In this age of digital design I find the old analogue techniques of hand lettering and sign painting extraordinarily impressive. The use of traditional mediums such as chalk require real talent, which is why professional typographers are still being hired to create stunning murals in trendy cafes and restaurants. In today’s design showcase I present 30 inspirational examples of chalk lettering designs by admirable artists who use traditional techniques to create fantastic typography.

SOL Beer Sign Painting by Jackson Alves

SOL Beer Chalk and Sign Painting by Jackson Alves

Lettering Collection by Scott Biersack

Lettering Collection by Scott Biersack

Miranda July Chalkboard by DANGERDUST

Miranda July Chalkboard by DANGERDUST

Chalk Lettering by Kelsy Stromski

Freehand Chalk Lettering by Kelsy Stromski

Chalk Lettering by Igor Mustaev

Channel One Russia Chalk Lettering by Igor Mustaev

Chalk Wall by BMT London

Chalk Wall by BMT London

Type Quote by Libbi Reed

Type is a Beautiful Group of Letters by Libbi Reed

Quiet Posters by Dana Tanamachi

Quiet Posters by Dana Tanamachi

Evernote by Dana Tanamachi

Evernote by Dana Tanamachi

Lucille + William by Dana Tanamachi

Lucille + William by Dana Tanamachi

EveryDay with Rachael Ray by Dana Tanamachi

EveryDay with Rachael Ray by Dana Tanamachi

Chalkboard Lettering by Helena Ecija

Growing Older Chalkboard Lettering by Helena Ecija

Hand Lettering by Thomas Pena

Hand Lettering by Thomas Pena

Etsy by Erik Marinovich

Etsy by Erik Marinovich

EveryDay with Rachael Ray by Erik Marinovich

EveryDay with Rachael Ray by Erik Marinovich

Espresso Guide by Jaymie McAmmond

Starbucks Espresso Guide by Jaymie McAmmond

Chalk Shoppe Series by Russ Gray

Chalk Shoppe Series by Russ Gray

Chalk Shoppe Series by Russ Gray

Chalk Shoppe Series by Russ Gray

Veja Magazine Cover by Jackson Alves

Veja Magazine Cover by Jackson Alves

Daniel Richards Lettering by Chris Yoon

Daniel Richards Chalk Lettering by Chris Yoon

Chalkboard Wine by Joel Felix

Chalkboard Wine by Joel Felix

World Lecture Today by Joel Felix

World Lecture Today by Joel Felix

Edible Magazine AD by Joel Felix

Edible Magazine AD by Joel Felix

DBusiness Magazine by Joel Felix

DBusiness Magazine by Joel Felix

Harry Potter – Love by Casey Ligon

Harry Potter - Love by Casey Ligon

We’ll Always Be Royals by Casey Ligon

We'll Always Be Royals by Casey Ligon

People Matter by Drew Melton

People Matter by Drew Melton

Trimarchi DG 2012 by Panco Sassano

Trimarchi DG 2012 by Panco Sassano

Criatipos by Christina Pagnoncelli

Criaipos, ora pois! by Christina Pagnoncelli

Lolli and Pops Chalk Wall by Ryan Lee

Lolli and Pops Chalk Wall by Ryan Lee

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  1. In my haste to check this out, didn’t bother reading the opening paragraph to this post. So I’m scrolling through, thinking “Oh boy! I’m gonna buy me this ‘chalk font bundle’ that Spoon is offering.” As I get deeper into it, I start to realize that this artwork is real, physical, hand-rendered [non-digital] artwork. My initial reaction was disappointment that I couldn’t snag a shortcut to art like this, but at the same time, the old brush/paint/pencil/Rapidograph artist in me is glad that there IS no shortcut to art like this.

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    • You definitely can’t beat the traditional techniques to create this kind of art, but I’m working on a tutorial that will hopefully provide that shortcut while still looking pretty good. Stay tuned!

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  2. Hi,

    Someone please guide me that what is the difference between design and art?

    Graphic designer and Artist ?

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  3. Amazing, is this really done by hand? i cant even draw a perfect circle, i try but looks like an egg. I just realize computer dependent our generation has become

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