesome, but typography is about so much more than just typefaces. It’s really a huge part of the graphic design world, and involves everything surrounding how words are presented in digital (and sometimes analog) art.

If you want to quickly learn about the basics of type, you definitely need to check out Noupe’s Crash Course series, which introduces you to the basics of type and paragraph styles and how to combine everything together to create something great.

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Choosing the right font is very important.
Image from Tarale on Flickr.

Following the Fandom

Once you know a little about the basic ideas, you should find some artists with work you really enjoy. One of my favorite type artists is Matt McInerney, and I discovered him on Tumblr. Other great places to find beautiful typography work are Pinterest and DeviantArt.

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It’s a little more accessible than it used to be!
Image from imallergic on Flickr.

Getting Involved

If you’re more of a creator than an observer, then you definitely need to get yourself fully immersed in the typography fandom. Here’s a few tips to get started in creating beautiful pieces of word art:

  • Download some new fonts. There’s a ton of great websites to get fonts for free if you just want to play. My favorites are DaFont and Google Web Fonts. If you’re looking for more professional typefaces, you may need to spend real money, but check out MyFonts for some great ones.
  • Play with Photoshop. The best way to get better is just to play around in the program so you get used to all the tools. Don’t want to dish out the dough for Adobe? Download Gimp for free.
  • Tons of tutorials exist for you to really learn how to do some complex lettering styles. Sometimes playing isn’t enough to understand the power of Adobe programs. Here’s a list of 40 great ones from Template Monster.
  • Put it on display. Don’t be afraid of sharing what you come up with. All those places I told you about to find artists are also perfect to get discovered yourself! You may also want to set up a professional portfolio on Behance.

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