One way to create an absolutely unique logo design is to craft the lettering by hand, as opposed to selecting an existing font. This allows the designer to create the perfect logo with their own custom ligatures, tails and loops. This post showcases 20 inspiring examples of custom lettering logos, each featuring the designer’s initial sketch to show how the hand drawn scripts are converted from pencil to vector.

Pixelo by Gert van Duinen

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Mattrunks by Claire Coullon

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Ink Butter by Alan Ariail

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Scratch by Sergey Shapiro

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Aha-ok by Sergey Shapiro

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The Funtasty by Claire Coullon

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Geek by Claire Coullon

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Thundersnow by Eamae

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The Vanity Cover by Sebastian Boros

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Serendipity by Garth Humbert

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Discourage by Damian King

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Get Dough by Nick Slater

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Cutter by Nick Slater

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Curves are Beautiful by Nick Slater

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Snailzilla by Igor Garybaldi

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PixelCamp by Claire Coullon

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Harmony by Simon Ålander

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The Black Gold by Simon Ålander

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Method by Claire Coullon

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Stoodeo by Sergey Shapiro

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    • Nice tutorial. I was actually looking for something that would convert pencil into vector. Is there any special software for that? I mean the scanned to vector

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  1. I really like Mattrunks and Thundersnow. They are clean and stylish. Some of those are just too bold or too hard to read to be effective. Some of them are pretty cool though.

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  2. I always like to do it but was not successful. Never two same letters looks the same and it frustrates me, I envy folks can do it.

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    • haha, Im the same Saya. Ive always thought this type of typography was cool until I tried it. Now I have a much deeper respect for it. Would love to be able to to it too :)
      Just gotta keep trying I guess.

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      • Amen to that! How I have drooled over these curvacious letters and wished to create my own. I can trace with the pen tool no problem, but getting the correct variance in thickness, ligatures, and swirls is the big challenge.

        Tutorial Chris?…. :)

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  3. WOW. Just wow.
    Paper and pencil are still in use!
    Amazing collection. So Inspired.

    Love to see how the process from paper to final.
    (maybe an idea for a tutorial???)

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  4. Thanks for the really amazing round-up. It sounds that I’m a big fan of Thundersnow by Eamae. They really look like live ones.

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  5. It’s always refreshing to see the creative process, whether designing logos or just sketching out some ideas for fun. Thanks for rounding up these great examples!

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  6. Very cool. I always love seeing the process that is behind great art. Personally I like the scratch logo and the curves are beautiful. I am an artist but have never been that good at lettering. So there is a hint of jealousy with this post. truly fantastic work

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  7. Logo and graphic designing needs to be perfect to attract huge amount of traffic towards your site. You have done a great job!

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  8. Well that’s superb article! I really like this article. It contains a lot of useful information. I can set up my new idea from this post. It gives in depth information. Thanks for this valuable information for all

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  9. I spent hours trying to do a nice hand written logo to convert to vector just the other day. After going through several sheets of paper and tearing my hair out in frustration, I remembered that my girlfriend has nice handwriting! She did a lovely, flowing word for me in about 5 seconds. Now I know what to do next time. Thanks for sharing these examples Chris.

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  10. Great. I wish i had such a nice handwriting. I did some experiments with my girlfriends handwriting but that wasn’t as nice as these examples.

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  12. These are some really great examples of personal typography. I always like seeing what people design themselves instead of choosing a preexisting font on their computer.

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