The style of a pen stroke can completely change the perception of a lettering piece. Smooth, flowing calligraphy comes across as elegant and ceremonial, whereas faster and more direct strokes generate more of a raw and energetic mood. In today’s showcase I present 45 great examples of brush lettering with attitude! These lettering pieces are drawn with quick, aggressive strokes that in some cases don’t even give the ink time to transfer from the brush or marker to the paper.
It can be really frustrating for designers and illustrators when you feel like creating something, but you can’t think of anything to make. The popular quote: “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” is certainly true for the inspiring designs in today’s showcase. These lettering pieces feature all kinds of weird and wonderful messages, but the real value is in the presentation. Enjoy this collection of illustrated typographic quote designs from a range of talented artists, and remember, the next time you can’t decide what to create, just go with the first thing that pops into your head, no matter how random it may be!
Branding and signage from the 1800s are the quintessential ‘vintage’ designs. More generally known as the Victorian era, visual traits that are associated with this style include ornate lettering and decorative flourishes. Unlike modern logo designs that are designed to be simple and versatile icons, vintage logos are extremely detailed lettering pieces often accompanied by intricate embellishments. In today’s inspiration showcase I present 50 beautiful vintage logo designs with a victorian style, created by a range of talented artists for tattoo studios, bars, and brands with a traditional character.
Hand-drawn fonts are a crucial tool for creating an informal design style with a human touch, but as with all handmade art styles, you can’t beat the authenticity of artwork that has actually been created by hand. Brush scripts provide a quick and easy way to add hand-painted lettering to your designs, but traditional fonts can look a little fake. SVG Fonts are an innovative new technology that retains the detail and texture of the original hand-drawn scan, which results in a much more realistic font that is difficult to tell apart from authentic hand-lettered type.
I have made inspiration showcases for all kinds of design subjects, but one theme I least expected to provide such a variety of artistic styles was the sport of Boxing! This hard-hitting roundup features packaging designs with mustache-wielding vintage fighters, fan art for legendary boxing athletes, abstract character illustrations, and reimagined film posters for your favourite Rocky movies for some knock-out design inspiration to give you a creative hit.
Affinity Designer is fast becoming a popular alternative to Photoshop. After receiving several messages asking whether I will be providing Affinity compatible tutorials and resources, I have been meaning to pick up a copy myself. Until I get to grips with the new interface and different workflow, I have made this roundup existing tools made specifically for Affinity Designer from a variety of talented creatives. Here you will find the best Affinity brushes, including both free downloads and high-quality brush pack products.