Top 10 Typographers to Follow on Instagram
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With April being Typography month at HOW, we’re excited to share some of our favorite typography accounts on Instagram. Typography may be an old art, but it’s seeing a revival today with the current crop of illustrators taking up hand-painted signage, curvaceous illustration and even a renaissance of blackletter. While not everyone is using movable type these days, the art of type is thriving. And with Instagram as the top sharing platform for designers, it’s no wonder that “typoholic” is a hashtag. From Amsterdam to California, here are some of the best lettering, illustration and type feeds to get designers inspired every day.
10 Great Typographers to Follow on Instagram
1. Good Type
This San Francisco-based agency that connects businesses with designers is also releasing a new coffee table book of lettering work from designers this summer, featuring 130 artists from 30 countries. They also host a series of workshops (like handlettering fundamentals) with different designers, and their Instagram account reflects their current work with designers and daily inspiration. @goodtype
“Oh hai” by @alia_bright! Stay tuned to our stories this week as Alia will be hosting us through her experience at @designweekpdx! #strengthinletters #lettering #ohhai #designeeekpdx #pdx #graphicdesign #paperart #quilling #goodtype #typedesign #typography #art #portland
2. Best Dressed Designs
This account is co-run by Josh Luke and Meredith Kasabian, two Boston-based designers. They not only share their latest design work for their namesake agency Best Dressed Signs. a hand-painted sign and mural company, where they work around the Boston area. The duo also co-founded the Pre-Vinylite Society of sign enthusiasts for renewing the craft and aesthetic of hand painting. @bestdressedsigns
The completed stage sign for @themidwaycafejp, painted a few weeks back. We’re honored to have designed their new logo and painted a few signs for this iconic Boston music venue. Check out a show next time you’re in JP! ✨Last photo features superstar cat model #elkaylukesabian sporting the brand new Midway Cafe T-shirt! · · #midwaycafejp #JamaicaPlain #bostonrocks #signpainting #signpainters #signwriting #handlettering #handlettered #goodtype #typegang #dailytype #typographyinspired #strengthinletters #lettering #previnylitesociety
3. Jessica Hische
San Francisco-based designer Jessica Hische—who has just written and designed her first children’s book—shares on her Instagram account pages from the project, as well as letterforms she is working on and client work. @jessicahische
Designed the cover and endpapers for this amazing cookbook last year—even got to recommend @charlesandthorn’s lovely Regina font for use on the cover and interior! Thanks for the snap @williamssonoma!
The account of Jackson Alves, a Brazilian letter artist, calligrapher and teacher, these works range from cursive script, medieval-inspired lettering and calligraphic forms and blackletter forms on paper. Alves also hosts workshops and has online classes, so his website is worth checking out. @letterjack
The letter G for @36daysoftype. Doing some depth effects mixing Ai and @photoshop #lettering #vectorlettering #36daysoftype #flatpenletters #calligraphy
5. Cre8tivesun Designs
This account is the namesake page of Dawn T, an illustrator based in California who loves to share her hand-drawn type works, from Stephen Hawking quotes to whimsical, curvy phrases that meander over a page like a game of Snakes and Ladders. @cre8tivesun
Love this quote for the #365daysofwonderlettering with my #calligrafriend @the.lettering.fern @365daysofwonderlettering . .thanks again to @indetailcreative for sharing this awesome tutorial, I just can’t get enough! . #type #watercolorlettering #penandink #handfont #moderncalligraphy #calligraphy #handwriting #brushlettered #letter #handlettered #handlettering #lettering #handtype #dndchallenge #togetherweletter #bujo
6. Gemma O’Brien
We’ve written about the brilliant Gemma O’Brien before, but we can never quite get enough of her work. If you’re not already following her Instagram account, be sure to start for an infusion of her latest works and inspirations in your feed. @mrseaves101
I have an artwork in the upcoming “26” show presented by @wemakepdx for Portland Design Week. The exhibition opens April 19th and features 26 lettering artists from around the world: @jessicahische, @nickmisani @erikmarinovich @martinaflor and @jordan_metcalf to name a few! Each artist was asked to create a word or phrase in the WeMake colours: black, metallic gold and orange. The final 9×9 pieces were beautifully screen printed by @seizurepalace in limited editions of 40. They go on sale on opening night in Portland and will be available online via WeMake afterwards. 100% of the proceeds go towards arts education. Get your hands on one if you’re lucky!
7. Ora Siripin
This Bangkok-based lettering artist and illustration features stunning work in black and white. From works on black paper to cardboard and pen-based notepads, a positive message is at the heart of all her works, so it’s worth checking out. @oraarts
✌✨ . . #letteringbyora #procreate #procreatelettering #ipadpro #ipadlettering
8. Typography Inspired
From progress drawings to new fonts and sketches, this account is a daily dose of type inspiration. It also gives shout outs to other designers’ work on Instagram and tags them. They promote their #typographyinspired hashtag to find the work of new designers. @typographyinspired
“Create Something New” – Superb bold lettering by @manuricci_ in collaboration with @thefuturishere, stating that “Done is better than perfect” – Reckon there will be mixed opinions regarding this statement, what’s your opinion? ✍ #typographyinspired
9. The Daily Type
Created by The Hungry Jpeg, an Amsterdam-based company that sells fonts, graphics and crafts, most of this feed is giving friendly shoutouts to the type community for outstanding work. Check them out for free bundle packages on their website or just for the daily inspiration. @thedailytype
Is it hot today? . From a beautiful work by @skribsinner __ ✔ Featured by @thedailytype #thedailytype ✒ Learning stuffs via: www.learntype.today __ #type #typography #typoholic #design #art #words #quote #creative #initial #poster #ilovetypography #letter #lettering #handlettering #calligraphy #font #graphicdesign #instadesign #graphic #inspiration #creativity #brushlettering #popularpic #photooftheday #instalove #instagallery #instafamous #bestoftheday #love
10. James Lewis
This British design teacher, logo designer and artist often paints and draws on brown paper, which gives his type a vintage vibe from the 1950s. Along with passion projects, James Lewis shares what he is working on and all of his recent projects, like posters and book covers for clients. @jamesllewis
Share with the world what you love and watch as you attract more of it into your life. – – Thank you to the hundreds of people who commented on yesterday’s video where I show you how to paint like this! The answer to my question was Indonesia – – #handlettering #lettering #typography #calligraphy #handdrawntype #goodtype #typegang #illustration #artistsofinstagram #ligaturecollective #artvideo #signpainting #oddlysatisfying #artistofinstagram #sketch #jamesllewis #inspire #creative #workshop
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